Sewing: Repair Workshop

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Learn to repair and sew with our Sewing courses 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 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

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

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 packet 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 headpins
  • White sewing thread
  • A tape measure
  • Thread clippers
  • A cream zipper
  • 2 x clear plastic bobbins

PLS 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 before the scheduled start date.

Avoid disappointment. Enrol early.

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Course testimonials:

  • said: Good instruction friendly teacher

  • said: How to do alterations with confidence if not skill and meeting people with same interest.

  • said: Tutor is friendly, helpful and highly skilled. I learnt so much in one day!

  • said: Val will make the impossible possible bring anything along and it quickly becomes a wearable item. Today am wearing a skirt that has been an unfinished project for two years. She will give you the sewing confidence you need to transform your wardrobe. Very skilled teacher!

  • said: Valeria is able to juggle a class of people at a range of skill levels. She is responsive to everyone's needs and offers practical advice and guidance. She's a joy! A note about my attendance: I attended all four sessions (including the make-up session on Wednesday 1 August).

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