Store Hours Update
May 11th, 2020
We have re-opened our storefront, but are allowing only three customers in the shop at a time. This is to ensure that we can maintain social distance and still provide you with a unique and thoughtful shopping experience.
If you are able to call and schedule an in-person appointment to ensure yourself a spot, we encourage you to do so! Please call 406-540-4068 or email [email protected]
If you’d prefer to avoid shopping in-store, try signing up for a Virtual Shopping Session.
Thank you so much for your continuing patience and support of local business.
Web orders will be processed during business hours and shipped the same day if they are received before 2:00pm MST, Monday through Saturday. Orders received after 2:00pm MST, or on Sundays / holidays, will be processed and shipped the following business day.
We currently ship to the United States, Canada, the UK, and Australia.
All of our U.S. orders are sent via USPS Priority Mail for the flat rate of $6. Since we can process orders almost immediately, you get your package just 2-3 days after ordering! If you want your package even sooner, you can choose Priority Express shipping on checkout to receive it the next day. International orders are shipped via USPS ground; prices vary by country but are indicated on the checkout page. All orders ship from our store in Missoula, Montana.
Those living in the Missoula area may select local pick-up rather than Priority Mail shipping. If you decide to use this option, we please post a comment upon checkout. Please allow up to 24 hours for local pickup. We will contact you when your order is ready.
Our delivery area includes these zip codes in Missoula, MT: 59801, 59802, 59803, 59804, or 59808. To select local delivery, first choose the ‘local pick-up’ option upon checkout. Then, specify in the comment section that you would like your order to be delivered. On the day of delivery we will call to confirm. Orders are delivered weekly on Fridays.
We understand that products you order aren’t always what you thought they would be. We will give you a full refund on any product that isn’t to your liking. Simply let us know either by phone or email, and we will email you a return shipping label. Once we receive the item(s) we will refund your credit card. To help us out, please let us know why you want to return an item so we can improve our descriptions, photos, and inventory!
Nope! Our brick-and-mortar store is located in Montana, which does not have sales tax. We get to pass that savings on to you, no matter where you live!
Yep: Click here and enter your gift card number to see your balance.
Not exactly, but as Tim Gunn says, we can “make it work!” If you have a virtual gift card you’d like to use in the store, just print off the email with the card number and bring it in. If you have an actual gift card from the shop and want to use it online, just give us a call (406-540-4068) and we’ll convert it to an online gift card.
Yep! Just let us know that an item in your order is a gift and we will take care of the rest. You can make a note on the checkout page.
We can’t send out free samples, but we have the next best thing – enter 0.1 in the quantify box of any fabric, and we’ll send you a swatch. The cost will be 1/10 of the price per yard. For quilting cottons, this will generally be around $1.10 per swatch. Garment fabrics will usually vary between $1.00 and $2.50 (or more, for specialty fabrics like Liberty of London). If swatches are the only items in your order, shipping is free!
We are fortunate to live in a community with many talented sewers! Kate McIvor, Founder and Owner of The Confident Stitch, teaches many of the garment and pattern-fitting classes as well as individualized instruction. Missoula also has a plethora of amazing quilters, many of whom want to share their skills with our students. For specialty classes such as fabric dyeing, applique, and other fiber arts, we bring in experts in that area to teach their techniques.
Each season we try to offer a variety of classes for all skill levels and interests. This includes garment making, pattern fitting, quilting, accessories, and specialty classes. If there is something you’d like to see us offer, let us know!
To provide the best learning experience for students, we limit spaces depending on the class. Usually we try to keep our classes at a maximum of 6 students, so register early!
Here’s how we define our skill levels for classes. Not sure of your level? Contact us and we’ll help you decide.
Total Newbie: You have very little or no experience with a sewing machine, but you’re ready to learn to make something simple with plenty of guidance.
Beginner: You have taken a class or two. You’re pretty comfortable using a sewing machine. You know what a seam allowance is, and you’re ready to tackle a simple garment, bag, or quilt.
Advanced Beginner: You’re very comfortable with a sewing machine. You have sewn a few simple things at home on your own. You need some guidance reading a pattern, and you are ready to tackle more complex projects and learn simple pattern alterations.
Intermediate: You’re very comfortable sewing. You have made a quilt or a garment on your own. You are very comfortable reading patterns. You’re ready to make a complex quilt, a tailored jacket, or to learn to alter patterns.
We understand that life happens. If you can’t make a class, please let us know as soon as possible. Cancellations with at least a 24-hour notice will receive a full refund. If you cancel with less than 24-hour notice, we will give you store credit. In some cases, it might be possible to make up a missed class or attend a partial session.
All classes take place in our beautiful and spacious classroom, located at our shop at 139 W. Front St. in Missoula. Enjoy our view looking out toward Caras Park while you sew!
No. We have top-of-the-line classroom machines available for you to use. We prefer that students use our machines so that everyone is on the same page and we can get them set up and ready to go. If you’d rather bring your own machine, just let us know, and make sure it is in good working order (clean and oiled, serviced if necessary) so we don’t lose time during class on mechanical issues.
No, unless specified in the class description. All students receive 15% off items purchased for a class. If you’re unsure of some of the supplies, call or stop in before the class to get advice.
You bet! We often have classes just for kids, but they are welcome to take any of our regular classes as well. We just ask that kids who have little or no experience sewing or who are younger than 12 be accompanied by an adult.
Yes! You can arrange a one-on-one session with Kate McIvor or Bonnie Thompson, our incredible seamstress, if you need help with a specific skill or project. For basic orientation to your sewing machine and an introduction to sewing, the cost is $15/hour. For all other lessons, the cost is $30/hour. Please contact us directly to schedule.
We do. If your dining room table just isn’t cutting it anymore, come sew in our classroom and use our equipment for a fee of $15/hour. You provide the thread, fabric, and other supplies (or buy them in the shop), and we’ll provide the space! Please contact us directly to schedule.
We also have monthly sew-ins, free of charge, every Thursday evening. We call this this Sewcialist Union. Drop in the shop from 6-9pm to sew whatever you’re working on, get advice from other sewers, and have fun! You can find more info here.