I have been teaching this course for 10 years & have taught hundreds of students, including several who come from other local courses looking for more!
If you are unsure or want more information on the courses please contact me for a chat.
This course is suitable for those who have never sewn before AND for those who are self taught.
Often students who have been sewing for years, still aren’t satisfied with their finished garments.
“I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know” is one of the most common statements that I hear at the end of the course.
This course covers all of the basic techniques that you need to know to get you started & keep you sewing, giving you the confidence to move onto more difficult projects later. While many courses teach you how to sew a specific garment, this course teaches you how to sew!
COURSE CONTENT Learn about Haberdashery (The things you need in your sewing box, what they’re for & how to use them.
Learn about fabrics, how they’re constructed, composition & benefits of different fabrics etc. (This is really beneficial when starting off & one of the most popular parts of the course).
Learn lots of Hints & Tips.
Learn about sewing machine needles & how important they are to your sewing.
Get to know your sewing machine & how to use it.
Learn how to read a sewing pattern, the instructions & how to use the layout guide.
Understand the symbols, trace a pattern, lay it out & cut it out.
Complete samples on your machine that will instill a sense of confidence & familiarity.
Learn about Seam allowances & how to sew straight lines.
Learn about Notching & Clipping Corners & Curves.
Learn about casings including making them from Bias.
Learn how to gather to fit.
Complete some Buttonholes.
Complete Casing samples.
Learn about Hem & seam finishes.
Complete a Centered Zip sample,
Attach Bias 3 ways.
Make a small sample pair of P.J trousers.
There is no pressure, only guidance & encouragement and for everyone, a great sense of achievement when completed.
*All Fabric, Haberdashery, requirements & Interfacing will be discussed in Lesson 1 so that you know what to buy so if unsure…wait til after lesson 1 to buy it.
A notebook & pen.
Your sewing machine & instruction manual (if you have one) with all feet & accessories
DON’T HAVE A MACHINE?? A sewing machine can be made available to use in class (FREE of charge) but please book it when enrolling.
1 reel of dark thread (any colour)
Quick-un-pick/seam ripper (small)
Scissors that will cut fabric.
1 small dress zip in any colour.
1 metre of lightweight sew-in Interfacing for tracing your pattern.
PJ trousers Project- Students will be making a sample pair of trousers (Child size 3 only) in class. There will not be any size variations due to time restraints. For these items, you will require 1 metre of printed cotton fabric (eg: craft (patchwork)fabric, cotton poplin, Flannelette or similar(Prefer washed prior to class).
45cms of Elastic (prefer Non-Roll or ribbed, 1.2cm wide).
All classes are subject to numbers. Full fees will be refunded if the class is cancelled. There are no refunds if you fail to attend class.
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SEWING ESSENTIALS FOLLOW-ON COURSE
This extension course sees students learning extra information & techniques to help them sew even better.
Learn more in depth Info on patterns & Layout guides etc
Make your own Piping.
Complete more Seam & Hem finishes.
Learn how to insert a sleeve 2 ways by making a small childs sample jacket.
You have the option to work on a garment of your choice
*Fabric should be washed & ironed before class if possible.
Build on the skills you learnt in the Essentials Courses.
Gain more confidence in reading patterns & putting those techniques into practice by making a project of your choice.
Learn many new techniques as well:
Sew different types of pocket samples.
Insert a fly style zip, a lapped & an exposed zip.
Learn the 4 point method.
Discuss different techniques & stitches used in sewing stretch fabrics.
Learn various other techniques for Hems etc.
You will also learn different techniques as they are explained for each others projects.
Sewing Machine & basic sewing accessories (pins, scissors, etc).
Sew-in interfacing will be required for tracing pattern.
Notebook & Pen.
You will also need: 1.5 m cotton fabric (minimum 112cms wide for the sample jacket etc).
1 x Trouser zip in any colour.
1 x 15-20cm Dress Zip in any colour.
You will be working on a project of your choice in this course. I suggest something that is a little daunting to do by yourself, with things like zips, buttons or a collar etc.
* You can work on more than one project during the course if you wish.
You will require a pattern & fabrics & any thread, zips, button etc, needed to work on your own Project during class.
PLEASE NOTE: If you haven’t completed the Sew Art & Crafty Sewing Essentials Course, please contact Jan before enrolling in the Follow on course. I will discuss your course requirement prior to enrolling.
The SEWING ESSENTIALS COURSE is a prerequisite to this course UNLESS you are very experienced & discuss it with me first.
To complete this course, you need to understand several basic processes. I am happy to discuss.
Learn the techniques needed to make a lined bag with external side pocket/s & an internal zipped pocket.
A heavier fabric such as Denim, Drill/Twill. Cotton Duck or canvas is suited to this bag. If a lighter fabric is used, a heavier fusible interfacing may be needed to give more structure to the bag.
All fabric should between 112 or 150cms wide.
Main Bag: 60cms
Contrast Base/Lower side/s: 30cms
Lining (cotton fabric such as Homespun in plain colour): 60cms
Thread to match.
1 x 15-20cm zip for inside pocket (optional)
1 x 36cm/14″ zip for Bag (optional).
It is optional as to whether you wish to have zips or outside pockets. To get the most out of this course, I suggest that you do everything so that you learn the different techniques. You can then put these into making future bags.
Op shops are great for sourcing fabric for bags. A coat, jacket, skirt or jeans may provide you with sufficient fabric to complete a bag.
You will need your sewing gear (sewing machine, scissors, etc) & some sew in interfacing for your pattern.
*Fabric should be pre-washed if possible.
OPEN SEWING DAYS are also scheduled regularly. These days are available for students to attend to work on whatever sewing or craft project they want whether it be because they lack confidence (I’m there to help when needed), or maybe they want some space to work, want time out from family commitments or want the social aspect. I prefer that those who attend have completed the Sewing Essentials course but contact me for more info if you would like to know when these are on.
CHARITY SEWING DAYS are also held throughout the year. We all get together to sew for various charities including Scarves for Cancer Sufferers, Tiny Gowns for Premature Babies, Toiletry Bags for the shelters. We have even made Mittens for Koalas & Pouches for joeys! If you would like to help out or have suitable clean fabric to donate, contact me for info on the next one!
Every year, sometimes twice, I hold a sewing & craft Retreat. Students & friends can attend & spend time sewing, crocheting, reading, chatting, eating, scrapbooking, knitting or even sleeping! These are wonderful fun weekends & if you are interested in attending, please let me know asap…
The next one is in May 2019.