Sewing FUNdamentals

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Nervous about learning how to sew?  Relax and let us show you the FUN-damentals – right from the very beginning.  Basic stitches and seams, working with woven fabrics, threading a sewing machine and then complete 3 easy projects.

We have very friendly sewing machines (Janome 625E‘s to be exact) that make learning to sew…  FUN!  (As it should be!)

Sewing FUNdamentals runs for 4 weeks, and each class is 2 hrs. Course fee is $160 + HST.

*You will not need to bring any materials to your first class. The materials list for the headband, pillowcase and the make-up pouch are listed below. All materials are available for sale at the studio.

Class One: The Basics

  • Sewing tools and tips review
  • Identifying fabrics and weaves
  • Identifying different types of fusing
  • Threading a machine
  • Sewing a 1/2″ seam
  • Sewing a French seam
  • Determining the grain of a fabric and cutting on the grain
  • Using notches
  • Sewing a zigzag stitch at a wide and a narrow stitch width

Class Two: Headbands & Pillowcases

  • Learn to create an elastic casing and finish exposed edges (hemming)
  • Practise sewing 1/2″ seams
  • Finish and wear your headband in one class!
  • Start cutting your pillow pattern pieces (if there’s time – don’t forget your pillow fabric!)
  • Headband Supplies:
    • 1/4 yard of woven cotton (light-medium) fabric,
    • matching polyester thread (Gutermann brand is recommended),
    • marking tool(s)
  • Pillow Supplies: 
    • 1/2 – 1 yard of woven cotton fabric (depending on the size of your pillow),
    • a pillow form
    • a 20-26″ invisible zipper, matching polyester thread. We will cut the zipper to size – don’t worry if it’s too long!

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  • Learn to insert a perfect invisible zipper
  • Finishing the edges of your pieces, pivoting corners
  • Sewing the pillowcase!
  • Clipping corners
  • Cut/fuse the pattern pieces for your pencil / make-up case
  • Zippered Pouch Supplies: 
    • 1/4 – 1/2 yard of woven cotton,
    • 1/4 – 1/2 yard of medium-weight cotton,
    • 1/4 – 1/2 yard of fusible interfacing,
    • 10″ regular zipper (or 20″ if you’d like to make a larger pouch)
    • matching polyester thread

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Class Four: Zippered Pouches

  • Install a regular zipper with topstitching
  • Finish the pouch!

Current and former students are always invited to use our open studio time from 6-9pm on Friday evenings in addition to their regular class time. Click here to register online. Space is limited).

**We ask that you please try to schedule your class on a date that you know you can make it to!  Please do not miss your first Sewing Fundamentals class.  We do offer make-up classes for the 3 projects in Fundamentals 1, on Tuesday evenings at our Bloor studio at 6:00pm and 8:15pm, for a fee of $15~ +HST,  although spaces are limited and we cannot guarantee a space will be available on the same week as your missed class.  You can get registered for a make-up class online here.  

***If you need to re-register in another start date entirely, it is possible but we do charge a cancellation fee of $35~ +HST with less than 7 days notice.   

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