The next time you need to adjust a hemline or patch a hole in a pair of jeans, don’t automatically run to the corner dry cleaner.

Instead, why not learn how to fix your garments yourself--or even how to make a simple piece or two from scratch--during a sewing class at the Needle Shop’s charming new digs in North Center?

The sunny new location (the Needle Shop was formerly in Bucktown) is a place where you can see and touch the kinds of colorful, unusual fabrics that the DIY set swoons for. There are also patterns, supplies and books full of projects for beginners and advanced seamstresses alike.

Once you’ve perused the goods, sign up for a how-to class--sessions are offered nearly every day. (Classes cost about $70 per person and are limited to four students--grab three girlfriends and bond over basting.)

On tap for April are classes in making a classic boat-neck top, a metal-framed clutch and a cute and easy tote.

First time with a needle and thread? Start with Sewing 101. At the end of four hours, you’ll have a pillow so fabulous, you’ll be dreaming up names for your own Etsy shop.

The Needle Shop, 3738 N. Lincoln Ave.; theneedleshop.net

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