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Youth: Learn to Sew Series

  • Center Studio 518 1941 S. 42nd St. Suite 518 Omaha, NE. 68105 USA (map)


Ages: 12-15. Please email: if you’d like to enroll a young person 16-18.

Important: My goal is for students to actually LEARN how to sew—and if more time is needed-they are afforded the time. This is a no-stress, but full of learning, environment. I require a prior meeting with a guardian. The Center Mall has 24-hour on-site security. No other adults are present during classes and workshops. All materials and supplies are included in the costs. I ask that students bring a lite snack and bottled water. I generally bring something as well. This is a stress-free, no pressure learning environment. Please contact me if costs are an issue. I also like to work out actual workshop days so that they’re convenient for me, the parent and the student. If you need transportation that can also be arranged. Prior to the start of class a permission/waiver form must be completed and signed.

Students will engage in hands-on learning. It will be fun, but the learning is also serious business and comprehensive. Important: Use the appropriate link to receive a discount.

Introduction to Machine Sewing-200

Maximum Class Size: 3

This is the perfect class for an absolute beginner or a child that's not comfortable or feels they need more patient practice-in a non-competitive environment.  Participants become familiar with the machine and will learn basic machine sewing skills. In addition, by the end of this 5-day (3-3.5 hour each) session participants will have cut and made an apron or small easy to complete project. Please note young people enrolled in the class are allowed additional studio time, as needed, within reason to complete projects.

In this class they will cover the following techniques:

  • Threading a sewing machine

  • Winding on a bobbin

  • Understanding stitch tension, length and width

  • Sewing straight lines, corners and curves using a seam allowance

  • Cutting from a pattern template

  • Pressing

  • Finishing

  • Hemming

All materials, tools, supplies, materials and refreshments are provided.  

Center Studio 518 provides an in-studio machine for use during the session, but If your child owns a sewing machine they should bring it.  

Youth: Introduction to Machine I: Sewing 200

Youth: Introduction to machine sewing.

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Introduction to Machine Sewing Session 201

Maximum class size:  3

This session is for those that have completed Session 1 or already know how to use a sewing machine but want to develop further skills.  

During this 4-day (3 hour each) workshop sewers will accomplish some essential skills that will help them advance on to more complicated projects. By the end of the class they will have made a fully lined, zip up back pack with pocket.

In this class they will cover the following techniques:

  • Threading the sewing machine.

  • Sewing straight lines, corners and curves using a seam allowance

  • Cutting from a pattern template

  • Inserting a zip

  • Attaching a pocket

  • Making and attaching lining

All materials, tools and refreshments are provided. 

Youth: Introduction to Machine Sewing II 201

Youth: Introduction to machine sewing 201

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Introduction to Machine Sewing & Fashion Draping Series Combo

These workshops are limited to 3 participants each. 

This workshop combines Introduction to Machine Sewing 1: Sewing 200 AND Introduction to Fashion Draping & Flat Pattern Making 300

During the draping portion of the workshop participants use professional tools and equipment, including professional dress forms to learn the art of fashion draping and flat pattern making.  This is a 8-day workshop, including a day of practicum. 3.5 hour days.

Because this workshop combines the Young People’s Introduction to Sewing Workshop and Fashion Draping-no prior sewing is required. The fashion draping component is an additional $50.00.

PLEASE NOTE: You are not required to sign up for the combo workshop. Fashion draping is also offered as a standalone workshop.

Youth: Introduction to Sewing & Fashion Draping Combo

This workshop combines Introduction to Machine sewing AND Basic Fashion Draping-in both half and full scale.

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Youth: Intro. to Sewing & Fashion Draping Combo ENROLL 2

Enroll two and save.

This workshop combines:

1) Introduction to Machine sewing AND

2) Basic Fashion Draping-in half scale (draping a sleeveless basic-no flat pattern making.

Two students learn two disciplines. This is the total cost for two (2) students.

As this is a service, there are no refunds. All sales are final.

Hashtag: #fdcenterstudio

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Youth: Introduction to Fashion Draping

This workshop introduces basic fashion draping in half-scale (full basic), including a basic flat pattern making component.

As this is a service, there are no refunds. All sales are final.

Hashtag: #fdcenterstudio518

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Young People Introduction to Flat Pattern Making

Youth: Introduction to Pattern Making 300

Youth: Introduction to pattern making. This is an introductory class to flat (paper pattern making) pattern making.

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Designer Class: Introduction to Couture Clothing Construction 400

During this workshop participants will make a simple garment in half-scale using couture techniques, beginning with a muslin through completion of a final project in it's final fashion fabric. IF the student has complete the Draping class they may design their own garment for use in this workshop.

This is a 5-day workshop and a practicum day. Additional supplies are required for this class.  

Participants MUST have successfully completed both sessions of the Learn to Sew Series 200 & 201 before enrolling in Intro. to Couture Clothing Construction.  Or be prepared to demonstrate sewing proficiency. 

Couture Construction 400

In this workshop, participants work up a half-scale garment using couture construction techniques.

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Introduction to Fashion Illustration 500

During this 2-day workshops participants learn how to draw the fashion coquis and more. No pre-reqs. required. 

Youth: Fashion Illustration 101

Beginning fashion illustration. Student will learn how to make a basic “cookie” and put together a fashion mood board using the instructor as the client. All materials included. Two day workshop.

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Permission slips, waivers and an orientation is required for participation in workshops and classes by the child's legal parent or guardian.  

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