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Canberra Sewing Classes

26 Colbee Court
Phillip ACT 2606

Mon – Thu 9am – 3.30pm

Fri – 9am – 4.30pm

Saturday 9am – 2pm

Closed:

Sundays, Public Holidays &
Saturdays of Long Weekends

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02 6281 7555

Mon – Thu 9am – 3.30pm
Fri – 9am – 4.30pm
Saturday 9am – 2pm

Closed:
Sundays, Public Holidays &
Saturdays of Long Weekends

26 Colbee Court
Phillip ACT 2606

Here at Canberra Sewing, we offer a wide range of classes that cover a huge range of topics to suit all abilities.  Our teachers have years of experience in teaching a wide range of subject areas that cover on sewing and fitting garments to patchwork and quilting.  We have small class sizes for the best participant experience and ensure that classes all have the relevant paperwork so you know what to bring and what to expect.

Class bookings for the classes below can be made on-line. Click on “More Information and Booking” at the end of each class description to register.

Full payment must be made at the time of booking for a place to be allocated.

If a class is full, or listed below as available for waitlist, and you would like to be added to the waitlist please click here for the waitlist form.

If you are interested in other classes please let us know at info@canberrasewing.com.au

Available Classes

Drop in Tuesdays with Kerry Turner

Cost: $15

Date: Tuesdays 10am – 2pm

This is a 4-hour session where you can “drop in” at a time to suit you.  If you can only do an hour then that’s fine or ay for the whole session.  This is a social session and is run at a time when Kerry is also doing her shop shift.  This does mean that its not a teacher “supervised” class and you will get intermittent help and advice from a sewing teacher while picking up tips and tricks from each other.

These sessions will run every Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
 
The teaching area is available for student to come and  have this time to sew and finish projects with no home or family interruptions.  Tea and coffee is available (included in the cost of the session).  We also have a great café next door where you can get some sweet treats or lunch if needed.

Each student will pay a very small fee of $15 regardless of how long you wish to stay for.  

To manage numbers and owing to space we are limiting this group size to 6 students initially.  There are no “no minimum” numbers for each session to run .

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Kerry’s “WIP” (Work In Progress), on Wednesday nights, with Kerry Turner

Cost: $35

Date: Wednesdays 5.30pm – 8.30pm

Come along Wednesday night’s 6pm-8.30pm make new friends or sew peacefully in a helpful and friendly sewing orientated environment. This session is after hours and therefore Kerry will be dedicated to assisting ll students on whatever project they are working on.

This is a great class to finish off projects you are having issues with; get advice on new projects; and get help with alterations and measurements and fabric cutting advice.

Uninterrupted sewing without stopping and starting, it will be your time! Tea and coffee available.

Bookings are essential – maximum of 6 per session.

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Cathedral Windows Quilt On Your Sewing Machine with Leonie Fraser

Cost: $100

Dates: 15 March 2024

Time: 10am – 2.30pm (setup 9.30am)

Focus of this workshop: Sewing traditional quilt designs on your machine.

Level of skill required for this workshop: Suitable for all interested sewists. Being familiar with your machine; knowing how to thread it, change the bobbin, stitches, and the presser foot; is important.

In this workshop we will be using a traditional quilt design, Cathedral Windows, to make a very warm quilt that does not have a layer of batting in it. It is a great scrap-buster, using a multitude of fabric pieces to achieve the multi-coloured ‘windows’. If you have a pretty charm pack, layer cake or mini-charm pack that you were wondering what to make into, this could be the answer you are looking for!

The bonus is that you are quilting and finishing as you sew – you only need to decide when to stop and the quilt is ready to use.

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Going Crazy for Jelly Rolls with Leonie Fraser

Cost: $100

Date: 22 March 2024

Time: 9:00am setup for a 9:30am start, finishing at 3:00pm

Focus: Machine Pieced Patchwork using rotary cutters and rulers, and sewing techniques on your machine. This course can be completed without hand sewing or templates.

Leonie has done it again and expanded her repertoire of Jelly Rolls patterns to include another delightful quilt – so effective and so easy to make.

