-- Fabric outer
-- Waterproof nylon liner
-- Three pockets to hold all your tools
-- Cover to keep tools from slipping out of the pouch
-- Reinforced to be sturdy
-- Made in Portland, Oregon.
Buy the ruler pack alone for $29.99.
Or buy it fully loaded with all the pattern tools you'll need to do your job, including:
-- Notcher to mark guidelines and dart legs
-- Wood-handled tapered awl to mark dart tips and details
-- Stiletto tracing wheel to copy your patterns
-- Skinny tape measure to measure curves
-- 4 sandwich line rulers: Neck, armhole, hip, varyform for crotch and hems
-- 2"x18" C-through ruler. Your most important tool.
Buy the ruler pack fully loaded for $89.99, a 15% discount over buying the tools separately.
Keep a "litter critter" underneath your machine. It's your personal wastebasket to help you with trimmings and good thread hygiene. (Made in Oregon. Available at Portland Sewing for $19.95.)
Litter critters are made for sergers with a compact design or for sewing machines with an extra arm.
Our favorite way to tote our tools to and from class. Makes you feel like the doctor of stitchery.
-- Large unloaded ($64.95) or loaded ($84.95) with seam gauge, tape measure, glass head pins, scissors, nippers, tomato pin cushion, seam ripper.
-- Small unloaded ($39.95) or loaded ($59.95) as above.
Zippered clear plastic pouches pretty and all rolled up with a tie to 7.5"x11" closed size ($34.99).
Your traditional wicker or cloth basket with organizing shelves.
-- Small unloaded ($36.99) or loaded ($56.99) as above.
-- Large unloaded ($45.99) or loaded ($65.99) as above.
Get your sergers from Portland Sewing. We carry only well-built machines that can stand the test of time. All of the machines are made of ballistic plastic and metal in Japan or Taiwan. No cheap plastic parts. No "made in China." And they are all EASY TO THREAD!
Looking for a starter machine? Try the Janome 634D with a lever to help you thread your lower looper. Reliable 3-thread overlocking for knits. Reliable 4-thread overlocking for wovens plus rolled edges and more.
Want to step up to more feet options and a lower looper threader? Go for a Baby Lock Eclipse. All the above in the Janome plus. Speed through your serging at 1600 stitches per minute. Serge slippery and stretchy fabrics with ease. Match plaids!
Ready for the fabulous self-threading machines in an overlock? Start with a Baby Lock Imagine. Automatic tension settings that sense the weight and type of fabric. A dial to help you lift over thicker fabrics.
Want to add coverstitch and coverlock to your overlock machine? Time to try the top of the line: Baby Lock Evolution with push-button self-threading. Create a sew line plus overlock the edge in one pass through your machine. Or switch the settings to do each operation separately. No machine has more options. Great lighting too.
For a coverstitch/coverlock alone, buy the Baby Lock Coverstitch. Create hems to give your garments the professional look. Drill decorative stitches -- shadow work, flat lock, faggoting and more -- within the garment edges. Many users prefer to buy the Coverstitch with an Imagine for a more dedicated sewing suite.
All machines are backed by Montavilla Sewing Center.
Want to test-drive these sergers? Just want to learn how to use the one you have? Register for our quarterly Sergery class. Make that serger your friend while you make a tote, a knit top and a decorative scarf -- all in four sessions.
Here's where you can pay your class balance. Just let us know which class you're taking. You'll get your supply list upon full registration.
Let us know if you have questions. Thanks for thinking of Portland Sewing!
Get your professional dress form from Portland Sewing. These are the same forms used by Parsons and FIT. If they are good enough for New York, they're good enough for Portland!
Features of our professional dress forms:
-- Pinnable linen padded surface
-- Collapsible shoulders
-- Sturdy wire cage on bottom for skirt measurements
-- Adjustable height
Your dress form is assembled and ready for you to use within two weeks of your order.
Choose the form based on your smallest of your bust, waist or hip measurements. Click here for the size chart. Then make your purchase below. Prices range from $350-$525 based on size. Price includes shipping from New York & handling. You'll pick up your form at Portland Sewing.
