Sewing Workshop for Mixed Levels

Learn how to sew


Joanne Morton
Sydney Community College

Sydney Community College

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3 hours 1 to 12 label $64 - $75 ($75 per student when you book for 1 student, $68 for 2 students, $64 for 3+ students)


Learn to sew workshop in Sydney for everyone, beginners and continuers.

Techniques included are machine stitching, garment making, hand stitching and more...

This mixed-level workshop is an opportunity to learn new skills and enjoy the company of others, who share a love of garment making, sewing and stitching.

This is a small, intimate class where you can learn from professional fashion designers and get help with your current project.

Each lesson we will be able to collaborate, be inspired by others projects, share tips and tricks and celebrate the act of making.

Start a new project, or bring along one that you are working on to get expert help and guidance!

It is advised to have some basic prior experience with sewing to attend these sessions.

Course content

As this is a drop-in 3 hour workshop, it is impossible to cover all of these topics, however, this is a range of some of the topics that you might expect to see a few of in each workshop:

  • Discuss a commercial pattern and get to know the terminology on the pattern and what all the various markings are
  • Fabric selection and spend some time learning about the perfect fabric/pattern design marriage
  • Cutting efficiently and learning about why some fabrics must be cut a certain way i.e. stretch fabrics, velvets, cords and one-way prints
  • Laying outyour pattern and cutting our your fabric
  • Sewing a complete garment
  • Darts, hems, pockets, zippers, panels, binding, piping and more!
  • Trims and finishes

Please bring to class

  • A sewing project that you are working on OR pattern and fabric to start your new project
  • Various size (hand) sewing needles (if you are doing hand stitching)
  • Various coloured embroidery threads, woolen threads, crochet threads (if you are hand stitching) or machine threads (if you are machine sewing)
  • Unpicker
  • Clear plastic Singer bobbins x 1 pkt of two (for machine sewing)
  • Pins and pin cushion
  • 1 pair of fabric cutting scissors
  • 1 pair of small thread cutting scissors or clippers
  • Measuring tape
  • And zippers, buttons, fastenings or finishes you may need
  • Notebook, ruler, pen and pencil to take notes
  • You are welcome to bring along your own machine (if portable) if you would prefer to learn on it. Our Rozelle campus has onsite parking.
  • MACHINE NEEDLES: The machines on campus take standard domestic sewing machine needles. They will have 130/705 H on the packaging somewhere to tell you they are domestic type, which is different from the code for the size of the needle (an 80 or 90 size needle is best for use with sew-all thread).
  • BOBBINS: They must be plastic, not metal. They must be designed for TOP LOADING or “Drop In” machines. The best bet is to buy a pack that says it’s suitable for Singer Drop In machines or Janome Drop In machines (either one will work on both machines). Avoid “universal” bobbins as there is no one-size-fits-all bobbin.
  • THREAD: a quality thread brand is recommended. Some of the more common household brands are Gutermann, Rasant, Mettler, Aurifil.

Other information

  • Please wear covered in shoes
  • All our sewing courses are limited to 12 places (10 places in the city venue), which enables the tutor to give each student plenty of one-to-one guidance and instruction

Basic kits with the bare essentials are available for purchase directly from the tutor for $20 (cash only). Each kit contains:

  • Glass head pins
  • White sewing thread
  • A tape measure
  • Thread clippers
  • A cream zipper
  • 2 x clear plastic bobbins

 


Please note: This class requires a minimum number of students to run. In the unlikely event that we don't get this number of students, we'll cancel the class; in this case we'll inform and fully refund you, so please watch your email/SMS 1 day prior to the class

 



Aside from this class, Sydney Community College also has the following coming up:


Suitable for

This workshop is perfect for individuals and couples as well as for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.

Location

Sydney Community College - 2A Gordon St Rozelle

Your teacher
Joanne Morton

Joanne Morton


I worked for 12 years in the fashion industry as a Production Manager for some well known women’s wear brands. In 2010 I decided to make a break from the fast pace of the industry and completed a Bachelor of Social Science and moved into the field of community development. Since then I have worked in Australia and Indonesia for small community organisations.

Since returning to Sydney in early 2014 I have been very fortunate to mix my fashion experience with community development. I work five days a week as the Sewing Teacher for The Social Outfit. It is a social enterprise that offers employment and education to those from refugee and new migrant communities. I offer classes in sewing using industrial sewing machines, laying up fabric and cutting, using commercial patterns, and patternmaking and modifications.

My job is extremely rewarding. I love coming to work each day and spending time with my students and colleagues.




Your host
Sydney Community College
Sydney Community College

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4.6 stars (62+)

Sydney Community College is a social enterprise with a mission to offer innovative continuing adult education programmes that support individual efforts and facilitate sustainable social change.

Our mission is to enrich lives, to strengthen adult individuals and to build communities through innovative high quality continuing education and training.

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