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Sewing Fundamentals 101 – Tote Bag

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If you have always wanted to learn to sew but never had the time or opportunity this is the class for you! Come and learn the fundamentals of operating a sewing machine, picking fabric and simple construction.  In this class you will learn how to make a cute tote bag. This bag can be used for anything from carrying your lunch, to toting your sewing supplies to and from your next class.

You will learn:

  • Basic sewing machine safety
  • How to identify different weights of fabric
  • How to identify proper grainline and why it is important
  • How to prepare fabric for sewing
  • How to layout pattern pieces and cut fabric
  • Proper pinning technique
  • How to understand seam allowance
  • How to sew a straight seam
  • Proper use and care of sewing tools
  • Proper pressing technique
  • Tips for future projects!

What to bring to class:

  • Sewing machine*
  • 1/2 yard of medium weight 100% cotton fabric for body of bag
  • 1 1/2 yard of webbing or twill tape for bag straps
  • Coordinating cotton thread
  • Fabric scissors, glass or metal (no plastic!) head pins, seam ripper, pencil

* If you need to rent a sewing machine for use during class, please add Sewing Machine Rental to your cart along with your class.

Register online.

Sunday, August 31, 2014 11:30 am
Sunday, August 31, 2014 3:00 pm
A Verb for Keeping Warm
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6328 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94608
$40 with 24 hour advance reservation / $50 walk-in
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