We are a textile maker space empowering everyone to alter, mend, or create their own style.
We created an environment that teaches basic skills to those interested in extended the life of their wardrobe, alter or revision pieces that no longer work, and create new pieces that express your own style and personality.
So you know how to sew? Learn more advanced skills, try a project that intimidates you, and find community here at the Productivity Parlour.
This is a personally design class in consultation with staff is $20/hour
Sewing Machine 101
A two hour class on "Sewing Machine 101" where you learn how to use one of our machines, or bring in your own. We'll go over threading, changing out needles, stitches, feet and more. Included is a small project to use the skills you just learned!
If you own a machine we highly recommend bringing it in. Machines, while similar, are sometimes different in certain functions, and the point of this class is to get you going on your sewing adventures with your own machine. We'll help you understand how to operate it so you can get started on projects at home.
If you bring your own machine, bring everything you have that goes with it, including cords, manual, and bobbins. (If you don't know what a bobbin is, that is ok, usually your machine has one in it already, we'll figure it all out!)
Hems, Buttons, & Alterations
Learn how to hem a garment, attach a button, and other very basic sewing skills to help adjust fit and length of clothing. Hand-sewing and machine skills will be used, bring a machine if you have one, it is always better to work with a machine that you own, as you get more familiar with all its functions!
Bring in any of your own items that need basic alterations, repairs, or otherwise. Leggings with a stretch, jeans, cargo pants, skirts, etc. can all be altered and hemmed for a better fit.
1 hour 30 minutes$20
Kids Can Sew!
Learn basic sewing skills in a make & take project format. All materials included.
Different age/skill levels:
Children 7 -12 - Learn basic hand sewing skills, tracing patterns, etc. using felt and colorful yarns and thread.
Children/youth 12-17 - Learn basic pattern and sewing machine skills using felt OR fabrics, depending on the projects.
Projects include items such as superhero emblems, capes, pin cushions, aprons, pillow cases, pencil cases, draw-string bags, and more.
Learn basic crochet and create a re-usable coffee cozie or wash cloth.
Materials included: Worsted Weight yarn in washable acrylic in various colors.
Tools: Crochet hooks and scissors
This is NOT your Grandmother's embroidery!
Are you in love with hand-crafts but are you also a non-conformist? Why learn how to embroider or cross-stitch using classic patterns, when you can create something uniquely you? It doesn't have to be birds and flowers, unless you want. Learn all the basics and have a little fun.
Materials provided: Small hoop, Fabric, cotton floss, and needle. Scissors and tools to transfer patterns provided.
Aprons can be made in a variety of ways and styles, by adding pieces like lace/trim, applique, bias edgings in contrasting colors, ribbon, or using a fabric that is undeniably "you." We will give you the basics and show you how you can customize your finished product in a variety of ways!
Class materials provided: Fabrics in a variety of colors and thread. (If you want to bring in fabric of your own make sure you wash and dry it before you come to pre-shrink it! If you don't wash fabric before you cut and sew it, you can't wash the finished item, it can cause warping and shrinkage in horrifying ways!)
Consultation for Bespoke Garments
Have a piece or complete outfit designed for you that fits the way you want in a fabric you choose. Schedule a consultation to discuss your ideal outfit, patterns and fabric and estimate of cost.
For those of you that have some skills but need one-on-one help and support on a specific project, this is the appointment for you.
Spend 2 hours with us working on your project using your sewing machine. You will walk away with more developed skills and your project finished or on its way to completion.
Learn a new textile skill: crochet, knitting, sewing, or embroidery.
Deciphering a Pattern
Take the next step in learning to sew by understanding how to use a pattern.
Learn how to decipher a pattern, adjust for desired measurements, layout, cut and sew an item.
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