Thursday, July 28, 2011

Upcoming September Class at the Art Station

Sewing for Beginners
Cost: $130 (fabric included) $100 (bring your own fabric)
Sept 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
Thursday evenings 7 to 9pm
Contact Courtney at the Art Station: 250 423-4842

Have a sewing machine but do not know where to start? Sign up for the Beginner Sewing Workshop Series at the Art 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, button holes, zippers, finishing, reading patterns and choosing fabrics.  

The first class will cover basic topics such as learning how to thread your sewing machine, basic stitching, buttonholes, zippers 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, as well as choosing fabric. Instructor has a variety of fabric to choose from and can be viewed at 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. For example, learn how to sew a simple “envelope style” cushion, placemats, fabric bucket 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, apron, simple child’s outfit. 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. Please ensure you have a basic sewing kit consisting of scissors, pins, thread, seam ripper, dressmakers chalk or disappearing fabric marker (found at local quilt shop) and measuring tape. Fabric is included in price of class unless you opt to purchase your own fabric.


  1. Are you teaching this class? That is so awesome if you are!

  2. hey! yes, I sure am! this will be the second time around! people really want to get into making their own clothes and home are you, Mama D?