Sewing Workshop: Repairs and Alterations

How to alter and repair clothes


Valeria Ramirez
Sydney Community College

Sydney Community College

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6.5 hours 1 to 12 label $127 - $149 ($149 per student when you book for 1 student, $135 for 2 students, $127 for 3+ students)


Learn sewing alterations in Sydney. Do you have an outfit that no longer fits or needs to be fixed? Did you buy a garment that you never wear but just needs adjusting in some way to become fabulous!

Here is a way to revive your wardrobe, complete those sewing projects, and learn some new skills in a relaxing environment.

From darning, patchwork, mending, sewing hems, to the repair of soft furnishing projects like curtains, cushions, bed linen, bags, soft sewn hats, children’s and clothing.

This is an opportunity to use up the bag of gorgeous fabrics you have tucked away in a drawer. Longed to make something particular but just need a gentle push and affirmation? The Tutor will be happy to help you tackle any or all of these projects in a relaxed informative non-threatening environment.

You can either bring your own projects or follow a program provided by the Tutor to learn a variety of basic skills and learn to sew. There will be demonstrations for techniques you may wish to learn or incorporate or improve your skills.

If you want to Learn about Sewing in Sydney, then this course is for you.

Course content

During this workshop, the intention is that the following topics can be covered, but not necessarily all of them or in the order given. Parts of the curriculum may be adapted to suit the needs of the class. Your tutor will discuss any potential changes or revisions proposed to the course agenda.

  • Individual, hands-on tuition of each student to get them started
  • Threading and using the sewing machine
  • Hems, buttons, zippers
  • Buttonholes
  • Soft Furnishing projects – bed linen, cushions, curtains
  • Gathers, Ruffles, Bias, Piping. Mitred Corners
  • Garment and item repair
  • Adjustments and alterations to patterns

Outcomes

By the end of this course you will have learned:

  • some new sewing skills
  • how to made good headway on, or finished, a sewing project

Please bring to class

  • Any projects that you have been working on at home, or want to start
  • Material you are keen to work with
  • Pen and notepad

The following items must be supplied by students and will be needed on the first night:

  • 3 meters of calico.
  • Clear plastic Janome bobbins x 1 pkt of two
  • Pins and hand sewing needles
  • 1 reel of white and 1 reel of dark coloured sewing thread
  • 1 pair of fabric cutting scissors
  • 1 pair of small thread cutting scissors or clippers
  • Measuring tape
  • 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

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

Basic kits with the bare essentials are available for purchase directly from the tutor for $20 from the front office. Each kit contains:

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

Please note: All classes need a minimum number of students to go ahead. If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled and you will be informed. Courses are usually cancelled, when necessary, 2 working days prior to the scheduled start date.


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 great 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
Valeria Ramirez

Valeria Ramirez


Valeria is a Fashion designer. Her passion for clothes was born when realising that they can be used as a media to express and communicate our unique persona.

She is the founder of Yogitown, a label inspired by yogic philosophy, which intention is to share a message of peace and compassion, using ethical clothing as the instrument for advocacy of the rights of freedom and happiness of all habitants on this planet. Valeria called herself as a fashion revolutionary, she hosts clothing swaps, where recycle, up-cycle, mending and caring for our garments is encouraged. Currently, She uses embroidery techniques to create craftivism.

She is a qualified yoga teacher, however, she doesn’t teach yoga she practice calm and patience in her sewing classes, she understands that everyone has a different rhythm for learning a new skill.




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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