Adult Class - Introduction to Sewing
Maybe you have never turned on a sewing machine, threaded a needle, or sewn a button.
This class is a three hour, practical introduction into the basics of machines, notions, essential sewing techniques and fabric.
During this workshop, we will be making a simple envelope cushion cover or eye herb pillow using a pattern and some beautiful Liberty cotton fabric so you can practice your new skills to make something useful and lovely.
Duration: 3 hours
Skills You Will Learn
How to thread and use a sewing machine - learning basic stitches, bobbins and thread tensions.
How to use a serger/overlocked to trim and finish seams.
Commercial garment patterns - how to understand the information on the envelope, and the pattern inside
Fabrics, what fabrics work best for what garments? We will talk grain lines, amounts to buy and how to use them.
Basic sewing tools (notions) and what you will need when starting out.
Each student will take home their finished cushion (including insert) a small sample booklet of fabrics, some cotton muslin, a basic pattern and their notes.
Fabric, notions, and your own customized pattern
Use of all studio sewing & serger machines, irons, pressing tools, scissors, and more
Complimentary snacks and drinks throughout the day
What level should I be sewing at to take this class?
This is a purely practical class, so absolutely no skill level, zero knowledge is necessary.
How many students are there per class?
The studio is equipped to hold 16 students comfortably, but due to the current circumstances we have a cap at 8 students for the safety of our staff and students.
We must have a minimum of 3 students registered to hold a class. If a class does need to be re-scheduled, you will be notified at least 72 hrs prior and a full refund will be issued.
How much 1-1 time will I get?
Each students will get as much time - both as a group and individually - as they need in order to construct their garment. The aim is for each student to complete their garment having fully understood each step, so they can build off their new skillset for future individual projects.
Can I bring my own sewing machine and/or notions?
Yes! If you have a sewing machine you love to use, you are welcome to bring it. If you have a machine that you do not use often and need help with, then please plan on using the studio machines.
Scissors, pins, threads, etc are all supplied but if you have your own favorites, then of course, bring those! We just ask that you label them and take full responsibility for your items while in class.
Will I finish my garment in class?
We try to make sure all projects can be completed in the time allotted unless otherwise stated when booking.
Some of the ongoing classes and workshops may have the potential for some voluntary 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 physical time spent in the studio.
What refreshments and snacks will be available?
Local treats, king cakes, bagels for breakfast, coffee and tea throughout the day...
There is a small fridge, a Keurig, water cooler, microwave, and toaster in the studio and these can be used throughout the day.
As we are in the Quarter, there are lots of food options within walking distance, as well as for delivery. (Lunch is not included in the paid instruction time). You are also welcome to bring snacks and lunch to eat at the studio if you prefer.