Sewing Workshops

FirstSewingLessonSewing has become a lost art.
I believe that everyone should have basic sewing skills, and it doesn’t have to be tedious, frustrating or time-consuming. I consider myself a guerilla seamstress; I don’t use patterns, I rarely use pins and use multiple shortcuts for quick results.

Guerilla Sewing
Learn the quick and easy way to sew. All my workshops includes basics in sewing machines, sergers, hand-sewing, fabric, mending and alterations. Advances workshops include hot to make garments without patterns with upcycled materials. I teach shortcuts, tricks and designer secrets for professional result

Students should bring their own if they have one, but we have a variety of machines available.  No experience is necessary for most workshops and all levels welcome. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced seamstress, or can’t thread a sewing machine…. you’ll learn something new.

Sewing Workshops at the Truckee Roundhouse Maker Space

Erica sewingOpen Studio & Sewing Machine Basics: Weekly on Fridays, 2pm-6pm
Learn to safely use our shop’s basic sewing machines, quilting machines and serger machines through demonstration and hands-on training. Bring your own machine and get a hands on tutorial of the great things your machine can do. Age: 12 – Adult. Students under 15 must be accompanied by adult. This class is FREE to members. $25 for non-members.

PutAPocketPut a Pocket On It! See schedule
Add a funktional (funky+functional) pocket to any garment using fun upcycled fabric samples. Class includes instruction in; machine sewing, machine embroidery, serging, pattern-making, basic construction. Open to all levels, especially beginners. Ages: 12 – Adult. Students under 15 must be accompanied by adult. Cost: $35.00 Truckee Roundhouse Registration

13876191_10208061481789611_8656881160849694114_nMake an Upcycled Utility: See schedule
Make a functional pocket-belt out of upcycled materials; perfect for festivals and everyday use. Instruction includes machine sewing, serging, pattern-making, basic construction, design. All materials included. Beginner/Intermediate. No sewing experience needed. Age: 12 – Adult. Students under 15 must be accompanied by adult. Cost: $45.00 Truckee Roundhouse Registration
Onsies Tanya Evon
Make a Fleece Onsie: Contact me for dates or to schedule a session
Make yourself a one-of-a-kind onsie out of fleece fabric, as a costume or Winter loungewear. Instruction includes machine sewing, serging, using a pattern, basic construction, zipper installation and design.

Mending, Alterations & Reworking Garments: See schedule
Learn how to use your machine or ours.  Our Textiles shop lead will be your on-site guru and will help bring all your repair and/or alterations to fruition. Repair or rework your own garments; bring your own projects and materials. Class includes instruction in; machine sewing, serging, hand sewing, reconstruction. Open to all levels, especially beginners. Age: 12 – Adult. Students under ManMitten15 must be accompanied by adult. Cost: $45.00 Truckee Roundhouse Registration

Make Upcycled Cashmere Fingerless Mittens: Contact me for dates or to schedule a session
Make a pair of Fingerless Mittens out of an old Cashmere sweater, for yourself or as a gift. Instruction includes hand sewing, reconstruction and design. All materials provided. No sewing experience needed. Age: 12 – Adult. Students under 15 must be accompanied by adult. Cost: $45.00

Denim Jean BagDenim Jean Bag Making: Contact me for dates or to schedule a session
Make a functional shoulder bag or tablet bag at of  your favorite old jeans. Instruction includes machine sewing, serging, industrial sewing. All materials included. Beginner/Intermediate. No sewing machine experience needed. Age: 12 – Adult. Students under 15 must be accompanied by adult. Cost: $45.00 Truckee Roundhouse Registration
Sock Monkeys 2018Sock Monkey Making: Contact me for dates or schedule a session
Make a Sock Monkey out of fun socks, for yourself or as a gift. This is a kid-friendly workshop open to individuals and families. Instruction includes machine sewing, hand sewing, using a pattern. All materials provided, including a selection of colorful and traditional red-heal socks. Age: 8 – Adult. Students under 12 must be accompanied by adult. Cost: $25 + $5 materials fee per monkey (adults accompanying a child are free)

monstermakingMake a Monster: Contact me for dates or schedule a session
Design and make a monster out of upcycled fleece and felt. This is a kid-friendly workshop open to individuals and families. Instruction includes machine sewing, hand sewing, using and making a pattern. All materials provided. Ages: 8 – Adult. Students under 12 must be accompanied by adult. Cost: $25 + $5 materials fee per monkey (adults accompanying a child are free)

Playa-wear Workshop: Contact me to schedule
Bring your playa-wear projects, and I’ll help you make it happen.

MOOP-Bag Workshop: Contact me for dates
Learn how to make MOOP-bags for Earth Guardians to gift at Burning Man. Learn basic sewing skills and make a few bags for yourself. No sewing experience necessary. Bring old pants/jeans , spray paint and sewing machine if you have one. Hosted with Earth Guardians and Friends of Black Rock/High Rock. FREE to members and non-members.

Private Workshop at your location in Lake Tahoe, Reno, Sacramento & Bay Area:
Single Student: $35 per hour, 2 hour minimum
2-4 students: $30 per hour per person, 2 hour minimum
5 or more students: $25 per hour per person, 2 hour minimum
* Travel fees may apply

Contact me for more information:

14 responses to “Sewing Workshops

  1. What city are you located? Kd

  2. HI JUDY,
    This sounds wonderful. Is this an ongoing open ended class? Can’t take it for awhile, don’t know how to sew and don’t have a sewing machine. But I want to!! Cherry

    • Hi Cherry! This is an on-going workshop. Anyone can join, even if you don’t have a sewing machine. It’s also a great way to learn about sewing machines so when you’re ready to buy one, you’ll know what you want.

      Next month I’ll be focusing on Halloween costumes, then start on holiday gifts in November. Yay!

  3. Adriana Zaragoza

    Nice! I would love to come to your workshop, I learned to sew in jr. high (I think they call it middle school now LOL) and need to polish my skills. I mostly want to work on refashion and alterations. I’m looking at next year sometime (its almost Nov., can you believe it?) hopefully you will have classes then as well.

    Cheers!
    Adriana Zaragoza (aka Lawson) 🙂

  4. I would love to attend your classes, but work M-F. Are there weekend classes available?

  5. I am interested in taking one of your classes one day. Unfortunately, my schedule is tight with the next theatre season opening soon and a month long vacation planned soon. But I will contact you judy! Thanks, dyanne

  6. Judi, I really loved the guerilla sewing workshop a few weeks ago! I’m so stoked about my new dress! I’ve asked a couple of my friend’s for their dresses so I can replicate one for them, too! I’d like to take the Sock Monkey workshop…can you please add my email to your list of class update notifications?

  7. Judi, I can get 2-3 people together, give me some dates that will work for you. On the meantime, I’ll share this on my page.

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  9. I am looking for someone to teach me how to use my sewing machine I got as gift are you still teaching?

  10. I took a sewing class from you two years ago and can’t thank you enough. I made another floor length skirt. Problem is that I’m a bit rusty and need to up my skills. Please come to Berkeley and teach a class! mountainacupuncture at gmail much love Anahita Bird

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