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Classes

Winter 2023 classes are coming your way !
There are limited spaces, sign up for registration now ! 

Beginner Sewing, Just the Basics

Level 1

Length: 2 hours

Total Hours: 4

$42 + HST

Classes begin Tuesday afternoon Sept. 26th 

1-3pm


Materials: A supply list will be given upon signing up.

Course outline:

You’ll have sew much fun making this 6 sided pillow! Let your creativity help you create a pillow that represents Fall, Winter, or express your personal style all while learning to sew. With teacher assistance you will create a beautiful and funky pillow you will be proud to show off.

In this lesson you’ll learn how to:

  • Thread and sew straight lines with your machine or rental

  • Understand basic sewing dialog

  • Make precise cuts and how to true your fabric

  • Use tools, and which fabrics and threads work best for your project

  • Sew buttons and make buttonholes with your machine

  • Hand sew two pieces of fabric together

Projects: 6 sided pillow

Homework: Students will be doing all the work in class.

 

 

Tweens

 

                                             
Level 1

Length: 2 hours

Total Hours: 8

$89 + HST

Classes begin Thursday Sept. 28th 

4:30-6:30pm

Materials: A supply list will be given upon signing up.
 

Course outline:

Beginners will start their sewing adventure making a pair of flare pants. They’ll learn the language of sewing, new machine skills, and how to make precise cuts. With teacher assistance we will address some pattern fitting.

In this lesson you’ll learn how to:

  • Thread and sew straight lines with your machine or rental

  • Understand basic sewing dialog

  • Use tools, and which fabrics and threads work best for your project

  • Make drawstring waistband with an elastic casing

  • Sew elastic

  • Sew patch pockets

  • Topstitch

  • Use various machine feet, needles, and notions

  • Understand sewing dialog

  • Make precise cuts

  • Read a pattern and pattern layouts

Projects: Shorts or pants with elastic

Homework: Students will have homework in order to save class time for learning; examples are washing and cutting fabric at home.

 

 

Beginners Sewing

 

                       
Level 1.5

Length: 2 hours

Total Hours: 8

$89 + HST

Classes begin Tuesday Sept. 26th 

6:30-8:30pm

Materials: A supply list will be given after the first class

Course outline:

Beginners will learn the language of sewing, new machine skills, and how to make precise cuts. With teacher assistance we will address some pattern fitting. Students need to be able to thread and run a machine and have some cutting knowledge.

 

In this lesson you’ll learn how to:

  • Use various machine feet, needles, and notions

  • Understand sewing dialog

  • Read a pattern and pattern layouts

  • Make precise cuts

  • Which tools, fabrics and threads work best for your project

  • Make drawstring waistband with an elastic casing

  • Sew elastic

Projects: Shorts or pants with elastic

Homework: Students will have homework in order to save class time for learning; examples are washing and cutting fabric at home.

 

 

Intermediate Sewing 1

 

 

Level 1

Length: 2 hours

Total Hours: 8

$89 +HST

Classes begin Wednesday Sept. 27th 

1-3pm

Materials: A supply list will be given after the first class

Course outline:

Our Intermediate 1 class expands on the lessons from the beginner level class. Students may learn darts, zipper insertion, facings, alternate hem finishes, patch pockets and more. Patterns must meet teacher approval. You must complete our Beginner or equivalent in order to take this class. Students also need to know how to use their machine or the rental machine without assistance from the instructor.

In this lesson you’ll learn how to:

  • Mark pattern pieces

  • Insert a zipper

  • Mark and sew darts

  • Cut and sew a facing

Projects: Students will have the choice of making a pant, skirt or dress (without a collar or sleeves).

Homework: Students will have homework in order to save class time for learning; examples are washing and cutting fabric at home.

 

 

Intermediate Sewing 2

 

 

Level 2

Length: 2 hours

Total Hours: 8

$89 +HST

Classes begin Thursday Sept. 28th 

1-3pm

Materials: A supply list will be given after the first class

Course outline:

Our Intermediate 2 class is an extension of our Intermediate 1 class. You will build your knowledge to create a garment you are proud of. Patterns must meet teacher approval. You must complete our intermediate 1 or equivalent in order to take this class. Students also need to know how to use their machine or the rental machine without assistance from the instructor.
 

In this lesson you’ll learn how to:

  • Make buttonholes, and sew on buttons

  • Sew set in sleeves

  • Add pockets

  • Stitching in the ditch

  • Collars and cuffs

  • Sew fitted waistbands

Projects: Students will have the choice of making a skirt or loose fitting pants.

