We have some great new classes scheduled for 2020. See below and our Class Page for further information.
Our Introduction to Dressmaking in March class is full but we have scheduled another to commence on 16 May. This class has a maximum of 4 students so be quick.
Love Your Overlocker Class with Lynne Johnston – Commencing 19 Feb
A 6 week course on Wednesdays 19th & 26th Feb, 4th, 11h, 18th & 25th March, 1pm – 3pm
Lynne’s classes are very popular and are ideal for beginners and experienced sewers alike, for both practical applications and decorative possibilities.
Lynne will introduce you to the creative World of Overlocking with this course and will cover all aspects of your overlocker and typical overlocker issues. By the end of 6 weeks you will have a thorough understanding of your overlocker and what you can do with it.
The six week course will include the following:
- Understanding tensions
- Understanding differential feed
- Which stitch to use when, eg: 4Thread/3Thread/Rolled hem/Narrow hem/Flatlock/Blind hem
- Dealing with difficult fabrics
- Corners, Curves, Stopping, Starting
- Decorative threads
- Cover Stitch and chains stitch will be covered if your machine has these capabilities.
Introduction to Patchwork on your Sewing Machine with Leonie Fraser – 22 February 2020
Focus: Patchwork – Machine Piecing techniques
Quick and simple blocks are great to make to learn the skills of accurate patchwork on your sewing machine, and they serve as a great springboard to being creative. In this workshop, we will look at the skills and techniques needed, sew perfect blocks, then mash it up to personalise and make something more sophisticated to show off your skills.
Level of skill required for this workshop: This workshop is suitable for beginners and those wanting to explore variations in a traditional block.
Note: This project uses quilters cotton only. You need to buy quilting fabric which is 100% cotton. This can be purchased at Canberra Sewing on the day if you are unsure of what is required.
Click here for further information. Ring or call into the shop and book in. A materials list is supplied after booking and paying deposit.
Introduction to Free Motion Quilting with Leonie Fraser – 13 March 2020
Focus: Machine quilting
This course will encourage you to break away from straight lines with the walking foot and be a bit more creative in your quilting, taking you through the steps required and boost your confidence. You will be provided with a choice of designs to work on using material of your own choice. This one-day session is an introduction to free motion quilting skills. The aim of the session is to provide the information and guidance to be able to use free-motion quilting on a cushion cover, and to take away the confidence to take your quilting further.
Fabric and batting will be discussed in the session and can be purchased from the store at the time of the class.
Level of skill required for this workshop: Beginners learning to quilt.
This workshop will develop the following skills:
- Using your domestic sewing machine safely and comfortably when quilting
- Choosing fabric, batting and thread for free motion quilting
- Setting up your machine for free motion quilting
- Transferring a design to your fabric
- Starting and finishing lines of stitching
- Regulating hand and speed for consistent stitch length
A materials list will be provided at time of registration.
Thread Painting with Leonie Fraser – 17 March 2020
Focus: Quilting embellishment techniques
Thread painting can add pizzazz and a bit of glamour to your work by enhancing images or patterns in your material. Thread painting can be added to a variety of fabrics – pre-printed panels, patterned fabric, pieced blocks for example. In this class you will be using embroidery threads to add embellishment to a photo you have printed on fabric.
Level of skill required for this workshop: All levels of experience with free motion quilting.
Please note: Before the class, you will need to print a photo onto an A4 sheet of fabric using an inkjet printer, following the manufacturer’s instructions. The shop carries packets of printable fabric sheets. Think about your picture and its degree of difficulty in using it for thread work – multiple faces in a family photo in an A4 format would be very difficult (I would think twice before trying it) but a butterfly or flower would be relatively easy to achieve. The guide words for choosing would be bold and simple.
You can print to the edge for this task, but you will neaten the edges to use the block you create in a project.
This workshop will develop the following skills:
- Setting up your sewing machine for thread painting
- Techniques for transferring images to fabric ready for thread painting
- Different techniques to enhance your picture with thread work
- Choice of thread for thread painting
- Starting and finishing threads
A materials list will be provided on registration.
See us for a great deal. We are a local shop, providing personalised support and advice. If you are looking for a new machine, Canberra Sewing will always try to match and better a deal you may have seen elsewhere. You will also have peace of mind, having a local shop to visit for personalised support and questions. We offer unlimited lessons with all new sewing machine purchases! We also service and repair any brand of machine, regardless of where you purchased it.
Keep an eye on our Classes page for new classes coming up.