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Computerized Sewing Machine Foundations – Machine Mastery – 3 class series

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Machine Mastery | Comments Off on Computerized Sewing Machine Foundations – Machine Mastery – 3 class series

Computerized Sewing Machine Foundations – Machine Mastery – 3 class series

Whether you just purchased a brand spanking new computerized sewing machine or you’ve had it for years, this series of 3 classes will ensure that you have the knowledge you need to unlock all the wonderful creative potential these amazing machines offer. This series is usually taught as a brand-specific class. It can be modified to work with: Husqvarna Viking, Baby Lock, Pfaff, Bernina, Janome, Elna and Singer. Here’s what this full series of classes includes: Class #1: The Basics — Covers all the basics such as threading, bobbin winding, included accessory explanations, troubleshooting and when/where/why to use those different utility stitches. In addition, this class also includes a discussion of what all those buttons on your machine does, how to select and modify stitches. We’ll end this class by putting into practice what was learned by creating a buttonhole closure pouch which uses a blind hem, overcast edges, a straight seam and 2 buttonholes. Class #2: Decorative Stitches and Memory — We’ll start to unlock even more of the creative power of your machine by talking about some of the ways to use those many decorative stitches, how to get them to look great every time, basics of fabric stabilization and how thread choice impacts the finished look. We’ll also introduce some of the different feet and other accessories that can help you with your projects of choices. For those machines which feature memory capability, we’ll also practice creating custom stitch patterns and store/retrieve text such as “Made by ME!” For the practicum, we’ll be taking everything learned and applying it into creating a custom decorated, lined zippered pouch. That means you’ll be using thread and your machine’s decorative stitches to create a uniquely you exterior for your pouch, then I’ll teach you how to install a zipper, add the lining, and voila! Gorgeous finished project! Class #3: The Quilting Related Capability — I make sure everyone knows that everything learned in this class can be applied any way they feel inspired to, but in general these fall into the “quilting” category. We’ll play with applique and talk about how thread and stitch choices affect the impact of the project, best ways to stabilize the pieces of the project and what feet make it easier to work with. We’ll spend some time talking about piecing, playing with the hand-look running stitch and working with a walking foot (no, it’s NOT just for quilting!). We’ll then turn to free motion, everything from proper equipment to posture to techniques to get you on the road to feed-dog freedom! The final segment of this entirely jam packed series will go over care and routine maintenance — what you can do, how to do it, and when to take it to a repair technician. Join us for all three classes. By the end of this series, I guarantee you’ll not be intimated by that machine but instead will be excited by the powerhouse that sits right there at your fingertips! Student Comments: “I learned more in the first class with you than I did after 5 classes [with a different teacher]!” “I know this is my third time through your series, but I keep learning more and more and it’s always so fun!” “You mean my machine can do that? Oh my goodness, I had no idea. I think I’m in love all over again!” “I love that we get to make real, useful projects that I can take home and show my husband. ‘See! I’m learning how to master this machine!'” What kind of machines work best? This is a brand...

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Learn Your Serger – Machine Mastery Class

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Machine Mastery | Comments Off on Learn Your Serger – Machine Mastery Class

Learn Your Serger – Machine Mastery Class

Is your serger just sitting there doing nothing but collecting dust? Well it’s time to take that useful machine out of the closet, brush it off and take it to class! Among other things, this class will teach you how to thread that machine properly! The bulk of the class will focus on threading and rethreading and rethreading in order get you comfortable with it. While we do that, I’ll talk about the various anatomy pieces so that when you read the book, those bizarre sounding terms are now connected with something that you’ve seen, touched and watched in action. This helps de-mystify that jargon, empowering you to practice at home with confidence! We’ll also practice some basic serging techniques such straight lines, following inside or outside curves, and turning inside and outside corners. This class is sort of a mini-mastery class designed to give you the basics. If you have a serger with the jet-air threading, this may not be the best class for you since your machines are so easy to thread. But you have a machine which is manually threaded, this is definitely the class for you! Once you’ve taken this class, you can join in on any other serger classes because you’ll have the hardest part down pat! Here’s a run-down of the what this class covers, though if everyone spends the entire time mastering threading then so be it. Every class is a bit fluid and depends entirely on the machines and their operators. How much we actually fully get to is not guaranteed. Threading Diagnosing & resolving problems (missthread versus tension problem versus mechanical issue) How to use decorative threads Serging around curves – inner and outer curves Serging around corners – inner and outer corners Serging on Knits and Wovens Gathering and Stretching What kind of machines work best? This class is an all-brand class, but it does assume that the sergers are all manual threading. Those with jet-air threaded machines would probably not the get most for their money from this class. What to bring? Your machine along with the power cord, foot control, all accessories that came with it, and 1 cone of each color thread: red, blue, green & yellow. Please make sure the machine is in good working order. Where? See the Calendar for scheduled times, or contact Dravon to schedule either a private lesson or see about having Dravon teach at your location. This can even be a private party event! Cost? Cost depends on venue. Class limit? Because manually threaded sergers can be a bit challenging, the absolute maximum size is 6 people. To Register: See the Calendar for scheduled times, or contact Dravon to schedule either a private lesson or see about having Dravon teach at your...