Jelly rolls are pretty, attractive to quilters because so much of the repetitive cutting has been done for you, but what pattern can you make with them that uses a whole jelly roll to make a decent sized quilt – and do it quickly?

The pattern shown makes up to a large single bed quilt and can quickly be adapted to a queen size by adding a second jelly roll. The quilt top makes a perfect gift for anyone, and the colours and tones can be modified by your choice of jelly roll. What is more, it can be quilted using
straight line quilting for a fast finish.

Level of skill required for this workshop: No previous experience with machine piecing required;
suitable for beginners and those wanting to expand, review their skills, or learn a design that can be completed relatively quickly.

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Australian Applique Wall Hanging with Leonie Fraser

Cost: $340

Dates: Fridays 5, 12 & 19 April 2024

Time: 9:30am setup for a 10:00am start until 2:30pm

Focus of this workshop: Machine Applique and picture quilts

This is the most adorable wallhanging or quilt that we have seen in some time. Whilst it may look complicated Leonie has simplified it to be suitable for intermediate to advanced sewists.

The class outcomes  is to create an Australian themed wall hanging, which could have borders added to turn it into a quilt and you will use applique and thread work to add definition to the quilt.  You may wish to use a purchased kit (available in-store) or your own fabrics to create this wall hanging.  The kit includes the pattern and 30 fabrics. 

Level of skill required for this workshop: Being familiar with your machine is essential; including knowing how to thread it, change the bobbin and presser foot, and select stitches.  This is at an intermediate to advanced level

This workshop will develop the following skills:
• Preparing materials for picture applique
• Using appropriate machine applique techniques
• Using clear polyester and decorative embroidery threads to enhance the applique
• Understanding and controlling the tension on your machine for best results
• Using decorative stitches and threads to add visual texture to your work

Note: Kits including the pattern for this project are available for purchase from Canberra Sewing.  If you purchase the pattern only, you will need to follow the fabric guide included in the pattern and also purchase your fabric before the course starts.  The pattern and or Kit are not included in the cost of this course. The kit is $99 and excellent value for the 30 different batik fabrics included.

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Children’s Sewing Class, Apron with Kerry

Cost: $85 (includes $25 kit)

Dates: 16 & 17 April 2024

Time: 9:30am setup for a 10:00am start until 12pm

This class is designed to teach students the fundamentals of sewing and is aimed at beginner sewers aged between 9 and 16 years.

The class is an Apron as the next holidays are just before Mother’s Day could be a great opportunity to give a handmade gift. The children can be very new beginners in this class. They will sew a basic apron and if they are finished quickly, we can even add a pocket. They will learn basic threading and use of there machine while having an end product.

Note: There is also an option of hiring a sewing machine from the shop. The cost will be $15 for two days. You will need to ring the shop (6281 7555) prior to the class and pay for the hire on the first day when you arrive.

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Other Classes available for waitlist

Duplicate Pattern Making with Kerry Turner

How to Make a Pattern From a Garment 2

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Dates: TBA

Times: 10am to 12pm

Setup Time: 9.30am

Cost $50

This class will produce a pattern that you can use to make endless copies of a “garment that you love”. It’s very hard sometimes to find the perfect fitting pattern.  Sometimes you have an item at home, and you want to make more of the same. Use it as a starting point. If you start from a “fit block” it can sometimes be a long process and can be very challenging. Even working out proportions in design lines that suit you can be a challenge. This is two session class over two weeks. We will go through the best ways to take and make the pattern as close to the loved garment as possible without taking the garment apart. We will demonstrate with an intermediate garment, but you will start with a basic garment.

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More Jelly Rolls with Leonie Fraser

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Cost: $100

Date: TBA

Time: 9:00am setup for a 9:30am start, finishing at 3:00pm

Focus: Machine Pieced Patchwork using rotary cutters and rulers, and sewing techniques on your machine. This course can be completed without hand sewing or templates.Leonie has expanded her repertoire of Jelly Rolls patterns to include two more delightful quilts – so effective and so easy to make.

