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Sewing Circles


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Photograph courtesy of Sewnow

At Sewnow’s studio in Lafayette, an excited buzz of chatter and sewing machines fills the air. A classful of eight- to 11-year-old girls embroiders tote bags with monograms and peace signs. Later that day, the studio is bustling again, but this time with grandmothers piecing together memory quilts.

The sewing studio is the brainchild of Lafayette residents Susan and Peter Goldie. Susan, a designer of evening wear and bridal gowns, and Peter, a former software executive, hope that Sewnow will appeal to both traditional sewers and the do-it-yourself generation. The studio offers advanced classes and open studio hours for seasoned sewers, as well as camps, classes, workshops, and birthday parties for kids and teens.

“We’re taking the old-fashioned, traditional skill of sewing and bringing it into the new millennium,” says Peter, by combining fashion design, modern projects, and the latest high-technology equipment. “Everyone likes to be creative, and sewing is a great way for kids and adults to express this creativity.”

Sewnow is open Monday–Saturday. 960 Moraga Rd., Lafayette, (925) 283-7396, www.sewnow.com.

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