Sewing Classes

Tinker offers sewing classes to fit every skill level and schedule.

For absolute beginners who aren't sure they want to commit, we recommend the Learn To Sew - Introductory Course.  It's a short course that gives you enough information to explore on your own and decide if sewing is something you want to do. Or you could try a day or more of Drop-In Sewing for use of the studio and equipment plus all the help we can provide, supplies included.

We will offer children's sewing classes on a request basis, with a minimum class size of 2 and maximum of 6. If you'd like to put together a class of 2-6 kids from age 8-12 years, please email us at tinkertradespaces@gmail.com and we will try to arrange class days and times that work for your group and for our instructors.

And if you're ready to learn more about sewing, we offer regular classes at all levels, as well as project-centric classes. ​To register for a class or workshop, please call 519-896-4949 or send us an email.

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6 sessions
Wednesdays from Feb 5 - Mar 11 2020
4pm - 6pm

$25 + HST ($28.25) 
or sign up for all 6 sessions - $120 + HST ($135.60)Minimum class size: 2       Maximum class size: 4

​All Supplies included!
Ages 8 to 13


The first class covers using the sewing machine and is mandatory, so if missed, this class must be made up before taking the others. Projects in this class include drawstring backpack or bag, pajama shorts, and pillowcases, all paced to fit your child, as well as extra projects to keep quicker-picker-uppers busy.

All supplies are included in this class; however, if you wish, you may provide fabrics of your choosing for projects.

Sewing machines are available for use in studio; however, if you own a portable machine your child will be using at home, it is highly recommended that your child bring that for class along with all attachments and power cords.

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Full course in sewing for beginners age 14 and up

$130 + HST ($146.90) per person, per section
OR
​$350 + HST ($395.50) per person for all 3 sections
Sign up with a friend & both get $10 off per section or $40 off all 3

These classes are now offered as Classes on Demand 
Minimum class size: 2       Maximum class size: 6


Sections 2 and 3 require previous sewing experience or completion of Section 1.
See details of projects included in each section below.
Learn the basics of sewing, including hand stitching, machine sewing, and using patterns. This class runs 3 times per week with morning, afternoon, and evening options available. Class price includes many supplies, but you will need to purchase a few patterns or kits (some at reduced price) and fabrics for a few of your projects.
How to sign up:
1.    Choose the level that best fits your current skill level and goals.
2.    Call, email, or come by the studio and choose the class dates and time that work for you.
3.    Pay by credit, debit, or e-transfer.
It really is that easy!
SECTION 1: SEWING BASICS (6 total classes)
This class is intended for people with no sewing experience, those who haven't sewn in a long time, and those who want a great refresher.Learn the fundamentals of hand and machine sewing and sewing machine operation while completing these useful, fun items:

  • Drawstring bag (complete in the very first class!)
  • Canvas apron
  • Laptop bag or book cover

​This class also requires purchase of a Gourmet Aprons Canvas Apron kit ($20 +HST) and optional purchase of a D&F Patterns Book Cover pattern ($15 +HST). They are available onsite. Fabric for the Laptop bag or book cover may purchased from our stock or you may purchase your own. A supply list will be sent to you after payment is completed.

SECTION 2: SEWING BASIC GARMENTS (6 total classes)
This once-per-week class is intended for people with some sewing experience (or completion of section 1).

This section focuses on using patterns to create clothing items for yourself or for someone else. Learn the techniques needed to sew clothing that looks good and fits well while making the garment of your choice (3 available project choices). All materials are included for this class except for the final project pattern and the fabric/notions for your final garment; these should cost a total of $30-60 depending on your choice of project and the fabrics/notions you choose. Techniques covered in this class include (but aren't limited to):

  • Choosing your pattern (including digital vs. commercial)
  • Adjusting pattern for proper fit
  • Reading pattern symbols and instructions
  • Properly cutting and marking fabric, lining, and interfacing
  • How and why to make a test garment
  • Using professional-looking finishing techniques

SECTION 3: INTERMEDIATE SEWING TECHNIQUES (6 total classes)
This once-per-week class is intended for people with some sewing experience (or completion of section 1 and/or section 2). At minimum, students should be proficient at all of the skills covered in section 2. All supplies are included in the cost of the class.

This section is intended for students who want to learn more advanced apparel construction techniques as well as some of the basics of alteration of clothing. Topics covered in this class include:

  • Zippers (invisible, separating, closed, and double-slider)
  • Darts and princess seams
  • Fancy seam finishes, vents, and slits
  • Lining and interlining
  • Buttons, buttonholes, snaps, & other closures
  • Hemming and other basic alterations

Sewing with Patterns

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Learn how to find and use sewing patterns, from selection to cutting to final product
Available as Class on Demand

​$100 + HST ($113.00) per student
Minimum class size: 1
​Ages: Teen (14+) and Adult

Shopping for a pattern these days can be a lot like shopping for a breakfast cereal. There are so many varieties that the whole process can be a bit intimidating. Once you've decided, knowing what to do with your purchase isn't quite as simple as pouring a bowl of Fruit Loops. We'll cover the whole process from shopping to finishing touches, and we'll learn about how to read and follow patterns whether they are free tutorial instructions, print-shop or home-printed PDF's,​ or commercial patterns purchased at the fabric store.

