Sewing Classes

Dravon teaches a wide range of classes, from garment to home dec to quilting to technique specific to project specific. This category covers those classes which are hands-on available in person, taught by Dravon at the local sewing and craft shops in the Central California area. See the Calendar for details of scheduling.

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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