Homework: Students will have homework in order to save class time for learning; examples are washing and cutting fabric at home.

 

 

Advanced Sewing

 

 

Level 1

Length: 2 hours

Total Hours: 8

$89 +HST

Classes begin Friday Sept. 29th 

1-3pm

Materials: A supply list will be given after the first class

Course outline:

Advanced students will learn tailoring techniques such as pleats, tucks, under stitching and top stitching; techniques that add that extra touch to your tailored garment! Learn to sew a tailored shirt, jacket or dress with set in sleeves. Patterns must meet teacher approval. You must complete our intermediate 2 or equivalent classes in order to take this class. Student also need to know how to use their machine or the rental machine without assistance from instructor.

In this lesson you’ll learn how to:

  • Make buttonholes, and sew on buttons

  • Sew pleats, tucks and top stitching

  • Sew set in sleeves

  • Pattern fitting

  • Add pockets

  • Use different interfacings

Projects: Students will have the choice of making a shirt, blouse, jacket, or dress with set in sleeves and buttons.

Homework: Students will have homework in order to save class time for learning; examples are washing and cutting fabric at home.

 

 

Seam Finishes

 

 

Level 1

Length: 2 hours

Total Hours: 4

$59 +HST

Sept. 30th & Oct. 7th, or  Oct. 21st & 28th, or Nov. 18th & 25th

Saturday Mornings 10-12pm


Materials: A supply list will be given after registration.
 

Seam finishes

Learn to make zig-zag, serged, flat fell, Hong Kong and other seam finishes to make each project beautiful and long lasting. You must complete our beginner or equivalent classes in order to take this class. Students also need to know how to use their machine or the rental machine without assistance from the instructor.

In this lesson you’ll learn how to:

  • Zig-zag

  • Machine overcast,

  • Flat fell,

  • Hong Kong, and more.

Students will leave this class with samples of each to start a sewing book of their own.

 

 

Beginner Knitting

 

 

Level 1

Length: 2 hours

Total Hours: 2

Classes begin Oct. 14th and run weekly until Nov. 25th

Must pre-register to attend

10-12pm

$32 +HST


Materials: Yarn and equivalent needles to match yarn size. Don’t know? Ask us upon registration.

Have you always wanted to learn to knit, well now is your chance. Bring your needles and a ball of yarn and get started today. Knitting is basically two stitches, knit and purl. Once you have mastered these, the world is your oyster ! Sign up to reserve your place. No experience necessary. Tween and adults. 
 

In this lesson you’ll learn how to:

  • Start your project - Cast on

  • Proper finishing techniques - Cast off

  • Basic stitches - Knit and purl

Project: Scarf

Homework: Take pictures of your finished work and send them to us!

 

 

Beginner Crochet

 

 

Level 1

Length: 2 hours

Total Hours: 4

Classes begin Oct. 7th and run until Nov. 25th

Must pre-register to attend classes

Saturday 10-12pm

$55 +HST


Materials: Embroidery needle. Crochet hook and equivalent yarn to match hook size. Don’t know? Ask us upon registration.

Course outline:

We’ll start by making a practice square then you will create a warm and cozy ribbed hat just in time for winter. In this class we will teach you the basics of crochet and get you off to a quick start. With time permitting you will also learn to make a half double crochet pumpkin. Make a cute crochet pumpkin to decorate this fall. They’re so easy you’ll be making them for everyone. Peduncle not included.

In this lesson you’ll learn how to:

  • Start a chain

  • Half Double crochet

  • Back loop crochet

  • Finishing off

  • Gather and stitch using needle and thread

Projects: Hat and a mini pumpkin

Homework: Take pictures of your finished work and send them to us!

 

 

Holiday Treasures

 



Length: 2 hours

Total Hours: 4

$42 + HST

Saturday Sept. 16th & 30th 

1-3pm

Materials: A supply list will be given upon registration

Course outline:

Create a lovely placemat, bowl cozy, coaster, trivet, or a table runner just in time for the holidays. You must complete our beginner or have taken an equivalent class in order to take this class. Students also need to know how to use their machine or the rental machine without assistance from the instructor.

In this lesson you’ll learn how to:

  • Make precise cuts

  • Use tools, fabrics and threads that work best for your project

Projects: Placemat, coaster, trivet, bowl cozy, table runner

Homework: Students will have homework in order to save class time for learning; examples are washing and cutting fabric at home.

