Do you have a sewing machine that you haven’t used for years because the last thing you made didn’t fit, and the whole experience was too frustrating? Or maybe the machine is just confusing and you don’t know how to adjust it or thread it properly. Or maybe you would like to make or fix some clothes for yourself but have never tried sewing at all. These classes will provide you with some tips and practice to learn or improve your sewing skills. Classes will be held at the Library from 4-6p.
Registration for this event is closed.
The first week (Feb. 1) will focus on common hand sewing stitches, plus common mending and alteration projects like hemming pants/dresses, sewing on buttons, fixing snags, mending small tears, using a seam ripper, discussion of letting out/taking in garments for a better fit. If time permits, we will also talk about commercial sewing patterns and how to choose the right size.
The second week (Feb. 8) will focus on sewing machines: how they work, common adjustments, sewing machine needles, practice sewing straight and curved seams. Bring your own machine if you want help with it, or use one that we will provide.
The third (Feb. 15) and fourth (March 1) week topics will be chosen by the participants with possibilities including pattern cutting, pressing, choosing fabrics, knits vs. woven fabrics, help with zippers, sleeves, collars, darts, pockets.
The classes will be conducted by Nancy Cullen and Marge Hottmann and we will give you as much one-to-one assistance as possible.
I have been sewing since a very early age, so at least 60 years! Though my first instruction came from my grandmother, a professional dressmaker, and then Junior High Home Economics classes, when that was still a thing, I am mostly self-taught with the help of many books, many magazine articles, and many many mistakes. My particular interest has always been sewing/tailoring clothing for myself and family members, and the mending and alterations just followed. When other people needed to go for a run or dig in the garden to de-stress, my refuge has always been my sewing room.
I have been sewing since I was 12 years old. My mother sewed most of her clothes and I learned from her. My first sewing attempt I hid from my mother when she was doing chores on the farm. She would tell me not to touch the sewing machine when she was outside and the rest of the story is history. I made my own wedding dress in 1977 and numerous bridesmaid dresses.
Art Exhibits for January
Wayne Farra and Maya Madden, the artists behind No Rules Gallery in Spring Green, are exhibiting examples of their jewelry in the Glass Case Gallery. Both artists have been creating jewelry for over 40 years, and for over 30 years they have made their home and studio in an 111 year old schoolhouse in Bear Valley. Their beautiful Cloisonne pieces, and gemstone rings and necklaces, which include unusual agates and jaspers, are available for viewing during regular library hours.
In the Community Room Gallery, the featured exhibit is "Before Night Falls: Watercolors by Helen Klebesadel". Helen is an artist, educator, and activist who grew up in the Wyoming Valley area before moving to Spring Green in her later school years. Her studio is located in Madison, but her art has been exhibited nationally and internationally for three decades. This exhibit is available for viewing at any time during regular library hours when the room is not already in use. Please ask for the room key at the circulation desk.