Public Courses at EE

More about our Public Classes: 
Who is teaching the course?

Our public courses are taught by qualified instructors who have studied and worked in the field that they are teaching. Our instructors have a combined 80 years of experience in their fields.

Do I need prior sewing knowledge?

The majority of our courses are for intermediate to advanced sewers. This will be specified in the course description. We do offer some courses for beginners – Sewing Basics is for beginners who have never sewn before.

How many registrants are required for the class to run?

A minimum of 3 registrants are required for our classes to run.

Do you offer discounts?

EcoEquitable’s mission is to support our community while creating a sewing hub in Ottawa. We take pride in offering services to serious sewers who would otherwise not be able to afford our courses. For that reason, we offer a substantial discount to current EE students (50%) and 25% to community members who are experiencing difficulties. Please contact our office at to discuss your situation and we will find a win-win solution.

I need to cancel – do I get my money back?

Refund/Cancellation policy: Written notice of cancellation may be processed with a full refund (minus a 10% admin fee) two weeks prior to the course starting. Cancellations received 1 week prior to the course are eligible for a 50% refund unless there is a wait list for the course. Cancellations within the final week prior to the course are non-refundable unless there is a wait list for the course and the course can be run with full attendance. We try to be as fair as possible while running full courses.

What’s the difference between your SFJ courses and your public workshops?

Our Sewing for Jobs courses are funded through grants and donations and are specifically designed to provide customized support for those participants having experienced barriers to joining the workforce, and who would like to find employment in sewing. Our public courses are not externally funded. The students in our public courses are members of the public who sew recreationally and are looking to upgrade their skills.