for Adults



Adult classes are open to people ages 13 and older. By registering for a class it is assumed you have read and agree to the Lounge's Registration and Cancellation Policies.














Book half hour sessions with professional designer and pattern maker Louise Molin. She'll be at the Lounge from 6 - 8 on the second Thursday of the month to adjust patterns, fit test garments and make style changes to existing patterns.

Minimum Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Times: September 11 from 6 - 6:30 (open), 6:30 - 7 (open) 7 - 7:30 (booked) and 7:30 - 8 (open)
October 9 from 6 - 6:30 (booked), 6:30 - 7 (open) 7 - 7:30 (booked) and 7:30 - 8 (open)
November 13 from 6 - 6:30 (open), 6:30 - 7 (open) 7 - 7:30 (open) and 7:30 - 8 (open)
December 11 from 6 - 6:30 (open), 6:30 - 7 (open) 7 - 7:30 (open) and 7:30 - 8 (open)
Cost $35/half hour
Instructor: Louise Molin




Learn a fool-proof technique for perfect bound buttonholes. You can apply the same method for a double welt pocket. Bring your sewing machine, some thread (one that contrasts with your fabric), fabric scraps and fusible interfacing suitable for your fabric type.

Minimum Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Time: October 16 from 6 - 8 (5 openings)
Cost: $24
Instructor: Maggy





FALL OPEN HOUSE Saturday, October 11th from 10 - 5
Meet the teachers from 1 - 4











•All classes will be held at Sewing Lounge. Most maximum class sizes are six students so everyone gets lots of individual attention. Three is the minimum number of students required for most classes to run.

•If you don’t see what you are looking for or the time a class is offered doesn't work with your schedule inquire about private lessons.

•Skill levels indicates the minimum skill required to take a class and are as follows:
Beginner - You are a clean slate
Beginner Plus - You can operate a machine but need to learn skills and build
confidence. Commercial patterns seem confusing.
Advanced Beginner - you can operate a sewing machine, know some basic terms
like grain line and seam allowance and can sort of navigate pattern instructions and
yardage information.
Intermediate - You are halfway there. No longer a beginner but not yet totally
accomplished and feel you’d benefit from some guidance.
Incredible - You are a self-sufficient stitcher and can handle complexity in

•Class and workshop fees cover the times a class or workshop is scheduled and are non-refundable unless the class is canceled due to insufficient enrollment. If you miss a class and would like to make it up you can schedule a private lesson with the instructor which will be subject to their rates.

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All Ages and Skill Levels


If you have never operated a sewing machine, your skills are rusty beyond belief or you've just switched from a mechanical to a computerized machine this may be the class for you. Learn the parts and functions of your machine and become confident in your ability to operate it. You will leave class with your first project, a lined drawstring pouch. (There are a lot of basic sewing techniques in this little project that you can apply to future sewing endeavors.) If you don't have a machine you can use a Lounge machine at no extra charge. Fee includes supplies.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time: from noon - 4 on September 27 (1 opening)
November 29 (full)
Cost: $53
Instructor: Maggy



Own a serger but forgot how to set it up and use it? Intimidated by all those threads, tension dials, needles and "looper thingies"? Then this is the class for you!
Students will learn how to thread their serger for basic three and four thread over-lock stitch applications. We will review basic machine operation so you know if a problem is operator error or the machine. You will learn helpful tips and develop skills to make serging a successful, efficient and stress free activity. We will discuss what threads can be used and which needles are most effective for the task at hand. We will also review the various stitch configurations that sergers can do.
Students need their own three or four thread serger (in good operating condition). A supply list will be provided when you register.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Time: October 23 from 6 - 9 (3 openings)
Cost: $36
Instructor: Steve Pauling












Maximize the use of your serger. Now that you can sew a basic 3 or 4 thread overlock stitch on your serger, what else can you do with it? This class will introduce you to making 2 and 3-thread rolled hems, narrow and wide flat-lock joins plus a review of needle types and sizes for using various stitch applications and fabric on your serger. With these skills students will be able to make projects with professional looking satin/serged edges, beautiful flowing rolled hems on light silk scarves and commercial type flat-lock seams on knits, jersey, lycra and other stretch fabrics. Students need their own three or four thread serger (in good operating condition). A supply list will be provided upon registration.