 

 

Serging Classes

 


 

Length: 2 hours

Total Hours: 4

$95 + HST

Friday mornings Sept. 22nd & 29th or Oct. 6th & 13th 

10am-12pm

Materials: Fabric samples will be supplied. Students must bring their own serger and manual. Thread is not supplied but can be purchased in store.

Course outline:

Do you have a serger sitting in the closet? Bring it with you along with the instruction book and we will create samples to add to your sewing book.

In this lesson you’ll learn how to:

  • Thread your serger for various stitches

  • Adjust your tension for different serging techniques

  • Change differential feed and stitch width

  • Use a variety of fabrics and threads that work best for your project

Projects: Students will leave this class with samples of each to start a sewing book of their own.

 

 

About our instructors

 


 

Ann opened her business in Stouffville, before the major growth in the community began, over 40 years ago. She trained for two years in fashion design and technique. Her numerous years of experience in dressmaking has allowed her to expand her many talents and abilities in all areas of sewing.  In her spare time she enjoys playing with her grandchildren, whilst also managing to keep on top of customer and student needs.

 

Kelley, a mother of two, has been interested in sewing since she was playing with Barbies. Eager to learn she took over 30 sewing related courses in trade school. Her career started out in Men’s wear but quickly moved to drapery, childrens wear and beyond. She loves to teach and see the fabric transform in her students hands. She is known for her patience and ability to communicate complicated sewing processes to the most novel student.

 

Growing up in England Karen would watch her mum knit her dolls clothes and she wanted to duplicate it. Starting with the basic stitches of knit and purl she knitted squares. At the age of 8 she decided to make herself a sweater, it was bright red and she wore the sweater for many years. She moved on very quickly to making different types of garments and in her early 20’s started making sweaters for friends. She has taught many people how to knit and loves to share her knowledge with anyone who would like to learn.

 

 


 

REGISTRATION

 

Classes are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Minimum 4 students per class. Advanced payment is required in order to reserve your spot.  Payment may be made in person at the store or over the phone by credit card or e-transfer. HST is not included in class fees.

 

  • Class fees are non-refundable unless we cancel the class.

  • Safety is of the utmost importance to us, any student creating a safety hazard to themselves or others will be dismissed without refund.

  • We appreciate supplies being purchased at Ann’s. Receive a 10% discount on all regularly priced items purchased for the class requirement. This helps us keep class costs down

  • A detailed list of supplies will be supplied at the time of registration. We will provide supplies for the first class only.

  • Your machine must be in good working order.  Please bring the manual with you.  Rentals are available for $20 per session. Please advise us prior to class.  You will be required to purchase needles and bobbins for the store machine used.

  • One missed class per session may be made up during the next session.

  • We are a fragrance free zone, no perfume, lotions/sanitizers with perfume are allowed in store. 

  • Classes subject to change

 

 

The Sewing club – Get inspired! Come sit and chat about sewing projects you are working on or would like to. Share ideas and techniques with our teachers and others, learn about new and existing sewing notions.
Finish those unfinished projects! 
Ask in store for more details. 

 

 

Call Ann at 905-640-5635 or
e-mail annsfabrics@bellnet.ca 
to register for any of the sessions above. 

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Birthday Party Fun!

Let us help you celebrate with our new Sewing Birthday Parties! Bring your cake and refreshments for up to 8 participants.Choose one project from our list of recommended sewing ideas at the time of booking and we’ll provide machines, fabrics, and notions for each guest to create their own party favour to take home and enjoy. Please book at least 2 weeks in advance

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Youth Children's Workshop

Sew totes and small gifts while learning how to layout and cut fabric.  Make a make-and-take bag during your first lesson while learning machine basics such as bobbin winding and threading.  Learn skills that can later be used in our intermediate class.

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Adults - Sewing Beginners

Become the master of your machine while you learn to layout, cut, and sew fun projects.  Learn bobbin winding and threading while completing a make-and-take bag during your first lesson.  Project examples inlcude envelope pillow, tote backpack/yoga bag or heat packs.  Learn skills that can later be used in our intermediate class

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Adults - Sewing Intermediate

Take the next step towards your sewing goal.  Learn how to read and understand sewing terms while working with patterns.  Mark and cut fabric, sew zippers, ruffles, waistbands or finish your unfinished project.  Basic machine and some cutting knowledge required prior to this class.  Project ideas include bias skirts, aprons, make up bags or purses

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Advanced and Private Lessons

Advanced and private lessons are also available.Days and times available upon request

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