Imagine a store stocked with everything you need to create an amazing sewing project from start to finish, from the perfect fabric and a great sewing machine to all the notions you could ever need and helpful instruction along the way. Pipe dream? Not if you happen to live in or near Macon, Georgia, where the Couture Sewing Center is located.
Sewing as art
The Couture Sewing Center provides all of that and more. Their Web site states that they believe sewing is a form of art, and their purpose is to facilitate the creation of beautiful artwork with their superior selection of merchandise and sewing instruction. It’s pretty obvious they take that belief seriously when you look at the services they offer.
The Couture Sewing Center is an authorized dealer for Brother sewing and embroidery machines, and they don’t leave you out in the cold once you’ve purchased a machine. They offer personalized, one-on-one sessions to help you get to know your new machine. And if you want to upgrade your sewing machine, they also have a trade-in program available. I’m not aware of any sewing machine dealers in my area that offer this service, and honestly, I’m a little jealous! Being able to trade-up to a machine with more features is especially beneficial for newer sewers who aren't quite sure exactly what features on their sewing machine they'll make good use out of yet.
If you can't get to Macon, Georgia, check out Craftsy's FREE mini-class Sew Ready: Machine Basics, for lessons on how to use your sewing machine and fix common problems.
Aside from sewing machine instruction, the Couture Sewing Center also hosts fun classes, like sewing a reversible Amy Butler bag and creating holiday decor, like a Christmas table runner. If you want to see more inspiration from the Couture Sewing Center, check out their project gallery.
Even if you don’t live near the Couture Sewing Center, you can still learn couture sewing skills from the comfort of your own home! Craftsy has a wide variety of online classes that will teach you to sew like a pro, including The Couture Dress with Susan Khalje (you might enjoy our roundup of student projects from The Couture Dress class) and Sew the Perfect Fit with Lynda Maynard.
If you need more couture sewing inspiration, check out our blog posts on couture hand sewing and couture sewing patterns. You might also enjoy our list of other sewing schools that offer couture classes.