Basic Sewing

An introduction to the fundamentals of sewing. Learn to use a sewing machine, choose and cut patterns and use basic sewing terms, methods and tools. Complete a pillow, apron, drawstring pants or another simple project.

Please plan to use our machines; if time allows, the instructor may invite you to bring your own to the final session. We will provide materials for your starting project. After that you may choose to purchase your own.

Completion qualifies students for Intermediate Sewing and a variety of classes that lead toward fashion design and clothing construction.

Note: One section is bilingual in English/Spanish. Additional sections in Spanish or other languages may be arranged on request.

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Class Size


Age Range

17+, teens by permission

Skill Level





Please plan to use our machines. If time allows, the instructor may invite you to bring your own to the final session.

Bring to the first class:

  • Class 66 bobbins (plastic; please bring at least 3)
  • Dressmaker shears (best quality are Fiskars or Gingher)
  • Paper scissors
  • Assorted machine sewing needles
  • Assorted hand sewing needles
  • Common pins
  • Pin cushion
  • Seam ripper
  • Dressmaker’s pencil or tailor’s chalk
  • Tape measure 60”
  • Ruler
  • Dark and light color thread for basting
  • Thimble
  • Needle threader
  • Sewing gauge

Fabric will be discussed in class.

Find out where to buy supplies.

Instructor, Schedule, and Cost

FALL 2016/WINTER 2017

Section 1: 6 Mondays, 6:30–9pm

1F: Sept 26–Nov 7, 2016 (no class Oct 10) (TBA) FULL

Instructor: Deborah West

1W: Jan 9–Feb 13, 2017 (snow day make-up Feb 20) (TBA)OPEN


Instructor: Carol Price


Section 2: 6 Wednesdays, 9:30am–12pm (Carol Price)

2F1: Sep 21–Oct 26, 2016 - FULL

2F2: Nov 2–Dec 14, 2016 (no class Nov 23)OPEN

2W: Jan 4–Feb 8, 2017 (snow day make-up Feb 15)OPEN


Instructor: Carol Price


Section 3: (Bilingual: English/Español): 6 Thursdays, 10am–12:30pm

3F: Sept 29–Nov 3, 2016- FULL

3W: Jan 5–Feb 9 (snow day make-up Feb 16)OPEN


Instructor: Dora Cruz


Section 4: 6 Thursdays, 6:30–9pm (Carol Price)

4F: Sept 22–Oct 27, 2016- FULL

4W: Jan 5–Feb 9 (snow day make-up Feb 16)OPEN


Instructor: Carol Price

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