Looking for a full body form with legs instead of a cage? Click here for that price sheet.
Want to learn how to pad out your dress form to meet the rest of your measurements? Click here for our Body Double class.
For questions, contact info@portland sewing.com.
Get your sewing machines from Portland Sewing. We carry only well-built, mid-range (no fancy embroidery) machines that can stand the test of time. All of the machines are made of ballistic plastic and metal in Japan or Taiwan. No cheap plastic parts. No "made in China."
Want some variety in stitches and automatic buttonhole? Step up to a Baby Lock Rachel.
Looking for a good all-purpose machine that will last you many years? Look at the Janome QS30. It has extra feet. The plateau that wraps around the arm of the machine gives you a larger flat sewing surface for faster sewing. Or choose the most popular machine of all, the Janome DC2013.
Think you might want decorative stitches for christening gowns? You might want to start with a Viking Emerald 116.
Getting serious about apparel sewing? Then Pfaffs are for you. We have the Ambition Essentials and Ambition 1.0. These are the most powerful machines with their metal motors and built-in walking foot -- they have a need for speed.
Click on the links to read all the details about each machine.
Choose your favorite. Make your purchase below. Pick up your machine at Portland Sewing. Then sign up for a sewing class!
All of our machines are backed and serviced by Montavilla Sewing Centers with 4 locations for your convenience.
For questions, contact info@portland sewing.com.
Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2-5 pm. No sessions May 23 (Memorial Day weekend).
Have a special sewing project where you need expert help? Have a new sewing machine or serger and don’t know how to use it? Need a one-on-one session to learn or brush up on fashion design, draping, patternmaking or illustration skills?
Then private lessons are for you.
All sessions are one-on-one with the appropriate experienced apparel professionals.
You must register at least 48 hours before attending. Book your spot now! Just let us know which day and time you prefer, the project you have in mind and, if you’re learning a machine, the make and model of your machine when you register.
SEWING PARTIES! Please contact us if you'd like to arrange a private lesson at Portland Sewing for your group of 6 or more. email@example.com
Rehab (Open Sewing): Saturdays, 10 am-1 pm. No session May 23 (Memorial Day weekend).
$10/hour: Buy a class or buy a card of 6 for $50 — a $10 discount!
Confess! You have:
-- Projects you’ve never finished.
-- Projects you never started.
-- A simple alteration you need to fix.
-- A favorite garment you'd like to copy.
Face your fears and get professional help! Make patterns fit you before you cut out your fabric. Bring in your latest project or those UFOs (unfinished objects!). Get help with difficult garment construction techniques or patternmaking projects that have you stuck.
You must register at least 24 hours before attending. Let us know your project.
Minimum of 4 students per Rehab session. Rehab is priced per person per hour.
Apparel Business Consultations
Tuesday-Saturday 1-6 pm.
Need advice for your apparel business? Need help with product development and refining your product ideas? Need help finding the right sources for your fabric and labor?
Then consultations are for you.
All sessions are one-on-one with the appropriate experienced apparel professionals. Thanks to our non-disclosure policy, your ideas are safe with us.
You must register at least 24 hours before attending. Book your spot now! Just let us know which day, what time, the business needs you have in mind.
Open Machine Knitting
with Lisa Silveira, Wandering Muse
Saturdays, 10 am-1 pm to June 27. No session May 23 (Memorial Day weekend).
You asked for it, here it is: Open Machine Knitting! Bring in yarn, use our machines and work on your own projects. Lisa, our machine knitting teacher, will be on hand to offer guidance, techniques and help troubleshoot.
Limited to 5 students/session. Register at least 48 hours in advance. Pre-requisite: Machine Knitting.
Wednesdays, May 27-July 1, 6:30-9 pm, $219
Live the day-to-day work of a technical designer or product developer. Learn the product development process from beginning to end. Start with technical sketches and design handoff and go through setting up a sketch library. Know what details need to be called out and how to sketch for them. Learn about building the Bill of Materials from just looking at design. How to specify the BOM and required stitches on a technical package. Discuss and assign basic grade rules, and add measurement sheets. This learning is what you would do today in a company setting or if you are going create your own line and need to have it manufactured.
