Knitting by Machine

Price: $419.00    Class begins: April 7, 2015

Make knit garments in hours instead of days.

Make knit garments in hours instead of days.

Machine Knitting for Fashion Design with Lisa Silveira, Wandering Muse

Tuesdays, April 7-June 23, 6-9 pm

$419.  Includes kit of practice yarns and swatch notebook.

 Featuring Shibui baby alpaca yarn.


Machine Knitting Level 1.

Learn the basic machine knitting techniques and stitches including cast-on, cast-off, stripe, increasing, decreasing, ribbing, and cables.  You will put together a notebook of knit swatches.  No need to own your own machine, Portland Sewing provides the machines and tools for this class.  No experience required, just enthusiasm and desire to create your own knits in far less time than hand-knitting.

Machine Knitting Level 2.

Shape knits and make garments in Machine Knitting 2.

Shape knits and make garments in Machine Knitting 2.

Learn advanced shaping and contouring techniques including godets, short row circular sections, short rows technique, bust shaping, oval shapes, and short row darts to add beautiful contours to your knitwear.  You will construct a hooded sweater vest using these techniques as well as those from Machine Knitting level 1 on mid-gauge single bed machines and a professional linker.  Curious about double bed knitting?  You’re in luck!  Introducing the double bed machine, you’ll learn how to easily make different types of ribbing as well as some circular/tubular knitting. 

Class policies

Available Spaces: 0

Difficult Fabrics/Couture Sewing

Price: $189.00    Class begins: April 10, 2015

DifficultFabricDifficult Fabrics/Couture Sewing

with Stephanie D, Stephanie D Couture

Fridays,  April 10-May 15, 6-9 pm

$189 or $359 if combined with Sew Vintage.  Includes handouts, patterns, sample fabrics of nap, bias and plaids.

Stephanie D Couture will share her couture techniques to create your own luxury wear using fine silk and simple techniques to control slippery fabrics. She will guide you through the proper layout, cutting, marking techniques. Achieve the skills to shape your garment by properly handling and sewing smooth seams, darts and proper pressing techniques.

First week of class - You will learn to perfect hand sewing skills on samples before undertake sewing a full garment. Learn to perfect edge finishes, hems, facing, bindings, and French seams on bias and more.
Remainder of class - Bring in your most difficult project.

Learn steps in taking a high-end garment from concept to completion. Control the construction of your garment precisely.

Prerequisite: Beginning sewing.

Available Spaces: 5

Fabric Painting

Price: $219.00    Class begins: April 11, 2015

Fabric Painting:  Screen Printing, Batik Painting, Shibori (Japanese fabric dying) with Cindy Persson, Lisa Silveira and Lynn Weglarz

Saturdays, April 11-May 9, 2-5 pm, $219 + supplies

Open the door to three creative ways to print your own fabric designs.  Beautiful, quick and easy, you can do each of them in just one or two sessions.

Batik Painting with Lisa Silveira of Wandering Muse, April 11 & 18


Batik painting with wax resist lets you create beautiful, delicate designs.

Create a beautiful silk scarf through traditional methods of batik.  This is painting, not tub dying.  Your results will be much more delicate and controlled.  Learn about the required tools as well as techniques to apply wax as a resist and different methods for adding color.


Try a number of Shibori techniques then design your own fabric.

Shibori (Japanese painting) with Lynn Weglarz, April 25

There are so many beautiful patterns you can create using Shibori dyeing techniques. It's pretty incredible just how much you can change the look of a fabric by simply folding, twisting, and binding. We’ll try out some folding/clamping, handstitching, and wrapping/twisting around PVC pipe. You'll walk away with samples of different techniques.  Use these to create yardage for your own garments.


Screen Printing with Cindy Persson of StudioSKB, May 2 & 9

Screen print a design of your choice onto fabric with a photo emulsion technique allowing you to create a durable screen quickly with an image with fine lines and detail. Class will begin with burning your image onto a pretreated screen. The rest of class time will be spent printing and experimenting with color and technique.

