Private Sewing Lessons Terms and Conditions

House of Irwin Sewing Studio provides the following services: Commissioned Sewing Projects, Private Sewing Lessons, and Private Coaching Sewing Sessions. You are contracting with us for one of these services. 

Private sewing lessons:

The initial consultation is free of charge and may take up to 45 minutes.  There is no obligation on you to book any lessons.

Lesson plans are created based on the student’s level of experience, expertise and goal(s) in mind. Students may take one or more private lessons as needed. The “Lesson Plan” will be developed through conversation regarding the goals and personal aspirations of the student. A timeline will be created and the student should plan on multiple lessons with homework in between. The student’s budget & timeline will be kept in mind when creating the plan.

What you get at every level-

  • ONE* - 2-hour class
  • Focused attention with a 1:1 student/teacher ratio
  • A safe, clean & nurturing classroom setting
  • Machine & iron safety
  • Machine threading and operation instruction (as needed)
  • Guidance & instruction specific to the lesson plan
  • Lesson plan developed specifically for the individual student (as needed)

*Session options:

  • 1 Session (2 hours) $50
  • 3 Sessions (6 hours) $135 - a 10% savings!
  • 5 Sessions (10 hours) $212.50 - a 15% savings!

Private sewing lessons are available for anyone aged 7+ and are booked in 2+ hour increments.  The cost is $25 per hour (tools, use of our machines are provided).  The curriculum will be tailored according to your needs and level of expertise. Costs for materials and supplies are extra. Our private lessons will give you the flexibility to work on your sewing project.  We will work with you to schedule times based on current availability.  Please note the children 7+ are given priority for after-school lessons (4:30 pm – 6:30 pm). 

In order to ensure each student receives enough attention to learn and complete projects in the allotted time frame, our classes are limited to 1 student at a time. The minimum age for our classes is 7 years old, though from time to time we may offer classes for younger ages. Full payment is due on or before the first class date.

Do I need to bring my own Machine and Tools?

We do provide the use of a sewing machine and tools.  However, if you wish to bring your own machine to class so that you can learn about it and become more comfortable using it, you are more than welcome to! Be sure to bring your machine’s instruction manual, as this will be used as needed.


Unless otherwise agreed upon, all fabric and notions are to be provided by you.  It is recommended that you wash the fabric (subject to fabric choice) before the first class.

Cancellation Policy Prior to Class Starting: 

In the event you must cancel your registration for private lessons, please let us know as soon as possible.  Any cancellations or changes to your registration must be made at least 72 hours PRIOR to the class start date in order to be issued a studio credit or partial refund (minus 50% CANCELLATION FEE). Cancellations made less than 72 hours BEFORE the class start date and students who do not show up to class will forfeit their registration fee. Please be sure of your schedule before registering for a class.

Cancellation to attend a class must be given to us in writing. You can do this by sending an email to

In exceptional circumstances when we may have to cancel a class, House of Irwin will give you as much notice as possible and will try to accommodate you on a different date, or refund your fee paid, whichever you prefer. We do not accept liability for travel or other costs. Notification will be sent by email. 

Attendance and Missed Classes:

There are times when stuff happens in your life and you just cannot make your lesson. If you need to miss a class, please let us know ASAP! One make-up class per session is allowed and can be arranged by mutual agreement for rescheduling.  The make-up class must be scheduled within 60 days of the originally scheduled class. If you simply do not show up to class, you forfeit the class or have the option to add the class to the end of your session for $25.

Refunds (after the class has begun):

There will be no refunds if you are not able to continue your class. However, depending on class availability, we may be able to accommodate you in a subsequent session.


HST is applicable to all services rendered and will be added to final invoice.  Unless noted, tools and use of our machines are included.  Supplies and materials are not included.

Payment is accepted by one or a combination of the following means: Credit card, Apple Pay, PayPal, e-transfer, Cheque (must be cleared before the start of the lesson), Cash.

Children 7+ Lessons:

For the courtesy and welfare of your child, please review our rules and acknowledge that you have read and understood that:

  1. Each child must be registered by a parent/guardian.
  2. We will not administer any medication to any child.
  3. If your child is sick on class day, please keep him/her home for the day. Every effort will be made to provide your child with a makeup Lesson. Please refer to the Attendance and Missed Classes section for further information.
  4. For your child’s safety and protection, the parent/guardian that registers the child MUST be the same parent/guardian that picks up the child. If another adult will be picking up/dropping off the child, the parent must let us know in writing that they are authorizing this.
  5. In the event of an emergency, we ask that the parent/guardian keep us informed of any contact changes. We also ask that you are available to reach during lessons.

Expectations and Personal Safety:

In order to make your experience rewarding we require all students to understand that working with machinery, tools and supplies come with some risk.  For sewing, this risk may involve pins and sewing needles, scissors, irons, etc.  As such, House of Irwin will be firm regarding personal safety and we ask that you acknowledge the risk and agree to release any liability from House of Irwin, its owner, class instructors and all employees regarding any claims of injury that could arise from your own or your child’s participation in any class at House of Irwin. You agree to seek medical treatment on your own terms and at your own expense in the event of an injury.


Terms and conditions are subject to change at the discretion of House of Irwin. Last updated: March-19-19