Jelly rolls are pretty, attractive to quilters because so much of the repetitive cutting has been done for you, but what pattern can you make with them that uses a whole jelly roll to make a decent sized quilt – and do it quickly?

Level of skill required for this workshop: No previous experience with machine piecing required; suitable for beginners and those wanting to expand or review their skills, or learn a design that can be completed relatively quickly.

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Quilt Top in a Day – Layer Cakes with Leonie Fraser

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Cost: TBA

Date: TBA

Time: 9.00am setup for a 9.30am  start, finishing at 3pm.

Layer cakes can contain hidden surprises – a package of 10” squares of a coordinating range of fabric – 42 of them.  By adding a simple contrast fabric, we can end up with a queen bed topper using just one layer cake – another perfect gift quilt that is easy to finish.  What is more, it can be quilted using straight line quilting for a fast finish.

Focus: Machine Pieced Patchwork using rotary cutters and rulers, and
sewing techniques on your machine.

This course can be completed without hand sewing or templates.

Level of skill required for this workshop: No previous experience with machine piecing required; suitable for beginners and those wanting to expand or review their skills, or learn a design that can be completed relatively quickly.

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Kaleidoscope Quilt with Leonie Fraser

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Cost: TBA

Dates: TBA

Times: 9.30am setup for a 10.00am  start, finishing at 2.30pm.

Focus: Machine Pieced Patchwork using rotary cutters and rulers, and sewing techniques on your machine.A Kaleidoscope quilt is made using the colours of the fabric prints and clever cutting to make blocks that resemble the patterns made by a kaleidoscope. In this workshop, which introduces the techniques of Kaleidoscope quilting, we will use one print fabric only to create a myriad of different WOW blocks, and a sold fabric to join them together with.

Level of skill required for this workshop: No previous experience with machine piecing for quilting required; suitable for beginners and those wanting to expand or review their skills, or learn a design that can be completed relatively quickly. You will need to be familiar with your machine and confident with threading and selecting and changing stitches.

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Creative Beginners Quilt with Leonie Fraser

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Cost: $400

Dates: TBA

Time: 9.30am – 2.30pm  (9:00 setup)

Focus: Machine Pieced Patchwork

 

 

If you always wanted to try patchwork or dream of being able to make your own soft furnishings in colours and tones to suit you and yours, this workshop is for you! 

Level of skill required for this workshop: No previous experience with machine piecing required; suitable for beginners and those wanting to expand or review their skills

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Carpenters Star with Anne Maree Jacobs

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Cost $135

Date:  TBA

Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm, (9am setup)

This one-day workshops will give participants the opportunity to create a beautiful quilt some simple blocks from fabric from your stash or from pre-cut quilting fabrics.

The Carpenter Star quilt has a lot of visual impact but is actually very simple to create and so this workshop is suitable for the beginner right through to more seasoned quilters.

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More to Love about Your Overlocking Course with Lynne Johnson

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Cost $210

Dates: Wednesdays TBA

Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm, (12pm setup)

This is an extension to the Love Your Overlocker course which will be a mixture of revision and some new techniques.

In this next course, Lynne will spend three weeks with you reinforcing your current overlocking expertise, and taking your skills to the next level. She will also help you with individual projects – both new and unfinished!

This three week course will include the following:

  • Which stitch to use for different project requirements
  • Dealing with difficult fabrics
  • Corners, Curves, Stopping, Starting
  • Cover Stitch and chains stitch if your machine has these capabilities.

 Level of skill required for this workshop: You need to know the basics of overlocking, so this course is only suitable for intermediate to seasoned sewists.

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Pinwheel Quilt – with Anne Maree Jacobs

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Cost: $95

Date: TBA

Time: 10 am to 3pm (9.30am setup)

This is a one-day patchwork class which is suitable for both the beginner and the more experienced.   Whilst it looks complicated, it’s in the placement of the blocks and is simply the straight sewing of squares together.

