Slow Sewing: Making Clothes by Hand

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What’s it all about?

You don’t have to know how to use a sewing machine to make clothes. After all, until the first Industrial Revolution in the eighteenth century all clothing was sewn by hand. Learn the basic hand stitching techniques required to produce a beautifully finished, durable piece of clothing.

What will we cover?

This class is suitable for both beginners and more experienced sewers. We will cover the sewing techniques you need to start creating your own clothes by hand. After some needle and thread basics, you will learn three easy, hand sewn stitches – running stitch, backstitch and hemming.

Working with these stitches, you will learn how to create strong and neat French seams, and take up a hem. You will take home a small hand sewn pouch and the basic stitching knowledge to start creating your own clothes by hand!

Handout notes with stitches, tips and further references will be provided.

Who will be teaching?

Gaye Naismith (aka Gaye Abandon) is a lifelong sewer (machine and hand), a sometimes seamstress, a sewing teacher and a designer maker. She endeavours to resist the lure of new fabrics and to use recycled textiles whenever possible. She can often be found in op shops near and far, on the hunt for interesting fabrics she can turn into something new.