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WINTER CLASSES
for Adults

ADULT CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

 

Adult classes are open to people ages 13 and older. By registering for a class it is assumed you have read and agree to the Lounge's Registration and Cancellation Policies.

 

 

SEWING SUPPORT

This is initially how Sewing Lounge came to be -- I wanted to offer sewers a resource for sewing support. If you can't figure out a sewing project I offer professional guidance. If you need the use of an overlock or industrial machine there are a fleet of home overlocks, 3 industrial straight lines with buttonhole and binding attachments, an industrial serger, coverstich and blind hemmer all at your disposal. Sewing camaraderie is also be a nice way to spend productive leisure time, sometimes presenting the opportunity to learn vicariously.

Prerequisite: You must know how to operate a sewing machine

Times: Whenever the Calendar says "Store Hours" and nothing else is scheduled. Check the Calendar for exact dates and availability
Cost: $12/hour
Instructor: Maggy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FITTING & PATTERN SUPPORT

It's a lot of fun to sew clothes for yourself that actually fit and I've been having great personal success since I began utilizing the skills and services of Louise Molin! She's a truly professional designer and pattern maker and will be at the Lounge from 6 - 8 on the second Thursday of the month to adjust patterns, fit test garments and make style changes to existing patterns.

Minimum Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Times: January 9 from 6 - 6:30 (open), 6:30 - 7 (open) 7 - 7:30 (booked) and 7:30 - 8 (booked)
February 13 from 6 - 6:30 (booked), 6:30 - 7 (booked) 7 - 7:30 (open) and 7:30 - 8 (open)
March 13 from 6 - 6:30 (open), 6:30 - 7 (booked) 7 - 7:30 (booked) and 7:30 - 8 (booked)
April 10 from 6 - 6:30 (booked), 6:30 - 7 (booked) 7 - 7:30 (open) and 7:30 - 8 (open) and
May 8 from 6 - 6:30 (open), 6:30 - 7 (open) 7 - 7:30 (open) and 7:30 - 8 (open)
Cost $35/half hour
Instructor: Louise Molin

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALTERATIONS CLASSES

Students are welcome to use Lounge machines at no extra charge
and receive 20% off fabric and sewing supplies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FITTING & ALTERING PURCHASED PANTS

Learning to fit and alter ready made pants can help you look better, save money and make you very useful to your friends. This class will cover the differences between trousers, jeans and lounge pants. Fit, fashion, fabrics and styling will be discussed. There will also be practical experience altering length, opening up a pair of pants, tapering legs, adding darts, moving waist width and doing seat alterations. If you have pants that need to be altered do bring them to class.

Minimum Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: January 8 from 1 - 5 (6 openings)
Cost: $48 + a $6 supply fee
Instructor: Jeni O'Malley

 

 

•All classes will be held at Sewing Lounge. The maximum class size ranges from three to six students so everyone gets lots of individual attention. Three is the minimum number of students required for most classes to run.

•If you don’t see what you are looking for or the time a class is offered doesn't work with your schedule consider Create-a-Class or inquire about private lessons.

•Skill levels indicates the minimum skill required to take a class and are as follows:
Beginner - You are a clean slate
Beginner Plus - You can operate a machine but need to learn skills and build
confidence. Commercial patterns seem confusing.
Advanced Beginner - you can operate a sewing machine, know some basic terms
like grain line and seam allowance and can sort of navigate pattern instructions and
yardage information.
Intermediate - You are halfway there. No longer a beginner but not yet totally
accomplished and feel you’d benefit from some guidance.
Incredible - You are a self-sufficient stitcher and can handle complexity in
construction.

•Class and workshop fees cover the times a class or workshop is scheduled and are non-refundable unless the class is canceled due to insufficient enrollment. If you miss a class and would like to make it up you can schedule a private lesson with the instructor which will be subject to their rates.

Registration Information and Policies

Adult Registration Form

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Experience the joy of fearless stitching at Sewing Lounge, your home for sewing support in Saint Paul.
Sewing & Design Services • Private Lessons • Camps • Classes & Workshops • All ages and skill levels

SEWING 101

If you have never operated a sewing machine, your skills are rusty beyond belief or you've just switched from a mechanical to a computerized machine this may be the class for you. Learn the parts and functions of your machine and become confident in your ability to operate it. You will leave class with your first project, a lined drawstring pouch. (There are a lot of basic sewing techniques in this little project that you can apply to future sewing endeavors.) If you don't have a machine you can use a Lounge machine at no extra charge. Fee includes supplies.

