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Most frequent questions

Since there has been a rise in questions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I thought I would take a few minutes to address the most frequent questions that I hear from past and current customers as well as potential customers. This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of questions. If you have any questions, please drop me a message.

When can I sign my child up for sewing lessons?

I do not have a definite answer on this.

Unfortunately, I am a high-risk person for COVID-19 and have decided that it is in the best interest of myself and my family to simply have as little contact with others as possible outside of the normal day to day living. Please understand that teaching small groups of children and adults has been fun and an adventure, but for now, it is best suited for when we no longer have the pandemic in the forefronts of our lives.

In addition to this, with virtual-schooling and work-from-home occurring, it is simply easier to close the sewing school until further notice. Why? The Stacey Sansom Designs sewing studio is in the open space of our house and it is just not ideal at this time.

I hope that you will be respectful and understanding of this situation.

This does not mean that the sewing school will never open back up, but for now it is not ideal.

Currently other options are being weighed for feasibility, but no decisions are to be made soon.

Where are you located?

Stacey Sansom Designs is located in North Texas. We are located north of the Dallas-Fort Worth (Texas) metroplex and the primary service area is the areas surrounding the Highway 380 corridor. You can learn more about this in the post Service Area.”

Some services can be completed via shipping, however, these requests should be made via phone, email, private message, or text.

Can you sew patches onto leather vests, hats, or jackets?

Currently, the answer is NO. I am not set up to handle heavier or thicker materials such as those found in most leather items. This does not mean that this will not change in the future.

Can you sew patches onto regular vests, hats, or jackets?

Currently, the answer is YES but may not be able to do all items.

I am not set up to handle heavier or thicker materials such as those found in most jackets and/or coats, but this can be determined by sending me a quick picture of the items in question.

Softer style hats are better than the stiffer baseball hats, but these are doable depending on the size of the patch.

If you have any of these items, please drop me an email, phone call, text, or private message.

Can I ship my items to you?

The simple answer is that it depends.

If you are not located in the local area of Stacey Sansom Designs, please contact me directly to find out if it is an option for your items. Requests are currently limited to simple, no contact jobs such as patches, drape/curtain shortening, etc.

If you are located in the local area of Stacey Sansom Designs, please contact me directly to arrange contactless drop-off of items.

Can I pay via personal check? PayPal? Venmo? Zelle?

The simple answer is NO.

I do not accept personal checks. Stacey Sansom Designs has not accepted personal checks since 2014. I do not plan on accepting personal checks again any time soon due to problems in the past.

Please note that ALL INVOICES can be paid more securely online than via personal check. In fact, when paying with any option online through the invoicing or payment processing system(s), I receive less personal identifying information about you than I would if you paid via personal (or business) check. Paying online is safe and secure.

The short answer to PayPal is not currently. I have in the past, but do not have plans to use PayPal again in the future.

The short answer to Venmo is not currently. I have never accepted Venmo and I do not have plans to use them in the future.

The short answer to Zelle is not currently. I have in the past, but do not have plans to use Zelle again in the future.

Stacey Sansom Designs uses a third party invoicing and payment system for all invoices. I also use a third party payment processor for all shop orders and transactions.

Cash is always accepted from local customers only and payment is due in full upon pick-up. Exact change is appreciated. Tips are always welcome.

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Closed for medical reasons

Temporarily Closed due to medical reasons until further notice | Stacey Sansom Designs

It is hard for me to close all local services being offered at Stacey Sansom Designs, but currently I am taking a medical leave of absence. This only impacts the local and in-person services such as lessons and alterations.

Please be assured that this is NOT RELATED to the COVID-19 pandemic that has everyone on high-health alert. This is related to other more private medical concerns and ultimately stress reduction. Please be respectful of this decision.

SHOP items still listed as available – are still available. These items are for shipping only. If for whatever reason, your item is not available due to inventory errors, you will be immediately refunded any funds on the order. The restock of items will be intermittent. Please be understanding.

If I have alterations and repairs or other services to be performed, they will be completed in the next 2 weeks and returned accordingly. Please be patient as I work through the few I still have in my possession.

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SALE on Face Masks ENDS TODAY!

SALE ENDS TODAY (May 1, 2020) | Face Masks | Stacey Sansom Designs

Introductory pricing for face masks made here at Stacey Sansom Designs is ending today, May 1, 2020 (end of day).

Limited Stock!

I have LIMITED STOCK on certain masks CURRENTLY, but this will be changing as the state of Texas opens more businesses today and the next couple of weeks. While the price and availability of supplies may still be fairly limited due to supply chain disruptions, I am hopeful that I will be able to find supplies with more ease due to more shopping options being available.

Please be patient! I have PLENTY OF MASKS in production. Unfortunately, I can only finish what I have supplies for. As I get more supplies, I can finish the face masks currently stuck in the production line.

