Sewing Workshops: Six Schools and Classes Across America – Sew & Fitting Lessons

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Hundreds of students from around the world have attended our sewing workshops. Like a sewing vacation, you’ll share camaraderie with other sewers from all walks of life from surgeons to CEOs to fabric store owners, homemakers, dressmakers, attorneys, farmers, and teachers while you are taught expert sewing techniques and the tissue-fitting method of pattern fitting.

You will be guided by the qualified Palmer/Pletsch sewing teaching team. We have been teaching sewing and fitting sewing patterns for over 35 years, focusing on quality garments sewn with limited time. We have worked with and influenced major pattern companies, bringing our message to you along with our fashion sewing books and Learn How to Sew DVDs. We want to PERSONALLY share our sewing knowledge with you in these workshops. AND, we learn from you as well, hopefully making us better teachers.

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Palmer/Pletsch Philadelphia Sewing School


Pamela Leggett has been teaching sewing since 1981. Specializing in pattern fitting, knit sewing and fine garment skills, she has developed a fun and informative teaching style that is now available in her patterns, instructional DVD's and now at the Palmer/Pletsch Philadelphia Sewing School.

One of Pamela's passions is creating garments that flatter and fit the wearer. Her desire to teach others to achieve the perfect fit led her to the Palmer/Pletsch pattern fitting method, which she has used to help hundreds of women successfully achieve good fit and a renewed love of garment sewing. It is with this knowledge that she created Pamela's Patterns, which have many fitting solutions and adjustments built-in to the patterns.

Pamela's Patterns have been reviewed and featured in magazines and on-line review sites. Pamela is a contributing writer, book author and DVD personality for Threads Magazine, an instructor for Craftsy online classes, director of the Palmer/Pletsch Philadelphia and Connecticut Sewing Workshops and a national sewing/serging educator. She has also appeared on PBS’s Sewing With Nancy and Canada’s The Shopping Channel.

Pamela lives in Connecticut and has a teaching studio in Vernon CT.



pennsylvania sewingThe Philadelphia workshops are held at Steve's Sewing, a state-of-the-art store. Steve's has just about everything you might need for sewing and quilting. From notions, books, and embroidery designs to all types of machines (sewing, serging, & embroidery); as well as the furniture to accommodate your sewing endeavors.

Steves's Sewing
268 W. DeKalb Pike (202)
King of Prussia, PA 19406


In the classroom we offer coffee, water, and snacks, and, at midday, a wonderful lunch. Dinners are on your own.

A bring list of what you need to bring for each class, along with other information is available as a pdf to download from each class event webpage. Just start looking for a class that interests you! If you have the Palmer/Pletsch book that is being used as a reference for the class, bring it.

A graduation dinner will be held at the completion of each workshop. It's a time to socialize in a relaxed atmosphere and share the whys of your sewing, your personal interests and your aspirations. In a final ceremony, completion certificates will be awarded.


Teacher Training is available in conjunction the Fit and Pant Fit workshops. The Fit and Pant Fit class descriptions pages have more information available as well as how to sign up.

Join Pamela Leggett the day after certain workshops for a guided shopping tour of New York City's fabric stores throughout the garment district. This trip timing is approximately 8:00am to 9:00pm on the day after the workshop. New York City is a fabulous place to visit and shop for fabrics, trims, buttons and so much more!  Pamela will be your guide for the day as we travel to the Big Apple to explore Mood (Project Runway’s store), B & J’s (Pamela’s favorite) and other stores in the Garment District. The $150 tour price includes transportation, the fabric tour and lunch. Contact Pamela to reserve your spot —

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Doubletree by Hilton
Address: 301 W Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Phone:(610) 337-1200

There is a special rate set for each individual workshop that our attendees can take advantage of at the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia-Valley Forge. The hotel is located directly across the street from Steve's Sewing. Book your room online or call to make your reservations (800) TRY-VFPA. Refer to the coordinating workshop and dates listed below for the special rate. The special rate is $119.00 and is subject to 6% Pennsylvania sales tax and 2% Montgomery County Occupancy tax.

Please note that this special rate and room block is only available until three weeks prior to the workshop. If you are in need of a room after this time please contact the Sales Department at (610) 312-0356.

The hotel has two restaurants on site. There are many additional restaurants within a five-mile radius of the hotel, and, based on availability, the hotel shuttle can take you to any of them, complimentary.


The hotel is less than two miles away from the largest mall on the east coast ~ The King of Prussia Mall.

The hotel is also located in historic Valley Forge, located just minutes from Valley Forge Park - Valley Forge was the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army.
This park commemorates the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation and honors the ability of citizens to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times.

If you would like to go to downtown Philadelphia, there is the R6 rail from Septa. Ask the front desk for more information.

Shuttles to and from the airport are available by reservations - contact Tropiano Shuttle service at (800) 559-2040. $29.00 one way (price subject to change). Uber may also be an alternative.


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March 2018
$195 - $750
March 8, 2018 - March 11, 2018

SEWING WORKSHOPS: FIT SEWING PATTERNS 4-DAY – Philadelphia — March 8-11, 2018

  Because we do hands-on fitting, we continue to be innovative and fine-tune our skills. We’ve examined and used many approaches to fitting over the years. Today we teach what works the best and easiest for YOU! We do very little measuring because measuring does not tell you all you need to know about the body you are fitting. Learning to tissue-fit patterns is a process. We fit you, then teach you to fit yourself! The first day we will…

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June 2018
June 7, 2018 - June 10, 2018

SEWING WORKSHOP: FIT & SEW FASHION KNITS 4-DAY – Philadelphia — June 7-10, 2018

This class will help you master fitting and sewing any pattern in any knit. Sewing with knit fabrics today is quick, easy, and very fashionable! From casual to formal wear, knit fabrics rule, but all the old "rules" don’t. Take all the best ideas from ready-to-wear to couture sewing and incorporate these techniques into your knitwear. We’ve taken the mystery out of fitting a pattern for any type of knit fabric. Every garment from the T-shirt to the draped dress…

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October 2018
$195 - $750
October 11, 2018 - October 14, 2018

SEWING WORKSHOPS: PANT FIT AND SEW 4-DAY – Philadelphia — October 11-14, 2018

Learn to fit any style pant and to sew up all those details. The first day we will give you a comprehensive presentation of The Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method. We will show you pant styles from our wardrobe. Then we will take you shopping to show you the easiest to fit pant fabrics that have good fit and sew qualities. We will measure your hip and determine your size. We will fit you in tissue and then show you how to…

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