Never used a sewing machine? Maybe used one once years ago? Curious if sewing is a hobby you'd like to try? This is your starting point. Sew a very basic project, learn a little about sewing, and find out if you want to pursue more with this easy and fun introduction to sewing. Perfect for those who are curious! 1 1/2 hour class!
This is a very laid back and fun class for anyone who wants to have a good time and learn about sewing!
Introduction to Sewing
Welcome to the DOOMSDAY CLASS, where we focus on giving you those basic skills in case of the zombie apocalypse (or to appease granny). You will learn how to: sew a button on properly, fix a hem that came out of your dress slacks or skirt, move a snap, hook, or button to adjust fit, and how to fix small holes/snags in sweaters and shirts. No machines used, just good old fashioned hand sewing with a needle, thread, scissors and a marking pencil.
Save yourself the cost at the dry cleaner, and learn a few self-sufficient mending skills that will amaze your friends! Or at least, make you feel good about yourself!
The DOOMSDAY Class
Learn the basic stitches of the machine, proper cleaning techniques, identify the main parts of a machine and how they work, learn how to properly thread your machine for jam-free sewing. Plus we'll identify some common problems that are easy to solve on the fly!
Sewing Machine Basics
There's more to a great seam and edge finish than stitching a line and ironing it flat. Learn 3 different seam finishes, how to properly press your seams, and how to get a professional finish every time!
A MUST for beginners! Learn about the main tools used in the sewing process, how to use them to your maximum benefit, and what tools work best for specific projects. Perfect for those looking to set up a sewing area in their home without wasting space or blowing the budget!
Student Materials: Notepad & Pen
"Seamstress don't fear the ripper, nor the iron, the spool or the pin." –Deep Purple (Maybe)
Know Your Tools
Finished edges give a crisp, well executed look to any project. Learn how to perform a narrow edge hem, blindstitch a hem, and create some fun finishes without pulling your hair out!
Edge Finishes & Hems
There's "ironing" and then there's PRESSING. Do you know the difference? Learn to get the most out of your iron and board, and what pressing tools to consider when building your sewing tool chest. If you want to take your sewing to the next level of professionalism quickly and easily, this is the class to take!
Thank you so much for this [shirt] class and for all the knowledge you have shared.
I already have several more patterns to try!
See you soon,
Excellent, excellent way to update my vintage skills. Tish is a very good instructor and ran a well paced class. I caught a few nuggets that I did not know before. We got so much done in one hour. I will be signing up for her sewing machine skills class next.
Zippers 101 was great! I ended up being the only student so I received a one-on-one class. I really enjoyed the history of the zipper along with the different kinds of zipper. They seem much less intimidating now!
Really enjoyed the class! The small class size ensured lots of individual attention. The instructor was patient and clearly had put a lot of time into class prep, which kept the class running smoothly. I would definitely take another class from HISS.
There's a wealth of information on just the pattern envelope, let alone the instruction sheet! If it's all Greek to you, then you need this class! Learn how to properly buy correct fabric yardage, how to figure out what notions you need, how to read the instructions for right/wrong fabric side, basting, and selvage, and how to transfer marks from your pattern for maximum accuracy in pattern assembly.
How to Read & Use Patterns
Freaked out by the amount of fabric choices? Not sure if a fabric will work for your project? Can't tell a lawn from a lamé? This class will unlock the secrets of the fabric bolt, help guide you through almost any fabric store, and help you avoid picking the wrong fabric for your project.
Learn About Fabrics
How to properly pin, cut, and mark your fabric from a pattern. Sounds easy, right? It can be, but learn avoid the pitfalls of mismatched fabric pieces, crooked or warped pieces, missing pieces and more with this tutorial.
Cutting your Pattern from Fabric
Learn the basics about zippers, 2 different ways to insert zippers into a garment, proper care, and how to shorten a zipper in this toothy tutorial
Do you bungle your buttonholes? Never made a buttonhole, and are scared to ruin a project? This class will guide you through the buttonhole process to give you store-bought results.
Pockets are a wonderful addition to pants, skirts, and bags. Learn how to add side seam pockets to pants and skirts, or patch pockets to jackets, bags, and more.
Elastic has many uses, from no-fault gathering to waistbands and even tailoring! In this class we'll discuss various method of applying elastic to your project, and how to get the best results!
Stretch your Knowledge of Elastics
In Make Your Own Duct Tape Dress Form, Tish Gance – sewing expert and educator – shows you how to make an inexpensive dress form customized for any body type and size. You’ll receive expert tips on how to apply the tape to the human form, the amount of tape you’ll need, and the timeframe it will take to complete the project. Once complete, you’ll learn how to remove the taped form from the model and how to prepare it for future use. If you’re looking to save money on expensive store bought forms that don’t offer a customized silhouette, this is the video for you!
Make Your Own Dress Form
We've covered buttonholes and zippers, but let's talk buttons, hooks and eyes, snaps, and velcro. Learn which fastener is right for your project, and how to properly attach it for best results!
Fasteners are your Friends
Make a grocery tote for lunches, shopping, or whatever and solidify the basics of seams, edge finishes, and buttonholes.
This class takes new students longer than and hour to complete, so this class is 90min and $30.
Prerequisites: Simple Seams, Pressing 101, Edge finishes & Hems
Make a Tote Bag
THIS IS A 2-PART, 2 HOUR CLASS!!
Make a basic A-line skirt from a pattern, solidifying the skills of seams, edge finishes, and zippers.
New sewers will need 2 classes to finish this project, so plan on taking both skirt assembly 1 and 2 on the calendar!
Prerequisites: Simple Seams, Edge Finishes & Hems, Zippers 101, How to Read & Use Patterns, Cutting Patterns from Fabric
Make a Simple Skirt
PO Box 151320 • Denver, Colorado • 80215 • HISSstudio @ gmail.com
Classes are Tuesdays 6-8:30pm and Sundays 12-6pm