Instructor will provide copier to transfer your image onto acetate and light box to burn image onto screen.  Students will need a few images they would like to use no larger than 10"x16", fabric to print on, screen printing paint suitable for textiles (red, blue, yellow, and white recommended for maximum color options) such as Speedball or jacquard, and an apron

(The screen printing class charges an additional kit fee of $50.  Kit includes 12"x18" screen pretreated with photo emulsion, a squeegee and sheets of acetate.  Pay the instructor the kit fee the first day of screen printing class.)

Available Spaces: 12

Leatherworking 1

Price: $279.00    Class begins: April 21, 2015

LeatherworkingLeatherworking with Carol Risley, handbag designer

Tuesdays, April 21-May 26, 6-9 pm



Widen your sewing skills by learning to select, cut, bevel, stitch and edge real leather. Learn about leather types and applications, hardware, dyes and finishes. Add your personal style and preferences to enhance basic belt and bag patterns with your new skills. You'll  learn options for straps, pockets, lining, buckles, hardware and closures to suit your taste.

Prerequisite: Beginning Sewing

Class policies

Available Spaces: 7

Textiles: Secret Life of Fabrics

Price: $289.00    Class begins: April 22, 2015

Textiles with Jade Carlin, materials manager for Nike, Columbia Sportswear 

Wednesdays, April 22-May 27, 6-9 pm

$249 + $40 kit fee ($289). Includes handouts and the fabrics you’ll need for testing and building your fabric library.

Are you confused when you walk into a fabric store? Have you spent hours on a project only to discover that the fabric you chose wasn't the best one for the design? There are more than 100 different fabrics out there and more coming every day. Learn to recognize fabric types as you are given swatches of fabrics to examine and test. Learn which fabrics to use, when, where and how. Find fabric sources beyond the local fabric store. Make a notebook that will be your guide to better results. This class benefits beginner and advanced students.

Part of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs.

Class policies

Available Spaces: 1

Lace Shaping

Price: $69.00    Class begins: April 25, 2015

Draped Lace Lace Shaping

with Stephanie D of Stephanie D Couture

Saturday, April 25, 2-5 pm

Have you ever wondered how the dresses and blouses get those shaped laces into beautiful designs? In this class, you will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for independent shaping lace. Learn
-- How to inset laces into your projects using curves, miters and darts.
-- Couture hand stitching techniques to attach lace seamlessly onto a base garment.
-- How to apply beads, pearls, sequins and motifs to add unique elements to your garment.
Become familiar with common shapes used. Build your dictionary of laces from Alencon and Chantilly to Venise.


Available Spaces: 3

Burda Style

Price: $169.00    Class begins: May 2, 2015



Burda Style with Lisa Silveira of Wandering Muse

Saturdays, May 2-16, 2-5 pm


Ever wanted to try a Burda Style magazine pattern?  In this class you'll learn how to trace off the patterns from the magazine insert (the most intimidating part!), fit it, interpret the pattern instructions, and sew your garment!  Bring in your Burda Style magazine and start taking advantage of their fabulous styles now!

Available Spaces: 8

Inside the Fashion Industry

Price: $219.00    Class begins: May 21, 2015

Fashion Work RoomInside the Fashion Industry with Adrianne Hranko of Columbia Sportswear

Thursdays, May 21-June 25, 6:30-9 pm

$219 or $429 if combined with History of Fashion

Learn to speak the jargon of fashion.  Get a solid picture of the apparel design and manufacturing industry as a whole. Learn the various aspects of apparel product development, from design inspiration to making the sale. Learn about price points and market sectors, create a customer profile, keep a journal and find new online and in print resources. Get an overview of all the kinds of jobs available in the industry. Discover a wealth of career opportunities both locally and farther afield.

Available Spaces: 12

Conquer Zippers

Price: $62.00    Class begins: May 30, 2015

Conquer Zippers

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.

Class policies

Available Spaces: 10

Knock it Off

Price: $96.00    Class begins: June 20, 2015

Knock it off with Cindy Persson of StudioSKB

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.


Class policies

Available Spaces: 7