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Simple Serger Projects Class Series

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Event Listings, Sewing Classes | Comments Off on Simple Serger Projects Class Series

Simple Serger Projects Class Series

Sergers are growing in popularity among the home sewer, but it’s also a machine that many either find intimidating or think it’s a one trick pony. Whatever camp you fall into, this class is geared entirely for broadening the horizons on exactly what all the basic 4-thread serger can do for you! We’ll cover some garment sewing, some home dec, some re-purposing, and whatever else strikes our fancy!   Have you taken this class? Leave a comment to let me know what you thought! This class is open to all ages and skill levels, offering a supportive, enthusiastic and fun loving environment with class sizes limited to a maximum of 6 in order to ensure that personalized attention can be given to everyone. I strive to emphasize creativity, individuality and problem solving skills using the techniques or materials challenges found within any given project. If you look through my Pinterest Board called “Classes & Students Taught” you’ll see that many times student ask to customize projects based on what interests them. I’m happy to adjust the group project as needed to try to accommodate and encourage this creativity! What projects are coming up? See the list below with the dates. Have suggestions for projects you’d like to see? Contact me and see if I can either add it to this series one of the other series. See the Events Listing for Dates, Times and Upcoming Projects! What kind of machine works best? These projects will work with a 4-thread serger and the more advanced models as well. It is recommended that everyone know how to thread their serger prior to joining for this class. Take a look at the Learn Your Serger class – it’ll make sure you’re ready to hit the ground running! What to bring? This class does not include materials unless specifically noted. If there is a hard-to-find material being asked for, then Dravon usually has some there to purchase on the day of class. You’ll need the following regardless of the individual project: (A) Your machine along with the power cord, foot control, all accessories that came with it (such as tweezers); (B) Basic sewing notions such as pins, scissors, marking pens, etc; (C) Whatever materials the class list calls for including cones of thread to serge with. When? If this event is being offered anywhere right now, you will see it in our Events Listing. Don’t see it? Want it offered at your local sewing store? That can happen. Ask the store owner to contact Dravon or ask Dravon to contact the store owner. Where? Check out the Events section to see where this class is currently being offered. Cost? Cost depends on venue location and whether it is open registration or private. Contact Dravon if you want this as a private class. Class limit? That depends on the venue limitations. To Register: All available registration information will be listed on the Event page for this listing. Registrants will contact the store directly to sign...

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Sewing 101 – A Pre-Sewing Fundamentals Lecture Class

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Event Listings, Sewing Classes | Comments Off on Sewing 101 – A Pre-Sewing Fundamentals Lecture Class

