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Dressmaking Extravaganza, New Fabrics, Lots of Fun !!

Hello Everyone

Thank you to everyone who booked classes or came to buy lots of specials after our last newsletter. We are having great fun adding lots more dressmaking classes.

There are still 2 positions left in our 3 day Bra making class on Tues 28/2, Wed 1/3 and Thurs 2/3. Don't miss out of you are thinking of joining us. We are keeping this class size small so that you get lots of attention.

We have just announced a couple of new classes. We welcome Helena Stewart to our teaching team. The first classes are a couple that teach you Professional Dressmaking Techniques. You can come to just the morning, Just the afternoon or Both and get a discount.

Shortening Jeans using the original hem

10am - midday

Saturday 11 March 2023

Shortening Shirt Cuffs

12.30pm - 4.30pm

You bring your shirt and / or jeans to this class and the skills are taught live on your garments so they are ready to wear when you are finished learning.

Helena will also teach us how to make a Bomber Jacket on Saturday 8 July

Thursday afternoon / evening in March we will be running a formal PJ's class. This is open to beginner sewists and intermediate sewists. High school students and above. This will be a weekly class for 6 weeks. We will start with the basics and move to piping, collars and buttonholes. Save these dates and watch the calendar or ask to be kept updated with more information if you are interested.

Lorena will be teaching some mixed skill classes.

First up is this visible mending class. It is suitable for teachers and high school students and anyone interested. We are running it during the school holidays on 19 April 2023. It is a full day class 10am - 4pm. If you don't have jeans or a linen shirt or denim jacket or some linen pants to stitch on you could bring a cloth shopping bag, such as the ones you get from Cotton On and decorate that.

She will also teach you how to make a Quilted Jacket. There is preparation required before this class do you might want to consider whether you'd like to do it soon :)

Sewing and Quilting classes

There is still room left in Vicky's class on 21 Feb - 9.30 am - 3.30 pm This class is geared to help you quilt your quilts. You are welcome to ruler work quilt / free motion quilt / walking foot quilt. Bring in your quilt and machines and appropriate accessories and Vicky will guide you as you quilt your project. This way you have an expert on hand to answer your questions. For hand quilting please discuss your needs with us before you book. We want to ensure we can meet your needs appropriately.

What used to be known as Bernina, Janome and Brother Clubs has now been renamed to our Sewing Machine Club . . . and it's back after a long COVID break. You have your choice of a daytime or an evening class.

Months 1 and 2 will focus on walking foot quilting and binding techniques.

Feb class date 7 Feb

March class date 7 March

Tuition is $25 and then there is a compulsory kit.

Feb class we are making a needle book and thread catcher mat - kits $19 total

March we are making a fabric bowl - kit $35

Further classes will be announced shortly.

We are also reintroducing our Overlocker Club. Traditionally this was a Baby Lock overlocker club but we are adjusting how we do it and are opening it up to other brands.

Our overlocker basic knowledge class runs Fri 10 Feb.

It will be an introduction to gain an understanding of threading / dials / width / length / diff feed / stitches available.

March will cover using rolled hemming and flatlock.

Subsequent classes will depend on skill levels of the ongoing students, but I hope to make them project based.

On Friday 2 June we will run a supplementary class that will cover the chain and coverstitch elements of the applicable overlockers. This will be a basic introduction. There will be more classes on this side of the machine later in the year.

I'll leave classes there for this newsletter and highlight some fabrics.

We have hundreds of fabrics permanently marked own in our sale table. These start at $8/m and are a minimum 1/2 m cut. As you finish bolts and some room frees up on the table, I will add more specials. Here is just a glimpse.

We've also got some great, new and stylish prints. Some of these have charm packs to match. Come in to see these and others.

We also have some templates on clearance. There is only 1 or 2 of each. They are 40 to 50% off the marled price. Phone us or email us if you want to buy any. It will be first in best dressed. 02 95222340 -

We'd love to see you in store soon. If you can't make it, you are welcome to give us a call and we'll help you find what you need / want / really just must have :) You know how it goes.

We hope you are having a great start to the year

Bernadette, Ian, Vicky and Crystal.

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