Minimum Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Time: October 30 from 6 - 9 (1 opening)
Cost: $36
Instructor: Steve Pauling




Fine Shirt Making Workshop

A fine shirt is a classic dress shirt that is made using the traditional methods of fine tailors around the world. Students will take a typical shirt pattern and elevate construction methods to the highest level, substituting techniques used to assemble the most equities custom-made dress shirts for the written instructions included with the pattern. The techniques you learn in this class can be applied to other types of clothing thus enhancing your garment construction skills. A supply list will be sent upon registration. Please note the following:

•This is an intensive workshop; additional work might be required outside of workshop hours to complete a fine shirt.
•Students must use an appropriate instructor-approved pattern which they will alter to accommodate the fine tailoring techniques taught in the workshop.
•Students must be able to sew precisely, understand garment construction, be familiar with reading a pattern and adjusting machine tension.

Minimum Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: Friday December 12th from 4 - 8, Saturday December 13th from 9 - 5 and Sunday December 14th from 10 - 4 (4 openings)
Cost: $216
Instructor: Steve Pauling















One reason older mechanical machines are being rediscovered and appreciated is that sewers can perform most maintenance procedures to keep them in top running condition. In this class we will open up the hood and discover the fundamental basics to performing machine maintenance on a mechanical sewing machine. We will walk through the steps of inspection, cleaning, trouble-shooting common problems. Review proper lubricants and when, where, how, and how often they should be applied.
Students must have machines which are easily opened and accessed for maintenance – most older metal machines with easily removable covers are excellent candidates. Newer machines with plastic “clam-shell” type covers are best taken to a qualified maintenance technician. Computerized machines offer no opportunity for owner maintenance beyond cleaning/oiling the hook area – computerized or plastic clam-shell machines will NOT be addressed in this class. Do not attempt to service a computerized machine yourself without the proper tools and knowledge.
A supply list will be provided upon registration.

Skill Level: Beginner Plus (1 opening)
Time: November 20 from 6 - 9
Cost: $36
Instructor: Steve Pauling























A basic pattern correctly fit to your figure is an invaluable tool for adjusting commercial patterns. This class will focus on the bodice and consists of three sessions.

Session I. Measuring
The first step is to be properly measured and requires 15 minutes of your time. Once all the numbers have been gathered Louise will return to her studio and draft a custom bodice pattern for each participant. These can be picked up one week later at the Lounge giving you another week to sew a test of your bodice before returning for the next session.

Session II. Fitting
In half hour appointments each student will have their test bodice fit. Any changes will be transferred to their patterns.

Session III. Demonstration
Everyone returns with their basic bodice pattern and a commercial pattern that needs to be adjusted. Louise will demonstrate how each student will use their new "fitting tool" to adjust a commercial pattern. Since everyone will be present for the last session there is sure to be vicarious learning as you watch how your classmate's patterns are changed.

Please note: For the first two sessions it is important that you wear the same good foundation garments typical of what you intend to wear under your soon-to-be-adjusted patterns.

Minimum Skill Level: Intermediate
Times: Session I. November 1 from 10 - 10:15 (booked), 10:15 - 10:30 (booked), 10:30 - 10:45 (booked), 10:45 - 11 (booked), 11 - 11:15 (booked) and 11:15 - 11:30 (booked)
Session II. November 15 from 10 - 10:30 (booked), 10:30 - 11 (booked), 11- 11:30 (booked), 11:30 - 12 (booked), 12 - 12:30 (booked) and 12:30 - 1 (booked)
Session III. November 22 from 10:00 - 1:00 (6 total openings, class is full)
Cost: $95
Instructor: Louise Molin





Susan came to Fitting Support with a mockup of the jacket she wanted to sew along with the fabric she planned to make it up in. Louise fit the mockup and transferred the changes to Susan's pattern. The final result was a spectacular success!

















Jump-start your creative process using fun journaling techniques! In this class, you will explore different journaling tools that will help you tap into and expand your creativity, whatever your creative endeavor (for instance, sewing, knitting, writing, painting). These techniques, ranging from quick writing sprints to visual exercises, can be mastered quickly and used extensively. Plenty of time will be given for hands-on writing. Find out how journaling can take your creative work to places you never imagined!

