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Classes

Sewing Machine Basics
Date: To be announced or available for private lesson
Time: To be determined
Location: Fabrics on Mill Street
Cost: $30.00

Skill Level: 1
Do you have a new sewing machine or maybe you have a machine you haven’t used for a very long time or you just can’t remember the basics of your machine… This is the class for you. Kathy will be teaching you the basic features, use and maintenance of your machine in this 3 hour class. She will also include “Textiles in 20 minutes”. This class is the first half of the Beginning Sewing Part 1. Please note that if you decide to take the second half of the Beginning Sewing series after this class, space may be limited.

Required supplies:
Sewing tools including; straight pins, hand sewing needles, pin cushion or magnetic holder, seam ripper, fabric marking chalk or pencil and sewing box to hold your supplies. Sewing Machine, manual, machine accessories, bobbins, thread and scissors.

Beginning Sewing Level 1
Date: Monday (2) Sep. 13th and Sep. 20th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Date: Sunday (2) Oct. 10th and Oct. 17th from 11:00 am to 2:00

Location: Fabrics on Mill Street
Cost: $60.00
Skill Level: 1
The goal of this class is to introduce you to sewing and encourage you while you learn basic sewing skill. This is a class for those with no prior sewing experience, or those who have not sewn in a long time. In her two part class you will learn:

  • Sewing machine basics.
  • How to read a pattern.
  • How to lay out and cut out your pattern.
  • Beginning basic sewing construction skills.
  • You will make one simple garment (in this case a pair of sleep pants).

Required supplies:
Pattern for sleep pants Simplicity #9505, elastic, matching thread and a spool of contrast thread, and fabric to meet the yardage requirements of your pattern

Beginning Sewing Level 2
Date: Monday, Sep. 27th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Oct. Sunday, 24th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Fabrics on Mill Street
Cost: $50.00
Skill Level: 2
This class is perfect for those who have completed the Beginning Sewing and want to continue learning. There are a variety of types of sleeves used for clothing. This class will touch on other styles of sleeves, but focus on set-in sleeve. This class will teach you how to set in 2 styles of set-in sleeves. Both styles can be learned with the basic top such as Simplicity #9505 view A or B. (this is the same pattern used in our beginning sewing class). If you don’t have this pattern but have another project, you may use it as long as it is a similar top: set-in sleeves and a faced neckline (no collar, etc.) Demonstrations will be used to teach each technique. As you work on your project help will be available for all your questions!

All sewing will be done in class. You may come a little early if you want to cut your project out in the classroom or ask any questions before cutting. You will also learn how to interface, construct a facing and apply it to your garment.

Class bonus! Stay stitching: when and how it is done.

Required supplies:
You will need to purchase a small amount of interfacing for your specific fabric type during class. Garment (bodice front, back, sleeves, and facing) cut out, but pattern still attached to the fabric. Simplicity 9505 or similar pattern with envelope and any scraps of fabric you have left over.

Beginning Sewing Level 3
Date: To be determined
Time: (5 hour class)
Location: Fabrics on Mill Street
Cost: $50.00

Skill Level: 2
In this class you will continue to expand your sewing skills by making a basic style blouse. This class will focus on collars, darts, buttons and buttonholes. You will be using Kwik Sew Pattern #3478. This pattern can be made as a tunic style per pattern or classic length blouse.

Required supplies:
Matching thread, fusible interfacing, 7: 5/8″ buttons, Light weight woven fabric, Kwik Sew patten 3478.

Individual Instruction and Advice
Date/ Time: Call for consult with instructor
Location: Fabrics on Mill Street
Cost: $15.00/ hour, 2 hour minimum

Prerequisite: Phone Consultation with Instructor
Schedule personal advice and instruction for your unfinished clothing project with instructor Kathy Amatangelo. Kathy will help you get past that “What do I do next?” hurdle so that you can complete your project. Instruction time and scheduling will be determined by phone consultation with the instructor.

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