Make a Ham

Price: $0.00    Class begins: September 6, 2014

Make a ham.  Perfect for pressing curves.

Make a ham. Perfect for pressing curves.

Make a Pressing Ham.  

Saturday, September 6, 2-5 pm. $25.  Free if you sign up for an Apparel Class.

A ham is a  tightly stuffed pillow.  It's called a ham because it's shaped like a ham.  It’s used to press curved areas.  This allows a garment to better fit body contours.  A ham is cotton on one side, wool on the other.  Use the cotton side for cotton or cotton blend fabrics.  It's a must for tailoring and to give your garments a professional press.  And it's fun to make.

You'll make one large enough for pressing skirts and jackets.

You bring the supplies, we'll supply the pattern.

Class policies

Available Spaces: 8

Knitting by Machine

Price: $419.00    Class begins: September 8, 2014

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

Thursdays, September 11-December 4, 6-9 pm (No class on Thanksgiving)

$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: 2

Leatherworking 1

Price: $279.00    Class begins: September 11, 2014

Leatherworkingwith Jennifer Holcomb, accessories designer

Thursdays, September 11-October 16, 6-9 pm

$239 + $40 kit fee ($279)  

This six-session course teaches the fundamentals of leatherworking while you make a belt and tote bag. Learn how to cut, bevel, crease and burnish edges, plus how to skive. Wet form leather around a buckle, and learn how to apply dyes and finishes to your belt. The tote project will introduce several different seam types and edge finishes appropriate for leather.  You will be introduced to the many different kinds of leather, its qualities and potential and become proficient at using and maintaining leather hand tools.

Leather 1 toteKit includes leather for samples, belt and buckle, handles for tote, stitching awl, linen thread, harness needles, edge finishing tools, plus dyes and finishes to use in-class. You will buy a small amount of light leather for the tote bag. You also will bring basic sewing suppliesLeather 1 belt and bring, or rent, a home sewing machine for three classes.

Class limited to eight students. This class is designed for people with little or no previous experience, and for those who want to go back to the basics in working with leather.

Prerequisite: Beginning Sewing

Class policies

Available Spaces: 3

Textiles: Secret Life of Fabrics

Price: $289.00    Class begins: September 11, 2014

Textiles with Robert Bryan, fabric research and development for Nike, Abercrombie&Fitch, Target, OshKosh B'Gosh

Mondays, September 8-October 13, 6:30-9 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: 8

Conquer Zippers

Price: $62.00    Class begins: September 13, 2014

Conquer Zippers

Saturday, September 13, 2-5 pm


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: 6

Burda Style

Price: $169.00    Class begins: September 13, 2014



Burda Style with Lisa Silveira

Saturdays, September 13-October 4, 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

Sew Difficult Fabrics

Price: $219.00    Class begins: September 20, 2014

Sew Difficult Fabrics with Sharon Blair, BA, MA, PAA

Saturdays,  September 20-October 11, 2-5 pm

$219.  Includes handouts, patterns, sample fabrics of nap, bias and plaids.

Learn techniques from the schools in Paris. You will learn the basics of couture hand stitching. Then in each of the following classes, learn how to work with nap, velvet, sheer, silky and slippery fabrics – plus bias and plaids. You’ll learn proper layout, cutting, marking, and pressing techniques. You’ll discover how to sew pucker free seams – and end the class with a bias chiffon skirt and velvet pouch to show off your new skills.  Great class to take if you plan to sew a wedding or party dress.

Prerequisite: Beginning sewing.

Available Spaces: 4

Serger Classes

Price: $189.00    Class begins: October 11, 2014


Open to all makes and models of sergers.

Saturdays, October 11-November 1, 2-5 pm, $189 (includes handouts, sample fabrics) 

Make a tote with 4-thread overlock in one sessifabrics)

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.


Use decorative threads and fancy serger stitches to create something wonderful.

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!

" I'm really excited to make the tote. You are a wonderful teacher! I love to hear the history of sewing, serging and fashion. You are incredibly knowledgable, but more importantly you make it fun to learn. Thank you for spending your Saturday afternoons with us and your wonderful talent." -- Christine

Available Spaces: 5

Fabric Painting

Price: $219.00    Class begins: October 18, 2014

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

Saturdays, October 18-November 15, 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.

Screen Printing with Cindy Persson of StudioSKB, October 18 & 25

In two quick sessions, learn the basic steps to design and hand screen patterns onto fabric.  Use one of two methods with screen filler to put your image onto a silkscreen you will be able to use again and again.  Measure and print the patterns onto fabrics of your choice using fabric pigment.  Use these skills to create fabric, add details and make art on your garments with minimal equipment.

Batik Painting with Lisa Silveira of Wandering Muse, November 1 & 8


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, November 15

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.

Available Spaces: 10

Faux Fur Vests

Price: $199.00    Class begins: October 23, 2014

FakeFurVestSewing Faux Fur with Jennifer Holcomb

Thursdays, Oct 23-Dec 4, 6-9 pm, $199 (no class Nov. 6 or Thanksgiving)

Learn a variety of hand stitches and seams designed specifically for sewing with faux fur, as well as proper techniques for pockets, buttonholes, and sewing darts.  Students will also learn to piece, tape seams and finish edges, hems, interlinings.  Learn to work with the nap of fur.  Furrier techniques and definitions will be shown.

Available Spaces: 8

Knock it Off

Price: $96.00    Class begins: November 1, 2014

Knock it off with Cindy Persson

Saturdays, November 1 & 8, 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: 6