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What equipment is available in my class?

You will have full access to all the sewing machines, sergers, and pressing tools.  There is also a wide range of tools, pattern paper, tracing paper, measuring tapes, chalks, and pins available to use when you are at the studio.

We have three permanent ironing stations, and temporary ones can be set up immediately if more are needed.   Dress forms ranging from a size 6 to a 22 at present with more coming.

Why Janome and Brother machines?

I felt it was important to stock the studio with affordable, easy to use machines.

Buying a machine can be overwhelming and potentially expensive,  it is easy to spend far more than you need to, especially when you are just starting out.   Most garments require nothing more than a straight stitch, back tack and zipper foot.


Can I bring my own machine instead?

Of course! We only ask that you are confident at using it as we cannot offer help and support with any machine brought in by a student.

Why are you using patterns from independent companies such as Closet Core, By Hand, Orange Lingerie and Pauline Alice?

We believe in supporting independent, woman-owned businesses whenever possible. These small companies (and many more) are wonderful resources and we hope our students will continue to support them after completing a class.



Some Parking & Transportation Options

Premium Parking is located at 200 N. Rampart Street, a short walk from the studio. There are plenty of competitive parking lots in the Quarter as well as alternative side street parking. We suggest downloading the Premium Parking app (lot P347) and the ParkMobile app for updated street parking in the quarter.

And, of course, don’t forget the street cars - the nearest stop is on North Rampart a block from the studio.


Class Cancellation Refunds, Shipping, Returns, and Exchanges

If a Class is booked and paid for in advance, you are entitled to a full refund if notice is given 30 days or more from the start date of said class.
If the class is less than thirty days out, we will endeavor to transfer you to another class, if this is not possible we can offer a store credit if notice is given more than 14 days before a class commences.
Classes canceled 7 days and less before the start date are non-refundable.
Guest teacher workshops organized by Papermaple and booked through the studio do not give refunds less than 14 days out unless Papermaple Studio has to cancel due to an unforeseen circumstance.
Our classes are subject to a minimum of 3 bookings. In the event that we are forced to cancel a class, we will endeavour to give you as much notice as possible and offer either a full refund or swap your booking to another suitable class/date.
Our online shop offers multiple shipping options. They are determined by weight, address and service selected at checkout. All orders are processed Monday through Friday, and we aim to ship within 1 -2 business days if the item is in stock. Custom kits are usually sent within 5-10 working days, dependent on the wait list. Please contact us if you need a rush order and we will do our best to accommodate you.

All items (notions) purchased in the shop can be exchanged or refunded if the studio is contacted within 48 hours of delivery. They must be returned in their original packaging, unopened and unused. Any item that has been opened, damaged, or used will not be refunded. Postage is non-refundable, and the cost of return postage is the customer’s responsibility.

Find our full policy here.

Attendance, Covid & Conduct Policies

We continue to monitor the Covid situation, but do ask that you either be fully vaccinated, have a negative test within 48 hours of the commencement of a class OR wear a mask at all times. We do require that you carry the relevant documents and ask that it be emailed/ texted if requested.

And while we understand that things happen, we ask that you be on time for all classes, workshops, and events. Please call if you are running late so we do not delay the class. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to all classes starting. There are no make-up options should you miss some of a class, but some open studio time can be booked with Leisa if you prefer not to finish a garment or project alone. Please discuss this option before leaving the studio on the day of the class.

We work on the assumption that all projects will be completed in the time allotted unless otherwise stated when booking. Some ongoing classes and workshops will have homework or the option for extra learning, but it cannot be guaranteed that any garment, item, or project will be completed in its entirety during the time physically spent in the studio.

Privacy Policy

Papermaple Studios and other fellow attendees will sometimes photograph and/or video record students for their own social media accounts and/or marketing.

Papermaple Studio will not share specifics on any student including their name, personal information, etc. However, we are not responsible for images or content published, and we reserve the right to publish or use any images we do take in a class, event, or workshop.

Should you have concerns regarding this policy, please contact the studio before attending a class, event, or workshop so we can accommodate specific requests.

Papermaple Studios LLC is not responsible for the loss or damages to any person nor the personal property of teachers, guest teachers, students, or attendees.


The main entrance on Burgundy Street has a single step entry. There is also a lobby entrance on the same street which is wheelchair accessible, offering an easy connection to both classrooms.


Renting the studio/ Visiting teachers 

Our aim is to make the studio as diverse and inclusive as possible, and we welcome all teachers, ideas, and creative skills in order to do so.

We will occasionally rent out the studio by the hour or day for an event, or workshop.

Please contact Leisa to discuss further.

Want to recommend - or be - a visiting teacher?

My dream as Studio owner is to bring a wide range of diverse talent to New Orleans.

Do you have a skill you want to learn? Or a skill you want to teach us? Know someone who would love to share theirs??  

Please contact Leisa to discuss....

Let's build an immersive, inclusive and inspiring community together one class at a time.