Tuesday, July 4, 2017

My Fabric Haul and Sewing Institute visit

My visit to Made Institute in Philadelphia, PA.



Have you ever felt like you just fell into the right place at the right time?

That was how I felt when I arrived to Made Institute in the historic part of Center City Philadelphia.

It started when I received this Facebook tag from my Big Sister Angie.  At first I was thinking, where in the world is there a sewing school in this city outside of Joann Fabrics???  I already made plans for this day and Plans that were on the other side of town.  However,  Who can pass up a $25 Fabric grab bag?  Not me.  Usually I travel to NYC and hit the Fabric district to hit my favorite grab bag spot but was happy to save on the bus ride fare, so I changed my plans to go.

Now, having lived in Philadelphia all but 3 years of my life, I couldn't figure out where this location was.  I actually had to Google map it only to find that it was a few blocks away from where I worked.  Being located near one of my favorite spots, Penn's Landing (our waterfront),  I figured that I could make a stop there afterwards and just relax, people watch and read.

In case you don't know - A grab bag is when you pay a fee (in this case $25) and they sponsors hand you a bag and you fill it to capacity of the bag.  ANYTHING that you can fit into this bag, you get to walk away with. So the day came for me to make my venture to the unknown.  I went with suitcase in hand - Just in case it was too heavy to carry.  I went early but The day was already hot.  As I was walking, I had the opportunity to explore all that was around me.  Places I've heard of but never seen. One place in particular was, The Betsy Ross House.  So I marked that down as a come back to place once I finished.

I arrived to the small street that housed the designated location.  As I look down the block, I thought, this clearly looks like a residential area, where could a school fit on this block!  Yet, I kept walking thinking, either I'll find it or I'll find something else historical.  Low and behold with a few more steps there was an opening that set in a little off the street and there was MADE!



So I walked inside and was greeted at the door.  II was given the run down on how the process was to go for my time there.  I paid my $25 and proceeded with caution as I was not the first one there and the excitement was flowing.  Before picking up anything, I walked around the entire store to see what was all there.  After getting permission to take photos from Rachel, I realized that this would become a 2-fold mission.  Not only will I be grabbing some great pieces of fabric, but laying down the work for my next blog post.

They had everything from Fabric to Patterns, and sewing machines.  I must have walked around the school 3 times, asking questions and taking pics.  I even stumbled upon this historic beauty here hiding behind a door. I thought it was just an old fashion sewing machine but it was actually a Button Hole Maker.

 


I finally made my way back to the front and chatted with Rachel, who incidentally is the owner,  while I was putting my bag into my suitcase, I looked over and immediately started asking Rachel questions. Now to know me is to know I am an introvert and somewhat shy, I don't normally just start asking questions to people I don't know.  What was even crazier than that was, as soon as I asked Rachel who was the owner and how long this school has been here, her response came as if I were doing an interview.  So what did I do?  I pulled out my phone and started taking notes!!!



Made Institute started right in the apartment of Rachel just a few short years ago after attending Moore College of Art.  It wasn't long before she started receiving  request from eager students waiting to learn. So much so that Rachel had to start looking for a new place to hold classes.  It was then that she stumbled on the current location of 305 Cherry Street, Philadelphia.  Which she holds the location WITHOUT A LOAN and owing NO ONE!!!!  Rachel made it a point to be business savvy with her dollars.  She explained that with every student having paid tuition, she purchased a dress form and sewing machine.  To see this building along with the location, you would think that she took out quite a few loans.  But she didn't and I was soooooo amazed!!!  Even more, she is leaving this location here to continue her journey and expand at their NEW LOCATION of 448 N. 10th Street 5th fl, Philadelphia, PA

All in all, this is the last place that I thought to get my next fabric haul from!!!   So to my readers, check out your local sewing schools / Institutes and check out if and when they are doing and downsizing or giveaways.

To see what made it to my grab bag, check out my YouTube video..


For more social information on Made Institute, you can follow them on IG @made_institute and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MadeInPhiladelphia/   To sign up for classes or to hear more about the school head over to their website: www.made-institute.com 

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