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Register now for Sewing and Quilting Classes! Space is limited and classroom seats are filled in the order of receipt. Sign up early for best seats!

Our classroom is stocked with Bernina 580 sewing machines, compliments of our local Bernina dealer, Hinkletown Sewing. You may use one of these wonderful machines, or if you prefer, you may bring your sewing machine from home.

With your registration confirmation, you will receive a Supply List for the class. The cost of supplies, unless noted, is not included in either the class fee or the cost of the kit.

Supply discount!
Show your Supply List at either The Old Country Store or Hinkletown Sewing and receive a 10% discount on supplies specific to the class.

Bonus discount!
Show your class name tag at The Old Country Store on the day of your class and receive a 10% discount on all future classes you register for, and save 10% on any sewing supplies you buy, whether for the class or not (includes fabric, precuts, sewing/quilting books, patterns, kits, notions, batting, thread).


SPECIAL EVENT: Lacking Sense and Sensibility

Quilt book author and Jane Austen aficionado, Karen Gloeggler, will be with us to present, "Lacking Sense and Sensibility."

The 2-hour presentation will be offered in the afternoon and again in the evening, with identical content both times.

This special event will be held in our Sewing Classroom and will begin with hot tea and cookies, followed by Karen's entertaining lecture, quilt trunk show, and book signing.

Seating is limited. Reserve your spot today!
  1. Friday, December 12th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm (Sold Out)
  2. Friday, December 12th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    20 seats remaining
    $10.00

Accidental Landscape: Snow at Midnight

By popular request, Donna will teach another Accidental Landscape project! This scene, Snow at Midnight, follows designer Karen Eckmeier’s technique of curved layering and topstitching, and it features a gorgeous moonlit sky on a snowy winter night. Finished quilt is 15” x 17”.

This class ($54) is taught by Donna Groff.

Required $20 kit ($21.20 with PA sales tax) includes pattern and fabric for picture portion.

A required supply list (fabric and notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Wednesday, January 14th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    10 seats remaining
    $75.20

Sewing for Kids- Make a Pillowcase!

If you’re ages 10-14 years, you can learn how to make a simple four-seam, French-seam case!

Choose your fabrics to match your bedroom or showcase your hobbies. Spend the morning sewing a fun-and-easy pillowcase, and then attend your next sleepover in style!

This class ($34) will be taught by Jan Mast.

A required supply list (fabric and notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Monday, January 19th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    6 seats remaining
    $34.00

BSR Blitz!

"Today I will...use my BSR!"

Learn the basics of using your Bernina Stitch Regulator (BSR). Learn techniques for using your BSR in quilting, crafting, garment-making, and creating home-decor, as well as for bobbin work and thread painting. Practice using your BSR with different needles and threads.

If you don't own a BSR, but are considering purchasing one, come try one of ours! Our classroom Bernina 580 machines each have their own BSR, so this is the perfect opportunity to give it a try!

This class ($34) will be taught by Mary Alice Fyock.

A required supply list will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Tuesday, January 20th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    11 seats remaining
    $34.00
  2. Friday, March 27th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    12 seats remaining
    $34.00

More BSR!

You have learned the basics--now you are ready to practice and play with free-motion quilting techniques and learn about thread tension in this hands-on class.

You will practice many different free-motion quilting designs, using different types of thread, and you will go home with a notebook full of designs along with your samples, ready to try your skills on a wall hanging or quilt.

This class ($34) will be taught by Mary Alice Fyock.

A required supply list will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Tuesday, January 20th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    12 seats remaining
    $34.00
  2. Friday, March 27th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    12 seats remaining
    $34.00

BERNINA Embroidery Software 7 Guide Class

For those of you who purchased the Bernina V7 software or update from Hinkletown Sewing, this one time, 3 hour class is FREE! Choose a date and enter the code provided by Hinkletown to waive the $34 fee. The class will focus on V7 but you are welcome to come to the guide class if you are working with V6 and have NOT received your free guide class.

This class will be taught by Mary Alice Fyock.

A required supply list will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Wednesday, January 21st from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    12 seats remaining
    $34.00
  2. Wednesday, March 25th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    12 seats remaining
    $34.00

T-Shirt Quilt

Do you have beloved T-shirts (yours or your kids’) buried in storage? Dig them out, and transform them into a sentimental quilt!

