Sewing Classes

HAVE FUN AND CREATE WHAT YOU

Is sewing a lost art? We hope not!

Kharico sewing sessions are all about having fun and enjoying the challenge of creating something of your very own.

Our sewing classes are designed to be fun and companionable and all equipment is provided. You’ll enjoy learning to sew (or refining your skills) on quality Elna machines and overlockers. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been tinkering at home for years or never even picked up a needle, we cater to all skill levels and all kinds of projects.

And you? You’ll experience the joy of creating something yourself. It’s a powerful feeling, and satisfying too. You’ll learn and develop skills which are scarcely ever used in these days of mass production.

What's included

We’ll match your capability with the project, keeping frustration to a minimum yet still allowing you to create something gorgeous.

Our sessions include sewing machine operation and we also teach you how to cut out patterns, use an overlocker and hand stitch.

We have a large selection of projects we know can be completed within the class time. Which is so important to for anyone just learning a new skill.  

We also encourage people who have schooling only as a memory to join in as well. We particularly welcome those new to Townsville. It can be a daunting task coming to grips living in the North.

Our classes suit all ages

We also encourage people who have schooling only as a memory to join in as well. We particularly welcome those new to Townsville. It can be a daunting task coming to grips living in the North.

There's always time for a chat with new friends

Enjoy socialising over a coffee (or tea) while learning heaps of sewing tips and tricks.  You’ll find these skills come in handy for practical things like school uniform adjustments, and of course for larger projects like making your own clothes or designing your own fashion. Or your project could be making quilts and bedding for yourself or family members. We’re not going to tell you what to make, instead we let you explore the opportunities and enjoyment sewing offers. (And we are happy to make suggestions if you need them.)

Classes to choose from include:

Make a Skirt

This fun class uses a block pattern and the skirt has an elasticised waist.  This project introduces fabric layout and cutting as well as use of an iron and inserting elastic.  You will need to bring fabric, elastic and thread.  Depending on your size and length of skirt required, you will need about 2 metres of 112cm width fabric or 1 metre of 150cm width fabric.  100% cotton fabric is recommended for your first garment as this is easiest to sew.  You will be provided with a paper pattern to use and take home with you.

Make a pair of Shorts

This class uses a block pattern and the shorts have an elasticised waist.  Pockets and other embellishments can be added if required. This project introduces fabric layout and cutting as well as use of an iron and inserting elastic.  You will need to bring fabric, elastic and thread. Depending on your size, you will need about 1.5 metres of 112cm width fabric.  100% cotton fabric is recommended for your first garment as this is easiest to sew.  You will be provided with a paper pattern to use and take home with you.

Make a Carry bag

This class uses a simple pattern to make a reversible carry bag. This project introduces fabric layout and cutting as well as use of an iron and inserting a lining.  Pockets and other embellishments can be added if required. You will need 1 metre of fabric for this project plus thread. 

mending

Save money and learn how to mend your clothes.  Bring along your clothes that you can’t wear because they need small repairs but don’t know how or you just haven’t got around to it.  You will learn how to sew on buttons, sew side seams, repair hems, put up/take down hems, replace press studs and do some tear and repair mending.  We will cover replacing zippers if required but this will depend on the complexity of the garment needing a new zipper and the skill level of the student. 

Make a bib and burp cloth

This is a great class for those wanting to learn how to sew and also provide a new and unique gift for a new baby.  Patterns will be provided.  You can also search online as there are many free patterns available. Bring your fabric (100% cotton is recommended plus a thin towelling tea towel) plus matching thread.  Depending on your skill level you may also have time to make a child’s hat as well.with you.

make your own item from a commercial pattern

Students get to use a commercial pattern of their choice to make a garment.  BYO own pattern (for beginners buy an easy or learn to sew pattern), fabric and notions.