​​This class is not intended for absolute beginners. Students should bring their own machines (ideally capable of straight and zig-zag stitches), and should be comfortable operating them. If you need to use one of our machines, please let us know when you register for the class, as there are a limited number of machines available. If you are unsure if your skill level is adequate for this class, please come by the studio prior to signing up, and we'll figure it out. 🙂

Mending & Hemming

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Save Money & Time - Learn Some Simpler Repairs
Available as Class on Demand
$60 + HST ($67.80) per student
$100 for groups of 2, or $125 for groups of 3
2 class sessions + 1 Drop-In Day
Minimum class size: 1       Maximum class size: 6

We won't be putting any alterations services out of business with this class (including our own!)...but we can give you the skills you need to keep those quick jobs from breaking your budget. In this class we'll teach you how to do the following with a professional finish:

  • Mend open seams and repair an existing hem​
  • Replace buttons and mend frayed buttonholes
  • Hem pants, skirts, and sleeves
  • Hem and patch jeans

We'll also give you guidelines so that you'll know when something should be done by a professional.

If desired, bring in 2-3 items of your own which are needing hems or repairs. All necessary supplies for most repairs are included in the class price; however, since some repairs require special items or more time and/or skill, we cannot guarantee that your item will fit into the class curriculum.

​This class is not intended for absolute beginners. Students should bring their own machines (ideally one capable of straight and zig zag stitches), and should be comfortable operating them. If you need to use one of our machines, please let us know when you register for the class, as there are a limited number of machines available. If you are unsure if your skill level is adequate for this class, please come by the studio prior to signing up, and we'll figure it out. 🙂

Sewing Life Skills

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​Basic Sewing Skills Most Humans Need
Available as Class on Demand

$35 +HST ($39.55) per student
Minimum class size: 1
​Maximum class size: 6

 

Most of us have had some sort of struggle that a tiny bit of sewing skills could solve or even prevent. This class is for people who want to tackle everyday and occasional challenges, things like

  • Sewing on (and re-attaching) buttons so they stay there
  • Repairing a hemline (pants, sleeves, etc.)
  • Mending and reinforcing seams
  • Mending holes in fabric

​Many of these tasks require only a bit of hand sewing, but you'll also learn how to do some things faster and better by using one of our sewing machines. You'll even learn some ways to mend, repair, and create without ever sewing a stitch, as well as how to know when you need the help of a professional. And maybe best of all, it's just ONE class, and you get to keep your "Survival Kit" --a handy, easy to store sewing kit which includes all of the things you'll need to use the skills you've learned (well...except for a sewing machine, but you can always come back and use ours!).

All supplies and machine use for the class are included in this course, but if you have an item that needs one of the repairs mentioned above, you are welcome to bring it so we can determine whether it fits into the lesson plan.

Parent & Child Workshops

Summer is here! It can be hard to keep kids active both physically and mentally, but don't forget that they need a creative outlet, too. Our workshops range from very easy to slightly challenging, and they have a variety of project themes. These classes are great for a parent and up to 2 kids aged 8 years and up. Some workshops available as Class on Demand.


 

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for Child & Doll

This is a Class On Demand.$85 +HST ($96.05)  per 1 parent & 1 child
to make 1 child skirt and 1 doll skirt
Price includes all supplies and machine use
​Minimum class size: 1 parent/child duo
Maximum class size: 3 parent/child duosMake these adorable flouncy skirts*, one for your child and one matching one for their doll. Three print/color combinations will be offered, and all fabrics and supplies are included.*Fabric may vary, or you may bring your own fabric choice. After class fee is paid, you will be given the amount and type of fabric to purchase.


 


THE FOLLOWING CLASSES ARE CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Please call if you are interested in one or more of these classes:
Parent & Child - Make a Drawstring Backpack
This is a Class On Demand.
1 class session
Price $45 plus HST ($50.85), per 1 parent & child, to make 1 drawstring backpack
Price includes all supplies and machine use
$8 discount if you provide your own fabric
​Minimum class size: 1 parent/child unit        Maximum class size: 4 parent/child units

Parent & Child - Make Retro Aprons
This is a Class On Demand.
2 total class sessions
Price  per 1 parent & child TBA (make 1 child apron and 1 parent apron)
Price includes all supplies and machine use
​Minimum class size: 1 parent/child unit        Maximum class size: 4 parent/child units