Sewing Classes in Richmond, VA
This blog is new, but the classes aren’t. I’ve been blogging at Rivercityweaves.wordpress.com .
But the sewing aspect of the studio is growing enough that we need our own blog. If you are interested in learning to sew, this is a good place to start. My classes are offered in 4-week sessions. In the first session (your first), you will learn the basics of sewing: how to use your machine, winding bobbin, threading machine, sew a straight line, curved line, pivot a corner, etc. In that class, you will sew a drawstring bag, and become familiar enough with reading a pattern envelope to go to the fabric store, and determine how much fabric you need to make a garment that will fit you and how to determine what additional items you will need to complete the project.
Week 2-4, you will put into practice, the use of a commercial sewing pattern with 2-3 pieces. Your project will involve tracing, marking and cut-out of pattern, assembly of simple garment, making of casing, and insertion of elastic or drawstring.
In your second session (4 weeks) of sewing with me, You will learn to sew darts, insert a zipper, and shirr/gather fabric. We will also make button holes, as well as learning to assemble more complex patterns, including using interfacing.
Subsequent sessions involve using progressively more complex patterns, as well as learning to draft your own patterns. We have a lot of fun, and generally, class max is set at 4 students. Small class sizes allow for very personalized instruction.
In addition to classes, I offer private lessons, on your machine, or mine and Sewing parties. Book an evening with friends and make something fun together. Usually, pillows are good party projects, as are drawstring bags, drawstring backpacks, and simple dolls. Your party can be adults, parent/child, or 8+ yo children (kids).
Alterations & repairs classes taught by request only when the requestee has 4 students to take the class.