Learn a simple way to assemble 12 shirt fronts (or backs) into patches ready to be sashed with fabric and constructed into a quilt. When finished, you can choose to knot or machine-quilt it—either way, your T-shirt hoarder will adore it!

This class ($54) will be taught by Lois Zimmerman.

A required supply list (fabric and notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Tuesday, January 27th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    5 seats remaining
    $54.00

Cathedral Windows by Machine

Learn this beautiful classic quilting technique in a modern way.

No batting or binding is needed to construct this quilt by machine, and when you're finished with the top, you have a complete quilt!

This class ($54.00) will be taught by Sherry Musselman.

Required $8.00 pattern ($8.48 with PA sales tax) will be given in class.

A required supply list (fabric and notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Thursday, January 29th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    8 seats remaining
    $62.48

Diva Clutch Purse

You’ll be amazed how simple it is to make this sweet, little purse. But watch out, it’s addictive! You’ll find you need one in other fabric combinations, or you’ll think of friends who need gifts.

Just a half yard of fabric and the metal fixture that’s a cinch to attach, and voila!

This class ($34) will be taught by Jan Mast.

A required $22 kit ($23.32 with PA sales tax) includes pattern, fusible Pellon, and two-piece metal wallet frame. You will receive your kit upon arrival to class.

A required supply list (notions and fabric) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Friday, January 30th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    10 seats remaining
    $57.32

CorelDraw/Corel Photo-Paint (Beginner or Intermediate)

Still overwhelmed with using CorelDraw and Photo-Paint? This day is devoted to using these graphic programs. We will learn to create our own shapes and edit existing graphics and then turn them into embroideries.

This class ($54) will be taught by Mary Alice Fyock.

A required supply list will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Tuesday, February 10th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    12 seats remaining
    $54.00

Many Ways to Applique

In this class you will learn different techniques for applique ranging from raw-edge to elegant needle-turn. You will also learn speedy "stick 'n iron" and freezer paper methods.

Bring fabric scraps, bits of ribbon, and bias tape to discover how fun applique is!

This class ($54) is taught by Lois Zimmerman.

Required $7.00 kit ($7.42 with PA sales tax) includes patterns and stabilizers.

A required supply list (fabric and notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Wednesday, February 11th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    12 seats remaining
    $61.42

Bernina Software Sampler- Digitize a Logo

Discover some basic digitizing techniques while we create an embroidery design working only from a poor quality graphic. Work with small lettering will also be covered.

Please note: The morning class (9 a.m. to 12 noon) is for Advanced students. You must be pre-approved to register for this class. The afternoon class (1-4 p.m.) is open to all levels of experience--beginners welcome. All students must be able to bring and operate a laptop computer.

This class ($34) will be taught by Mary Alice Fyock.

A required supply list will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Thursday, February 12th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    12 seats remaining
    $34.00
  2. Thursday, February 12th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    12 seats remaining
    $34.00

Simply Embroidery

Are you new to machine embroidery or still trying to figure out how to get good results? This class will focus on techniques rather than a project, with the entire day spent just embroidering!

We will work on different types of fabrics, and try different threads and stabilizers. Learn the process of embroidery applique, lace-making, and other machine embroidery techniques.

This class ($54) will be taught by Mary Alice Fyock.

A required supply list with fabric and notions needs will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Tuesday, February 17th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    12 seats remaining
    $54.00

EZ Breezy Quilt-as-you-Go Table Runner and Place Mats

What's better than a gorgeous table runner and coordinating place mats that are super-quick to make? Make these for yourself or to give as a gift.

This is a perfect way to use your favorite, large-scale bright print.

The quilt-as-you-go method means that when you finish sewing, your quilting is done, too! (Or, you can add more quilting for an extra-fabulous look.)

This class ($54.00) will be taught by Sherry Musselman.

Required $9.00 pattern ($9.54 with PA sales tax) will be given in class.

A required supply list (fabric, batting, and notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Wednesday, February 18th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    8 seats remaining
    $63.54

Beginning Piecing and Quilting

Are you ready to adventure into the world of quilt-making, but you aren't sure how to begin? If your answer is "Yes!" then this is the perfect class for you!

In this class, learn from Lois about rotary cutting, strip-piecing, chain-sewing, and how to make your seam intersections meet perfectly. You will sew together a 9-patch block, layer your quilt "sandwich", practice basic hand-quilting stitches, and leave class with a finished table topper.

