Intro to Sewing Course

Everything you need to feel confident on a sewing machine and ready to take on more projects.

The complete intro to sewing course is three, 3-hour private sessions covering all of the fundamentals that will introduce you to the basics of sewing, plus you'll advance your sewing skills by learning techniques for bags and garment making. This is great for beginners who want an in-depth introduction to sewing and the confidence to take on a wide range of projects.

What You'll Learn

  • Common sewing terminology
  • Patterns and the information they contain
  • Basic operation, parts, and functionality of a sewing machine
  • Fabric grain lines and direction
  • Seam allowance
  • Straight stitching
  • Seam matching
  • Sewing circles using a free arm and alternate techniques for sewing cylinders
  • Introduced to interfacing
  • Bag lining
  • Pattern matching
  • Working with curves
  • Create and place pockets
  • Introduced to making garments
  • Test fittings
  • Hemming
  • PLUS you get a custom-made pattern exclusively for you


None! This course is for the absolute beginner.

Materials to Bring

When starting a new endeavor for the first time, even selecting basic supplies can be overwhelming, let alone a sewing machine, so a sewing machine and tools are provided for all sessions, as well as fabric for the first project (throw pillow cover). This way you can get to use them, and understand different features and uses, before going out and buying your own. If you already have a sewing machine and sewing tools, feel free to use those.

Here is the complete list of everything you'll need to bring for each session:

Session / Project 1 - Throw Pillow Cover

  • 16x16 pillow form/insert

Session / Project 2 - Farmers Market Tote Bag

  • All fabric should be quilting cotton
  • 1 yard of fabric for the outside of the bag
  • 1 yard of fabric for the inside of the bag
  • 1 1/2 yards of decor bond

Session / Project 3 - Pajama Shorts or Pants

  • Flannel or quilting cotton - see the table below to determine your size and amount of fabric to bring
  • 1/2" or 3/4" elastic - see the table below to determine your size and amount of elastic to bring
  • Thread

IMPORTANT: Please email me with the size you are making no later than 48 hours before the day of the session so I can have your pattern ready to go. The pattern can be adjusted if necessary during the session to get a perfect fit. If you don't send your size then a general size will be provided for you to learn the process.

Size Hip Measurement Elastic Fabric (Shorts) Fabric (Pants)
XXS 34" 1 yard 1 1/2 yards 2 yards
XS 36" 1 yard 1 1/2 yards 2 yards
S 38" 1 yard 1 1/2 yards 2 yards
M 40" 1 yard 1 1/2 yards 2 yards
L 42" 1 yard 1 1/2 yards 2 yards
XL 44" 2 yards 2 2/3 yards 3 yards
XXL 47" 2 yards 2 2/3 yards 3 yards
XXXL 51" 2 yards 2 2/3 yards 3 yards

Make sure to pre-wash and dry your fabric before the session. All materials must be purchased before the session.

Contact me with any questions or where to get really cool fabric in town.

9 hours
(3 x 3 hour sessions)


Discounts are available for multiple people in your group, so bring friends or family members too.

2 students
$210 / student
3 students
$195 / student


The sessions take place at studios where I frequently hold classes, or I can come to you. I try to make it as convenient as possible, and I know there may be times when you prefer to have the lesson in your home. If you want any of the sessions scheduled for your location, use the map below to look up the travel fee. The travel fee is charged per trip, and all three sessions don't need to be scheduled for the same location.

Travel Fee

Input your address to find your travel zone and related travel fee.

Zone 1 = $10 / trip
Zone 2 = $15 / trip
Zone 3 = $20 / trip

Zone 1 = $10 / trip
Zone 2 = $15 / trip
Zone 3 = $20 / trip
* Outside the travel zones, please contact me.

Course Request Form

Submit the form below to get started and I will contact you to coordinate the details.

Name *
Email *
Phone *
Input your address if you want any of the sessions to take place at your location.
Number of Students *
Availability *
Let me know your general availability to schedule the sessions - weekdays and/or weekends, and times.
More Info
What are your sewing goals? Anything else I should know to ensure you get the most out of the training? (e.g. special needs, accessibility requests, specific timelines, etc.)?
Preferred Contact Time
Terms & Conditions *
Yes, I have read and agree to the classes/lessons terms and conditions
How did you hear about Ronkita

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About the Instructor

Vanessa has 18+ years of experience teaching adults and children. She was an instructor at the Stitch Lab where she taught intro and specialty sewing classes, gave private lessons, hosted parties, and ran summer camps. In addition to sewing, she has also taught art, English and grammar to children as young as two all the way through high school-aged kids. Her teaching experience extends overseas as well when Vanessa was in the Peace Corps and she taught grades 1-12, and ran clubs and summer camps. Vanessa has taught adults and kids of all ages, and especially likes seeing how everyone applies their newfound sewing skills to express themselves.

Vanessa is a full-time seamstress, working with clients on a wide variety of custom projects and production, that helps to keep her current with the latest sewing trends and technologies. She is also a machine service technician and has expert knowledge on a wide range of sewing machines. This experience is shared with her students by showing them how to properly use and maintain their sewing machine.

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Any of the items made in our classes can also be made custom for you. We specialize in creating custom clothing, decor, stuff for pets, and more.

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