Class and Learning Options Outside the Guild

Courtesy of research by Tory and Marcia…

Guild Classes

The Guild had just announced our classes for 2014-15. These two are guaranteed, plus other potential ones to be determined.

  1. Pocket Techniques, with Anneke Henderson (Oct 4, 2014)
  2. Making a Body Double, with Josée (Nov 15, 2014)

However, there are many other options for classes around the Halifax area, as well as online. There are also many other learning resources besides classes, where there is no interaction involved but just instructions. The following list of sewing related resources might interest you.

Local Classes (Halifax area)

You might consider these local options for classes in the Halifax Regional Municipality and Nova Scotia area:

Continental Classes

If you were willing to travel for some classes, treating it as either a serious trip or vacation, you might want to consider these options:

Online Classes and General Instructions

These sites offer classes and/or general instructions online:

There are also plenty of other YouTube channels you may want to search for to find instructional videos. For video instruction, you might actually be better off searching from the YouTube site, rather than using a search engine like Google, Yahoo or Bing.

Blogs

Blogs tend to be are more personally produced instruction, compared to business or professional like instruction, although some blogs are quite phenomenal. They also tend to be more a mish mash of topics and may not be as well organized to find specific items like sewing instruction videos. But those things can add a personal touch and connection business sites tend not to have, and be more entertaining with a real life touch to them. It really depends on what you like. Here are some Guild Members like a lot:

When you read blogs, be sure to look around, often on the side, for links to the authors’ favourite sites, blogs and such. Some will likely be related to sewing and they can serve as your lead to find out more of what is out there! If you liked the authors’ blog, chances are, you’ll like his/her taste for other enjoyable and/or useful blogs, too!

Share Your Favourite Sewing Resources with Us!

If you know of great class and/or instructional resources not mentioned here, please do let us know. We will update this post, as well as our Classes page on this site. Thank you.

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Class — What Goes in Your Purse?

This will be a class on what goes into your purse. There will be 3 possibilities, and you can pick which one you want to complete. All require the same techniques and can be personalized. The first option is a purse organizer pattern that the teacher, Nancy McKenzie, developed. She will email you that pattern if you like for a $5 donation to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers project. The other two options are organizer wallets that can be purchased on the internet. They are from PoldaPop.

Teacher: Nancy McKenzie

Dates: March 15, 2014

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Class — Rain Wear – FULL

This class is now full. Should a spot becomes open, Guild Members will be notified.

In this class you will be working with rain wear material. The pattern is McCall’s #6517.  This will be an unlined rain jacket.  Class will cover seam finishes, fabric types, making seams waterproof, and care of water proof garments.

Teacher: Fay Gunter

Dates: March 1, 2014

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Class — Beginner Serging

This will be a half-day class of basic serger, so if you are new to serging or looking for a refresher course, this is the class for you. We will go over all the parts of the serger, threading for 4 thread basic serging, 3 thread wide, and 3 thread narrow.  This will give you most of the basic threading you will need. If we cover this in time we can do a very simple project with our stitches. Questions and answers about what your serger can and can’t do and how to do it.  Please bring your serger, in good working order, serger thread that matches the threading on your machine, (for example my machine has pink, yellow, green and blue) and 4 cones of whatever basic color you want to rethread your serger with before you go home so you are ready to sew when you get back to your sewing room.  Also bring your serger manual and all accessories that go with your machine, pen and paper for taking notes, and some scissors.

Teacher: Pat Nicholson

Dates: February 15, 2014 (half day)

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Class — Christmas Quickies

Here are the quick things that will be done in the class.
  1. Denim Basket made out of a jeans pant leg and some cotton fabric.  Great little storage item.
  2. Embroidery Hoop sewing Kit. Colourful cotton scraps and a small wooden hoop come together to create this kit.
  3. Facecloth Travel Kit…turn a facecloth into a storage for your toiletries when travelling.
  4. Roll-up Chalkboard. New chalkboard fabric is used to make a great take along for the kids.
  5. Car caddy or Chair caddy… great for travel or keeping things close at home
  6. Mesh Christmas.. work with mesh ribbon to create a simple centerpiece or wreath of your choice.

Teacher: Carmen Faber

Dates: December 7, 2013

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Class — Industrial Sewing Techniques – FULL

This class is now full. Should a spot open up, Guild Members will be notified.

This class is a hands-on class.  A work packet of samples is required.  The technique will be demonstrated and then you will complete your own samples.

