I’m Teaching Sewing Classes!

It’s official: I can now say that I’m a “fiber artist, blogger, and teacher” to describe what I do!  Starting April 3, I will be teaching sewing classes at Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville, MA.

Back in January I gave a talk at Ignite Craft Boston (videos still aren’t posted yet) and met Gui Calvacanti, co-founder and President of Artisan’s Asylum.  I enjoyed his presentation on how he started the craft studio two years ago and grew it the 31,000 square foot space it is currently in today.  It’s an impressive space; I toured it two weeks ago when I went to meet with him and Molly Rubenstein, the Director of Operations, about teaching sewing classes.  You gotta see it to believe it – welding, carpentry, computers, and sewing machines all in the same space along with studio spaces rented by local artists.  Cool stuff.

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I will be teaching two classes that build off of each other starting April 3 and running every Tuesday evening until May 1:

Sewing Knits (Without a Serger) April 3 & April 10– The idea for this class actually came from a blog post I started writing but never finished.  Every knit garment that you see here is made entirely with my straight-stitch machine, and I want to encourage those new to sewing the knit fabric that it is easy and possible without a serger.
Pattern Making: Knock-Off Your Favorite T-Shirt April 17, 24, & May 1– This class picks up where the other leaves off: now that you know how to sew with knits, how do you make patterns?  I’m really excited about this class because it shows how to make a pattern from something that you *know* will fit you well and also explores how to add design elements and change the sloper to create a new design.  I’m thinking about showing how to change the neckline, add gathered sleeves, and create a A-line top…just some preliminary ideas.

I can’t wait to start planning these classes and sharing my knowledge with those looking to expand their sewing skills further.  Join me for some sewing fun!



  1. March 1, 2012 / 8:09 pm

    Congrats! I recently discovered your blog and am really enjoying it. I'm on the other side of the country but am glad that you're doing a 'sewing knits without a serger' class – so many people seem to think that you need a serger for knits. I don't have one and I make knits all the time – in fact, if I had a serger I think I'd use it more for woven edge finishing than knits!

    • March 6, 2012 / 4:19 am

      Thank you so much, Laura! I think if I hadn't gathered up the courage to tackle knits with my straight-stitch machine, I may have missed out on some wonderful sewing projects. I hope that I can help others get over their apprehensions about sewing knits with a regular sewing machine!

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