Saturday, May 30, 2-5 pm
$62. Includes kit of zippers and fabrics.
Take control when sewing your clothes! For anyone wanting to make or fix zippers. You'll sew samples of five kinds –centered, lapped, invisible, mock fly and faced fly – and learn which to use where. includes all fabrics, zippers and handouts.
"I can't believe I now know how to put in a zipper that actually looks good!" -- Angela
Saturdays, June 6-27, 2-5 pm
$189 (includes handouts, sample fabrics)
Start with Basic Serger Techniques. Find out all your serger can do. Learn the parts of your serger, how to thread and manage the tensions and how to trouble-shoot problems while creating a book of techniques — from overlock to rolled edge — in the first class. Serge a patchwork tote in the second class, a knit top in the third.
Move on to Flatlocked Scarf/Wrap: You’ve mastered your serger, now practice by making this one of a kind scarf/wrap. We’ll start by embellishing the velvet with heavy re-embroidered lace and pressing into the velvet to create a design that is uniquely you. Then we’ll piece the scarf together with decorative thread and the flatlock stitch. It’ll be finished up with an optional hook and button closure. Easy to make; could be the perfect gift for all your friends!
Open to all makes and models of sergers. Let us know which one you have when you register. Don’t have a serger? Rent one from us!
- Kids & Teens Sewing (ages 8-13), with Lynn Weglarz, children's sewing book author
- Saturdays, June 6-27, 10 am- noon Sorry, this class is full. Click here to get on the wait list. Or try a private lesson or our Summer Camps for kids & teens.
- You will learn to sew! Become friends with a machine, learn basic stitches fearlessly and have fun!
Get to know your sewing machine. Learn all the parts, how to thread it and make a bobbin. Sew straight lines and corners while making the perfect iPod purse. We’ll make pillowcases for sleepovers or for a gift. Then we'll make a drawstring tote bag, perfect for carrying books or carrying clothes for a sleepover. No sewing experience is required. Includes handouts.
Have you completed Level 1? Then try:
Make fun seams, easy hems and waistbands. Learn about elastic and more complicated layouts. Learn how to control fabric and the proper way to sew a pair of pants. Save your leftover fabric to make a cool secret pocket pillow. Take your outfit to spirit day or wear it around the house or to sleepovers! Prerequisite: Kids & Teens level 1
Level 3-Comfy robe.
Make a comfy robe of cotton or flannel with band, pockets and sash. Match your pockets and make them even. Learn the proper way to cut fabric and sew sleeves. Improve on your skills. Prerequisite: Kids & Teens levels 1 & 2
GONE THROUGH THE BASICS AND WANT MORE? CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT ADVANCED KIDS SEWING.
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Saturdays, June 6-20, 2-5 pm, $169
Create clothes that fit and flatter you. Through these three classes, you'll be able to spot figure types and know the right styling for each figure type to flatter the good points and hide the bad. Bring your patterns and we can alter to achieve that fit you've always wanted for your body type. Sew these up as a fitting shell or bring in a favorite garment, judge whether it's right for you and what to do to improve it. It's a perfect excuse to do some closet cleaning and go shopping.
By the end of the class, you'll know how to:
− Understand the elements of proper garment fit.
− Evaluate garment fit to determine good or poor fit areas.
− Diagnose fit issues and know steps to correct them
− Alter a pattern to achieve desired results.
− Make simple adjustments to a garment to get to the right look.
Prerequisites: Beginning Sewing, experience with commercial patterns
Saturdays, June 20 & 27, 2-5 pm, $96
Bring in your favorite garment; we’ll help you make a paper pattern and coach you through making new versions.
Tuesday-Friday, July 7-10, 10 am-5 pm, $998/person
Limited to 4 students/session. Prerequisites: Intro and Advanced Patternmaking (Pattern 1-4)
with instructor Sharon Blair, Northwest representative for Optitex
Go from flat pattern to CAD (computer-aided design) in six sessions. You'll learn to digitize your patterns, modify them, check and correct notches, armholes, necklines and seamlines, create variations and seam allowances. You'll also learn the principles of grading and marking, then apply them to your pattern. Use Optitex 12 -- the same software used by Nike and many designers -- and an Algotex digitizer.
