This class will give students the knowledge to confidently use a sewing machine to make well-finished tote bags, cushion covers, and simple garments.
Week 1 – Get to know your sewing machine: how to fill a bobbin, thread your machine, and sewing straight seams.
Week 2 – Sewing curved seams and how to use a seam ripper.
Week 3 – Sewing zips.
Project 1: Zipper pouch
*Zipper foot required: most machines come with this attachment, I will have a spare in class should it be needed.
Week 4 – Bias binding and sewing buttons.
Project 2: Tablet/iPad/Kindle pouch
*Buttonhole foot required: most machines come with this attachment, I will have a spare in class should it be needed.
Week 5 – the class will continue to sew project 2. Notes will be provided for week 5 and these notes will include patterns that students will choose from for their final projects. The topics covered in class will be: how to choose a pattern and understanding clothing.
Week 6, 7, & 8 – Final project, students will choose one of the following projects:
*Tote bag *Cushion Cover **Machine Caddy **Apron (With or without frills) ***Skirt (Gathered, circle or A-line)
Shauna has a deep background in sewing, pattern drafting, needlework, and costume design. Her ethos is to be aware of the impact of textile manufacturing on the environment. She is a proponent of re-purposing second-hand clothes, deadstock fabric, and using all available sources to minimise waste.