Special Interest Classes

​​​Here you will find a list and description of all of our current Special Interest (Guest Teacher, Naptime, and Serger) classes. Scroll down to see all the options and when you see the one you want to take follow the Book Now link to be taken to our Booking site to reserve your spot.

The following prerequisites and Class policies apply to all Special Interest Classes. Please familiarize yourself with them. Please refer to each class below for a list of supplies.

Prerequisites for Naptime Classes:

  • basic sewing machine experience
  • Non-mobile babies are welcome to attend with their parent.
  • All fabric and supplies can be purchased in store or provided by yourself.  It is recommended that all fabric be wash prior to the class date.
  • Minimum registration is 3 students. Maximum is 5.

Prerequisites for Serger Classes:

  • Sewing Machine Basics or equivalent
  • Minimum registration is 3 students. Maximum is 5.

Space in our classes is limited, therefore in order to reserve your seat, a 100% non-refundable deposit is required. You may register for a class in person, online, or over the phone (613-854-9091) with a credit card.

There are no refunds for classes. Please note that we reserve the right to postpone and reschedule a class because of unforeseen circumstances. ​We will make every effort to contact our students to inform them that a class has been cancelled and arrange makeup classes.

Please refer to our Class Policies for more information before scheduling a class.

Special Interest (Guest Teachers, Naptime, and Serger) Classes


Serger Basics 2.0 - Making a Sweatshirt

Are you ready to take your serging skills to the next level? This class will teach you to use your serger to construct a simple sweatshirt with ribbed cuffs and bottom band. The focus of this class is learning serger techniques, and students should have a basic understanding of garment construction.

This class with use the unisex Laurent pattern by Jalie (up to Chest 52", hips 48 7/8"). If you fall outside of the pattern measurements, please contact us so we can arrange a suitable substitute. You can view the pattern here: https://fabricationsottawa.com/products/laurent-t-shirt-pullover-hoodie-2yrs-2xl?_pos=1&_sid=d28c69e7f&_ss=r (the pattern is included in the class fee - you do not need to purchase it).

Prerequisites: Serger Basics 1.0 or you are able to operate your serger without assistance (you can confidently thread your machine and troubleshoot issues).

You will learn:

  • how to use your serger to construct a garment including setting in a sleeve and serging a curve
  • how to evenly serge a neckband and cuffs
  • how to topstitch with the coverstitch (time permitting)

You will need:

  • the pattern traced in your size before the start of class
  • main fabric suitable for a sweatshirt with at least 15% stretch (fleece or French Terry) up to 3m depending on size
  • ribbing for bands up to 0.75m depending on size
  • 4 spools of matching serger thread (All fabric and ribbing can be purchased at the store)

Will be provided:

  • printed copy of the pattern

The studio has ONE serger available for students.

SERGER NOT INCLUDED

  • if you are bringing your OWN serger, please select the ticket type 'Bring your own serger'
  • if you need to borrow the one serger we have, please select the ticket type 'Borrow our serger'

WE CANNOT AND DO NOT GUARANTEE that there will be a serger available for you to use if you do not select the appropriate ticket type.

Click here to sign up: January 11, 2023 (Full but you can join the waitlist) $95 plus HST 

Intermediate Hand Embroidery

Take the next steps on your embroidery journey! Practice several advanced stitches, and take home your own "Knit Sweater" embroidery sampler. This class will also cover the basics of designing your own embroidery patterns.

Prerequisites:

  • competence with basic embroidery stitches (running stitch, back stitch, split stitch, stem stitch, chain stitch, French knot, and satin stitch)

You will learn:

  • 4 advanced embroidery stitches (spider stitch, chain stitch, interlaced running stich, cretan stitch)
  • how to design your own embroidery pattern
  • choosing colours
  • how to transfer your pattern to the material of your choice

We will provided:

  • "Knit Sweater" Embroidery Sampler (includes needle, thread and pre-printed material)
  • a 6" embroidery hoop

You will need:

  • a notebook

Click here to sign up: January 12, 2023, February 3, 2023 $95 plus HST

Introduction to Embroidery

Do you want to learn the basics of embroidery, but don't know where to start? This class will teach you seven basic embroidery stitches that are used most commonly. Complete a sampler of these stitches, and then choose from our available kits and get to stitching! Once you have the basics down, the sky's the limit.

You will learn:

  • seven basic stitches (running stitch, back stitch, split stitch, stem stitch, chain stitch, French knot, and satin stitch)

We will provided:

  • a learn to embroider kit with a printed guide to basic embroidery stitches, hoop, needle, 2 skeins of embroidery floss, and a fabric sampler of the basic stitches
  • your choice of one embroidery kit from Hook, Line & Tinker, RikRack, or Cozy Blue (subject to availability)

Click here to sign up: January 27, 2023, $110 plus HST

Serger Basics 3.0

Are you ready to take your serging skills to the next level? Learn how to make a practical and fun pouch entirely on your serger/overlocker, including inserting a zipper! This little pouch is the perfect project to bring your serger skills to the next level. The focus of this class is learning serger techniques, and students should have a basic understanding of how to use a serger.

Prerequisites:

  • Serger Basics 1.0 OR
  • you are able to operate your serger without assistance (you can confidently thread your machine and troubleshoot issues).

You will learn:

  • how to use your serger to construct a zippered pouch
  • how to insert a zipper with your serger
  • how to make little pull tabs
  • how to box the corners of your pouch
  • how to use the rotary cutter and quilting ruler

You will need:

  • 4 spools of matching serger thread
  • 2 Fat quarters of quilting cotton
  • 0.5 m of fusible fleece
  • 1 x 16”-18” zipper (wide handbag zippers or zipper by the yard are preferable)
  • Disappearing marking tool

Will be provided:

  • any tools needed during the class

The studio has ONE serger available for students.

SERGER NOT INCLUDED

  • if you are bringing your OWN serger, please select the ticket type 'Bring your own serger'
  • if you need to borrow the one serger we have, please select the ticket type 'Borrow our serger'

The studio has ONE serger available for students.

Click here to sign up: February 7, 2023 $60 plus HST

Serger Basics 1.0

Do you have a love hate relationship with your serger? Are you too afraid to use it? Maybe you just can’t figure out how to get started. If so, our beginner serger class will teach you the basics of serger use.

Prerequisites:

  • none

You will learn:

  • Threading the machine.
  • The purpose of 3 or 4 threads and how to convert to a rolled hem
  • How to sew inside and outside curves
  • How to make gathers with the differential feed
  • How to use the Coverstitch machine (time permitting)

We will provide:

  • Serger 101: A Field Guide textbook

You will need:

  • Serger, all accessories and instruction manual
  • 4 different coloured spools of serger thread
  • Notebook and pen/pencil
  • Woven & knit fabric for practising (scrap fabric will work!)

The studio has ONE serger available for students.

Click here to sign up: February 10, 2023 $95 plus HST