  • Sewing Without Pins – 85% of your sewing can be done without pins.  Learn why and how.
  • Curves – Inside and Outside – counteracts the natural tendency of forcing the fabric into the needle.
  • Lapped Zipper – this is the kind of zipper that can be put in the side of a skirt as it is a curved seam and it also covers the zipper and you can’t see it.
  • Centered Zipper – this zipper is inserted without pins and with the facing ready and in position
  • “Burrito” Waistband – this technique is a method to avoid dealing with 6 layers of fabric at the corners of waistbands, cuffs, and collar bands.
  • Perfect Top-stitching – demonstration only
  • Understitching the proper way – is an art form.  We want to sculpt our lining or facings so it forms the structure from which the garment will fall and hang correctly
  • Flat Felled Seam – normally flat-felled seams are a lot of work – sewing it once, trimming, folding it over, pressing etc.  Learn the easy way to sew flat felled seams.
  • Shirt pockets – sew a shirt pocket without pins and stretching of the pocket.
  • Patch pockets – sew an easy patch pocket without pins.
  • Invisible zipper insertion – demonstration only.

Teacher: Fay Gunter

Dates: November 23, 2013

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Class — Yoga Pants — FULL

This class is now full.

This slim fitting pant is in all the fashion stores this year.  Yoga pants are not just for exercise, they can be made in a variety of stretch fabrics  to look like dress pants. It has a slim fitting look with a 2″ waist band.  You should be able to complete this 3-piece yoga pants Silhouette Patterns, #3400 pattern in one class. It can be ordered online via the previous link for $14.00 US, plus shipping. The morning is for fitting and cutting, the afternoon is for construction.

For construction, a pant weight rayon knit is recommended. Peggy Sagers suggests a Ponte Roma.

Teacher: Mary Baxter

Dates: November 16, 2013

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Class — Sew a Fully Lined Jacket

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN COMPLETED

Sew a fully-lined jacket the modern way, using fusible interfacing to shape and tailor the fabric instead of hand pad stitching. Armani constructs designer jackets this way, and so can you!

The pattern for the three day class is McCall’s 6172, The Perfect Jacket, from Palmer/Pletsch. It’s a close fitting, fully lined jacket featuring a notched collar, 2-piece sleeves, and welt or patch pockets. With three finished lengths — cropped, hip, and below hip — it’s a classic jacket. And because it’s a Palmer/Pletsch pattern, it’s been designed for success!

Day 1

  • Tissue-fit pattern, fabric prep, cutting pattern from fabrics and interfacing, fusing interfacing.

Day 2

  • Assemble outer shell of jacket including welt/patch pockets, buttonhole prep, sleeves

Day 3

  • Assemble lining, attach lining and outer shell, finishing work

With a week in between classes, there is plenty of time for slower sewers to catch up. We want a happy sewing class, not a harried one!

Recommended fabrics: wool crepe, wool gabardine, wool blends, wool tweed. (Wool is a great fabric for tailoring!)

An optional notions package, including Palmer/Pletsch interfacing, and sleeve head interfacing, will be available if desired.

Teacher: Tory LeBlanc

Dates: Oct 19 and 26, Nov 2, 2013 (3 days)

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Class — Textile Painting

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN COMPLETED

Learn the uses of and the methods for painting on fabric. This information may be used to decorate a simple canvas tote or an article of clothing for a child or adult. Fabrics should be hand washable and previously washed cottons or cotton blends are recommended.

Excellent examples of suitable fabrics include denim, cotton canvas, and any medium to heavy weight cotton /polyester blends. Other lighter weight fabrics can be used but are not recommended for the beginner. A photo or drawing of your design should be available for reference. Designs using freehand strokes rather than geometric patterns are also encouraged. Themes/ subjects for your designs could be animal studies, flowers, simple scenes or even abstract designs with free flowing brushwork. Each attendee should discuss their fabric chosen and design to be used a minimum of one week before the class to be assured that all is suitable for a successful, completed project. Projects completed will be hand washable. Those in attendance can choose to complete a tote with some or all supplied (kit) or bring some or all supplies for such projects as a decorated jacket or shirt, apron or skirt, etc.

Teacher: Linda Martin

The teacher for the class is Linda Martin who has taught fine arts for over 35 years and has experience with teaching adults ( evening classes) and children from 5 to 18 years old ( public school ) . She had also taught family studies, textiles and foods to children ages 12 to 16 years. Examples of completed work plus a questions and answers session can be done at the September Meeting using about 15 minutes of the evenings time.

Date: September 28, 2013

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More Machines for Sale

We seem to have a secret agenda to be taking over the Sewing Section of Kijiji or something! This notice is from our new President, Josée!

These two old sewing machines, for those who rescue old sewing machines, can be found at the Re-store in Dartmouth.

121 Ilsley Avenue, Unit U
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B3B 1S4

Email: restoremanager@habitatns.ca
Phone: (902) 405-3755

Map

 

The Necchi has lots of accessories and a price tag of $100.  As for the Brother machine at $80, she could not find any accessories.

Good luck if you’re going after them!