ONSITE: Learn to Sew with Guided Projects

This class teaches basic sewing skills that a student can build on and use to make custom projects for themselves and their loved ones. They can use these skills to save money by making and repairing things themselves instead of paying someone else to do it. Students will learn how to use a sewing machine, how to select fabric to meet their project’s needs, some basic sewing terminology and how to read a pattern. They’ll learn how to assemble a piece and tips for a more professional-looking finished product. Students will have the opportunity to create a new project every week. They will take home 7-8 finished small projects along with the patterns to make them again at home.

Special Notes

  • Sewing machines are supplied, but you may bring your own if you prefer. Class may change based on student interests and skill level. Students need to come to every class with previous project completed so that they can share what they learned or any questions they have. Students also need to bring fabric and materials for that week’s project. Teacher will have a limited amount of extra materials available for students to purchase, but it will be on a first come basis and should not be relied on.

    No class on 4/17.

    Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.

    This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. For more info visit On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program: if interested please visit

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About the Instructor

Joleen Combs

I have been sewing since I was a child. My very first sewing project was an enormous heart-shaped pillow that my mother taught me to make while I was home with the chicken pox. She continued to teach me the basics as I got older and when I was in college, I took more professional instruction.

My passion in sewing is reverse engineering. I love taking an idea and tweaking it, finding ways to either duplicate an existing item or, in most cases, finding ways to make it better. I love customizing solutions to individual needs. Case in point, my Split-leg Apron class is based on an apron I designed to provide better coverage when I was throwing ceramics here at the studio.

I truly believe that everyone should have at least a basic understanding of sewing and construction and absolutely LOVE teaching these skills to newbies. Personally, I learn best by doing so all my classes are designed to teach basic techniques through finished projects.

When I’m not in the Fiber studio, you can usually find me in the Glass or Ceramics studios. I love VisArts and am thrilled to be a part of the team!

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ONSITE: Learn to Sew with Guided Projects

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Class Details
March 27 - May 229:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Day: Mon
Tuition: $255.00
Member Tuition: $229.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Joleen Combs
Level: Beginner