If you want a mask unavailable…

If you see a fabric print that you like and it is currently unavailable in the size that you need/want, please send me a personal message on Facebook or reach out here on this website. The chances are high that I have that print still in a pile waiting for supplies to finish the production. JUST ASK!

All orders will go through the Stacey Sansom Designs SHOP, but please reach out to request specific designs or colors.

Thank You!

Thank you to the many individuals that have purchased! Your support of my small business has helped keep the business funded without causing undue hardship on my family finances. I am truly grateful for this. Thank you, again and again!

Because of your support, I have been able to cover my miserly business overhead for 2 months. That is not the full amount of income that Stacey Sansom Designs has last over the past couple of months, but every little bit helps us be more able to function once we are cleared to open up fully again.

Praying for happier times ahead.

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More Face Masks are available in the shop

Face Masks | Stacey Sansom Designs

I have added a few more face masks to the Stacey Sansom Designs SHOP. Please check them out. This may not seem like a lot, but to a small business, every small purchase helps keep our doors open.

Face Mask Sizing

I have been asked about how to size the fitted masks. There is no exact way to measure these. I wish that there was. What I have found is that while it does matter the size, it may not always fit the same on most people. Version 2 tends to fit better on men and women with larger faces.

Here are some graphics to help you size correctly. I do not have all sizes available, but the trend will stay true.

Shipping Information

I know a lot of people complain about the price of shipping. Please be kind about the price. This is not a price that I can control. It is set by the postal service.

Remember that shipping is flat-rate. At this price, you can ship as many as can fit in a standard USPS Flat Rate padded envelope.

Thanks for your continued support

I am saddened that I can’t teach sewing lessons right now or even take in alterations currently, but I am grateful for what support and encouragement I have received through this. Please continue to support local small businesses the best way that you can – right now. Sometimes a kind word says a lot.

Stay tuned for more updates.

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Sewing Classes Still Canceled

Sewing Classes still canceled through end of May 2020 | Stacey Sansom Designs

It is with sadness in my heart that I have to announce that sewing (and quilting) classes will be canceled through the end of May 2020 due to the on going COVID-19 pandemic.

With that being said, I am hoping to tentatively open up registration for June 2020 classes on May 1, 2020. I will continue to monitor the situation and make a decision based on what I feel is safest for me, my family, and my awesome students. Stay tuned!

Texas is loosening the hold on our “Stay at Home” mandate orders this week, but there is still a lot of services and businesses that will still be in a holding pattern for 2-3 more weeks. Please be patient as we ride this out.

I will continue to post helpful articles on Facebook and even do a live video from time to time.

Next week, I am looking to do the very first lesson of my Adult and Kid’s Beginner Sewing I class – online. I am still working out the logistics as of now, but I’ll let you know a couple of days in advance.

Potentially, I will do a live version of my Sewing Machine Crash Course as well. Again, I am still working on logistics for this. There will be a nominal fee for this class for materials if you do not already have them.

Please be smart. Please be safe. Please be well.

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Face Masks are now Available

Face Masks are Available | Stacey Sansom Designs

Fitted face masks are now available for purchase at Stacey Sansom Designs. Limited quantities available.

If you need more than a handful of masks, please contact me directly for a custom order because only limited quantities are available.

More will be added as available.

These are not considered medical-grade PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) and are for general use only.

These are only to assist individuals who need to wear a face mask to help them abide by mandated “Stay at Home” orders due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

These face masks are high quality construction, designed for comfort and durability.

There are 2 versions available. Version 1 and Version 2 fit slightly different. Version 2 tends to be a little bit bigger. See images for sizing information.

These masks include:

  • mask
  • removable wire (on larger sizes, smaller sizes on custom order)
  • ties.

These masks do not include:

  • elastic earpieces
  • filters
  • filter pockets.

The shipping cost is on the consumer. The current FLAT RATE USPS rate is nearly $9. This is the shipping materials I have available. I am not making enough profit on these masks to cover the shipping too. If you are local, please select a local pick-up.

Due to the nature of these products there will be NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES!

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Don’t have time to learn to sew? Think again.

Sewing Machine Crash Course | Learn to Sew DFW | Stacey Sansom Designs

I know you are busy and sometimes you just cannot commit to spending 4 or more weeks on learning the basics of a new skill. I get it. This is why I offer the Sewing Machine Crash Course. It is a fast-paced learn-to-sew experience in a small group setting.

This really depends on you, however, the Sewing Machine Crash Course offered at Stacey Sansom Designs helps get you started. In as little as 3-hours you can learn how to use your sewing machine and complete your very first project.

What are you waiting for? Register for the Sewing Machine Crash Course today!

Please note: This course is not intended to make you an expert sewist. That requires practice and lots of it. This course will get you started. The intention is to help you be less scared of the sewing machine so you will have rapid success.

