Masterclass 1: Machine Sewing: zips and hems and sewing stretch fabrics 

                                                                            Tutor: Anne Fell

Location: Social Club  (Struie Room)

Saturday 14th March 2020  

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (short break for lunch)

Cost £50.00

Places available: 6-8

Skills: Suitable for intermediates

Skills Focus: Using your machine to insert a regular zip; sewing hems for jeans/trousers and skirts/dresses; machine sewing stretch fabrics to make a pencil skirt.

Anne Fell is a sewing tutor with over 30 years experience who loves teaching. Anne studied 'Dress and Design' at the Robert Gordon Institute of Technology and, since retiring, she has run her popular sewing business called 'SewSwift', delivering a variety of classes at Aberdeen Sewing Machines.

This Masterclass is divided into two sessions.  In the first you will use your machine to insert a regular centred zip and learn to sew a hem suitable for jeans or casual trousers and a narrow hem suitable for a dress or skirt.  To practise these techniques you will make a little pouch for your sewing bits 'n' bobs.

You will need to bring a half metre of medium weight cotton canvas fabric and matching thread for the pouch, one regular zip – 8 inch or 7 inches long, and a zipper foot.   NB: For sewing practise, you might like to recycle clothing e.g. denim fabric or simply use leftover scraps from other projects. There will also be a small selection of fabric available to purchase.

In the second session you will make a pencil skirt using stretch fabrics using a regular machine or overlocker.   Anne will do a staged demonstration so you can “sewalong”.   No pattern is required; you will use your measurements for waist, hip and length and draft out your own pattern straight on the fabric.

You will learn the various stretch stitches on your machine; how to sew seams and finish edges, the correct needles and threads to use; when a walking foot is appropriate with a regular sewing machine and how to use an overlocking machine to complete all these processes (if used).

You will need 1 metre wide jersey fabric. Choose a stable double jersey or a ponte di roma jersey, as these are less flimsy so easier to handle. 1 metre of 2.5cm (1”) elastic for your waist; polyester thread; sewing machine and equipment; sewing machine instruction book.

Please note that Anne can supply the jersey fabric for an additional charge should you not be able to source it – let us know if you require this, and there are stalls in the Social Club that can supply sewing accessories.



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