Bring fabric of your choice to create a project you'll be proud to display in your home.

This class ($54) will be taught by Lois Zimmerman.

A required supply list (fabric, tools, notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Tuesday, February 24th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    11 seats remaining
    $54.00

Sending Designs to Your Embroidery Machine

In this class you will learn to send embroidery designs from your computer or CD to your Bernina Embroidery Machine or USB stick, using Bernina Embroidery Software.

The process will work with the Bernina Designer Plus, Editor Plus or the free ArtLink software. Bring your laptop with software installed, a CD with designs and USB stick.

We will "write" designs to your stick so your machine can read them.

This class ($17) will be taught by John Groff.

A required supply list will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Wednesday, February 25th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
    11 seats remaining
    $17.00

Quilting with Your Embroidery Module

Did you ever think of quilting your quilt using your embroidery module? Oh the things you can do with your embroidery module with the greatest of ease!

For this class, bring a ready-to-quilt wall hanging, quilt, or other project and learn just how easy it is to finish your projects. If you don’t have a project to finish, layer a pre-printed panel or baby quilt and join the class.

A sewing machine with embroidery capabilities is required.

If you do not have a machine with embroidery capabilities, but are interested in exploring this area of sewing, come to the class and use one of our classroom Bernina 580 sewing machines. The Bernina 580 comes with embroidery capabilities and will give you a great first-time embroidery experience.

This class ($54) will be taught by Mary Alice Fyock.

A required supply list will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Tuesday, March 10th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    11 seats remaining
    $54.00

Machine Quilting Basics

This class covers the techniques needed to do your own machine quilting. Make a placemat, and practice using your walking foot for grid quilting and your darning foot for free motion.

You will learn how to plan for machine quilting and mark a quilt for the quilting process. This is a techniques class.

This class ($54) will be taught by Mary Alice Fyock.

A required supply list will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Wednesday, March 18th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    12 seats remaining
    $54.00

Bernina Software Sampler- Blooming Bliss Quilt

Design a "jelly roll" quilt project and coordinating quilt patterns using Bernina Embroidery Software 7, Artwork Canvas, and the Quilter Program.

Please note: The morning class (9 a.m. to 12 noon) is for Advanced students. You must be pre-approved to register for this class. The afternoon class (1-4 p.m.) is open to all levels of experience--beginners welcome. All students must be able to bring and operate a laptop computer.

This class ($34) will be taught by Mary Alice Fyock.

A required supply list will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Thursday, March 19th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    12 seats remaining
    $34.00
  2. Thursday, March 19th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    12 seats remaining
    $34.00

Hand-Quilting How-To

Whether you’ve never hand-quilted or simply want to improve your skills, Lois has great tips to offer!

Learn how to start and stop, what to do at an intersection, how to bury your knots, and the benefits of using a thimble.

Practice straight-line quilting and echo quilting before completing the simple project you’ll take home and display with pride!

This class ($34) will be taught by Lois Zimmerman.

A required $12 kit ($12.72 with PA sales tax) includes a prepared fabric project for hand-quilting. You will receive your kit upon arrival at class.

A required supply list (notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Saturday, March 21st from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    12 seats remaining
    $46.72

Stacked and Stitched Leaf Quilt

This class consists of two parts. First, we’ll make a stacked and stitched “pelt” for your future design possibilities. Part Two includes completion of an 8” x 10” layered and slashed wall quilt with a leaf motif.

This class ($34) will be taught by Christine Morgan.

Required $20 kit ($21.20 with PA sales tax) includes pelts needed to complete leaf quilt (many colors to choose from).

A required supply list (notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Saturday, March 28th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    12 seats remaining
    $55.20

Sewing Basics 101

Attention beginners! If you’re ages 13-99 and would like to learn to sew (and actually make something!), this class is just for you!

Lois will introduce basic sewing tools, familiarize you with patterns, and suggest which sewing machine will meet your sewing needs. Bring your questions and leave with a completed apron!

This class ($34) will be taught by Lois Zimmerman.

A required supply list (fabric and notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Monday, April 6th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    12 seats remaining
    $34.00

Bernina Software Sampler- All Geared Up

Use the tools in Art Canvas to create "gear" shapes for unique quilting and applique patterns.

Please note: The morning class (9 a.m. to 12 noon) is for Advanced students. You must be pre-approved to register for this class. The afternoon class (1-4 p.m.) is open to all levels of experience--beginners welcome. All students must be able to bring and operate a laptop computer.

