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Class Reviews > Polarfleece Pizzazz at Malden Mills

Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
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Posted by: Mary Vogt

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Member since: 11/15/02
Reviews: 8 (classes: 3)
Skill level:Beginner
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Posted on: 12/15/02 1:55 PM
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Review Rating: Helpful by 4 people   Very Helpful by 2 people   
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The class was held at the Malden Mills Retail Outlet in Lawrence, MA. It cost $70, which included: 3 pounds of Polarfleece remnants to use for our projects, 2 yards of PatternEase tracing material, a copy of the book Polarfleece Pizzazz, and a sandwich or green salad for lunch.

There were six of us in the class, which was held in a spacious conference room with plenty of tables for us. I don't know what the maximum number of students was; for some classes they have upwards of 25 people in the same room!

Each of us chose a large project or several small ones from the book, and the instructor, Rosemary, guided us through it. With only six students, and a 4-hour class, there was lots of individual attention. Rosemary was very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable, and a real Polarfleece evangelist. In our class, there were two different pullover variations, two vests, as well as mittens and hats. It was helpful to hear the tips for the other projects for future reference.

Malden Mills offers lots of classes at their Lawrence facility, and a smaller number at their Seattle facility. It's well worth looking into if you are in the Boston area. Arrive early to pick out your remnants and maybe do a little pre-class shopping!

[edit 12/16 - added link to Diana Lawton's Malden Mills store review]

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Tee Jay said... (1/1/03 0:54 AM) Reply
So sad for me to think I lived in North Andover for seven years and was so close to Malden Mills, but not into sewing at that time (raising toddlers instead). Thanks for this review I will now daydream for a while about that time in my life!
Deepika said... (12/21/02 4:35 AM) Reply
Mary thanks for your reviews of sewing classes in the boston area. I will definitely look up this one. Loved the way you have linked the reviews. Very helpful!
fractal said... (12/16/02 10:24 AM) Reply
It's definitely worth allowing time to look around the retail outlet: a huge room full of all colours of Polartec which is absolutely top grade stuff, notions, binding, patterns etc. Even if you don't take a class, there are always lots of samples of fleece garments, blankets etc to give inspiration and help with learning new techniques, and there is often someone demonstrating.
Everyday Sewist said... (12/15/02 2:36 PM) Reply
Thanks for your review. I won't be traveling north anytime soon, but thanks for including the link to the book. Also it's good to know that beginners can benefit from classes like this.
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