Sewing classes - Adults

Below are details of the available sewing classes provided by Vikki Leigh Martin at her sewing school located in the Centre Arcade, Bentleigh, Melbourne. Victoria.

Each class is conducted in a small group of no more than six students, delivering excellent value and contact time. One on one Private Lessons are also available for students with specific needs or time constraints. Sewing machines and overlockers are provided, or you are welcome to bring your own sewing machine if you prefer. Tea and coffee supplied.

Introduction to Sewing

Introduction to Sewing

Always wanted to learn to sew? This beginner's course shows you all the important basics. While learning to use a sewing machine and an overlocker, students create samples to use as a reference. In the final lesson, students cut out their own skirt in calico to fit and create a customised pattern, this skirt will be completed in the next course, 'Start to Sew 1'.

This course is recommended for those who have never sewn or have not sewn for a while.

Material requirements -This course includes a sample workbook, calico and a beginners sewing kit comprising scissors, thread, chalk, ruler, pins and needles etc.

Start to Sew 1

Start to Sew 1

In this course, students complete a calico skirt known as a toile. The toile teaches students about their body shape. Students are then taught to alter the commercial pattern for a perfect fit. The customised pattern will then be constructed in the students own fabric. After twenty hours of tuition, students have developed sound skills and are equipped to move on to the next course, 'Start to Sew 2'.

Material requirements - students to provide all materials and a sewing kit.

Start to Sew 2

Start to Sew 2

In this course, the focus is on understanding the pattern guide sheet instructions. Students purchase a pattern of their choice and whilst making the garment, gain a fuller understanding of the symbols, language and methods used in constructing a garment through the support of their pattern guide sheet. Textiles, pattern and fabric selection and tools of the trade will be discussed throughout the course.

Material requirements - students to provide all materials and a sewing kit.

Garment Construction

Garment Construction

Student's who have completed the Start to Sew 2 course, move on to Garment Construction. The aim of this course and all further study is for students to be exposed to the different elements that make up a garment, for example a collar and sleeves on a shirt or pockets in pants. Students will construct a garment of their choice. It is advised that students trial their pattern in calico.

Please note: If you are an experienced sewer, you are welcome to enrol in this course.

Material requirements - students to provide all materials and a sewing kit.

Wednesday Workshops

Students must be able to use a sewing machine competently and have sound sewing skills. These workshops are not for beginners.

Introduction to Stretch Fabric

Make a Knit Top in a Day

Knit fabrics have become a big part of today’s fashion wardrobe, so it’s essential that we learn to handle knits with ease.

In this workshop students will make either the Style Arc ‘Maddison’ or the ‘Ivy’ knit top while they learn to create seam, neckline and hemline finishes. Students can choose from a range of finishes for example using a double needle for hemming.

Material requirements - A pre-cut knit top, thread and a student manual is provided. Sewing machines, overlockers and a coverstitch machine are available for students to use. Please bring your own sewing kit.

Please call Vikki to confirm your top style & size.

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Dress making

One Day Sewing Workshops

Come and join a one day sewing workshop. This workshop has been developed for ladies like me who just love to sew. Personally I can’t think of anything nicer than spending a whole day immersed in a sewing project while meeting like minded people.

Half Day Sewing Workshops

A half day workshop is a great way to get assistance with a project, maybe you just need some extra space to cut out a few garments.

The morning workshop will run from 10am - 12.30pm and the afternoon workshop will run from 1pm - 3.30pm.

Suggested Projects – Garment construction, cushion making, bag making and sewing with knit fabrics.

Material requirements – Sewing machines and overlockers are available for students to use. Students to provide all materials and a sewing kit.

Students are welcome to enrol in these workshops as often as they wish.

Please call Vikki to discuss your project on 0417 597 189

Private Lessons

One on One

One on One

Sewing Tuition - Private lessons are available for students from all levels with specific needs as well as those needing a flexible timetable. Students can follow the advertised courses, or maybe you are just after individual tuition to complete a special project. Students are encouraged to work with Vikki to develop their own course.

Sewing Machine Tuition - Learn about - threading, tension, your stitch selection and your feet selection.

Overlocker Tuition - Learn about - threading, tension, differential feed and rolled hemming.

Tuition for Two - Students are welcome to share a private lesson with a friend, a lovely time to catch up and learn together.

School Holiday Tuition

School Holiday Tuition - Vikki is available for group and individual lessons for adults and teenagers over each school holiday period. For teenagers with limited knowledge I recommend a two x two hour lesson allowing time to learn about the sewing machine and to complete their chosen project such as a simple skirt, cushion or handbag.

Vikki has a Working with Children Check

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