Machine Mastery

These are the hands-on classes taught by Dravon at the local sewing and craft shops in the Central California area. Some elements of these may be found in the individual blog posts or YouTube videos.

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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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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