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sewing 101: learn to sew intensive

In this course you will learn all the basics of the timeless craft of sewing on our machines. By the end of the series, you will have confidence in using a sewing machine independently and will have gained a wealth of knowledge including the following: proper sewing techniques (pinning, cutting, etc.) the basics of bag making, working with zippers, reading and using patterns, the basics of garment construction, working with various fabrics, and more! 

We're offering this class as a 6-week morning or evening session, a 3-weekend Sunday session, OR a 5-day (Monday-Friday) week-long session - choose the session that works best for you!  Please note: our September morning session (beginning 9/6) will skip (1) week in between Classes 5 and 6, and our September evening session (beginning 9/12) will skip (1) week in between Classes 4 and 5.

We'll start with thorough instruction of the sewing machine and getting you familiar with winding a bobbin, threading the machine, and operating it confidently.  Then we'll make a simple drawstring bag to build your confidence.  The next project is a set of zipper pouches, then finally we'll tackle pajama pants to give you a solid foundation for garment sewing and construction.
This class is perfect for anyone who has little to no sewing experience as well as those who have not sewn for years and need a good refresher.  Absolutely no prior sewing experience is required!

Please note: Fabrics must be purchased in our shop to ensure you have the appropriate materials for the projects. Please arrive on time for class with your materials.  Only the "It's A Cinch" materials will be needed for the first class.  If you plan on shopping for materials on the day of class, please arrive to the shop at least 15 minutes early to ensure you have enough time to browse and shop.

Required Materials:
- (1) Pattern: "It's a Cinch" by Studio M Squared

- exterior fabric: 18" x 22" - fat quarters work great!

- lining fabric: 18" x 22" - fat quarters work great
- 1 1/2 yds of 1/2" wide twill tape
- (1) spool of sew-all polyester all-purpose thread

- (1) Pattern: "Done in a Zip" by Studio M Squared Paper or PDF

- We have "Done in a Zip" complete kits available to purchase here, however if you do not wish to purchase a kit, you will need the following:
- 1/4 yd for main fabric (print)
- 1/4 yd for accent fabric (solid)
- 1/4 yd for lining
- (1) 7" zipper
- (1) 9" zipper
- 1 yd of medium weight fusible interfacing
- (1) spool of sew-all polyester all-purpose thread

- (1) Pattern: Lenox Pajama by Studio M Squared Paper or PDF
- 1 1/4 yd packing of 1" wide elastic
- (1) spool of sew-all polyester all-purpose thread
- fabric - we recommend using lightweight woven cotton or flannel - yardage is dependent on the size of pajama pant you are making; fabric can be purchased AFTER the instructor has taken you through the process of measuring yourself in class.

Required Tools:
- fabric scissors
- pins and/or clips
chalk or frixion pen
- clover hot press ruler, not required for PJ pants but highly recommended!
- We have adult tool kits available for purchase here!

Cancellation Policy:
If you are unable to attend the class, a refund will only be provided if you notify us 72 hours in advance in writing by email, there is a waitlist for the class, and we are able to fill your spot.  Otherwise, a credit for a future class will be issued.

No refunds or credits will be provided if you notify us less than 72 hours in advance. By registering for the class, you are agreeing to this cancellation policy. 

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: No sewing experience required
Materials Included: No - must purchase before class
Instructor: N/A

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
  • Tel: 908.232.0600
  • Email:
  • 361 South Avenue E.,
  • Westfield, NJ 07090