Sew Biz
Sew Biz
  • 92 & 94 Harvey St. Radford, Va 24141
  • 540.639.1138


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Open Studio

  • By appointment
  • $2.00 per hour

We are opening our classroom for you. It will be available for your use any time we do not have a class scheduled. Take advantage of our large tables and big ironing board to make your quilting easier. Call and schedule your studio time with us. Bring a friend and stitch and chat in our great quilting space.


BERNINA Machine Mastery

  • Marianne Beeson
  • Friday, repeated Saturday, 10:00 - 12:30; #1-A Sept. 12 or 13; #1-B Oct. 17 or 18; # 2-A , Nov. 7 or 8; #2-B Nov. 21 or 22; #3 for 7 Series owners, 8 Series owners or 580 owners, Dec. 12 or 13
  • No charge to those who purchased their machines at Sew Biz. All others are welcome for a fee.

Learn to use your machine and accessories. Sessions include hands-on experience. Workbook pages and fabrics for each technique are provided. Serger, embroidery, and software lessons are scheduled individually.


Elna Instruction

  • Sew Biz Staff
  • No charge to those who purchased their machines at Sew Biz. All others are welcome for a fee.

Contact Marianne to plan your instruction sessions for your Elna sewing machine, embroidery machine, and/or serger.


Let Sleeping Cats Lie

  • Linda Jean Penley
  • Tues. Aug. 26, & Sept. 9, 5:30 - 7:30
  • $25.00 10% Sew Biz discount on class supplies

It's a game of Cat & Mouse! This playful quilt is fat-quarter friendly. Make it scrappy with your favorite fat quarters. Mice lie hidden from our sleeping cats. The design gives you a choice of 3 different applique methods, while the cat faces are hand embroidered.


Hot Bowl Hot Pad

  • Peggy Quarterman
  • Saturday, Sept.6, 1:30 - 5:00
  • $20.00; 10% Sew Biz class discount on class supplies

Wrap these wonderful little hot pads around your ceramic or plastic bowls and slide them in the microwave. Retrieve the bowls by picking up the hot pad, not the bowl. Three sizes and a laminate cover are included in the pattern. What a great quick Christmas gift!


Quiltsmart Cell Phone Bag

  • Linda Libey
  • Wed. Sept 10, 10:00; repeated Sat. Oct. 11, 1:00
  • $10.00, plus purchase of Quiltsmart Cell Phone Kit 10% Sew Biz discount on class supplies

What a great way to carry your cell phone and a credit card or ID and a little cash. This easy-to-make bag is just the thing for shopping trips or quilt shows. Easy enough for beginners with lots of embellishment possibilities.


Falling Leaves Table Runner or Placemats

  • Linda Libey
  • Thurs. Sept. 18, 10:00 - 12:00; repeated 5:00 - 7:00
  • $25.00 plus purchse of pattern, 10% Sew Biz discount on class supplies

This is a charming project to make for a gift, or yourself. The pattern will work well with batiks or make it scrappy. You'll want to keep your background consistent. Since this is a paper pieced project, the slim accent twigs are easy to place and sew. This pattern is designed by Deb Karasik of Durham, North Carolina.


Holiday Cheers Wine Tote

  • Linda Libey
  • Wed. Sept. 24, 10:00; Repeated Sat. Oct. 11, 10:00
  • $20.00 plus purchase of supplies at Sew Biz; 10% class discount on all class supplies

Have fun with your Holiday Cheers. Use it to carry your own wine to a party, or as a hostess gift. This playful stocking is so easy to make you'll want to give several.


Working With Wool--an Introduction

  • Sandy Ferraraccio
  • Sat. Sept. 27, 1:00 - 4:00
  • $20.00, plus purchase of a Grab -n-Go kit; 10% Sew Biz discount on class supplies

Wool projects are becomming more and more popular. Since wool doesn't ravel, it is the perfect fabric for applique. Sandy will get you started on an easy hand applique wool project. Choose one of our Grab n Go kits that include everything you need to get started,and stitch away!


Yarn Tasting

  • Thurs. Oct. 2, 2:00 & 6:00
  • No charge

Sew Biz invites you to see all the new fall yarns at our Yarn Tasting event. We will have great door prizes, refreshments and of course, lots of yarn for you to see, feel and order.


Embellishment Techniques for Quilts

  • Pam Shanley
  • Sat. Oct 4, 1:00 - 4:00
  • $25.00, 10% Sew Biz Class discount on class supplies

Learn how to pair traditional quilt materials with decorative hand stitching, beading and bling. In this class you will create a mini sample quilt that incorporates a simple fabric applique with hand stitching, beading, and found objects like buttons, lace, crystals, paper, charms ect. The list can go on and on! Pam will teach the whip, ladder and running hand stitches. Embellishments will include seed beads, sequins, bugle beads, charms, lace, buttons and much more.


Big Board Workshop

  • George Libey
  • Wed.Oct.8, 5:00
  • $25.00, plus purchase of supplies

A large rectlangular ironing surface makes quilt pressing so much easier. A removable board lets you use your ironing board for regular ironing too. Come and let George help you construct your own Big Board. You will need to bring the measure ments of your ironing board.


