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.

Draping in your Fashion Fabric

February 7th - Drafting Foundation garment, March 7th & April 11th - Draping and Sewing the Dress 7-9pm

$60 + $25 to reserve a dress form (optional)


Draping in your Fashion Fabric - Parts 1, 2 & 3

In these (3) Two-Hour demonstration students will observe instructor, Jennifer Serr, while she drafts her foundation garment and then drapes and sews an Art Deco evening gown using fashion fabric. Draping in Fashion Fabric bi-passes the traditional method of draping when a garment is draped in muslin, first. The benefit of draping in fashion fabric, is to increase the speed of process producing a one-of-a-kind garment in a fraction of the time. Jennifer will be working on a dress inspired by designs from the late 1920's & early 1930's.

Students will have the opportunity to drape along with Jennifer, or they can observe the process and take photos. A limited number of dress-forms available.

Envision Your Well Rounded Life -

A Vision Board Camp For Creative Entrepreneur

Sunday January 15th 10am-4pm


Adults only please


Envision your Well Rounded Life with Certified Life Coach, Heidi Bennett

A new year stands before you, ripe with possibilities. What would YOU like to envision for your life in 2017? Travel? Business Growth? Wellness Goals? Family Time?

In this introspective and interactive day camp lead by Certified Creative Life Coach Heidi Bennett you'll learn how to create a VISION BOARD inspired by your values, skills and passions.

Enjoy dreaming, planning and thoughtfully setting intentions, sharing, laughing and creating side by side with your camp mates. Heidi will be on hand to lend coaching (if requested) along the way.

Garment Fitting Clinic w/ Jennifer Serr

February 12th 10am-1pm


March 11th 6-9pm



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.

Indigo Dying: Session 1

- Tie/ clamp/ pole wrap Indigo Shibori

March 19th 2-5pm



Tie/ clamp/ pole wrap Indigo Shibori

Catch Indigo fever! See what the fuss is all about in this introduction to the folding, clamping and tying techniques of Japanese Shibori. You will learn how to quickly produce stunning and elegant geometric designs with what looks likes a carpenters magic tool box.

We provide most of what you will need, but students should bring:
One personal item to be dyed, their own rubber gloves and protective apron.

Indigo Dying: Session 2

- Hand Sewing designs for Indigo Shibori.

March 26th 2-5pm



Hand Sewing designs for Indigo Shibori.

Catch Indigo fever & Give yourself a little time!  Learn several types of stitches to use for designs of your own creation, and bind them up for the dip in the blue. We will use the stitching as a "resist" to the dye. This technique allows for more personal, landscape and asymmetrical compositions, as well as greater detail.  Tie/ clamp/ pole wrap Indigo Shibori

 We provide most of what you will need, but students should bring:
One personal item to be dyed, their own rubber gloves and protective apron.

Sewing Pillows: Variations on Finishing and Closures

February 5th/12th 6-8:30pm

April 20th/27th 6-8:30pm



Pillow variations:
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

Ages 6-100

Saturdays 10-Noon


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

Ages 13-100

Sundays January 8th & 15th

6-8:30 pm



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
Cutting fabric
Edge stitching
Making something reversible

Materials are included in class fee.

Instructor Maria Chenut

Zipper Pouch Variations

January 22nd,  February 19th,       March 9th,  April 13th & May 25th




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

January 29th 10am-2pm, February 26th 10am-1pm,   March 25th 6-9pm,  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, January 29th from 10am-1pm.  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!!!