Welcome to our Workshops page
This page is dedicated to our WORKSHOPS For Adults and Teens and Special Events for Kids. You can find THESE classes/events listed below chronologically. Please do not hesitate to email (Jennifer@TheSewingRoomAlameda) if you have any questions or to set up a special "made-for-you" workshop.
Garment Fitting Clinic w/ Jennifer Serr
Next Class TBA Please email if you are interested
Garment Fitting Clinic with Jennifer Serr
Want help getting your garments to fit better? In this 3-hour workshop, with Sewing Room Owner Jennifer Serr, students get help with personal fitting issues. Bring your finished garments or muslin prototypes to class and Jennifer will personally assist with fitting and/or pattern corrections. In some cases, you will be able to alter your garment and in others, you might need to correct the pattern before sewing up another garment.
Fitting your own clothing usually takes an extra set of eyes and hands. This is a great opportunity to also learn from other's projects as well as your own.
Jennifer Serr has several decades of pattern fitting experience. Find out more about Jennifer on our Instructors page.
Sewing Pillows: Variations on Finishing and Closures
February 5th/12th 6-8:30pm
April 20th/27th 6-8:30pm
A great first project, or is it a step up as you learn to insert zippers, trim, piping, or create your first patchwork? Who says pillows are square?
In this two-evening workshop, instructor will demonstrate several variations on pillow finishes and closures, while students complete their own pillow cover for a 16"x16" pillow.
(1) 16"x16" pillow insert included in price of class.
Students bring remaining materials - 1 yard fabric, 1 matching 16" standard or invisible zipper.
Instructor: Maria Chenut
Parent & Child Sewing
Parent & Child Sewing
In these 3 or 4-week sessions, parent and child work together to create a beautiful keepsake to remember their experience together. Both machine and hand sewing techniques will be addressed each week in the work toward completion of the project.
Each session will take the students through similar techniques creating different projects, however they will be refined with each progressive session.
Session fee includes both parent and child and all materials associated with project.
Price $200- $250.00
Find out more about monthly THEMES by clicking the register button.
Beginning Sewing- The Emma Tote
Thursdays May 11th/18th
Beginning Sewing - Make a Tote Bag
In this Two-Evening Workshop, Students get a crash course in learning sewing basics while they learn to use the sewing machine and create their own market tote. Get to know your sewing machine or use one of ours. Students will learn the following skills:
Threading the machine
Making a bobbin
Sewing machine guidelines (seam allowance)
Sewing straight lines, curved lines and back stitching etc.
Sewing a plain seam
Reading a pattern
Making something reversible
Materials are included in class fee.
Instructor Maria Chenut
Zipper Pouch Variations
Zipper pouch variations:
Make several small zipper pouches as you learn to place zippers in several ways. Inset a side zipper, exposed zipper, lapped zipper, a zipper with a lining... Gain a set of skills later applicable to sewing garments, pillows, etc...
Materials Fee included in price of class.
Sewing Machine Trouble-shooting Event
next date TBA
Are you tired of crazy clanking noises & loopy bobbin thread? Are Spaghetti thread balls terrifying your children? Wondering why your stitches skip?
Jennifer is here to help! On (Date TBA) from 10-Noon Jennifer will look at your machine, talk about threading, making a bobbin and can trouble shoot together with you, why your machine may be having a problem. If your machine is beyond her scope of expertise, you may leave it with us for our sewing machine repair team, who will take it and assess it's problem. This event is for ADULTS wishing to better understand their machine or better to SUPPORT their child in their sewing effort.
Jennifer will be taking appointments in 15 minute increments. Please email Jennifer (jennifer@TheSewingRoomAlameda.com) to reserve your spot.
We can't wait to help you sew more smoothly!
Sew Powerful Purse Project 2017
April 30th 2-5pm, May 21st2-5pm
Sew Powerful Purse Project
Come on down to The Sewing Room to Support our #SewPowerful purse project!
You are invited to join us for a Purse Event on Sunday, April 30th from 2-5pm. This is a cutting event. We will be cutting out bags to sew in the future. Adults and Teens only for this first event. We will show you how to cut out the bags and label the pieces and will give you fabric to take home to cut out more.
Did you know Girls in Africa can miss up to 5 weeks of school because of their periods? These bags will help KEEP THE GIRLS IN SCHOOL. The bags we make (along with many others from around the world) will be given to girls in African villages along with re-usable sanitary supplies and training for how to use them.
This year we have a goal of donating 100 bags. Please work with us to achieve our goal!
Additionally, The Sewing Room would love your Support in one of the following ways:
-Monetary Donations - Each bag costs about $5 to send to Africa and $5 to fill with sanitary supplies. We are donating our time and fabric to this process but would love the financial support to help us acheive our goal.
-Light-Medium weight Cotton Fabrics - We have fabric to use, but could always use more. Bright, colorful fabrics are the best!
-Already sewn bags - You can download the free sewing pattern at http://sewpowerful.org/ and make the bag at home.
-Spread the WORD - Share this event and this project on Social Media!!! We need all the help we can get to provide a better life for these girls!
Price - Free!!! and you can earn COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS!!!
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