Sewing Lab

Everything sewing is right at Sewing Lab!
Bring your project whether it is a garment, home textile, or mending project. I will guide you to get it finished and looking fantastic! Please check out the lookbook to see the wide variety of projects that have passed through the doors of Sewing Lab!
Sewing Lab is a 4-week session of a 2.5-hour class per week. There are usually two daytime Sewing Labs and two evening Sewing Labs during each session. As a bonus to all students, I offer one free-of-charge make up class per session.
Each week I demonstrate a sewing technique. The demonstration is usually 15 minutes long and cover basic sewing topics. 

If you are brand new to sewing, I recommend that you take a private class initially, to acquaint yourself with your machine and learn the very basics of machine sewing. I offer an introduction package of a two-hour private class + one Sewing Lab four-week session for $325. There is a library of patterns of simple beginner projects available for free in the classroom. Some sewing supplies are available for purchase at the studio. 

All classes are taught at
64 Louise Street in San Rafael


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Pants. Shirts. Skirts
Garment Construction Special Workshops.
These workshops are great opportunities to sew and fit a garment made from a woven fabrics (with no or little stretch) to your own personal measurements and translate the changes to your pattern for future use. Choose a pattern that is realistic for your skill level, but don’t forget to challenge yourself a bit too! To benefit from class content, you need to have advanced beginner sewing skills.

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Online Embroidery Classes

Introduction to Basic Sashiko Stitching.
COMING SOON

Introduction to Basic Stitching
COMING SOON



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Private Class

Sign up for a one-on-one consultation should you like help with a special project, want a to brush up on old skills or acquaint yourself with a new sewing machine......

If you are signing up for Sewing Lab and would like to polish up on sewing machine skills I offer a discounted ..........

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Get started!!
Easy machine sewing projects 

Check out cool beginner projects (patterns available for free at Sewing Lab).

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Pattern companies

 Many new independent pattern companies (run by women pattern makers) offer an array of well designed styles. The old timers, Burda, Simplicity Mc Call etc have upped their game and added budget versions: ( NEW LOOK etc) that are well worth worth checking out.  
Here's a few great small pattern making companies:
GRAINLINE STUDIO
ASSEMBLY LINE
NAMED CLOTHING
CASHMERETTE (for curvy ladies)
CHRISTINE HAYNES
COLETTE
DEER and DOE
FOLKWEAR
FRIDAY
JALIE
MADE BY RAE
MAVEN PATTERN
MERCHANT and MILLS
PAPERCUT 
PAPER THEORY
SEWAHOLIC
SEW HOUSE SEVEN

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Fabric Stores

Local stores:

Britex, San Francsisco,

Fabrix, San Francisco

Discount Fabrics, Berkeley and SF

Far Out Fabrics, SF

Piedmont Fabrics, Oakland

A Verb for Keeping Warm, Berkeley

Stonemountain and Daughter, online only

Bay Quilts, Richmond

New Pieces Quilt Shop, Berkeley





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Teen and Tween
Fashion Studies 

Inroduction to making your own clothing.
All levels welcome.
Lots of creativel freedom combined with studies of basic machine sewing, pattern making skills and clothing construction.
Ages 12 or above. 6 weeks. Max 4 students.
Meet at JoAnn's to get help picking out a pattern and fabric. TBA (first week of class)
Thursday afternoons, or Wednesday afternoons
4-6 pm
Jan 5,12,19,26,Feb 2,9 or
Jan, 6,13,20,27,Feb 3,10
$370
Missed-class-make-up is available.
To register and for questions please contact me HERE

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