The quilt size will vary depending on your choice to use the 4½ inch template or the 6½ inch template. Then, for each size template, there are three different size designs, A, B and C – see blow for more information.

Whatever size you choose, this quilt is perfect as a scrap quilt and every block may be different fabric.

A materials list will be supplied on registration

Skill Level: From beginners to more experienced quilters.

This is a one-day workshops which is designed to give all participants the opportunity to create a beautiful quilt some simple blocks from fabric from your stash or from pre-cut quilting fabrics.

The Letterbox Quilt has a lot of visual impact but is actually very simple to create using a precut jelly roll plus a contrast colour.   This workshop is suitable for the beginner right through to more seasoned quilters.

 A materials list will be supplied on registration.

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Letterbox Quilt – with Anne Maree Jacobs

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Cost: $95.00

Date: TBA

Times: 10am to 3 pm (9.30 am setup)

Skill Level: From beginners to more experienced quilters.

This is a one-day workshops which is designed to give all participants the opportunity to create a beautiful quilt some simple blocks from fabric from your stash or from pre-cut quilting fabrics.

The Letterbox Quilt has a lot of visual impact but is actually very simple to create using a precut jelly roll plus a contrast colour.   This workshop is suitable for the beginner right through to more seasoned quilters.

 A materials list will be supplied on registration.

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Knit Jersey Tee with Kerry Turner

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Cost $75

Dates: Mondays TBA

9.30am setup for a 10:00am start – 12 pm

Description

This class is designed to teach you the fundaments of sewing with knit fabric.

You can bring an overlocker and/or sewing machine to learn how to sew a basic knit tee.

We will talk about the types of stretch fabric and how they react to cutting and sewing.

The class will show you how to sew on a neck band. We will talk and demonstrate the different stitch types to sew knit fabrics in.

This is a beginner and intermediate class as you can do basic or more advanced sewing at the same time. We can also talk about what else we can use our knit tee pattern for in the future.

A materials list will be supplied on registration.

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Multi-Zip Bag with Leonie Fraser

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Cost: $200

Dates: TBA

Time: 10am – 2.30pm (setup 9.30am)

Focus of this workshop: bag construction using multiple zippers, internal pouches and bias binding to finish

The bag you will make becomes a versatile addition to your sewing accessories – or a wonderful gift for someone special to keep small tools, makeup accessories or treasured small toys hidden in with pens, pencils and scissors.

Level of Skill required for this workshop: Suitable for all sewers familiar with their machine, and how to change the sewing foot and stitch style.

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Children’s Beginner Sewing Class – Book Bag – with Kerry Turner

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Cost $50 + $25 Kit

Dates: Tuesday & Wednesday 16 and 17 January 2024

Time: 1 to 3pm (12.30pm setup )

Description:

This class is designed to teach you the fundamentals of sewing and is aimed at beginner sewers aged between 8 and 16 years.

During the class students will make a basic bag, which will be constructed from multiple strips of fabric. The bag will be lined and have a handle.

The class will help students to discover and control their machines. If the student does not have a machine one can be hired from the shop for $15 for the two days.

There is also an option of hiring a sewing machine from the shop. The cost will be $15 for two days. You will need to ring the shop (6281 7555) prior to the class and pay for the hire on the first day when you arrive.

A materials list will be supplied on registration.

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Children’s Beginner Sewing Class – Shorts – with Kerry Turner

 

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Cost 50 + $25 kit

Dates: TBA

Times: 10am to 12pm (9.30am setup)

Cost $50 + $25 Kit (Pattern is included in kit)

There is also an option of hiring a sewing machine from the shop. The cost will be $15 for two days. You will need to ring the shop (6281 7555) prior to the class and pay for the hire on the first day when you arrive.

This class is aimed at a beginner sewers from age 10-16 who has some knowledge of sewing or a quick learner. During class the student will make a pair of shorts (PJ or day wear), with elastic waist and back patch pockets.

The student will  be cutting out their own pattern, taking simple measurements for fit.

Pockets will depend on the students’ level of skill.

Techniques learned will  be using a sewing machine, measuring, working with patterns, and the importance of seam allowances.