Open to all skill levels
Times: October 28 from 10 - noon (8 openings) or
November 1 from 1 - 3 (7 openings)
Cost: $24
Instructor: Brenda Hudson













Inspired by Madeleine Vionnet, Ella Ramsey continues her exploration of using geometric shapes to create bias clothing. This time she answers the question: "What to do with the beautiful square scarf you haven’t worn in years?" with "Make a fun bias top!" If you are not ready to start with a scarf bring a piece of silk or light weight cotton. A supply list will be sent upon registration.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Times: October 14 and 21 from 1 - 4 (5 openings)
Cost: $72
Instructor: Ella Ramsey












Whether you are a seasoned sewist or are just starting out, Irreverent Sewing can help you see things in a new way and create unique garments with artistic flare. Mix unusual fabrics, finish edges in unorthodox ways, apply scraps-of-fabric-as-trim with abandon. We ill take a fresh look at working with grain line, securing seam and garment edges as well as embellishing and closure options. There will also be discussion about fabric sourcing and salvaging. Bring patterns, a ready-to-wear garment you'd like to jazz up or a scrap of fabric you want to incorporate into a project and we'll discuss your options.

Minimum Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Time: October 25 from 1 - 3 (6 openings)
Cost: $24
Instructor: Elinor Auge







Bring the item we discussed on October 25th or something you have started from a previous Irreverent Sewing Workshop and work on finding the most interesting ways to finish up your project. Bring your sewing machine, threads, trims, fabric scraps, buttons or anything you think might add a bit of excitement to your piece.

Prerequisite: Intro to Irreverent Sewing
Time: November 6 from 6 - 9 (6 openings)
Cost: $36
Instructor: Elinor Auge









We've all struggled with them and perused books in vain, now Ella Ramsey will demonstrate her fool proof way to do a hand rolled hem. Bring fabric from your stash or buy some at the Lounge and create a fabulously finished scarf!

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Time: November 15 from 2 - 4:30 (full)
Cost: $30
Instructor: Ella Ramsey





Custom bow ties have recently gained immense popularity as a fun and distinctive fashion statement. Originally relegated to men only for wearing to “black tie” events, they are now also worn by women – and are found not only as plain black, but in a rainbow of colors and patterns. In this class we will learn to make a custom bow tie in the fabric of your choosing.  We will incorporate appropriate hardware for adjustable sizes, but also learn how to custom size them for a particular wearer. We will make the original formal style – one that is tied, not pre-tied with an elastic band or clipped to one’s collar. Make a collection of distinctive bow ties for yourself, or as special custom gifts for family and friends.
Supply fee of $12 (payable to the instructor) will include pattern, interfacing and hardware to make one bow tie. Supplies for making additional ties will be available for purchase. Students will supply appropriate fabrics. Supply list will be provided upon registration.

Minimum Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Time: December 4 from 6 - 9 (5 openings)
Cost: $36
Instructor: Steve Pauling











This versatile accessory can be draped. twisted, knotted or pinned for countless effects. With two corners, subtle neck shaping and only one seam it is quick to make and fun to give. You'll need 5/8 yard of fabric, knit or woven. Chose a knit and you won't have to finish the edges; wovens can be fringed or hemmed. The sample is made from a loosely knit Viscose available at the Lounge in 17 colors. As always students receive a 20% discount on fabric and supplies.

Open to all skill levels
Time: December 18 from 6 - 8 (6 openings)
Cost: $20 - includes pattern
Instructor: Maggy









Learn how to make a 100% wool cat toy. Safe, natural, indestructible and fun this is sure to please the most discerning felines in your life. The skills and tools you acquire can be applied to countless other crafting projects.

Open to all skill levels
Time: December 6th from 1- 3 (8 openings)
Cost: $37 (includes wool and a needle felting kit)
Instructor: Maggy




This is initially how Sewing Lounge came to be -- I wanted to offer sewers a resource for sewing support. If you can't figure out a sewing project I offer professional guidance. If you need the use of an overlock or industrial machine there are a fleet of home overlocks, 3 industrial straight lines with buttonhole and binding attachments, an industrial serger, coverstich and blind hemmer all at your disposal. Sewing camaraderie is also be a nice way to spend productive leisure time, sometimes presenting the opportunity to learn vicariously.

Prerequisite: You must know how to operate a sewing machine

Times: Whenever the Calendar says "Store Hours" and nothing else is scheduled. Check the Calendar for exact dates and availability
Cost: $12/hour
Instructor: Maggy











Students are welcome to use Lounge machines at no extra charge and receive 20% off fabric and sewing supplies