Skill Level: Beginner
Times: From noon - 4 on January 4 (2 openings), March 1 (full) and May 3 (full)
Cost: $53
Instructor: Maggy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLOSURES: BEYOND THE BASICS

Go beyond the basics and become a closure expert with this intensive, information-packed class. Buttons, buttonholes, hooks and eyes, snaps, magnets, frogs, grommets, busks and velcro will all be explored. Handouts will be provided with a great deal of information about each type of closure. Designed for those with intermediate sewing experience students help guide the direction of study; under Jeni's supervision they can explore the materials and techniques they are most interested in.

Minimum Skill Level: Intermediate
Times: February 1 from 1- 5 (4 openings)
Cost: $48+ a $5 supply fee
Instructor: Jeni O'Malley

 

CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOBBIN DOCTOR CLASSES

BEGINNER PLUS

You know how to operate a machine but are still very much a novice. Coming to Sewing Support seems intimidating and you really want help using a commercial pattern. If you are new to patterns plan to keep it simple. We'll shop for supplies as a class at my neighborhood fabric store Treadle Yard Goods.

Skill Level: Beginner Plus
Time: January 16 from 6 - 8; January 23, 30 and February 6 from 6 - 9 (1 opening)
Cost: $132
Instructor: Maggy

 

 

 

Up-Cycling Sweaters: Mittens, Hat & Scarf

It's here, it's here - the perfect way to utilize old wool sweaters! After being briefed on how to felt a sweater each student will make their own mitten pattern, then deconstruct a sweater from which they'll cut and sew a pair of mittens. There will be many embellishing options for personalizing your creations too, allowing you to express and stretch your sewing/crafting skill level. Handouts will be provided and an additional hat and scarf pattern will be shared.

Minimum Skill Level: Beginner Plus
Time: January 11 from 1 - 5 (3 openings)
Cost: $48 + $15 supply fee
Instructor: Jeni O'Malley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FITTING

 

 

 

 

 

DRESS HEMS

When it comes to dress hems the possibilities are truly unlimited. Some of the tips and techniques covered in this class include how to measure for a hem alteration, different fabrics and how to treat them, deciding where to take a hem up, ironing and hem stitches. Please bring in your own dress hemming projects and we will discuss the best way to tackle them. Further information dealing with fabrics, stitches and hem treatments will be provided for private study.

Minimum Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: January 25 from 1 - 5 (5 openings)
Cost: $48 + a $7 supply fee
Instructor: Jeni O'Malley

 

 

 

 

 

 

REPAIRING AND REPLACING ZIPPERS

Zippers will vex you no longer after discussing and experimenting with the tools and techniques it takes to sew and repair them. There will be handouts as well as practical experience with sample repair jobs. If you have something that needs to have a zipper repaired or replaced bring it along and we'll at least discuss strategies for dealing with it.

Minimum Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: March 22 from 1 - 5 (3 openings)
Cost: $48 + a $6 supply fee
Instructor: Jeni O'Malley

 

BASIC BODICE: A FITTING TOOL

A basic pattern correctly fit to your figure is an invaluable tool for adjusting commercial patterns.
This class will focus on the bodice and consists of three sessions.

Session I. Measuring
The first step is to be properly measured and requires 15 minutes of your time. Once all the numbers have been gathered Louise will return to her studio and draft a custom bodice pattern for each participant. These can be picked up one week later at the Lounge giving you another week to sew a test of your bodice before returning for the next session.

Session II. Fitting
In half hour appointments each student will have their test bodice fit. Any changes will be transferred to their patterns.

Session III. Demonstration
Everyone returns with their basic bodice pattern and a commercial pattern that needs to be adjusted. Louise will demonstrate how each student will use their new "fitting tool" to adjust a commercial pattern. Since everyone will be present for the last session there is sure to be vicarious learning as you watch how your classmate's patterns are changed.

Please note: For the first two sessions it is important that you wear the same good foundation garments typical of what you intend to wear under your soon-to-be-adjusted patterns.

