Drop into the sew-op workroom and see what’s going on. People can bring their sewing projects and work on them using the machines and supplies available. Experienced sewists are on hand for help and advice. Occasionally we’ll have themes but all projects are welcome. Donations are gratefully accepted. No registration required.
Our most popular class! This two-hour introductory class will teach the basics of sewing machines and how to operate them; the basics of fabric; and how to pin and sew seams. You will make a simple project that you can take home. The sewing machines and all supplies are provided. Completion of this class is advised for those who want to attend Open Studio Hours but have no prior knowledge of sewing machines. No materials required. handout provided. Teacher: various.
Learn the basics of altering your clothes to fit you.
Come learn some basic embroidery stitches and ideas for their use, and take home an instructional handout. We will start with the basics: fabric and thread, embroidery hoops and stitching evenly. We’ll practice on some of the Sew-Op’s fabric stash. Finally we’ll look at examples of accents, art pieces, and functional stitching made decorative via embroidery. Bring something you would like to embroider and we’ll brainstorm the possibilities. Taught by Rebecca.
The Sew Op is an exciting place for kids to explore the fun of learning a new craft. In the children’s classes kids learn some basic functions of the sewing machine, are provided practice sessions to learn to run the sewing machine and then make something on the machine to take home. The Sew Op provides the sewing machines and materials for classes. Some of the items the kids make are bags, 18-inch doll clothes and holiday ornaments. Classes are scheduled during school vacations and on Saturdays. Come explore the excitement of a new adventure in sewing. Watch for the class displays on the sign up board.
In this two-part class, learn the fundamentals of crochet: how to manage the yarn and hook, make key stitches, change yarn, and finish off your work. You’ll learn about yarn tension, gauge, and pattern reading, how to count stitches and identify their parts, and how to increase and decrease the number of stitches in a row. Small projects along the way will solidify each skill before the next is added, and you’ll take home additional patterns to practice between and after the classes.
No background needed; Crochet 1 is required for participation in Crochet 2. Supplies: Please bring crochet hooks, a J or K is ideal for the first class (6 or 6.5 mm), and an F or G for the second (3.75 or 4.25 mm). Otherwise all materials and supplies will be provided.
A sewing class geared especially for children! Students will make a sundress for an 18 inch or American Girl doll. The skills to learn will be side seams, sew a cashing on a hem and string ribbon as well as sew on a lace hem. All materal will be provided in this 2 hour class. Dolls are welcome to attend. Class size is limited to 4 students per session, ages 8 to 10.
Come and sew a custom-fit skirt just in time for warm weather! Learn to draft your own pattern from a few measurements to sew a simple a-line or draw-string skirt. Pattern materials provided. Bring your own fabric or use some of ours.
In this two-hour workshop we will talk about creative ways to lengthen clothes to accommodate growth and hopefully stretch an article of clothing through the season. We will also cover tip to best select clothing that will grow with your kids. This is not a hands-on class but feel free to bring items that need to grow and we’ll discuss ideas as a class. No materials required. Handout provided. Teacher: Jennifer.