Upcoming Classes/Workshops

Saturday, October 26th
12pm-4pm at the Petoskey Public Library

Get to Know Your Sewing Machine - Part 1

Is your sewing machine sitting in the back of a closet gathering dust? 
Do you wish you remembered how to thread it? 
Do you want to learn to sew?

Bring your sewing machine and all of its accessories (power cord, manual, bobbins, presser feet, needles, etc.) to this 4-hour workshop.  Instructor Tina Bury will show you how to wind the bobbin and thread the machine, talk about the most common issues when using your machine and how to avoid them, and familiarize you with the most useful stitches.

A quick project will be sewn together to get you started. You’ll leave feeling confident that you can sew on your own!

Register for the class (it’s free!) at the Petoskey Public Library.

Sarah Biskup
(231) 758-3144
sbiskup@petoskeylibrary.org

Saturday, November 2nd
12pm-4pm at the Petoskey Public Library

Get to Know Your Sewing Machine - Part 2

So, you can thread your machine and sew a straight stitch, but what about those others stitches? 
Do you wonder what all those feet are for? 
Do you wish you could install a zipper or sew a button hole? 

Then, come and join us.  We’ll begin where the “Get to Know Your Sewing Machine” left off.  {Didn’t take the first session?  No problem, we ask that you be able to thread your machine and wind a bobbin and are comfortable with doing basic stitches (Your owner’s manual is a great place to start!)}

Bring your sewing machine and all of its accessories (power cord, manual, bobbins, presser feet, needles, etc.) to this 4 hour workshop.  We will talk about the common presser feet and what they are used for.  We’ll practice a variety of stitches and learn about their purposes.  We’ll discuss the most common issues when using your machine and how to avoid them and how to clean and oil your machine.  We’ll get more familiar with needles, thread and fabric.  We’ll practice stitching, installing a zipper and making a button hole with a project that we’ll make together in class.   When you leave this class, you’ll be ready to sew up some lovely gifts.

Register for the class (it’s free!) at the Petoskey Public Library.

Sarah Biskup
(231) 758-3144
sbiskup@petoskeylibrary.org

Saturday & Sunday, November 9th and 10th
9am - 4pm at the Michigan Folk School in Ann Arbor

Garment Making - Sewing with Knits

In this two day class (you can register for both days or only one) we will make a dress and leggings….a perfect fall/winter uniform.  I like to throw a hand knit scarf on top of mine, but you do what you like!

We’ll begin by making a fit and flare knit dress from a pattern, adjusting the size, and shape to your own preference and body, working on the fit and then drafting and sewing your own leggings. 

You’ll leave with a pattern for a knit dress that has been altered to fit you and your own leggings pattern along with a new outfit; a knit dress and leggings! 

Beginner friendly, I ask only that you know how to use a sewing machine and can sew an effective seam.  We’ll work on adjusting a sewing pattern, drafting your own pattern and sewing knits with a basic machine.  All garments will be made with easy to fit and comfortable, knit fabric.

 

Register for the workshop at the Michigan Folk School.
(734) 985-0198
registrar@MiFolkSchool.com

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Part 1

Is your sewing machine sitting in the back of a closet gathering dust? 
Do you wish you remembered how to thread it? 
Do you want to learn to sew?

Bring your sewing machine and all of its accessories (power cord, manual, bobbins, presser feet, needles, etc.) to this 4-hour workshop.  Instructor Tina Bury will show you how to wind the bobbin and thread the machine, talk about the most common issues when using your machine and how to avoid them, and familiarize you with the most useful stitches.

A quick project will be sewn together to get you started. You’ll leave feeling confident that you can sew on your own!

(4 hour class)

Part 2

Have you been dreaming of a wardrobe that you build by hand? A dress that fits your unique body perfectly. Honestly, there’s nothing quite like it…dressing your body in clothes made specially for you, in your style and for your shape and made by your own two hands.

It’s heady stuff and it’s not as hard as you think.

Perfect Fit T-shirt – Learn to use a sewing pattern and alter it to fit your unique body. (6 hour class)

Self-drafted Skirt –  Draft and sew a skirt using your measurements and your sense of style. (5 hour class)

Self-drafted Leggings – Building on the skills you learned while drafting your skirt, we’ll develop a pattern for fitted leggings that you’ll love…no more tugging! (5 hour class)

Sew a Fit & Flare Knit Dress –  Learn to take a sewing pattern for a simple knit dress (with a fitted bodice, sleeves and an a-line skirt) and adjust it to fit your unique body and style. Then we’ll cut it out and sew it up…all in time for dinner! (6 hour class)

Requirements: Basic sewing skills helpful, if you can confidently thread your sewing machine, we’ll learn the rest. All garments will be made with easy to fit and comfortable, jersey fabric.

Do you wish you could sew your own clothes, perfectly fitted to your body and style, but it seems too daunting? 

Let’s slow the process down, learn the construction, work on fit and sew by hand…no machines required. 

In this class we’ll sew a perfectly fitted Tee Shirt, altering the pattern with your unique measurements and style.  Then we’ll learn and practice the hand stitches needed for construction. 

(3 hour class)

Hand-sewn, self-drafted tee shirt dyed with onion skins, before being dipped in indigo.

Visible mending is a nod to the traditions of prolonging the life of our clothes and our fabrics through the art of caring for them. We’ll learn techniques borrowed from the Japanese – Sashiko stitches and Boro cloth – and our own quilting roots.  Students will begin the class by creating and practice stitching small pouches before beautifying their own garments.  Suitable for all skill levels.

(Full: 6 hour class, Partial: 3 hour class)

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