Have a sewing machine but do not know where to start? Sign up for the Beginners Sewing Workshop Series at the Arts Station. Learn the basics of sewing to get you started sewing home items, simple garments and accessories. Topics to be covered are: how to use your sewing machine, basic stitches, finishing, reading patterns and choosing fabrics.
The first class will cover basic topics such as learning how to thread your sewing machine, basic stitching and troubleshooting. Once participants are familiar with their machines, we will practice various techniques found in many sewing projects. We will discuss how to select the right project for you, reading a pattern, finding inspiration, adding personal touches, as well as choosing fabric and “up cycling” old items into new. The goal of the series is to make sewing simple, fun and functional for everyday use. The class will end by choosing a project for the second class. A variety of books and patterns will be provided for inspiration and use.
The second class will center on sewing for the home. Taking what was learned in the first class students may choose from a variety of projects for the home. Learn how to sew a simple “envelope style” cushion, placemats, or funky patchwork potholders. We will discuss how to modify patterns and ideas to incorporate your own personal style.
The third and fourth class will involve garment construction. Participants will take a closer look at reading patterns, pattern placement and learn how to measure themselves. If sewing for children is your goal, we will discuss sizing and choosing fabrics. Potential projects may include easy an adult A line skirt, toddler dress or reversible pants for baby. Options are not limited to those mentioned above but selections do have to be simple and in doable in a 2 hour time slot. If a more complicated project is desired, participants can choose to work on one project throughout the series.
If time allows, basic hand stitching and appliqué will be covered to add personal touches to items. Participants will be able to choose from a variety of projects or bring a simple pattern of their own. Must bring own sewing machine in good working order.
Supplies needed for the first class are as follows:
Sewing machine in good working order
Craft scissors (for cutting patterns) optional
Thread in assorted colors. If you have only a few, bring one light neutral (such as light gray) and black or brown.
Washable fabric marker or pencil
Cloth measuring tape
Rotary cutter and mat
Various assortments of buttons
We will discuss fabric selection based on projects picked for classes 2, 3 and 4. If you already have a stash of fabric bring some along to discuss potential use. Also consider using thrifted items or unwanted tops, pants, sheets, etc. We will discuss how to repurpose old items into new items, such as turning a dress into a skirt or making a skirt out of a man’s button down shirt. The quilt shop here has a wide variety of cotton fabric suitable for some of the projects. As a suggestion, ask to see the Amy Butler line (1 meter would be more than enough for simple home projects if you want to buy fabric ahead of time. I will be providing scrap fabric for practice as well as scraps for simple patchwork. I will also have some fabric available for purchase (for a reasonable price). Take some time to view some of the links on my blog for inspiration.