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“BEST OF NEW YORK: SEWING”
four 2-hour classes // $275 + supplies (see list below)
by popular demand: a learn-to-sew series that teaches all the basics of home decor sewing in one easy package!
the plan is to meet for two hours once a week for four weeks. this structured curriculum provides an intensive-yet-progressive introduction to the sewing with a focus on:
- how to read (and successfully follow!) a commercial pattern
- layout and cutting fabric the right way
- developing good machine sewing skills and working habits
- professional seam finishing, pressing and hemming techniques
- a first-time intro to patchwork/machine quilting
- sewing with trim such as piping and bias tape
- getting closure: zippers and buttonholes!
project I: fabric napkins or tea towels
take your basic machine threading and sewing skills to the next level by learning to layout and cut fabric as well as how to measure, pin and press hems the right way–which is key for almost every type of sewing there is. the end result? super cute earth-friendly napkin(s) or tea towels for you or your favorite host or hostess. one 2-hour class.
project 2: cafe curtain
stitching a cafe curtain is the perfect continuation to the hemming-intensive skills gained with project I (see above). although similar in terms of construction, this time around you’ll also be learning how to make a casing for a curtain rod. the best part? although a cafe curtain is smaller in scale than why you might need for a window that runs from floor to ceiling, this version can be scaled up to fit ANY bare window. one 2-hour class.
project 3: patchwork potholder
a quick and fun intro to the basics of machine/patchwork quilting including how to bind raw edges of fabric with bias tape successfully and easily. one 2-hour class.
project 4: zippered pillow/mini-duvet
a home lab would be incomplete without learning to make a duvet cover. as with the cafe curtain, we’ll be making a scaled-down/pillow-sized version of a full-sized duvet. two types of closures–an invisible zipper and buttons/buttonholes–will be taught, plus how to make a French seam for a clean finish. one 2-hour class.
note on sewing skills: if you’re more or less comfortable threading a sewing machine you’re ready for this series. if you have never sewn on a machine or want an in-depth refresher, we will give you 50% off an intro to sewing machine workshop upon registration in the home lab. just send us an email so we can hook you up with the discount!
SUPPLIES (FOR OUR FIRST MEETING):
- 1 yard cotton printed fabric (you’ll have extra material for making more napkins!)
- all-purpose thread
- scissors (new or used only on fabric)
- tailor’s chalk in contrasting color to fabric or air-soluble fabric marking pen
- 18″ transparent sewing ruler
- sewing gauge
- magnetic seam guide