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Machine Sewing Demystified

Session 1: All About Your Sewing Machine!
Overview of sewing machines, from the most basic to computerized machines, with a quick overview of embroidery machines/modules, sergers, and long-arm quilting machines. Discussion on parts of the machine; how it works and why it's important to keep machines clean and properly serviced. Learn how to wind a bobbin, thread the machine, replace the needle and change out presser feet. We will look at each participant's machines and talk about troubleshooting problems and issues with machine functions.

Session 2: Fun with Notions & Patterns! (No sewing machine or notions are  needed for this session, plan to take notes.)
Introduction to and discussion of notions, threads, needles, interfacing, tools & equipment to work efficiently and help make your sewing projects easier and more pleasant. We will discuss specifics needed for quilting, garment making, bags & accessories, and home decor sewing.
Learn how to read patterns for many types of projects including quilts, garments, bags, and accessories; yardage, cutting instructions, determining what size to make, abbreviations, marking, where to find pattern errata, etc.

Session 3: Time for stitching!
Make a stitch-out sampler of 7-10 stitches with your machine and discuss what stitches to use for specific projects and fabric types. You will then learn how to make a buttonhole using your machine by making a simple needle case. A kit is included for this class, students must bring their own medium/dark colored thread, and be sure to bring the buttonhole foot for your sewing machine.

Session 4: Read a Pattern & Insert a Zipper!
Let's make a bag to build our skills. We will use the Easy Zipper Case pattern which will teach how to follow a pattern, fabric cutting specifics, use interfacing, and insert a zipper. The pattern is included, students must purchase/bring fabric, interfacing, thread, and a zipper to make this project.

Supply List:
**Please bring a notebook or tablet to take notes in every class**

Sewing machine with multiple functions/stitches including buttonholes

Power cord, foot pedal, instruction manual, all presser feet, and accessories that are included with the sewing machine

Thread, medium to dark color, 50wt cotton or poly
Small scissors or thread snips

Seam ripper

Fabric, interfacing & zipper for Session 4 project (no need to worry about or purchase this until it is discussed in previous sessions).

Skill Level:
Skill Details:
Materials Included:
Kit for Session 3, Pattern for Session 4.
Sewing machine with multiple functions/stitches including buttonholes.
Instructor Name:
Trisha Urben

Machine Sewing Demystified

$ 100.00