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Essentials of Sewing

Course Overview

Sewing is a skill that can feel like a superpower! The ability to create your own garments, quilts and other items can provide freedom and a creative outlet, but getting started can be intimidating. Build your skills and confidence in this two-day class, as you get to know your sewing machine or one of ours. To practice a variety of sewing skills, you will make a mini quilt from start to finish.

Starting at the very beginning, we will cover:

How to thread your machine, how to wind and load a bobbin, troubleshooting tension, sewing straight and zig zag stitches, basic hand sewing and binding, proper seam pressing, identifying and choosing fabric types, laying out and cutting fabric, resources for further instruction, sourcing of materials and tools, etc.

Time permitting, we will discuss specific projects or goals for future sewing. This course is best for beginners or those looking for a refresher on sewing machine use and care.

Students age 16+may sign up for this course. Students age 10+ may sign up with an adult.

Physical Ability/Skills Needed

  • Ability to sit and sew, some standing required.

Provided materials

  • Fabric for practice sewing and all materials for class projects will be provided. North House also has sewing machines available to students who might be unable to bring their own. Additional tools available for use and purchase in class.

Required Tools

  • Sewing machine. Your sewing machine (must be in good working order). North House can provide machines for students to use. Please contact at least two weeks before class to request use of a sewing machine. 

If you are bringing your own machine, please bring the manual that goes with it (if you don’t have a copy, there are many available online, available in both printed and PDF form)

Optional Tools 

  • Any sewing tools you already have (i.e. scissors, pins, etc.)

Currently Scheduled Sessions

Sat, Mar 11th, 2023  –  Sun, Mar 12th, 2023
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Laura Brown