Sewing Classes Bursting at the Seams

An old hobby is becoming more popular as people look to save money.

Callie Works-Leary, the owner of CityCraft in Dallas said she has more students than she has room for.

"The minute that we open a class, it fills up within two days, and we have waiting lists on all of our classes, so there's a huge demand out there," she said. "People are dying to get in there and start sewing."

As consumers look for ways to save, many are turning to the craft world.

"There's a different generation sewing now, and I think it's really different than our moms or grandmothers," said Christine Visneau, of Dallas.

Erin Chaney is part of the new generation.

"This outfit was less than $20 because the fabric and the thread," she said. "I only needed two yards of fabric, and I was able to make the necklace out of the fabric scraps that I had from making the skirt.

And Chaney can also make her own customs gifts -- aprons, totes, jewelry bags and pillows -- for a low price.

A two-and-a-half hour beginner's class at CityCraft that teaches the basics of sewing is $55.

"It's a great way to de-stress, so not only are they saving money and making something they can be proud of, they are also forgetting about the troubles that might be going on in the world at large," Works-Leary said.

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