Aurora/East Aurora

Pastimes of the digital-age include the old-fashioned skill and craft of sewing, which is attracting new and old fans who embroider with computerized sewing machines and transform old clothes into new things.

“You need electronics. That’s what’s in today. It doesn’t matter what brand, what product, that’s what’s going on,” said Barbara Perry, owner of Aurora Sewing Center, which will host sewing software workshops next weekend. “It’s more popular than you think. It’s a niche and it’s very busy and people do amazing things.”

Perry, who just led a workshop on making things like table runners and wreaths with embroidered leaves, has been getting crowds of 50 or more for her classes. Next weekend representatives from the Bernina sewing company will come to her East Aurora store to demonstrate basic low-tech sewing as well as some high tech sewing.

Projects will range from the simple to the more sophisticated challenge of using software to turn a design, like a logo, into an embroidery pattern that can be sewn onto caps, shirts and aprons.

“You’re taking a bit map and turning it into stitches and making the stitches into something you can use,” said Perry.

The hands-on, $40 workshop for beginner and intermediate sewers will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16 at the store at 659 Main Street. Register by calling 652-2811.

Perry has noticed more of the younger set – from 12 to 35 years old – getting drawn to sewing, They enjoy turning worn jeans into purses and sweaters into mittens.

“The whole pendulum is swinging. Young people are very interested in sewing. They’re doing recycled sewing,” she said. “It’s cool and they’re loving it.”

Also this week:

• Aurora Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Southside Municipal Center, 300 Gleed Avenue.