Sewing was once a dying art, but in recent years it seems to have made a comeback as all things handmade are in the spotlight. However, there are some of us who missed out on an introduction to the needlecraft, but really wish we hadn't.
There are many-a-savvy establishment that have cottoned on to this, with sewing schools, ideas and patterns popping up everywhere. Regardless of your skill level – even if you've never sewn before - there are sewing classes offered in Brisbane to suit.
The Australian Institute of Fashion Design (AIFD) offers a Beginner Sewing Class and an Intermediate Sewing Class. This is probably the place for those of you who are serious about using your skills in business perhaps. Maybe you want to start an online store, or a market store with home-sewn garments and goods, or perhaps you want to get into fashion design.
Both courses run for a duration of 10 weeks (one three hour class per week) and provide machines for you to use, however, these are industrial machines. You have the option of bringing your own machine, but they ask that you know how to use it as there isn't enough time permitted to detail the use of various machines and models in class.
Beginner classes are designed to teach students "the tricks of the trade" and create garments (a skirt, then a pair of pants). Then you have the option to elect types of sewing methods you'd like to learn. The intermediate class is for those who have completed the beginner's class, or are more experienced, and focuses on teaching students sewing techniques and creating garments from patterns they must bring to class. You need to bring most of your own materials (tape measure, thread, scissors etc), and the institute offers most of these items for purchase at a discounted price. Each course is $400.
Maybe you're after something more low-key and less pricey? Sewing Intuition in Everton Park offers a range of courses including Introduction to Sewing and Introduction to Sewing Techniques. Introduction to Sewing is $120 and goes for four weeks. It focuses on teaching you the basics, such as how to thread your machine (which you can bring, or hire for $5 a class), as well as things like how to sew a buttonhole or a blind hem. Introduction to Sewing Techniques is also $120 and runs for four weeks, and is ongoing (you can repeat the class to learn more techniques or improve). It covers over 40 techniques used to create garments and craft projects and includes theory (provided in handouts). Techniques include seams, ruffles and pleats, among a range of others. Again, you must provide your own materials for classes.
There are also more impromptu sewing sessions available. Sewing World in Springwood offers a range of sewing-related classes. Bits and Pieces or Sit and Sew sound most appropriate, but might be best for those who have a little know-how already. Bits and Pieces is held on the first Tuesday of each month and only costs $15. It focuses on making a range of practical items. Sit and Sew is more about bringing along a project you need a hand with, or want to work on in a social environment. It's only $10 and is held on Wednesdays. Attendees need to bring their own machine and materials.
Rest assured, if none of these classes strike your fancy, there are many to be found; or perhaps you have a family member who's willing to teach you the basics before heading to a class. From there, you could also try making something from a pattern online or in a magazine. Happy sewing!
You want to check out Sewco at Mt Gravatt. Monthly calendar with varied classes covering sewing, quilting and embroidery or finish off a project. They hold regular demonstrations as well. Shop full of great stock and staff friendly and helpful. Worth a visit.
By jillr1 - reader Wednesday, 26th of October @ 03:10 am
Also check out S ew Gorgeous. 4 x weekly classes $120. Northside & Southside classes
By Fiona Davy - senior reviewer Friday, 28th of October @ 08:28 pm
Gardams Sewing School, Coonan Street, Indooroopilly has classes from learn-to-sew to advanced. You can also learn pattern drafting.
or call (07) 3378 5992
By Carol - reader Tuesday, 14th of February @ 11:48 pm
Side Street Vintage in Hawthorne also does regular sewing classes. You can see their schedule on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sidestreetvintage. If you have a group of friends wanting to do a specific project, eg, sew a cushion cover with zip, Tracey the owner can organise a teacher.