Learn to use your sewing machine quickly with this Sewing Machine Crash Course
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Updates to Booking and Services Underway

Updates to Booking and Services | Stacey Sansom Designs

Stacey Sansom Designs is updating our service offerings and service booking system to better serve you. 

Please be patient if something appears to be off or not working. These updates will be ongoing for the next 7-10 days as free time allows between appointments, classes, and other responsibilities. 

What does this mean? 

More flexibility! Who doesn’t love that?!. 

You will now be able to select the item drop-off time that is most convenient for you. No more by 9:00 AM Monday drop-offs.

Time slots are 1-hour long and you can drop-off anytime during that slot. No more stressing on exact times. If you are going to be early or late, just drop me a message to make sure I’m available. That easy!

Each time slot will be open to all services offered. No more guessing. No more hoping that I can meet with you. Later spots (while limited) are now available.

How will it work? 

You visit the Reserve Your Spot page as usual and select your service(s). This alerts me of what you will be dropping off during your drop-off time.

Then add your items (extras). Need to bring 2 pairs of pants and 2 skirts? No problem, just add the items and quantities.

In a hurry? Add rush fee if you need it quick. This alerts me that your items will be a fast turn around. Please note that not all rush orders can be accommodated, but I will try my best. Most rush requests are denied simply because I have too much work ahead of you that have deadlines that cannot be moved.

Then select your desired time slot for dropping off items. You decide what is best for you. If you need an alternate time, simply select one and contact me to work out the details. With more appointment times, I am hoping the need for alternate time slots is smaller.

Fill out the drop-off order form. Submit.

Why make these changes? 

There has been a lot of chaos and misunderstanding of the previous method. Some individuals would get upset to find out that they would not receive their items back on the same day or in the same time slot.

The worst thing for me is that I am frequently waiting on no shows for drop-offs. This limits the wait time for me and you. You should be able to get right in and out.

Estimated costs!

I always have people ask what their bill we be. The problem is, I don’t always know what you are bringing me so I can’t give you an estimate until I see your items. Now you can report what you’re bringing and what you need to be done. Prices on your final invoice may vary a bit, but you will have a good estimate of what you will owe upon pick-up.

By doing this, I am opening up some services to my non-local clientele. I have been asked many many times about my patch sewing services but there is no convenient way to account for these. With the new setup, you should be able to alert me that you are shipping items to me.

Change is hard!

I know that change can be hard, but I hope this will simplify my job and make the process easier to understand. I am too busy to continue like I am.

Thank you for your continued support and business.

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Class Registration NOW OPEN

Learn to Sew | Sewing Class Registration Now Open! | Stacey Sansom Designs

I am excited to announce that CLASS REGISTRATION IS OFFICIALLY OPEN for courses being offered by Stacey Sansom Designs between March 2020 and May 2020.

Please note that classes offered during March 2020 are limited. More classes may be added if there is enough interest.

I am working on a tentative schedule for Summer 2020. I will post more information as I have it finalized.

How long does the class registration run?

Registration for a particular course closes roughly 2-weeks before the class starts. I have to close registration so that I can order any necessary supplies and/or equipment required for each course. I try to keep 1-month of supplies in stock, but this can be tricky based on availability and demand.

Please note that if registration is full, you should drop me a message or call me directly. Each class will have a waitlist. If you contact me, I will add you to the waitlist. If someone cancels, it will be offered in order on the list until the spot is filled.

What classes are available?

You can find additional information about the courses offered by Stacey Sansom Designs here on this website.

Please note that not every course is offered every month. If your class is not currently being offered, reach out to me to find out when it will be. Classes are offered more frequently based on popularity.

How can I learn to sew?

You can start learning to sew by visiting the booking page and register for the courses of your choice.

Please note that all courses have required fees, as follows:

  1. Registration Fee to pay for the course and the use of classroom equipment. This is paid at registration.
  2. Materials Kit that contains all materials required to complete all the course projects. These are prepared and ready on the first day of class.
  3. A textbook is ordered by your (shop around) or let me know to have it ready on the first day of class. Some classes this is optional. Required textbooks contain patterns for completing class projects.

Do you offer discounts?

I do not offer many discounts on materials kits. These items are bought in bulk to get you optimal pricing. Sewing (and quilting) is not a cheap hobby. While it can be done on a budget, prices add up–quick. Please note that I try to keep my prices low so that all individuals can learn to sew. These kits have supplies for 2-4 projects (varies from class to class and sewing level).

I do offer course discounts if an individual is registering more than one student at a time. To receive discount codes for multiple students, please contact me directly.

If you are registering siblings or parent and child, please note that you only need to purchase 1 copy of the textbook.

If you need help financially, please reach out about potential sponsorship or scholarships.