Knitting by Machine

Price: $419.00    Class begins: January 6, 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, January 6-March 24, 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

Use Your (Mystery) Feet

Price: $52.00    Class begins: February 7, 2015

Use Your (Mystery) Feet

Saturday, February 7, 2-5 pm.  $52

Are you confused by all the extra mystery feet that came in the accessory kit with your sewing machine?  We'll not only tell you what they are,  we'll put them to use and make a sweet gift -- just in time for Valentine's Day.

Common accessories include feet such as:

  • Blindhem
  • Decorative
  • Piping/Cording
  • Pearls
  • Rolled hem
  • Quilting and quilt extension
  • Zigzag
  • Zipper




Available Spaces: 7

Lace Shaping

Price: $69.00    Class begins: February 14, 2015

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Saturday, February 14, 2-5 pm, $69 (includes practice fabrics)

What are you doing Valentine's Day?  Learning how to shape lace.  Perfect class for such a day.

Use couture techniques and hand stitching while  you attach lace seamlessly to a base garment.  Build your dictionary of laces from Alencon to Venise.  Shape lace around curves without seams or darts.  Learn how to work with beads, pearls, sequins and motifs.


Available Spaces: 8

Serger Classes

Price: $189.00    Class begins: March 7, 2015


Open to all makes and models of sergers.

Saturdays, March 7-28, 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: 12