There is also an option of hiring a sewing machine from the shop. The cost will be $15 for two days. You will need to ring the shop (6281 7555) prior to the class and pay for the hire on the first day when you arrive.

A materials list will be supplied on registration.

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Hearts Galore Quilt  – with Anne Maree Jacobs

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Cost: $95

Date: TBA

Times: 10am to 3 pm (9.30 am setup)

Skill Level: For confident beginners and those who have some experience with quilting, or intermediate sewers with no patchwork  experience.

This is a one-day workshop where you will learn to create a beautiful applique heart themed quilt.  There are a few different patterns that you can choose to make with this at workshop and you will be taught a variety of skills including:

  • Cutting and design of applique
  • Stitching applique
  • Basic block/quilt cutting and construction
  • Use of colour
  • Borders – choosing, cutting, application

 A materials list will be supplied on registration.

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Finishing School  – with Anne Maree Jacobs

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Cost: $50.00

Date: Saturday 20 January 2024

Times: 9.30am  to 2.30pm (9am setup)

Do you have non – finished patchwork/quilting projects that you just need to get done and need an expert to help you? 

 
Are you struggling to understanding a quilt pattern or bag pattern or need help cutting out your project.  This may be the session for you. 
 
This is a two-hour session where you can get your projects progressed or on the road to completion with Anne Maree Jacobs, one of our quilting tutors.

 A materials list will be supplied on registration.

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Beginners Guide to Sewing with Lynne Johnson, commencing 24 February 2024

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6 Week Course 

Cost $300

Dates: TBA

Times: 12:30 – 2:30pm (12pm setup)

This is a that we have added to our range of beginner sewing courses owing to demand from our customers. Suitable from a confident 14 year old up.

Each lesson is 2 hours long and the course has been designed to take you through all you need to know about getting to know your machine including threading, tensions, needle and thread selection and basic sewing machine maintenance right though to learning different seaming and sewing techniques that you can apply to several different projects.

There are four projects you will complete during this course (one of which is a fun homework project) including creating a Stitchery; making a needle nest and pin cushion; Cutting and sewing a thread catcher; and cutting and sewing a useful sewing organizer that converts into a sewing cover for your machine.

The course is designer for beginner sewists but may be also considered by someone who wants to refresh their skills.

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Love Your Overocker with Lynne Johnson

6 Week Course 

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Cost: $300

Dates: TBA

Times: 12:30 – 2:30pm (12pm setup)

Focus: Learn to Sew on an overlocker.

Level of skill required for this workshop: Beginner to advanced.

Lynne’s classes are very popular and are ideal for beginners and experienced sewers alike, for both practical applications and decorative possibilities.

Lynne will introduce you to the creative World of Overlocking with this course and will cover all aspects of your overlocker and typical overlocker issues. By the end of 6 weeks you will have a thorough understanding of your overlocker and what you can do with it.

This class is designed to teach you everything you need to know about your over-locker (any brand).  This class is sample based and at the end of the 6 weeks you will have a personal workbook that you be able to add to and refer to in the future.

Demonstrations of easy construction garments will be made at some of the classes and will be determined by the level of the class and class interest.

You will be encouraged to sew at home with your news skills for the duration of the 6 classes to get the most from the class

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Free Motion Quilting with Leonie Fraser – 3 Week Course

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Cost $450

Dates: TBA

Time: 9am setup for a 9:30am start until 2:30pm

Description

Quilting your own quilt in free motion quilting on your own sewing machine is very satisfying and you get the design that you want. It also saves a lot of money.

This course will encourage you to break away from straight lines with the walking foot to be more adventurous in your quilting, taking you through the steps required and boost your confidence and creativity.

Over the 4 sessions you will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in free motion quilting.  If you do all the sessions and homework, you can decide whether you will end up with cushions, a throw or a bed quilt.

You will choose your materials and will be provided with designs by Leonie that you can confidently complete at home.  Leonie will also assist you to decide whether designs you bring to class are suitable for free motion quilting.

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