Sewing 101 – A Pre-Sewing Fundamentals Lecture Class

Welcome to the wonderful and exciting world of sewing! That being said, I’m sure you have questions. Lots of them. Perfect! That means you’re curious and interested. I love people with questions! I also love to help answer them, and this lecture class was designed to do specifically that. Every “world” has its own language, and without knowing that language it’s easy to get lost or feel unwelcomed. Whether you sew clothing or quilts, embroider or smock, the foundation of all fabric arts is the fabric itself. This class teaches you the language of fabric as well as other commonly used reference information that is so fundamental to any aspect of sewing that it’s easy to forget not everyone is born knowing these terms. I hate to admit this, but I had been sewing for 20 years before I fully understood the importance of bias and when it was needed and when it wasn’t. We all have questions. Like I said above, that’s a good thing. So bring them with you to this class. Let’s have some fun learning! What we’ll be covering: Anatomy of fabric: grainline, selvage edge, bias, crossgrain, right and wrong sides Differences between woven and knit fabrics Differences between weave patterns and how that affects the fabric Differences between knit patterns and how that affects the fabric Fibers used to make fabric and how their characteristics Subjective fabric evaluation methods How to pick the right fabric for your project Making sense of thread – what when and why Thread weight and why that can matter Which machine needle to use when and why Even if you walk out of this class remembering just one thing which you can put into practice, then it’s worth it. So far, everyone who’s taken this class has felt very empowered afterward and was able to immediately implement what they learned to see instant results. Designed to work with the Basic Mechanical hands-on class and the Pattern Reading 101 lecture to give any sewing enthusiast all the foundational tools they’ll use most often.   Have you taken this class? Leave a comment to let me know what you thought!   What kind of machine works best? This is a lecture only class. No machine is required! What to bring? Some paper and pens, and your questions. When? If this event is being offered anywhere right now, you will see it in our Events Listing. Don’t see it? Want it offered at your local sewing store? That can happen. Ask the store owner to contact Dravon or ask Dravon to contact the store owner. Where? Check out the Events section to see where this class is currently being offered. Cost? Cost depends on venue location and whether it is open registration or private. Contact Dravon if you want this as a private class. Class limit? That depends on the venue limitations. To Register: All available registration information will be listed on the Event page for this listing. Registrants will contact the store directly to sign...

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Machine Mastery Basics – Hands-On Class

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Machine Mastery, Sewing Classes | Comments Off on Machine Mastery Basics – Hands-On Class

Machine Mastery Basics – Hands-On Class

Sewing Begins With The Machine The foundation for learning how to sew (no matter what type of sewing you are interested in) is understanding how to use your sewing machine! Whether you’re returning to sewing after some time away or you’re brand new  and eager to start, or even if you think you could use a refresher, I heartily recommend this limited attendance class on how to use your sewing machine. It’s 3 hours of instruction and hands-on practice. You walk away with a loop-closure bag that puts into practice some of the many things you’ll learn in this class. What do we cover? * How to Thread Your Machine * How to Wind a Bobbin * What are all the Accessories that came with the Machine * How the Accessories are Used * Outline of Basic Sewing Notions Every Sewist Needs * Basic Utility Stitches and How/When to Use Which One * Troubleshooting so You Spend More Time Having Fun! * Make-And-Take Bag Featuring: Blind Hem, Overcast Edges, Straight Seam & Buttonholes I’ve had people take this class who have been sewing for decades and hear “Wow! It’s only been 5 minutes and already I’ve learned something new!” By far my favorite was one lady’s exclamation that “You made me fall in love with my machine!” Don’t have your own machine? I can work with that, but I definitely encourage folks to either use their own machine or purchase one. Want to buy one? I can help with that! Please, if you are in the market for a machine, contact me. Please! I will make sure you get the RIGHT machine for YOU which takes into account what you expect from a machine and what you plan to do right now as well as what you’d like to do in the future. Whether new or old, purchased or inherited, by using your own machine, everything learned in class can be done at home! My entire goal is get you comfortable with your machine in order to empower you with the confidence you’ll need to tackle those creative projects you want to do. I’m offering this as an open attendance group class, but if you have a private group you’d like to introduce to sewing (Girl Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, 4H, friends, etc) this can definitely be arranged. Contact me to learn more. What kind of machines work best? This class is an all-brand class, but it does assume the machines are pretty traditional.  Whether new or old, the machine needs only to be in good working order. While I have seen a whole heck of a lot of variety, you may have one that I do not recognize. So far, though, even if I don’t recognize I know how it works! What to bring? Your machine along with the power cord, foot control, all accessories that came with it (such as bobbins), and some thread to sew with. Please make sure the machine is in good working order.  Some locations do have repair technicians, but not all, and rarely is same-hour-service available. Go to the Calendar and see if this class is in the list of upcoming offerings. The following information is all found within individual listing. Where? How Much? Class limit? Sign Me Up!...

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