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Basic Sewing 3W20

Basic Sewing class

Learn how to operate a sewing machine, read and understand patterns. Learn basic sewing terms, sewing methods and tools of the trade. Then apply your newly found skills by sewing a pillow, apron or simple drawstring pants. Completion qualifies students for intermediate classes. Limit 6 students. Completion qualifies students for Intermediate Sewing and a variety of classes.

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 & Tools:

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 15 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

Fabric will be discussed in class.

Find out where to buy supplies.