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Learn to Sew: Top Workshops in Melbourne

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by Alex Run (subscribe)
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Published December 12th 2014
Sew your own threads


Melbourne is the fashion capital of Australia and home to a high proportion of fashionistas. If you don't believe me, take a wander down Chapel St or Melbourne's CBD and browse the many boutiques and designer stores available. What may surprise you however, are the number of budding seamstresses in Melbourne, evidenced by the plethora of sewing classes across Melbourne. Below is a handful to pique your interest.

CAE – Melbourne CBD
The CAE is a well known Melbourne staple for classes on pretty much everything you would ever want to learn. So you wont be surprised to find out the CAE run beginner classes on Machine Sewing to improve your confidence and enable you to make your own pair of pants using a commercial pattern. Classes run for 3 hours for 4 consecutive weeks. Fees – Full $309 plus materials (concession $293). Sewing machines are provided.

Designer Stitch – Bentleigh East
Designer Stitch runs classes for absolute beginners and takes you through the basic steps of garment construction. Classes enable students to complete their own project at their own pace. Fees are $30 per 2 hour class and payable in four week blocks ($120 plus materials). Most students complete their garments in 1 – 2 months. Sewing machines and some patterns are provided.

Linze Sewing – Mentone
Linze Sewing's beginner classes can help you sew your own skirt, pyjama pant or bag. Students create their project first in calico to ensure a perfect fit and design before proceeding with the finished product. Maximum class size is 6. Fees are payable in 4 week blocks, with 2 hours per class – $160 plus materials. Sewing machines are provided.

Sew Happy – South Kingsville
Sew Happy caters for absolute beginners or those who haven't gotten on the sewing machine for a while. Classes are tailored to individual needs and can help you to achieve a professional finish by providing tricks of the trade. Maximum class size is 7. Classes are payable in five week blocks, 2 hours per week. Fees are $220 plus $8 booking fee plus materials. Sewing machines are provided.

Sewing with Shirley – Greensborough
Shirley from Sewing with Shirley can help you learn basic skills such as altering your own clothes, or creating your own garment from a commercial pattern. Classes are payable per term at $22 per class plus materials. Sewing machines are provided.

Thread Den – Collingwood
The Thread Den was created in 2007 and offer modular sewing classes that you can attend at $85 each or a combination pack of modules one, two and three at the discounted rate of $190 – a saving of $65 so the third module is practically free. Each module is three hours long and can be taken for three consecutive weeks (9 hours in total). By the end of the three classes, you will have made a wallet, cushion cover, zippered case and a lined bag with darts. Sewing machines are provided.
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