Monday, May 09, 2011

Summer sewing classes in Gainesville

Honey Girl pattern by Jamie Christina
I'm happy to announce that I'll be teaching three different sewing classes this summer. The first two are great for brand-new beginners or for anyone who feels a little rusty with their sewing. The third class is suitable for anyone who knows their way around a sewing machine and wants to make a cute sundress that's perfect for summer or the first Gator gameday.

Learn to Use a Sewing Machine
Saturday, May 21
9am to noon
This crash course will take the mystery out of sewing and get you comfortable with using a sewing machine. I'll teach the basics of threading a machine, winding a bobbin, straight stitching, back stitching, zig-zag stitching and other key topics. You'll even leave with a finished project! Bring your own sewing machine, manual, and bobbins, as well as a pair of sharp scissors. All students will pay a lab fee of $10 to cover the cost of handouts and use of materials. If you've always wanted to learn to sew, this is your chance!

Learn to Work with Patterns
Saturday, May 21
1pm to 5pm
Know how to use a sewing machine but still want to learn how to work with patterns? This class will teach you the basics of working with commercial patterns, whether you want to make clothes, crafts, or other fun things. I'll guide each student through making a pair of simple drawstring pants (great for casual wear or pajamas). Bring a sewing machine, manual, and an extra bobbin. All students must bring a pair of sharp scissors and pay a lab fee of $25 to cover the cost of pattern, fabric, elastic, and coordinating thread.

Make a Shirred Summer Dress
Thursdays May 19, May 26, and June 2
6pm to 9pm
In this class, we'll use a pattern to make a flirty summer sundress that is suitable for beginners (see photo). During the first class, we'll cut out patterns and discuss materials. Then in the second and third classes, we'll sew the dress. Students should understand the basics of using a sewing machine and bring their sewing machine, extra bobbins and needles, and a pair of sharp scissors to the second and third classes. All students will pay a lab fee of $15 in cash to the instructor to cover the cost of patterns, handouts, elastic thread, and the use of irons in class.

Don't own a sewing machine?
Use one of mine for an additional lab fee of $15. You MUST let me know in advance if you wish to reserve a machine.

Please feel free to email me at sassycrafter{at}

Register now!
All three classes are offered through the UF Leisure Course Program and are open to anyone in the community. Visit the UF Leisure Course website to register:

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