Basic Sewing I

Learn how to operate a sewing machine and read and understand patterns; learn basic sewing terms, sewing methods and tools of the trades. 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 that lead toward fashion design and clothing construction.


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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
  • Tracing Paper

Fabric will be discussed in class.

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Instructor, Schedule, and Cost

FALL 2018 


Section 1: 7 Mondays, 6:30–9pm

1F: Sept 10–Oct 29 (no class Oct 8)

Instructor: Deborah West

$282.  FULL 


Section 2: 6 Wednesdays, 9:30am–12pm 

2F: Sept 19–Oct 24

Instructor: Carol Price

$242.  FULL 




Section 1: 7 Mondays, 6:30–9pm

1W: Jan 7–Feb 25(no class Jan 21)

(snow day make-up Mar 4)

Instructor: Deborah West



Section 2: 6 Wednesdays, 9:30am–12pm 

2W: Jan 2–Feb 6 (snow day make-up Feb 13)

Instructor: Carol Price


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