Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
Published March 27th 2012
Sewing skills used to be passed down from generation to generation. Sadly, this is not the case anymore. I don't know anyone who can sew a button on or mend a hem, including myself. A few years ago, I had to sew sequins on my daughter's dance costume. They flew off half way through her routine.
Sewing seems to be making a comeback though. Even my eight year old has expressed a desire to learn how to sew. Well, now she can - and I don't need to spend a lot of money.
Sewing lounges are popping up everywhere; places where one can learn how to sew, pick up some new techniques, and socialise with other sewers. These sewing lounges provide the workspace and the equipment, so you don't have to.
Urban Sewing Lounge (5 Longlands Street, East Brisbane) was created by Linda Mahoney, who has been sewing as long as she can remember. Her sewing studio, opened in 2010, is a suburban sunroom stocked with easy to use sewing machines, cutting mats, overlocker, quilting machine, sewing library, and kitchenette. Adult classes are restricted to five while children's classes are limited to four.
Linda's school holiday classes are incredibly popular. Young sewers learn how to sew by hand and machine; creating something special to take home. Classes are appropriate from 7 years up. All day classes cost $50 while a half day class cost $30. Fees include tuition, morning and/or afternoon tea, use of equipment, and small incidentals. Patterns and fabric are extra. After school classes during school terms are also available. Cost is $20 plus materials, including an afternoon snack.
Linda's adult classes ($40) cover the following: basic sewing, quilting, patchworking, appliquéing, and soft toy and cushion making.
Piece Together (2/33A Logan Road, Woolloongabba) is located upstairs in a beautiful heritage listed building in the Woolloongabba antique precinct. A studio, workshop, and marketplace, Piece Together is the place to go to create handmade items, meet like minded people, and purchase crafty things.
All equipment, including sewing machines, is provided. The classes, limited between eight and ten participants, reuse vintage goods or pre-loved items if possible. Sewing, knitting, and craft classes are available. Over 8's can choose from the following school holiday workshops: 'Sew a simple skirt', 'Beginner knitting', 'Upcycle rag rugging', and more.
Piece Together is open Tuesday to Friday from 9:30am to 2:30pm. You can also attend an evening or weekend workshop when scheduled.
'Stitch 'n Bitch' social sessions are ideal if you're already working on a project. The sewing group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7pm, while the knitting/crochet group meets every second Thursday at 7pm.
The Secret Sewing Lounge (653 Logan Road, Greenslopes) will make its debut on Thursday, March 29, 2012. Located downstairs in Brisbane's worst kept vintage secret, Can You Keep a Secret?, The Secret Sewing Lounge will be fully equipped with vintage sewing machines, vintage patterns, and recycled materials.
Workshops will include everything from basic sewing (how to hem without a stapler) to upcycling clothing (creating something new from a pre-loved garment).
Vintage sewing machine at The Secret Sewing Lounge
Sunday Stitch Lounge is a once a month social club and open studio at the stitchery collective. We share our sewing machines, dress-makers dolls, tea, coffee, cake, table space, and all the equipment you need to work on whatever you like. Stuck for ideas? Rummage through our massive collection of vintage and retro patterns.