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Beginning Sewing with Tessa

$125.00 USD
Thursday, March 12, 19, & 26, 2020⋅6:00 – 9:00pm

Want to learn how to sew? Maybe you know some things, but you're certain there's some gaps in your knowledge? Maybe it's been a long time and you think a solid refresher would get you back on track? Either way we've got you covered! 

In this class we'll cover:

  • How to use a sewing machine to sew curves, corners, secure stitching, what stitches to use when, and all that will make you comfortable in the driver's seat.
  • Zippers, linings, elastic, hems, and more will have the fear taken away as you learn to handle them with ease.
  • Learn to decipher pattern symbols, language, and layouts so that you can start making new projects right away!
  •  How to properly cut, pin, and work with fabric to get the best results!


This class is meant to be informative, fun, and encouraging! Class will take place over 3 weeks, one class each week. The first class will cover sewing machine basics, troubleshooting, stitches, and sewing a straight line. We'll get started on our first project, a Dopp Kit, and finish it during the second class. Our final project is a pair of comfy Unisex Boxer style shorts or PJ pants (your choice!). 

 Instructor: Tessa Gonzales

Pre-requisite:  None! This is for complete beginners!

Supply List: 

All Supplies Available at Austin Sewing

 We have classroom machines that you can rent for class if you don't have your own, but we do recommend learning on the machine you are going to be using going forward. You can add a machine rental here.

Dopp Kit Supplies:

  • 1 Fat quarter of fabric for exterior (canvas or quilter’s cotton)
  • 1 Fat quarter of fabric for interior (quilter’s cotton)
  • 0.5 yards of fusible fleece
  • 14” zipper (NOT invisible, get the regular kind)
  • All-purpose thread that matches project
  • Zipper foot for your sewing machine


Boxer Shorts/PJ Pants Supplies: 

  • 1 1/2 to 3 yards of fabric depending on size/shorts vs. pants (PREWASHED)
  • 1 inch Elastic
  • Pattern will be emailed after first class. 
  • All-purpose thread that matches project


Basic Tools Needed: 

  • Fabric scissors
  • Straight pins 
  • Seam/hem gauge
  • Thread snippers
  • Seam ripper
  • Fabric marking pen or tailor’s chalk - fine point
  • Extra sewing machine needles (size 80/12 and 90/14)
  • Measuring Tape (made for sewing!)
  • Bobbins to fit your sewing machine
  • Magnetic seam guide