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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:


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
Essential items:
  • Glass head pins ( 0.5 mm thick and approx 32 mm long)
  • Pin cushion
  • 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
  • Seam gauge -15cm black metal gauge with sliding coloured marker for quick, even measuring
  • 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:
Instructor Name:
Tessa Elston

Beginner Sewing: The Basics with Tessa - West 1

$ 95.00