Beginner’s Sewing Course (6 weeks) Saturday mornings from 5th February (FULL!)


Introductory Beginner’s Sewing Courses for budding sewists. Learn to sew using a sewing machine and develop a range of sewing techniques for making clothes and accessories.

Skill level: Suitable for absolute beginner’s with little or no experience using a sewing machine. Open to adults and young adults (minimum age 15yo) Men are encouraged to attend! (suitable projects will be offered for you)

Course content*
Week One – Introduction and project 1

– Make friends with your sewing machine – learn about the parts and how they work, how to wind a bobbin and thread your machine.
– Become familiar with sewing terminology and the other equipment you will use.
– Make a pillow case or face mask.

Project 2 -Lined zippered pouch or tote bag
– Sew seams
– Add lining
– Make box corners
– Put in a zip using zipper foot

Project 3 – Wide Legged Cropped pants
Prepare, cut and sew a simple garment using a range of techniques.
You will learn:
– how to read a simple sewing patterns
– Sew and finish seams following seam guides
– Insert pockets
– Make an waistband casing (for elastic)
– Sew hems

Project 4 (time permitting)- Tee Shirt or Box Top
Prepare, cut and sew a simple garment using a range of techniques.
You will learn:
– Specific techniques for sewing stretch fabrics on your machine (t-shirt).
– How to attach bands and use a twin needle for topstitching (t-shirt)
– How to attach facings (box top).

*Please note: The class content may vary over the duration of the course depending on the preferences of the student group.
If you already have some sewing experience making accessories, craft projects and basic garments and are interested in developing more advanced clothes-making skills, read about our Beyond Basics Courses.

Where:  The Gaye Abandon School of Sewing and Upcycling, Level 1, 9/131 Hyde St, Footscray.

When:  Saturday mornings 10am – 1pm from FEBRUARY 5TH (15 hours over 5 weeks)
February 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th March 5th.

We will provide: Sewing machines if required and all other equipment. A lovely bright, spacious studio to sew in. Fabric for the first two projects. Beverages, snacks, handout notes, friendly people and lots of very practical techniques!

Bring along: Your own sewing machine and kit if you prefer. You will be required to purchase fabric. We will advise you on quantity and type in the first week.

Getting here:  We are located in the Hyde Business Park, 131 Hyde St, Footscray, close to Yarraville Gardens. See our Contact Page for a map.

Policies and Payment Options: Due to our small class numbers we have strict Refund and Cancellation Policies Be sure to familiarise yourself with them before booking to avoid disappointment.  By booking this course you are agreeing to these policies.
You can choose to make payment via Paypal using a credit card, or by Direct Deposit. If paying by Direct Deposit payment MUST be made within 24 hours to secure your place. You will find our bank details in your booking confirmation email. If you don’t receive an email upon booking please check your Junk folder or get in touch.

NB. If you are booking more than 6 weeks in advance, payment can be made in two instalments via Direct Deposit only with the balance due three weeks before the commencement of classes.

We will be in touch 10 -14 days before your course starts with a reminder and more information. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information.

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