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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Course Number


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


Section 1F: 6 Mondays, 6:30–9pm
Sept 14–Oct 26, 2015 (no class Oct 12)
$184 FULL
Instructor: Deborah West

Section 2F1: 6 Wednesdays, 9:30am–12pm
Sept 16–Oct 21, 2015
Instructor: Carol Price

Section 2F2: 6 Wednesdays, 9:30am–12pm
Oct 28–Dec 2, 2015
Instructor: Carol Price

Section 3F (Bilingual: English/Español): 6 Thursdays, 10am–12:30pm
Oct 29–Dec 10, 2015 (No class Nov 26)
$184 OPEN
Instructor: Dora Cruz

Section 4F1: 6 Thursdays, 6:30–9pm
Sept 24–Oct 29, 2015
$184 FULL
Instructor: Carol Price

Section 4F2: 6 Thursdays, 6:30–9pm
Nov 5–Dec 17, 2015 (no class Nov 26)
$184 FULL
Instructor: Carol Price


Section 1W: 6 Mondays, 6:30–9pm
Jan 4–Feb 8, 2016 (snow day make-up Feb 15)
$184 OPEN
Instructor: Deborah West

Section 2W: 6 Wednesdays, 9:30am–12pm
Jan 6–Feb 10, 2016 (snow day make-up Feb 17)
$184 OPEN
Instructor: Carol Price

Section 3W (Bilingual: English/Español): 6 Thursdays, 10am–12:30pm
Jan 7–Feb 11, 2016 (snow day make-up Feb 18)
$184 OPEN
Instructor: Dora Cruz

Section 4W: 6 Thursdays, 6:30–9pm
Feb 11–Mar 17, 2016 (snow day make-up Mar 24)
$184 OPEN
Instructor: Carol Price


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