ONSITE: Learn to Use a Sewing Machine: Make a Tote Bag (A)

In this beginners' course, students will learn the basics of machine sewing. Students will learn how to set up their machines, measure and cut fabric. Instruction will cover common user mistakes and thread choices. Once students feel comfortable with simple machine sewing, they will sew a tote bag.

Special Notes

  • Sewing machines will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own sewing machine if you would like. If you do bring your own machine, remember to also bring bobbins that fit your machine. Please check the supply list for details about what fabric to bring to class.

    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. On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program. Please visit for more information.
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 Use a Sewing Machine: Make a Tote Bag (A)

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Class Details
July 131 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Day: Sat
Tuition: $50.00
Member Tuition: $45.00
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Joleen Combs
Level: Beginner