Skip Navigation Website Accessibility
Central Sewing Machines
  • FOLLOW US...

Beginner Sewing: The Basics with Tessa - West 1

This introductory class will give you a confident start to your sewing whether you are a new beginner or returning after a long break. Get familiar operating your machine, practice different seams and learn about the best fabrics to start with. Move on to completing a few projects adding buttons, buttonholes and a zipper.

Supply List:

General supply list

Items marked with * are available at Central Sewing.

Please note our Class Policies



Essential items:

Sewing machine in good working order, including Instruction manual; Foot control; Power Cord

  • All presser feet that came with your machine
  • *Bobbins to fit your machine (usually a few are supplied with the machine)
  • *Sewing machine needles - Universal needles 80/12 (Schmetz or Klasse brand)
  • *Sharp fabric scissors
  • *Paper scissors
  • *Thread snips – small spring loaded scissors for trimming threads


*Recommended book for reference : Sew with Confidence by Nancy Zieman



This will be a shopping or tote bag which will use multiple stitching techniques. 

0.6 meter (60 cm) of 115cm or 150 cm wide fabric*

1 spool (250 m) of poly/cotton thread such as (Gutterman or Coats) in a matching colour. 

*Fabric should be a medium weight, non stretch, cotton or poly cotton woven fabric. Examples are quilting cotton, chambray (shirt weight denim) or light home decor fabrics. 


Essential items:

  • Glass head pins ( 0.5 mm thick and approx 32 mm long)
  • *Pin cushion
  • *Seam gauge -15cm black metal gauge with sliding coloured marker for quick, even measuring
  • *Tape measure – 150 cm long marked in cms
  • *Seam ripper -for unpicking stitches and cutting buttonholes (Clover is a good brand)


Useful but not essential items:

  • *Point presser /turner -bamboo or plastic – for poking out corners eg: collar after turning
  • *Chaco Liner or Chalkoner -chalk marker with tiny wheel for marking fabric
  •    OR fabric pencil / air erase pen (purple) / water erasable pen (blue)
  • *Spool of contrast thread – for basting and marking notches
  • *Hand sewing needle – for basting and marking with contrast thread
  • *Press cloth for garment; - usually a piece of plain white cotton fabric.



  • Notebook or binder
  • Pen, pencil, ruler
  • *6” x 18” Quilting Ruler (optional)
  • *Multi compartment bag or case for storing sewing supplies and bringing to class


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:
Instructor: Tessa Elston

{{model.event.first_date}} - {{model.event.last_date}} {{model.event.sections.length}} Sessions {{model.event.sections[0].time}}
{{}} {{s.time}}

Seats available {{model.remainingSeats()}}



Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.