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FAQ/Policies

Monday-Friday: 10 am-9 pm;  Saturday, 10 am-5 pm.  We take breaks during the holidays and the months of December and August.  Be sure to check with us before coming over during those times.

For those enrolled in one of PFI’s certificate programs, please refer to your enrollment agreement.  For others, refunds are available until 48 hours before class start; 24 hours before a private lesson starts.  No refunds or transfers after class or private lesson starts.  Please don’t forfeit your fees!  Please let us know if you can’t come so someone else can use that class or lesson time.

When seeking a refund, please send your original transaction id or receipt for the given class. People use different names, e-mails and credit cards. Having the transaction id or receipt gets us to the right registration. Without the transaction id or receipt we may refund someone with a similar name. Purchaser gets an automatic notice as soon as they register for a class and as soon as they get a refund. Our standards are the same as those used by most any retailer.

Students sign up for Open Sewing.  It takes place Mondays, 1-5 pm or Saturdays, 10 am-1 pm, or register for Private Lessons.  These take place Monday-Saturday, 2-5 pm. You can also request a private lesson here.

Please don’t forfeit your spot in class!  Please let us know if you can’t come to the first class.  Otherwise, your spot may be given to someone on the wait list.

Classes must have a minimum of six students.  During COVID, sewing classes have a maximum of eight.  Patternmaking classes have a maximum of six.  On-line classes have a maximum of twenty.

For hands-on classes: We prefer you do your work in class. That can save a lot of seam ripping. If you do work between classes, be sure you have clear instruction from your teacher. For lecture classes: You may be asked to do research online to present in your next class. You may even be asked to go shopping!

Yes, we have a supply store.  We sell fabric plus zippers, buttons, thread and other notions.  Our prices are low because of our low overhead.  We offer a 20 percent discount to current students. Hours for our supply store are the same as above.

Yes.  We take Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover. Find out more about financing a Certificate here.

Yes.  We have suggested amounts on-line.  But you can purchase them over the phone, by mail or e-mail or in person for any amount you wish.  Gift certificates are good for one year from date of purchase and are redeemable for Portland Sewing classes and items from the Portland Sewing supply store.  For more, go to Gift Certificates.

We are apparel people teaching apparel people.  You learn from professionals.  All of our instructors have industry experience and are employed in the apparel industry.  We teach techniques used in the apparel industry.  You can take classes whether you are pursuing a career, continuing your education or just want to take one class.

PFI isn’t supported by taxpayer dollars so it doesn’t yet have access to financial aid.  Now that it is accredited, it is applying for Title IV eligibility.  What PFI does offer:

— Scholarships through our annual Fashion Design Scholarship for qualifying high school seniors.
— Matching grants through the Mercy Corps NW business grant for those completing the pre-requisite business classes and launching a business.
— Financial help through the following:  Click here.
— Payment Plan information: Click here.
Bottom line:  We keep our class fees affordable.  We believe in #schoolwithoutdebt. We have other granting and funding sources.

Thanks to accreditation, PFI will be able to issue 1099T tax forms to enrollees starting in 2020.

Can students get jobs after attending your classes?

We offer career services for those in our certificate programs.  More than 80 percent have gone into internships and jobs in the apparel industry and are working for companies from independent designers to major corporations.  Of the remainder, some have started their own retail stores.  Others have started their own clothing lines.

Yes, contact info@pfi.edu to set up an appointment.

Yes, contact info@pfi.edu to set up an appointment.

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Store hours: Monday-Friday, 10 am-6:30 pm, Saturday, 10 am-5 pm.
PFI Supply is closed during March-April by order of the governor due to COVID-19

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