Beginner’s Sewing Courses Term Two 2021 – 7 weeks (21hrs) from Saturday 1st May (FULL!)


Introductory Beginner’s Sewing Course for budding sewists. Learn to Sew using a sewing machine and practice useful 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 pillow case, tote or similar simple project

– 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 tote bag.
Weeks Two to Three – Zippered Pouch OR floor cushion
– Sew and finish seams following seam guides
– Insert a zip.
– Make box corners.
– Neaten and top stitch seams for a professional finish.
Weeks Four – Seven /Eight- Intro to sewing clothes
Prepare, cut and sew a simple garment using a range of techniques. We will make one of the following projects:  Leisure Pants / Shift Dress or Box Top
You will learn:
– how to use simple sewing patterns
– A range of essential sewing techniques for garment construction.
– Trimming, pressing and finishing for a professional look

*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:  Tuesday evenings 6.30 – 9pm from APRIL 27TH (20 hours over 8 weeks)
April 27th, May 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, June 1st, 8th, 15th
Saturday mornings 10am – 1pm from MAY 1ST (21 hours of tuition over seven weeks)
May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, June 5th, 19th NB. No class Queens Birthday weekend.

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 for the latter projects.

Getting here:  We are located in the Hyde Business Park, 131 Hyde St, Footscray, close to Yarraville Gardens.
Public Transport: We are 6 minutes walk (550 metres) from Seddon Station or 10 mins walk from Footscray Station straight up Hyde St.The 409 bus runs up Hyde St between Yarraville and Highpoint Shopping Centre (via Footscray) There are stops very close to us. There is street parking in Hyde St and customer parking behind the complex in Cowper St. 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 / Paypal balance, or by Direct Deposit. 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. If you choose Direct Deposit as your payment method, you must make payment within 24 hours of booking to secure your place.

NB. If you are booking more than 6 weeks in advance, payment can be made in two instalments via direct deposit with the balance due two weeks before the commencement of classes. If you would like to take this option, please choose Direct Deposit at checkout and make payment of half the course fee ($270) when you book (enter order number and DEP in the description field)

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information.