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Ready Set Stitch

Please read the following policies before booking. When you sign up for a class or Studio membership, or participate in an event at Ready Set Stitch, you agree and consent to the policies that apply to your purchase.



  1. Students: We teach children, teens, and adults. The minimum age for children to take our classes is 8 years old, although some at that age are more ready than others. If you trust your child to safely handle sharp objects, your child is probably ready! (We take on students younger than 8 only after individual consultation with you and your child. Please come to the shop to arrange this.)

  2. Tuition and Materials: We set our class fees to cover the cost of instruction and related overhead. The cost of materials and the use of our sewing machines (and basic notions such as pins, scissors, etc.) ARE included in the fee, UNLESS otherwise stated at the time of booking. You are always welcome to bring your own tools, sewing machine, and fabrics. Please note that any scraps you leave behind become community scraps!

  3. Payment Policies: All classes, workshops, other events, and memberships require registration and prepayment, which can be done online or in store. Sign ups generally are open until 24 hours before the class or series starts. Workshops and other events may have different registration or prepayment requirements.

  4. Extra Time: All of our classes now have one make-up session built in on the 4th week of the schedule. This is dedicated time, with the instructor present, to cover material a student missed (one class) or assist a student in completing their class project(s).

  5. Cancellations and Rescheduling: We understand that things happen and sometimes neither of us (Ready Set Stitch, or you) can make a class. We will do our best to give you as much advance notice as possible and ask that you do the same for us. If we have to cancel a class/series after you’ve paid for it but before it begins, we will give you a full store credit. If we have to cancel a class/series after it has started, we will offer a make up for the missed class(es) or give you a prorated store credit. If you wish to cancel a class/series after you've paid for it but before it begins, at least 7 days in advance, we will give you a full store credit to apply to another class/series. If notice to cancel is given between 1-6 days in advance, we will give you a 50% store credit to apply to another class/series. If notice that you will miss a class is given between 1-6 days in advance, and unless otherwise stated at the time of booking, we will offer to schedule a make up class. Note: Emergency cancellations will be handled on a case-by-case basis. We cannot offer refunds or store credit for classes that you cancel or miss without giving us advance notice. Thank you for understanding.


Membership Terms

Ready Set Stitch is proud to offer the second floor of our building as a unique community sewing studio! The Studio is generally available for use during normal RSS operating hours. Please be advised we will occasionally use all or part of this space for classes and events and will do our best to give you advance notice when the Studio will be unavailable.

Studio Membership ("membership") is charged as a flat fee for a period of time beginning on the date of purchase. Membership periods are offered by the day, week, or month. Memberships are non-refundable and automatically expire unless renewed. Note: Because RSS is closed on Tuesdays, arrangements to use the Studio on Tuesday(s) must be made in advance; additional fees will apply. 

Basic membership includes access to all rooms and use of all Studio sewing machines, tools, books, patterns, notions, and fabric in the second floor Studio, unless otherwise marked or stated by a staff member. If you would like to use a Studio machine but are not familiar with it -- including a sewing machine, serger, quilting machine/frame, or embroidery machine -- ask a staff member first. You may need to take a class! All Studio members are required to take our Intro to Sewing Machines class (booked separately) unless you can demonstrate that you know how to use our sewing machines.


Advanced membership adds the use of our other machines -- serger, quilting machine/frame, embroidery machine -- during normal RSS operating hours. Reservations and prepayment of additional daily, weekly, or monthly fees are required. Our goal is to provide our community with meaningful access to these machines at an affordable rate. Please contact us to discuss how our Advanced membership can help you complete your projects! Note: Instruction is not provided with membership. Personal Instruction or machine classes must be purchased and booked separately.


During your Basic or Advanced Studio membership, you may store your works in progress (WIPs) and materials at the Studio, as space permits. Please ensure your bag, box, or bin is clearly labeled, as we may need to move it to another location on the second floor when you are not there. You are welcome to bring covered or resealable beverages and small snacks to fuel your stitching sessions. Please do not leave food or beverages with your WIPs or materials!


"Sit and ______"

"Sit and Knit," "Mend with a Friend," and "Sew a Kit" -- These are free opportunities to stitch together with our comrades-in-thread. Make new friends, mend things, make new things, learn from each other. No instruction is provided. Everyone is welcome. No reservation is needed. If we need to cancel, we will post notice on our social media. (Do you follow us yet?!?)


Sit and Knits, etc., are distinct from classes, which have formal instruction, as well as from workshops, special events, private events, etc., which have limited access or registration. A regularly scheduled Sit-and may need to yield to other events on occasion.


Inclement Weather

Ready Set Stitch is located in Ellicott City, Howard County, and is close to Baltimore County, Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel County. We will keep an eye on government alerts and closings, and if any affect our operations, we will let you know by email or text.

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