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Introduction to Machine Sewing

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DATES: Sunday, February 19th from 10:00am-1:00pm and Sunday March 5th from 10:00am-1:00pm

So you’ve got a sewing machine sitting around, NOW WHAT? Being able to sew (at any level) is a great skill to have. It gives you the ability and motivation to do so many things for yourself and others. Fix clothes or stuffed toys, make gifts, “wrap” presents(re-useably), make UNIQUE clothes, home decor or even pieces of textile art. Once you have the basics, you can continue to discover and master techniques and methods for each project you choose.

This two part Introduction to Machine Sewing workshop set is designed for beginners who want to learn some of the basics of sewing with their own machines and who want to become comfortable tackling repairs and starting to explore fabrics, designs, projects, tools, patterns, notions and stitching so that they can confidently take on exciting projects and gradually build up to more advanced skills.

Together we will learn and practice:

  • getting to know our machines and how to use them properly
  • ideas for pre-sewing steps that lead to better quality results
  • becoming familiar with the terms, tools and materials
  • basic stitching (machine and hand) and what to use when and where
  • navigating and using commercial patterns

Sewing is a skill that you can continue to develop over a life time, making useful, beautiful things (most of the time…) as you go. Even the mistakes become great teachers and can often be reworked or fixed. Yes a seam ripper and reading glasses will be your greatest allies!

You will want to attend this workshop if:

  • fear, uncertainty or frustration about your sewing machine stops you from trying to learn yourself
  • you want to be braver about trying to make your own clothes, gifts or home decor
  • you want to have more chances to develop and feature your creativity
  • you want to be able to help reduce your household waste
  • you are inspired by some of the cool DIY things you see on-line

You will get:

  • insights, guidance and trouble shooting tips from Joanne who values learning skills over time and understands working with limited resources
  • the chance to practice and gain confidence while working on at least 2 simple and useful projects that you can take home, use and re-create yourself
  • suggestions and tools lists for starting your sewing hobby at home

Where: Innovation Guelph - 111 Farquhar Street, 3rd Floor, Guelph, ON N1H 3N4

When: Sunday, February 19th from 10:00am-1:00pm and Sunday March 5th from 10:00am-1:00pm

Cost: $120 includes all required materials for two projects

Bring: You must have your own sewing machine for this workshop.


You do not need to register through Eventbrite to register for the course. You can send an email money tranfer to ami@mingaskillbuilding.ca or drop cash/cheque off to 28 Inkerman Street Guelph. Pre- registration is required.


joanne-bio-minga_photoJoanne Backman is seldom bored and is usually working on multiple “making” projects. She is a baker, explorer, planner, food developer and preserver, textile lover and hobby sewist, traveller, teacher and proud euphonist (what the heck is that?). Many of her passions have been pursued since childhood and new ones continue to emerge as she explores. She is inspired by a family of hand-makers and DIYers and finds joy, satisfaction and energy in the process of learning, solving problems, practicing skills and working on creative projects that mean something to her, her family, friends or community. Joanne’s passions have lured her on many adventures, journeys and energizing reunions with her “tribes”. Feeding her passions continues to enrich her life and she hopes she can inspire and help you find and feed yours.


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