Teacher: Krista Graff

Age of Students: 8 and up

Class Fee: $15

Length: 1 Semester

Prerequisites: Basic ability and willingness to operate a sewing machine safely. Please learn how to thread YOUR machine, and come ready to show ME the first week.

Class Capacity: 4 new sewists and 4 experienced sewists (he/she has completed at least one project using a sewing machine)

Class Description:

Learn basic machine sewing skills including straight seams, gathers, top stitching, french seams, and curved seams. Learn basic hand sewing skills like whip stitching, straight stitching, and invisible seams for finishing turned projects. These skills will be taught through activities and projects, and may include making basic home items like a pillowcase, bowl insulator, a pieced pillow, a book, and other similar projects. Experienced sewists may make a chemise/nightgown using their own measurements.

Written patterns will be followed. For those who have not operated a machine before, work will begin with guiding activities, without thread, and progress from there. For those who have more experience, other projects will be offered as soon as he/she demonstrates proficiency.

Homework Requirements: 

Various hand-sewing projects/tasks will be sent home for completion. If a seam needs to be taken apart, that may be sent home.

Required Materials:

  • Sewing machine
  • machine needles
  • bobbins
  • tape measure
  • scissors (no need for expensive sewing scissors, just a pair used only for fabric; I bought my Fiskars at Sam’s Club in the office supply section)
  • hand needles
  • thread


Students will have the option of providing fabric, or they may use what is provided.