Have you always wanted to learn how to sew but afraid to touch a sewing machine? Or wonder why your hungry sewing machine keeps eating your projects and jamming? Let me help you get started and make you feel comfortable using a sewing machine while teaching you the basics!
In this class you will be making a 16" pillow cover with a zipper!!
Workshop Schedule: Meets for 3 Sundays, May 7, 21 & June 4 2:30-5:00pm. No class on Mothers Day or Memorial Day Weekend.
Where: Trixy Xchange - 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., Studio #232 Chicago, IL 60657 (Wicker Park)
Prerequisite: This is a complete beginners class - no prior experience is required! You do not need to own a sewing machine to take this class!
Minimum Age: 18
Trixy Xchange will Provide: Expert instructions, sewing machines, cutting tables, basic notions, basic tools, and fabric for mock-ups
Participants Must Bring: 2 yards of non-stretch cotton fabric, matching thread, 14" zipper, 16" pillow form. Participants may bring their own sewing machines and/or sewing supplies.
PLEASE NOTE THAT NONE OF THESE ITEMS ARE NECESSARY FOR THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS! JUST BRING YOURSELF!
Participants May Purchase: The items above if they'd wish from Trixy Xchange for a small fee if they decide to not purchase it on their own.
Sewing is a learning-by-doing type of activity, and each day of this three part series will build on each other. By the end of this series you will be comfortable using a sewing machine, be able to choose the appropriate techniques and materials for a project, and will know how to manipulate fabric into fun and/or practical item for personal use. You can say I made it every day of the week!
We will explore and create:
Parts of the sewing machine including various stitches, accompanying pressure and tension, and how to change your presser foot
How to thread your sewing machine and wind your bobbin
Seam finishes and hems
Sewing and drafting darts with transfer paper and a tracing wheel
How to layout and cut your fabric with a pattern
How to pin your pattern and fabric together correctly
Intro to reading commercial patterns
By the end of class, not only will you have a cute pillow cover to take home with you that you made yourself, but you will know some sewing basics that you can start your own projects with!!
Instructor: Marie Gouwens is the owner and designer of Trixy Xchange. She specializes in costumes and upyclced clothing. She believes in taking care of the world that we inhabit, and therefore creates a generous amount of designs that are upcycled from clothing and materials that are donated to her studio! It's a creative challenge that she has embraced, which also keeps her designs fresh, beautiful and eco-friendly.
Directions to Studio: Trixy Xchange is located in the Flat Iron Arts Building in Wicker Park. When you get to the 2nd floor, take a left at the top of the stairs, take another immediate left, go around the bend, and look for our Clothing Recycling Bin in front of our studio!
Contact: Please email Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
Trixy Xchange Refund Policy: We have very limited space in our classes, so please respect our cancellation policy. Students may cancel within 7 days for a full refund. Students that cancel within 24 hours will receive class credit. No refunds or credits if cancelled within 24 hours.
*If you purchased your class on CourseHorse, then our cancellation policy applies to your purchase. If you need help canceling or have any questions, please visit the CourseHorse site (https://www.coursehorse.com/contact-us) in Chicago and contact their customer service team.
Posted by Melissa Sassmann on 18th Feb 2017
I have had one beginner class a couple of years ago in the suburbs and had a very bad experience with what I like to say was an "old bitty" type of establishment. As an avid thrifter and upcycling enthusiast, it's important to me to be able to create new things from found materials and garments instead of buying new fabric whenever possible. Marie and I see eye to eye where that esthetic is concerned and she "gets" it. It's great to have an instructor with a more modern, forward thinking attitude to sewing and garment construction. I would highly recommend to anyone who is new to learning to sew or who already has some sewing skills but has an unresolved pile of garments waiting to be repurposed into something fabulous and new, but lack the skill to do it on your own. She has assisted me on a few different upcycle projects and I am excited to keep going! While the one beginner class left a bad taste in my mouth and discouraged from continuing to learn, Marie has given me new inspiration!