Sewing 101

Always wanted to know how to sew, but don’t know where to start? Have a sewing machine, but don’t know how to use it? Come learn how while having fun and learning about fabric, patterns, and basic sewing skills!

Sewing basics will be discussed with a focus on proper technique and safety. Once you have the basics down, it’s time to explore and play with fabric! Beginning sewists will complete a beginner-friendly project each week. All students will complete a project in each class.

This is a 4-week program. Students are not required to take each class in order but beginners are encouraged to do so. Each class will build on previous classes and add new skills and techniques. There are four classes that build skills and teach new techniques each session.

  1. The first class will cover how to thread your machine, wind a bobbin, use different stitches, and use the foot pedal or start/stop button (if applicable). Students will leave with a finished pillowcase.
  2. The second class will cover fabric choices and directional prints, as well as piping and decorative stitches. Students will leave with a finished apron.
  3. The third class will cover machine quilting. Students will leave with a potholder.
  4. The fourth class will bring everything together and introduce zippers and French seams. Students will leave with a finished tote bag with a zipper pocket, piping, and stitched detail.

Supplies required for the first class: Machine, manual (if possible), thread, bobbins, machine needle(s), 7- or 8-inch scissors, seam ripper, straight pins or clips, water-soluble marking pencil or chalk fabric pencil, safety pins, ½ yard of quilter’s cotton or purchase class fabric pass.

  1. Class 1: ½ yard of quilter’s cotton
  2. Class 2: 1 yard of quilter’s cotton (or home decor fabric if you want a heavier apron), ¼ yard of coordinating piping
  3. Class 3: materials included
  4. Class 4: ⅓ yard and ¼ yard coordinating fabrics, 1 yard piping coordinating with fabric, ½ yard muslin, 7″ zipper – light colored, zipper foot for machine

Optional supplies: 6-inch seam gauge, pincushion, thimble, hand needle(s), 60-inch tape measure, bodkin, purple thang, 45mm rotary cutter and cutting mat.

***Class kit available for purchase at first class for $40 includes: marking pencil, seam ripper, scissors, pins, pin cushion, seam gauge, thimble, hand needles, 60-inch tape measure, bodkin, That Purple Thang, and safety pins.

***Class fabric kit includes all fabric and notions needed for each project for $45.

Select your class below and register.

All classes take place at Life in the Craft Room, 33304 W 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills MI.

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