Intermediate Sewing: Beyond Basics

Move your sewing skills to the next level. Adjust a pattern for your size. Choose and cut fabric expertly. Go beyond basics with zippers and more. Get started with a garment of your choice. Students may take this short course multiple times, completing multiple projects and advancing to more complex patterns.

Intermediate Sewing

Course Number


Class Size


Age Range

17+, teens by permission

Skill Level



Basic Sewing or equivalent experience


Recommended sewing kit:

  • 1 pair 3”–4” sharp scissors (embroidery type, for cutting threads)
  • 1 pair 9” cutting shears (Fiskar, Weiss and Gingher are good brands)
  • common pins (in pin cushion or small box) Note: magnetic pin containers may damage computer discs
  • tape measure (not pull-out)
  • 6” metal sewing gauge, for measuring (Dritz or other brand)
  • assortment of hand sewing needles, sizes 5–10
  • needle threader
  • seam ripper
  • marking pencils: 1 dark, 1 light color. Use chalk or wax, not quilters’ pencils.
  • thread for marking and basting. 1 white and 1 black are good choices
  • size 66 plastic bobbins (please bring at least 3 to start)

At first class, we will discuss:

  • pattern
  • amount and types of fabric you will need
  • notions listed on patterns: zipper, interfacing, etc.

Find out where to buy supplies.

Instructor, Schedule, and Cost


Section 1M: 8 Thursdays, 6:30-9 pm 
Jun 11-Jul 30, 2015

$234 – FULL
Instructor: Deborah West


Section 1F: 8 Mondays, 6:30–9pm
Nov 2–Dec 21, 2015
$236 – OPEN
Instructor: Deborah West


Section 1W: 8 Mondays, 6:30–9pm
Feb 22–Apr 11, 2016 (snow day make-up Apr 18)
$236 – OPEN
Instructor: Deborah West

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