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This is great for beginners who want an introduction to sewing and learn the skills to make a variety of projects.

The intro to sewing course is three, 3-hour classes covering 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.

Looking at the sewing course for your child?

The Intro to Sewing Course for Kids teaches many of the same concepts and techniques but is packaged in shorter lessons with simpler projects. Three-hour sewing lessons can be challenging for younger kids, and this course is designed specifically for them to learn about their sewing machine and essential sewing skills.

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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

Prerequisites

None!

This class is for the absolute beginner with no experience or someone who wants a refresher on the tools or techniques learned in this class.

Tools & Supplies

Here are the materials needed for each project plus other tools and supplies that you will need:
All Projects
  • Sewing machine - Please review the tools & supplies list carefully for any machine hardware requirements or contact us with any questions.
  • Sewing kit:
    • Pins or clips
    • Pin cushion (if you're using pins)
    • Scissors
    • Snips
    • Seam ripper
    • Fabric markers or chalk
    • Measuring tape
    • Ruler
    • Cutting mat
    • Rotary cutter
    • Extra sewing machine needles
    • Find links to these common sewing kit items in the shop.
  • All-purpose thread
Project 1 - Throw Pillow Cover
Project 2 - Tote Bag
  • Quilting cotton:
    • 1 yard of fabric for the outside of the bag
    • 1 yard of fabric for the inside of the bag
Project 3 - Pajama Shorts or Pants
  • Flannel or quilting cotton - Fabric requirements will vary based on sizes. I will help guide you on the necessary fabric after registration.
  • 1/2" or 3/4" elastic

Remember to pre-wash and dry your fabric before class.

Price

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Private Class

Instructor-led private sewing class scheduled at a time that is best for you.

Number of Students
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Online
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Public Class

To provide a personalized experience and accommodate busy schedules I primarily teach private sewing classes and this class does not currently have any public dates available, but you can request it as a private sewing class.
See registration details below.

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Discounts
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Private Classes/Lessons

Discounts are available when you sign-up multiple people for private classes or personalized lessons so get friends or family members together too. Select the number of students above to see the discounted price per person.

Online Sewing Classes

Not sure if online lessons are right for you?

I developed a unique online learning experience to make it as close as possible to being in person. I make the same project along with you and show you the actions from multiple cameras as I guide you step by step. Learn more or contact me to schedule a demo to show you what it's like.

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Duration

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9 hours
Three, 3-hour sessions

About the Instructor

Vanessa has been teaching children and adults for over 20 years. In addition to offering beginner to advanced sewing lessons she is an instructor in the Fashion Design Program at Austin Community College. Previously, Vanessa was an instructor at The Stitch Lab where she taught intro and specialty sewing classes, gave private lessons, hosted parties, and ran summer camps.

Vanessa is a full-time designer and seamstress working with clients on a wide variety of custom sewing and product development projects for fashion, wearable tech, decor, accessories and soft goods that keep her current with the latest sewing trends and technologies. She is also a machine service technician and has detailed knowledge of a wide range of sewing machines that enables her to personalize sewing lessons for the types of machines students are using.

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Most of my sewing classes are taught as private classes, one on one or in groups, that are scheduled when you want.

This class does not currently have any public dates available but you can request it as a private sewing class.

Before confirming private lessons with new students I first schedule a 15-min, no-cost introduction video call to introduce myself, learn more about your sewing goals, answer any questions you have, and demonstrate what the learning experience is like in my virtual lessons. This way you can get to know me too and make sure the experience is right for you or your child before committing to lessons.

Please complete the form below to schedule the call.