Just a quick note today to say that the hours at Mercer's are going to change for the rest of the summer. They may change in the fall, but for now, we are going to close on Sundays in order to hold classes without interruption. Distractions while sewing can yield less than stellar results! Hours will be 11 AM to 6 PM on Saturdays, and weekdays will now be noon to 7 PM. Thank you for your patience as we navigate these first few months. Happy sewing!
Thank you for your patience these past two months, while we have been getting up and running. Many of you have shown interest in attending sewing classes, and so today I am VERY pleased to announce the beginning of sewing classes -- and studio time -- at Mercer’s Fabric!
Here are the main details:
Where: At Mercer’s Fabric of course! 121 Charles Street, Beacon Hill. Not far from 3 T stops.
When: We will be starting with beginner classes (Sewing 101) on Tuesday evenings, 6:00 - 8:30 PM, and advanced beginner classes (Sewing 102) on Sundays, 2:00- 6:00 PM. The first Tuesday class will be June 28th, and the first Sunday class July 17th. Sewing 101 will also be offered July 12th and July 26th. Right now those are the only four dates we have set, as we want to see how attendance and interest goes before finalizing a regular schedule. My hope is that eventually we will offer weekly classes!
Who: For now we will have small, intimate classes, limited to four people per session. EDIT!! We are starting the classes for students 18 years and older. Teens and kids classes will be introduced soon. In the meantime, if you are younger than 18 and want to learn to sew, just call or email the shop and we can set up something private, either as a group or one on one lesson.
Your teacher will be Lauren, a superb seamstress who makes just about 100% of her clothing! Check out her Instagram here and you will see for yourself!
What: Sewing 101 will be a 2.5-hour basic introduction to sewing. You’ll learn how to thread a machine, the essentials of fabric (grain, bias, etc.), French seams and topstitching. You’ll leave with a lovely handmade tote! Sewing 102 will be a slightly longer class (4 hours) where you will learn how to read simple patterns, take measurements, sew a curved stitch line, sew a bias-bound neckline, and sew a hem. You will leave with either a finished Willow Tank or Willow Dress — your choice!
How Much: Sewing 101 will be $35 per session and Sewing 102 will be $50 per session. Buy your class here!
Other Stuff: Light refreshments will be provided. Machines and other supplies (scissors, chalk, irons, conversation, etc.) will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own machine if you want to learn on your own model. (It will help us if you bring the user’s manual should you choose to bring your own machine.) Upon purchasing a class, a supply list will be sent to you and you will be asked to buy your fabric and thread. You are welcome to buy these anywhere you like, but I’ll be here at Mercer’s to help you pick fabric if you are unsure of what to get, and you will also be offered a 10% discount on your purchase if you buy your fabric from Mercer’s. You can buy in advance or at the start of a class, although ideally you will buy in advance and prewash your fabric!
Studio Time: Finally, Mercer’s has 4 brand new Baby Lock sewing machines! (If you fall in love with one of them, we will sell it to you at a deep discount, since it will have been lightly used.) If you have a project you are working on and need a machine, you are welcome to bring your project to Mercer’s and work on it in the shop. It will not be a class, but an open studio. You are welcome to ask basic questions or for opinions, but if you need more intensive instruction, you might want to sign up for a class. Eventually I will have slots that you can reserve through an online calendar. Until then, we’ll do it the old fashioned way: just call Mercer’s Fabric (617-338-4739) and reserve a time with me. Studio time will be $10/hour.
Private Lessons: We were not originally planning on offering these, but there has been some interest. So, if you are unable to get here for a lesson but have a project you just have to get done, or a machine at your home gathering dust, that you’d like to put to use, please email or call me, and Lauren and we will arrange it!
Class Policies: Click here to read up on class policy, regarding registration and cancellation.
We are really looking forward to these lessons, not just because they are useful for learning how to sew (or sew better) – a skill you can keep for a lifetime – but because they are often wonderful social occasions. In my experience friendships, as well as garments, are made in these small-group lessons!
PS: Yes, you can bring your doggie, if she or he promises not to bite any ankles!
I am looking forward to get these classes going and to meet some new faces!
Hello sewists of Boston!
So moving day has come and gone, boxes were packed and unpacked, shelves were installed and stocked and now, FINALLY I can say we are just about ready to open. PHEW. And of course, hooray! Again, thank you for your patience, it is very much appreciated.
Now onto that whole thing about picking an opening date. I’ve thought about what days to be open and what hours to keep, and in this regard, the shop will be in “beta mode” for a bit, so expect some tweaks here and there in the next few months. For starters, I will be open:
So on that note, opening day will be….
THIS upcoming Tuesday, March 8th!
So come on by! You’ve gone too long without adding to that ever-growing fabric stash of yours! Again, the new address is:
Of course the grand opening of Mercer’s calls for a celebration. With the except of Mardi Gras, parties are rarely any good on Tuesdays, so the official grand opening soiree will be on Saturday the 12th, from 5 PM until, well, whenever! There will be beverages, sweets, and a CHEESE BOARD, guys. Which, if you are anything like me, a cheese board in a fabric store is just about one of the most beautiful things I can think of. (And yes, there will be cheese ON the board, not just the board…)
So please stop by, if only for a moment. I am so excited to meet all of you, learn what gets your creative juices flowing, and get Mercer’s up and running. FINALLY.
Hey there! How about a quick update?
I am officially in the “packing and moving” phase of Operation Grey’s to Mercer’s. I had the sale over the weekend and I was so pleased to meet the lot of you that stopped in. So first things first: thank you for coming by!
I am currently packing everything up in preparation for the move which is happening the week of the 15th. It will be so great to get everything into the new space.
Speaking of the new space…. I am so excited to formally announce that Mercer’s will join the lovely little shops on the historical and charming Charles Street in Beacon Hill! (Above is a picture outside the new digs... forgive the moving clothing!) A mere 150 feet from the Charles/MGH stop on the Red Line, as well as short walks from the Green and Blue Lines. For the sewists out there who drive, Mercer’s will be located directly across from a parking garage, and of course you can always try your luck with street parking. I am really pleased with the new space and cannot wait to set it up. While it is smaller than Grey’s, I think I will be able to carry about the same amount of product and keep a large selection, but that will reveal itself once we are up and running.
So that is my brief update. The store is still not ready to process orders, but the grand opening is around the corner and I will make an announcement once a date is set! Of course we will have to celebrate. So start sewing those party dresses now!
On another topic: I still do have furniture for sale. This includes an empty Mettler thread display: YOU could be that always-prepared seamstress, never debating whether you need to pick up matching thread for your fabric! I also have a few tables, various shelves, mini fridge and microwave. So let me know in the comments or via email if you are interested in any of the pieces I still have.
Ok back to the world of cardboard boxes, tape, and podcasts to listen to while packing.
See you all soon, and thanks for your continued patience.