Where to clean a leather jacket?

Q. Where is a good place to take a leather jacket for cleaning? A. Leather Care, 6303 SE Powell, according to leatherworking teacher Jennifer Holcomb.  ”A Harley riding friend swears by them,” she says.  ”Personally, I clean myself.  You should dry clean a leather jacket only if the lining needs it.  Leather can be easily […]

Hollywood Star, Business Journals report on Portland Sewing biz classes

Hollywood Star, Business Journals report on Portland Sewing biz classes


Sept 21, 2014 Hi Portland Apparel Community — We’re making it happen! Full page articles about our apparel business class series in Portland Business Journal, Apparel & Outdoor Newsletter and now this from the Hollywood Star. Many thanks to our colleagues in the community who are helping us grow Portland’s apparel business! Next class: Working […]


Oct 20, 2014 — SEWING TIP OF THE DAY:  You have a collar.  One piece is interfaced; the other is not.  The interfaced piece now seems shorter.  Place the interfaced piece on top when sewing.  Let your machine’s feed dogs help ease the uninterfaced piece so the two pieces will match in length and shape. […]

New store hours announced

New Store Hours – Mondays, 6-9 pm – Tuesdays, 10 am-1 pm & 6-9 pm – Weds-Thurs, 10 am-9 pm – Sat, 10 am-5 pm We’ve always been open during class times. But then, one of our students wrote in a review, “It is so convenient to have this store at the school, where staff […]

When to change machine needles

Q.  When should I change out my machine needle? — Kris A.  A sewing machine needle is good for about 8 hours of use. To decide if yours is ready for changing, listen to your machine. If the needle makes a thumping sound as it goes through the fabric, it’s time for a new one.

FABRIC SALE this Saturday

FABRIC SALE this Saturday

Saturday, Jan 4, 10 am-1 pm
Tours!  Refreshments!
$1/yard fabric table

Get ready for our quarterly Fabric Sale. Saturday, Sept 6, 10 am-5 pm – Cottons for Learn to Sew, Apparel Construction, dresses. – Twill and denim for pants .
- Knits for knitwear and activewear. – Wools for tailoring and Chanel jackets 
A special table of fabric for $1 a yard.
 Plus 20% off notions

What to do about a baggy crotch

Q. We stay stitch neckline curves & waistline curves, so why don’t we stay stitch crotch curves on pants? — Joan A. We don’t want the crotch to stay. We want to let it stretch with the body, e.g., when we sit down. That’s not true with a neck. With a neckline, we want it […]

How to fix stretchy waistbands

Q.  I am having a little problem with the waistband for my pants.  The fabric is stretchy.  The pant waistband ripples when I try to add it to the pants.– Jenny A. Staystitch the upper edge.  Better yet, stitch a strip of selvage or soft cotton 1/4″ twill tape on the wrong side of each […]

What muslin to buy?

Q – What kind of muslin do you recommend for draping and other classes? — Heather A - We use Venus muslin because it’s good quality and true to grain.  If you get it elsewhere, be sure to use the 3Q test you learned in Apparel Construction, and that the muslin doesn’t smell like seaweed or […]



PDC A&O logo

Portland Development Commission’s Apparel & Outdoor newsletter promotes Portland Sewing’s apparel business classes: PORTLAND, OR- August 11, 2014- Owner and director of Portland Sewing, Sharon Blair, announced today the launch of the most comprehensive series of the “business of apparel” classes in Oregon. An incubator, sewing instruction center and a preparatory and finishing school for […]