This class ($34) will be taught by Mary Alice Fyock.

A required supply list will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Thursday, April 16th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    12 seats remaining
    $34.00
  2. Thursday, April 16th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    12 seats remaining
    $34.00

Class Terms: Class payments are non-refundable less than two weeks prior to the class. If The Old Country Store needs to cancel a class due to inclement weather, an instructor with a family or medical emergency, or a class with two or fewer students, the class will be rescheduled as soon as possible or a full refund will be given.

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Meet the Teachers



Marcia Nissley

Sewing Class Coordinator

Marcia began her sewing hobby as a young girl while learning, under her mother’s supervision, how to sew her own dresses. Today, her interests are less in making garments, and are more in sewing quilts and other home décor.

Marcia finds her inspiration from reading quilting blogs and following trends on Pinterest. She gravitates toward more modern designs with fields of white amidst bright patches of color. That said, there’s still a place in her heart for traditional quilts and vintage finds. “I love to scour yard sales and thrift stores for other people’s textile castoffs!” she says.

Having worked at the Store off and on since 1997, Marcia’s responsibilities include quilt book, pattern, and kit buying. She’s excited about her new role as Sewing Class Coordinator. “One of my favorite things about working in the Store is helping fabric customers pull together everything they need for a project, so working with teachers and class attendees to inspire creativity in sewing classes is an awesome opportunity!”

Jody Beck

Jody began quilting in 2000, and by 2003 she began publishing her quilt patterns as Jody’s Jems.

She responded to requests to teach her techniques, and is now possibly best-known for her Stack and Slash pattern, “which is for quilters who like unplanned projects,” compared to the pattern’s popular cousin, the Stack and Whack pattern which she labels “for perfect people.”

A good day for Jody includes quilting with friends or traveling to Lancaster’s Green Dragon with her husband, Jim.

Jody and Jim live in Pottstown, PA, where she is also involved in teaching Precepts for Life Bible studies and leading a weekly Moms in Prayer group.

Mary Alice Fyock

Mary Alice began her interest in fabrics as an eight-year-old involved in 4-H. That interest evolved into an education career, teaching sewing and tailoring, fitting, serger techniques, embroidery, software, and quilting.

Mary Alice lives with her husband on a Century Farm near Lititz. Together they enjoy hiking, biking, and taking “walking” vacations around the world.

At home, Mary Alice enjoys working in her vegetable and flower gardens, cooking, knitting, reading, and passing on her love of “creating” to her seven wonderful grandchildren. Her latest passion is digitizing appliquéd children’s quilts.

Donna Groff

Donna loves to sew and embroider small projects and has sewn the project samples, led the Embroidery Club, and taught other classes for Hinkletown Sewing for the past 15 years.

Donna likes to spend time sewing charity projects with friends. They have made walker bags for local retirement homes, pillows for breast cancer patients, pillowcase dresses to send to orphanages in other countries, and many other worthy projects.

After 42 years in their first home, Donna and her husband, John, recently designed, built, and moved into a new home just outside of New Holland, PA. "It was quite a project," Donna says, "but the large, bright sewing room with a great view of the countryside was worth it!"

Donna and John enjoy travelling (especially to the Bernina factories in Switzerland and Thailand) and watching their great-nephews race stock cars.

John Groff

After selling the family steel and recycling business, followed by a short period in retirement, John began working part time for Bernina of America and Hinkletown Sewing. Over time his work load with Hinkletown Sewing continued to grow and he stopped traveling to quilt shows for Bernina. Today he continues to manage special events, provide software support, and oversee other computer related projects for Hinkletown Sewing.

John enjoys traveling to Bernina University each year for Hinkletown Sewing and has traveled to the Bernina factories in Switzerland and Thailand. But most of all he enjoys working with the Zimmerman family and all the great Hinkletown Sewing customers.

In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and working on dirt track race cars as a chassis tech.

Ruth Ann Gingrich

For many years, Ruth Ann selected quilts to sell in the Store and oversaw production of our signature kits. More recently she teaches classes and is responsible for making pattern and kit samples to display in the Store.

Ruth Ann’s a well-seasoned seamstress with years of experience sewing clothing for her family, participating in her church sewing circle, and making quilts for grandchildren.

