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Basic Sewing 1F23

Age Group: 
Teens, Adults

If you need to learn how to use a sewing machine for the first time, Basic Sewing is for you. 

Learn how to operate a a sewing machine, read and understand patterns, learn basic sewing terms, sewing methods and tools of the trades. Choose and cut patterns. Then apply your newly found skills by sewing a pillow, apron or simple drawstring pants.

Completion qualifies students for intermediate classes and open workshop classes.  We will review where to buy supplies in class.

Limit 6 students.


I wanted to brush up on my skills in preparation for sewing 2.  The teacher was supportive, enthusiastic, and clear.  Great atmosphere, with good projects to work on, and lots of tools at our disposal.  I've already registered for sewing 2!


I registered for this class because I wanted to learn the basics to feel more confident using my own machine.  One of my favorite aspects of this class was the vibe! It was a lovely laid-back atmosphere where there were no stupid questions. I felt validated and encouraged.  Debra came around and helped each person, wherever they were at in the process.  I'm eager to learn more so I can make my own things at home!

Deborah West

Deborah West

Deborah West is a trained Sewing Educator. Owner of Dwest Designs, she has been in the sewing and fashion business for over 30 years. She has sponsored and produced fashion shows in the corporate and private sectors. In the 1980s, she co-owned Collage, Ltd., an image consulting firm whose clients included Dover-Sherborn School, Carver High School and MCI Framingham. She is former Mass. State Director of the “Make it with Wool” contest and participated as a judge in the 4-H Middlesex County Fair sewing competition.

Deborah has taught sewing at Robert Gould Shaw House, YWCA Aswalos House, for Family Services of Greater Boston's Teen Living Program and elsewhere in addition to the Eliot School.

Materials to bring to class:

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

Supplies needed by 2nd 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”


Dark and light color thread for basting


Needle threader

Sewing gauge

Tracing Paper - wax-free or doubled-faced tracing paper

Fabric will be discussed in class.