Sewing Workshop for Mixed Levels

Learn how to sew


Joanne Morton

Joanne Morton

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4.6 stars (62+)
Sydney Community College

Sydney Community College

4.8 (20)
5k+

3 hours Class size 5 to 12 label $64


Your host, Sydney Community College is COVID-19 aware

This means that this teacher won't run a class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days, and will adhere to relevant state restrictions (e.g. on maximum number of students per class)

Learn how to sew and share a love of garment making in this fun Sydney class!

This mixed-level class is suitable for anyone with basic sewing experience and is a great opportunity to learn new sewing skills from professional fashion designers. During the class you will be able to collaborate with others, share tips and tricks and receive help from professionals with your current project.

Each class will differ slightly because it is mixed-level, but you are encouraged to either start a new project here or bring along something you’re already working on for expert guidance. In this sewing class you can expect some of these topics to be covered:

  • Commercial patterns (the terminology on the patterns and what all the various markings are)
  • Fabric selection and fabric/pattern design marriage
  • Cutting efficiently and why some fabrics must be cut a certain way
  • Laying out your pattern and cutting your fabric
  • Sewing a complete garment
  • Darts, hems, pockets, zippers, panels, binding, piping and more!
  • Trims and finishes

By the end of the class you will have made great progress and perhaps even completed your self-directed project to take home, as well as plenty of new skills and connections with other like-minded artists.

  • 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:



What to bring

  • 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.

  • Please wear covered in shoes


Suitable for

This class is perfect for beginners - no prior experience is needed.
This class is a great indoor activity idea for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.

This would also be a great Father's Day gift idea.

Location

Sydney Community College - 2A Gordon St Rozelle

Your teacher
Joanne Morton

Joanne Morton

5k+
4.6 stars (62+)

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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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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