Ruth Ann and her husband, Carl, like to go to the mountains, take bus trips, do volunteer work, and spend time with their granddaughters.

Carol Landis

Carol’s daily work includes helping her husband, Les, on their dairy farm near Quarryville, PA. “My fun work, however, is sewing!” she is quick to note.

Many years ago Carol spent time sewing clothing for her young family, but today she prefers making quilts and keeping her 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren well supplied in finished pieces.

Carol runs miles of thread through her two Bernina sewing machines, a 730 and 830, and her latest self-taught sewing love is paper-pieced quilting.

In addition to sewing rag quilts, some to sell and others to give away, Carol likes to bake (desserts are her specialty) and cook.

Jan Mast

Jan, like so many others, began sewing doll clothes at a young age. Her mother and two older sisters fueled her curiosity and creativity, encouraging her to enter Sewing 4-H and submit completed craft and sewing projects to the local farmers’ fairs.

She graduated from sewing doll clothes to making clothing for herself, and later, for her children. More recently her projects are less garment-oriented and are more patchwork and quilt-inspired.

"I have always loved creating things with my hands, imagining ways to put color and texture together, and marrying traditional craft with modern technique. Owning the Store, buying fabric for both the "bricks" and "clicks" stores, and relating local quilters and crafters is a dream job!" she shares.

Jan and her husband Dean, owners of The Old Country Store, live in Smoketown, PA. They share a rivalry in Scrabble and enjoy flower gardening together. Their three teenage daughters also caught the sewing bug and give Jan’s two Bernina machines a real workout!

Christine Morgan

Christine Morgan

Christine is best known for her layered and slashed fabric art. This labor- and materials- intensive technique evolved after 30 years of traditional quiltmaking, when Christine was commissioned to create a wall quilt for an office with acoustical problems.

She experimented with layering a variety of mediums and was pleased both with the results and captivated by the endless possibilities for effect, texture, and depth of color.

“I think the finished product is worth the effort, and I am confident I will be content to explore this medium for many years to come,” she writes.

Christine creates quilts, pillows, and wall art based on the technique promoted in her book, Stacked & Stitched (AQS Publishing 2012). Her work can be purchased at City Folk, Lancaster, PA.

In her spare time, Christine like to read, especially non-fiction, and spends two hours each day walking her beloved dog, Buddy, in the woods and along the Pequea Creek, near her home.

Sherry Musselman

Sherry learned to sew in Home Economics Class in High School. She made clothing for herself and family members. In nursing school, her interest in quilting was piqued when she learned to hand quilt at a friend’s house. After retiring from nursing, Sherry returned to her first love of sewing and finally learned to quilt. She enjoys sharing her craft with others.

Sherry and her husband, John, enjoy traveling, watching old movies, and exploring quilts shops and bookstores. She also leads a Bible Study group at her church.

Houa Yang

Houa’s cultural tradition (Hmong) includes highly-detailed reverse applique on both clothing and crafts. She says her mother gets credit for teaching her good needlework skills at a young age.

For the past 25 years Houa has gained respect in Lancaster County for her traditional applique designs, and her work appears on many quilts sold in the area.

While her appliqueing business consumes much of her time, Houa recently made an effort to start making some quilts and wall art for herself, in order to avoid the old adage, “Quilters don’t own quilts.” Her favorite motifs for the projects she keeps are inspired by designers Kim Diehl and Jo Morton.

Houa and her husband are parents to a son who is a college graduate and a daughter who is in elementary school. She loves to cook and is actively involved in children’s ministry at the Hmong Alliance Church.

Lois Zimmerman

Lois grew up on a farm in eastern Lancaster County and has had the privilege of raising her own family while living on that same homestead. She and her husband, Elmer, parented four children and now enjoy grandparenting.

Elmer pastors at Blue Ball Mennonite Church, where Lois offers her hand-quilting skills at their women’s sewing circle. Her other hobbies include cooking, camping, and “anything involving people—be it family or friends,” says Lois.

Lois has spent the past 30 years doing sewing alterations. She mends, alters, or fixes anything that can be sewn—clothes, gowns, curtains, bags, and bedding. “Ever since I was a child, I loved ripping clothes apart! It sounds crazy, and it drove my mother crazy, but I never took anything apart that I wasn’t able to put back together,” she says.

There are four Bernina machines in Lois’ sewing room, and she claims she "needs each one!"


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