Minimum Skill Level: Intermediate
Times: Session I. May 17 from 10 - 10:15 booked), 10:15 - 10:30 (open), 10:30 - 10:45 (booked), 10:45 - 11 (open), 11 - 11:15 (booked) and 11:15 - 11:30 (booked)
Session II. May 31 from 10 - 10:30 (booked), 10:30 - 11 (booked), 11- 11:30 (open), 11:30 - 12 (open), 12 - 12:30 (booked) and 12:30 - 1 (booked)
Session III. June 7 from 10:00 - 1:00 (6 total openings, 2 openings remain)
Cost: $95
Instructor: Louise Molin

 

Fine Shirt Making Workshop

A fine shirt is a classic dress shirt that is made using the traditional methods of fine tailors around the world. Students will take a typical shirt pattern and elevate construction methods to the highest level, substituting techniques used to assemble the most equities custom-made dress shirts for the written instructions included with the pattern. The techniques you learn in this class can be applied to other types of clothing thus enhancing your garment construction skills. A supply list will be sent upon registration. Please note the following:

•This is an intensive workshop; additional work might be required outside of workshop hours to complete a fine shirt.
•Students must use an appropriate instructor-approved pattern which they will alter to accommodate the fine tailoring techniques taught in the workshop.
•Students must be able to sew precisely, understand garment construction, be familiar with reading a pattern and adjusting machine tension.

Minimum Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: Friday June 20th from 4 - 8, Saturday June 21st from 9 - 5 and Sunday June 22 from 10 - 4 (6 openings)
Cost: $270
Instructor: Steve Pauling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORKSHOPS

 

Susan came to Fitting Support with a mockup of the jacket she wanted to sew along with the fabric she planned to make it up in. Louise fit the mockup and transferred the changes to Susan's pattern. The final result was a spectacular success!

 

 

 

 

The 'Beyond the Arty T: Creative Sewing Weekend' is structured in a retreat format where participants stitch, paint and embellish, creating a garment or garments under Katherine's tutelage, inspiration and encouragement. The studio spaces - a stitching studio and a separate surface design studio - will be open to use Saturday night as well as during the workshop days. Expand your creative spirit in good company!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond The Arty T: Expanding the
Creative Envelope

Immerse yourself in the creative soup! Join
Katherine Tilton and a group of other creatives making your own version of The Arty T. Our focus this weekend is on honing and improving our design skills.

You will learn about and have the opportunity to practice using silk screens with paint, discharge and foil; combine, create and apply trims; alter the size, shape and function of various tops, including Katherine’s sweatshirt-to-rocker jacket. Re-cycle, re-use, up-cycle your wardrobe with flair!

 

 

 

 

 

CREATE A CLASS

Can't find the sewing or crafting class you're looking for? Gather 3 or more people and we'll put it together for you! Email Maggy or call her at 651.645.7645 to work out details.

 

You will bring pre-cut or ready-made garments, fabrics and trim for embellishment that you can play with, sewing machines, threads, needles and sewing tools.

Paint, discharge paste, foils, silk screens, stamps and brushes will be provided. A more complete supply list will be emailed later to registrants.

NEW FORMAT:
Friday, June 27th, 12:30PM - 5:30PM AND
Saturday & Sunday, June 28th & 29th, 10AM-5PM both days, plus optional time Saturday night until 8PM. (6 openings)

Fee: $399.00 (includes a $25 supply fee)

Location: The Textile Center in Minneapolis
NOTE: This is a Katherine Tilton class and you cannot register through the Textile Center.
Call 651 645-7645 to register through Sewing Lounge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fine Shirt Making Workshop

A fine shirt is a classic dress shirt that is made using the traditional methods of fine tailors around the world. Students will take a typical shirt pattern and elevate construction methods to the highest level, substituting techniques used to assemble the most equities custom-made dress shirts for the written instructions included with the pattern. The techniques you learn in this class can be applied to other types of clothing thus enhancing your garment construction skills. A supply list will be sent upon registration. Please note the following:

•This is an intensive workshop; additional work might be required outside of workshop hours to complete a fine shirt.
•Students must use an appropriate instructor-approved pattern which they will alter to accommodate the fine tailoring techniques taught in the workshop.
•Students must be able to sew precisely, understand garment construction, be familiar with reading a pattern and adjusting machine tension.

Minimum Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: Friday June 20th from 4 - 8, Saturday June 21st from 9 - 5 and Sunday June 22 from 10 - 4 (6 openings)
Cost: $270
Instructor: Steve Pauling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASUAL SHIRT MAKING

Learn to make a casual "Hawaiian" shirt with professional looking details. Students will learn many of the techniques found only on quality shirts including making collars with a built-in roll, professional looking seams and hem, perfect pockets, beautiful top-stitching and other fine details. Steve will also demonstrate his foolproof assembly technique for those often pesky shirt collar/bodice seams. Students are responsible for the purchase of all supplies and an appropriate pattern. A supply list and pattern information will be provided upon registration.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: April 15, 22 and 29 from 6 - 9 (2 openings)
Cost: $135
Instructor: Steve Pauling