Learn the principles of cardinal points and grade rules on a flat pattern, then move to the computer program and apply them to your pattern. Size grading is the process of increasing and decreasing clothing sizes. Fashion designers work with a patternmaker to develop their first patterns. Samples are made from these patterns and when they are complete and ready to be produced, they need to be graded. The pattern pieces are increased and decreased at specific locations to create each size. Need to know more about grading? Take our basic grading class.
Layout a size run of your patterns for the best fabric usage for your size runs and styles. Learn the difference between mixed, single size and other markers and which to use where. A marker is a layout of the pattern pieces that a cutting service will place on top of the spread fabric. Your goal: The highest fabric usage while conforming to grainline and sizes per your company's requirements. Need to know more about markers? Take our advanced grading and marking class.
Level 1: Become a fashion artist & start thinking like one. In one day, you will start with a simple pencil and paper and end knowing how to draw the fashion figure. Add hair, hands, faces, feet and poses. Saturday & Sunday, July 11 & 12, 8 am-2 pm.
Level 2: Use markers to add clothes and textures. Create fashion illustrations suitable for a portfolio. Prerequisite: Level 1. Saturday & Sunday, July 11 & 12, 2:30-7 pm.
Learn to Sew Series: Mondays-Thursdays, July 13-30, 6-9 pm
$99 each level or $289 for the series of all 3 levels. Includes patterns/handouts. Each level lasts 4 sessions. Priced per person.
Learn to Sew 1. Monday-Thursday, July 13-16, 6-9 pm. Learn to sew in this first level of beginning sewing. Bring your machine or rent one from us. Learn basic survival stitches — as well as the way professionals sew — while you make an apron. Sew quickly and painlessly. Learn to read and understand commercial patterns. No sewing experience is required. Includes pattern & handouts.
Learn to Sew 2. Monday-Thursday, July 20-23, 6-9 pm. Improve on the skills you have learned in LTS 1 or sewing at home. You will make a robe with band, pockets and sash. Match your pockets and make them even. Learn the proper way to make a faced front. Work with large volumes of fabric and tricky layouts. Includes pattern & handouts. (Pre-req: LTS1)
Learn to Sew 3. Monday-Thursday, July 27-30, 6-9 pm. Make a comfy nightshirt. Sew buttons and buttonholes with your machine. Find out the secrets of interfacing. Sew a professional pocket and collar. Includes pattern, handouts. (Prereq: LTS 2)
Don't have a sewing machine? Rent one of our nice, new machines for $10/class meeting. Apply your rent to owning to machine when you buy your machine from us.
"loving it!! [This class] has inspired me to pursue something I've wanted to do for years... thanks" -- Jim
"I loved learning all the seams and how to use my buttonhole maker." -- Jean"Lots of great information & tips/tricks! Fun, fulfilling class." Katie
If you’ve done some sewing but want to learn professional techniques, you are ready for Apparel Construction.
Apparel Construction Summer Series: Monday-Thursday, July 13-30, 10 am-1 pm.
$99 each level or $289 for a series of 3 levels. Each level last 4 sessions. Priced per person. Includes patterns.
Start sewing and build confidence. Learn basic stitches and how to use your machine while you make an A-line skirt with a zipper. Guys! You'll make a sports vest. Learn how to use commercial patterns. Layout and cut fabric with happy results. Includes patterns & handouts. Prerequisite: Learn to Sew or previous sewing experience.
Apparel Construction 2.0 : Monday-Thursday, July 20-23, 10 am-1 pm. Learn the basics of fitting patterns plus the secrets of elastic while making a casual pair of weekend pants to wear around the house, shopping, gardening or exercise class. Make two kinds of pockets that you should know how to make. Includes patterns & handouts. Prereq: Apparel Construction 1.0
Apparel Construction 3.0: Monday-Thursday, July 27-30, 10 am-1 pm. Learn more about how to fit patterns and garments plus the secrets of making a professional garment while you make a princess seamed day dress in blouse, tunic or knee length. Construct interfacing, collars, buttonholes and sew on buttons. Guys! You'll make a camp shirt. Includes patterns & handouts. Prereq: Apparel Construction 1.0 & 2.0
Don't have a sewing machine? Rent one of our nice, new machines for $10/class meeting. Apply your rent to owning to machine when you buy your machine from us.
