Rebecca Szetela '07SM is Sparking Creativity in Her Private Sewing School

August 31, 2015

MBA Alumna Rebecca Szetela '07SM pursued her passion for creative arts and launched Create!® Sewing Studio.

Article first appeared in Spring 2015 SOM Management Magazine

I have been involved with the creative arts for as long as I remember. I learned to sew as a child and I have always loved creating my own garments and home decor. During brainstorming exercises in my entrepreneurship class at Simmons School of Management, I got in touch with one of the things I loved most about growing up in my family: total access to supplies and space to create. So when I wrote my business plan, it naturally became an idea for a “creative place” where I could share what inspired me and provide access to the tools of creativity to others.

In 2008, I launched Create!® Sewing Studio, a private sewing school in Acton, Massachusetts. We have taught sewing to students who travel from all over eastern Massachusetts and into Southern New Hampshire. We even have students from as far away as Fairfax, Vermont and southern Florida who come to stay with relatives and attend our Sew Fun 4 Kids™ sewing camps. Although most of our students are children, we teach all ages and all levels of ability, offering group, private and semi-private instruction year round. Our students learn to sew in a friendly, warm environment with a high level of professional instruction. All classes include the use of new sewing machines plus all sewing tools and notions. Our instructor-to-student ratio is the highest in the local industry and our instructors’ credentials are extensive. We love to impart the “tricks of the trade” while making the learning experience safe, fun, and sociable.