As I mentioned in my Year of Art & Creativity intro post, Jessica and I were going to be taking a sewing class this week. A few months ago (shortly after I impulsively bought a sewing machine on Black Friday), we both realized that we had sewing machines but didn’t know how to use them. Keeping our eye out for a good sewing class in the city, I discovered The Workroom while attending City of Craft. They had a calendar that showed all the different classes they offered, at all different skill levels.
To take any class at The Workroom, you must complete the Sewing Machine Essentials class – which is good since that’s exactly what we wanted to take! At $55, this was a very reasonable price from the other places we had looked at. There are a small amount of course materials required, which you could buy yourself beforehand or purchase at the shop – which ran approximately $25 for everything, depending on the fabric you chose. Do show up about 15 minutes prior to the class if you have to purchase at the shop to allow for time to select your fabric from the large wall of cloths available. For three hours with a fairly small class (we had 8 people), we got a hands-on lesson in sewing ourselves an envelope pillow.
For the first 45 minutes or so, we all gathered around and got familiar with all the terminology, the mechanics and basics of the sewing machine. Next we were shown how to properly pin the pattern and cut the fabric, to which we then split up in groups to do one or the other, and then switched. Next came the sewing part, which we got another demonstration before leaving us to try it out – and then the finale of putting it all together.
Obviously it’s always easier when you have a teacher standing by to help with any questions, but sewing is definitely much easier the more you do it, and the more confident and comfortable you become with the machine. I was hesitant about it at first but once I got going, cutting & pinning & sewing was a breeze (with some cookies and tea as sewing sustenance!) Located at 1340 Queen Street West in the Parkdale neighbourhood, I had no idea this creative space existed. The staff are friendly & helpful, and it’s such a chill and welcoming space for those of any skill level. I’m definitely excited to go back and check out more classes. I just want to spend the day sewing now!