"I don't know if you're the one who encouraged [my daughter] to take this class but whoever it was gets a big thanks from her grandmothers (who both sew) and me (who doesn't). Thank you!" -- Kathryn
"Lisa is great. I learned so many helpful techniques and little tricks to make things easier or more efficient." -- Melissa
Introduction to Patternmaking Series (Pattern 1&2) with Cindy Persson of StudioSKB
SUMMER PATTERN INTRO SERIES: Mondays-Thursdays, July 13-23, 9 am-2:30 pm
After these classes, you will be ready to design clothes — for yourself or others. You will have patterns that fit and you’ll be able to turn it into innumerable designs for skirts, shirts and blouses, dresses and pants.
Take the whole series for $819 or $425 for each Series includes pattern papers and textbook “Building Patterns” by Suzy Furrer and special handouts.
Patternmaking 1. Monday-Thursday, July 13-16, 9 am-2:30 pm.
Draft slopers made to your measurements. Start with a torso sloper that you can use for dresses, jackets and coats. Create a bodice sloper for blouses and shirts. Go to sleeves. Then create a skirt sloper. Finish with pants. Prerequisite: Beginning sewing, experience with commercial patterns.
Summer Fashion & Sewing Camps for Kids & Teens ages 8-13
-- Fashion Camp: Monday-Thursday, July 13-16, 10 am-noon. $120. Your client urgently needs your design expertise! A new season has begun and she has nothing to wear. She is looking for a new look and you are the only one she trusts to make it. You will:
-- Cut and paste a mood board. Then make simple sketches to create a trend-appropriate look to showcase your style as a designer.
-- Use one of your sketches to make your own fashion garment.
-- Wear your garment home. We'll take pictures of your FABULOUS design.
Prereq: Kids & Teens Beginning Sewing
-- Sewing Camp: Monday-Thursday, July 13-16, noon-2 pm. $120. Learn to sew! Bring your machine or use one of ours while you learn how to use a machine and sew straight lines. Make a pillowcase, I-pod pouch and messenger bag -- perfect for Summer sleepovers!
Taught by Lynn Weglarz, author and teacher for kids sewing.
Each class priced per person.
Make Your Body Double
Tuesday-Thursday, July 14-16, 6-9 pm, $169.
Bring your professional dress form and alter it to fit you the way the pros do. Learn the tricks and materials from Portland Opera fit expert, Jason Bray. In 3 sessions, you will leave with your body double.
Friday-Sunday, July 17-19, 9:30 am-4 pm, $250
The advanced machine knitting class you've been waiting for! Bring in your single bed knitting machine, yarn and a project. Dive into the world of punchcard pattern knitting, advanced stitches, garter bar, additional cast-on/off methods, troubleshooting your machine, plus new garment details like pockets, necklines, hems and more! Pre-req MK 1&2
Advanced Draping Summer Series with Adam Andreas, Columbia Sportswear
Mondays-Wednesdays, July 20-22 & July 27-29, 6-9 pm, $219
Learn the fashion techniques of the master drapers. Work on a professional dress form to create more difficult designs on more challenging fabric. Designs include asymmetry, bias, knots, twists and folds. Prerequisite: Draping-Intro
Couture Vacation with Stephanie D of Stephanie D Couture
Mondays-Thursdays, July 20-23 & July 27-30, 2-5 pm, $429
Make the dress of your dreams -- whether its for your wedding, a reunion or a special event. Once Stephanie D teaches you these couture sewing techniques, you will have the skills to adapt the included pattern or bring your own pattern to create whatever dress you need. Start by creating, modifying and perfecting a muslin version of your pattern. Then complete the dress with underlinings, and with flawless details including waist stays. End with the skills to create whatever dress you want in the future.