Comfort Pillow

  • Sew Biz Staff
  • Wed. Oct 8, 10:00, repeated Thurs. Oct 30, 5:00
  • no Charge

One of the things we can do for breast cancer survivors is provide a comfort pillow. This pillow takes the pressure of the arm or the breast off a sore and sensitive chest after a masectomy or lumpectomy. It also fits under a seatbelt to protect sensitive areas. Join us during Breast Cancer Awareness month to make pillows for donation.


Catch-All Caddy

  • Peggy Quarterman
  • Thurs. Oct 9 & 16, 5:00 - 8:00
  • $25.00 10% Sew Biz discount on class supplies

This sturdy caddy with lots of easy to access slip pockets and an inner divider would be great as your car purse to organize and contain clutter. You will find so many uses for this caddy, including the sewing room and nursery, that you will want to make several. Another unique Christmas present idea!

Advance class preparation is required.


A Salute to Quilt in a Day--Beginning Quilting

  • Marianne Beeson
  • Sat. Oct. 11, 3:30 - 5:30, Sat. Oct. 25 and Sat Nov. 1, 1:00 - 5:00
  • $35.00 plus purchase of supplies at Sew Biz, 10 % Sew Biz discount on all class supplies

Using the very first Quilt in a Day book, The Log Cabin pattern, Marianne will teach the basics of quilting. Even established quilters will love the simplicity of these techniqes.


Building Blocks Afghan, A Knitting Block-of-the-Month

  • Linda Libey
  • Tues. Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, Jan. 13: 5:00 - 8:00
  • $65.00 for the series, or $7.00 for an individual class, 10% Sew Biz discount on class supplies

Increase your knitting skills and make a beautiful afghan at the same time. In this class we will work on one block a month, perfect to carry with you to ball games, beach cottages, and to make that car time go faster, (as long as you're not the driver). Each block will teach a new stitch and hone your knitting skills. This is a great way to learn and practice new skills.If there is a stitch you would like to learn or improve on, this could be just the class for you. It is not necessary to take all 12 classes, however if you do, at the end of the series you will be accomplished knitter!


Big Star Quilt

  • Linda Libey
  • Wed. Oct. 15 1:00 - 4:00; repeated Saturday Oct. 18, 1:00 - 4:00
  • $20.00, plus purchase of layer cakes at Sew Biz. Sew Biz 10% discount on supplies

Put together a 25" block to construct a quick quilt top. Using the Missouri Star Quilt Company method and layer cakes from Sew Biz, you will sew your first block in class. Using these large 25" blocks your quilt top will go together in no time.


Make-A-Quilt Workshop

  • Sew Biz Staff
  • October 21, 22 and 23, 10:00 - 4:00
  • $150.00, fee includes class, quilt pattern, & fabric to make a lap size quilt top, and a light lunch each day. Backing, binding and batting not included. 10% Sew Biz discount on all other class supplies

Do you ever want to get away and just sew? Come and make a quilt with us! This workshop is a great time to get together with a quilting buddy and make a great quilt. We are using fat quarters to make the "Swoon" pattern by Thimble Blossoms. We plan to complete this quilt in the 3 days workshop, from piecing to quilting. Our fee includes fabrics for the 80 x 80 quilt top. Beginners are welcome. We will teach basic techniques, if needed, and a staff member is always available for assistance. This workshop is limited to 10 quilters, so register early to reserve your place.


Wrapsody Purse

  • Peggy Quarterman
  • Sat. Nov. 08 & 15, 1:00 - 5:00
  • $25.00 plus purchase of supplies, 10 % Sew Biz discount on all class supplies

The Wrapsody is a well-designed purse that has three divided sections and zippered pockets. A secure closure keeps the contents safe, and this bag can be made as a shoulder or arm purse.

Advance class preparation is required.


Beginning Crochet

  • Linda Libey
  • Fri. Nov. 14, 10:00 - 12:00, repeated Nov. 18, 5:00 - 7:00
  • $20.00; plus purchase of book and supplies, 10% Sew Biz discount on class supplies

This class will teach you the basic crochet stitches as well as how to read a crochet pattern. We will also talk about the various crochet yarns and hook sizes. As time permits, we may choose one of the simple projects from the class book and begin construction.This is a great class for teens and adults.


Gathering Basket

  • Peggy Quarterman
  • Sat..Dec.6, 1;00 - 5:00
  • $20.00 plus purchase of supplies at Sew Biz

A gathering basket was traditionally used for collecting things....eggs, wood,produce, ect.Make your own coiled gathering basket to collect and sort the odds and ends that seem to always be out of place. It's great to keep at the foot of your stairs. Use Bali Pop pre-cuts to make a tropical basket that will make you think of the islands each time you use it.


Magic Loop Socks

  • Linda Libey
  • Sat Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, 1:00 - 3:00,
  • $30.00 10% Sew Biz discount on class supplies

Socks are fun to knit and wear! Once learned, you can use this method to knit completely seamless socks, cuffs, sleeves, baby sweaters and almost anything you want to! The "magic loop" technique makes the knitting easy. The trick is using a 32" or 40" inch circular needle.


Sewing Machine Maintenance

  • Marianne Beeson
  • Sat. Jan 31, 3:00 - 4:30
  • $5.00 classs fee

Learn tender loving care of your sewing machine. Marianne will teach you the basics of machine care: oiling, cleaning and general maintenance. When you take proper care of your machine it will give you many years of sewing satisfaction. Bring your sewing machine, cleaning tools and manual.