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 TEXTILES (TXL)
 
   
TXL: Advanced Sewing: Make a "Hobo" Bag

Come in and make your own custom "hobo" bag!

In this workshop, you will learn how to sew a custom (not to mention, adorable) bag. With winter just around the corner, this is the perfect time to try out your sewing skills on something fun, functional and fashionable!

As this is a custom item, each student will want to bring the following:

- 2 yards fabric (once you register for the workshop, we will email you a handy "How to pick the right kind of fabric" handout)

- Basic thread in a preferred color

Feel free to bring your own sewing kit if you like (scissors, seam ripper, pins) but TechShop will otherwise supply these materials.

Prerequisite: TechShop Basic Sewing Machine SBU. If you haven't taken this class yet, sign up for the next available session here.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Advanced Sewing: Make a "Hobo" Bag Monday, 12/22/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
1 SEAT LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $65.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $85.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
TXL1217: Advanced Sewing: Zippers

In this advanced sewing workshop we will learn how to install a zipper in a garment. Students may use the provided zipper, or bring their own zipper and garment. Students must have taken and passed the Basic Sewing Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class.

Project: None. Students will have access to basic black and white thread, a small zipper, and muslin. Students who wish to work on their own projects must bring any other materials needed for their garment.

Prerequisites:

  • Required: Must have passed the Basic Sewing SBU class.

  • Recommended: 12 hours experience basic sewing.

    Equipment access:

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are required.

  • 2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Advanced Sewing: Zippers Sunday, 11/23/14 3:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        Advanced Sewing: Zippers Sunday, 12/14/14 3:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    2 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    TXL1218: Advanced Sewing: Make a Circle Skirt

    Tired of your current wardrobe? Come in and make your own custom circle skirt!

    In this workshop, you will learn how to sew a custom fit (not to mention, adorable) circle skirt. With fall just around the corner, this is the perfect time to try out your sewing skills on something fun, functional and fashionable!

    As this is a custom garment, each student will want to bring the following:

  • 2 yards fabric (once you register for the workshop, we will email you a handy "How to pick the right kind of fabric" handout)
  • Basic thread in a preferred color
  • 1”-wide non-roll elastic. Measure around your waist and add 4” (get 1-1/4” wide if you are a size 22+ or if sweater material is super heavy)
  • Leggings are recommended so that you don't have to hit the TechShop restroom every time you need to try the garment on for fit and proper sizing while you're pinning

    Feel free to bring your own sewing kit if you like (scissors, seam ripper, pins) but TechShop will otherwise supply these materials.

    Prerequisite: TechShop Basic Sewing Machine SBU. If you haven't taken this class yet, sign up for the next available session here.

  • 2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Advanced Sewing: Make a Circle Skirt Friday, 11/21/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        Advanced Sewing: Make a Circle Skirt Saturday, 12/20/14 3:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $85.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    TXL1219: Advanced Sewing: Make a Decorative Pillow

    Want to spice up your home? Come to TechShop to make your own custom decorative pillow!

    As this is a custom pillow, each student will want to bring the following:

  • 2 yards fabric (once you register for the workshop, we will email you a handy "How to pick the right kind of fabric" handout)
  • Basic thread in a preferred color
  • Any other decorative elements needed (beads, applique, etc)

    Basic batting will be provided.

    Feel free to bring your own sewing kit if you like (scissors, seam ripper, pins) but TechShop will otherwise supply these materials.

    Prerequisite: TechShop Basic Sewing Machine SBU. If you haven't taken this class yet, sign up for the next available session here.

  • 1 session currently scheduled:
        Advanced Sewing: Make a Decorative Pillow Thursday, 12/11/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $85.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    TXL1220: Textile Technology- Apparel and Soft Goods

    Get an introduction to textile terminology and learn how fabrics are used in apparel versus accessories, home textiles and industrial design. Discover how they are made and the special characteristics of each fabric. Demonstrations with touch/feel and visual aids are included.

    This is a great way to get educated about how fabrics perform and how to make the best choice for any application. The course is part science, part technology, and whole lot of style!

    Tuition includes course handouts.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Textile Technology- Apparel and Soft Goods Wednesday, 12/10/14 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
    8 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    TXL1221: Textile Technology- Industrial Textiles

    Expand your knowledge of the industrial technology world!

    In Part 2 of the "Textile Technology" lecture series, students will have the opportunity to explore the industrial textile industry. This workshop is designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge of textiles as they relate to the design and development of the industrial sewn product. Terminology, organization, and structure of this industry will be highlighted. We will also cover the textile industry and the major developments in this century.

    Each student will walk away with a booklet of fabric swatches.

    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Textile Technology- Industrial Textiles Tuesday, 11/25/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
    7 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Textile Technology- Industrial Textiles Tuesday, 12/23/14 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
    10 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    TXL1226: Advanced Sewing: Button Holes

    In this advanced sewing workshop we will learn how to install a button hole in a garment. Students may use the provided fabric, or bring their own fabric or garment. Students must have taken and passed the Basic Sewing Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class.

    Project: None. Students will have access to basic black and white thread and muslin. If a student wishes to work on their own project they must bring any other materials needed for their garment.

    Prerequisites:

    • Required: Must have passed the Basic Sewing SBU class.

    • Recommended: 12 hours experience basic sewing.



    Equipment access:

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    Safety
    • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes


    1 session currently scheduled:
        Advanced Sewing: Button Holes Wednesday, 12/17/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    TXL101: Basic Sewing Machine SBU

    In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to use a sewing machine. Acquire skills to correctly thread machine, fill and place the bobbin, and change the foot. Also learn to sew straight, zig-zag, basting, and other specialty stitches. This machine sews through regular weight fabric but not heavy duty materials like leather or thick canvas. Go on to create messenger bags, rocket parachutes, clothing, plushies, sails, costumes, and more!

    Project: Pocket bag

    Prerequisites: None

    Equipment access: Sewing machine

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the sewing machine outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are required.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    6 sessions currently scheduled:
        Basic Sewing Machine SBU Monday, 11/24/14 6:30 PM 1.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Basic Sewing Machine SBU Monday, 12/1/14 6:30 PM 1.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Basic Sewing Machine SBU Friday, 12/5/14 5:00 PM 1.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Basic Sewing Machine SBU Sunday, 12/14/14 3:00 PM 1.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Basic Sewing Machine SBU Saturday, 12/20/14 5:30 PM 1.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Basic Sewing Machine SBU Sunday, 12/28/14 12:00 PM 1.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    TXL103: CNC Embroiderer SBU

    In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to create custom embroidery designs with the intuitive and easy-to-use Janome embroidery machine. Take part in several demos and become familiar with hooping methods, needles, threading, several types of stabilizers, and more. See how to create digitized stitches based on monogramming and logo art as well as clipart-style designs. New to digitizing? Take TXL204: Digitizer CNC Embroiderer Software next!

    Project: Embroidered patch

    Prerequisites: None

    Equipment access: Embroidery machine

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the embroidery machine outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are required.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    6 sessions currently scheduled:
        CNC Embroiderer SBU Saturday, 11/22/14 3:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        CNC Embroiderer SBU Saturday, 11/29/14 3:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        CNC Embroiderer SBU Wednesday, 12/10/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        CNC Embroiderer SBU Thursday, 12/18/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        CNC Embroiderer SBU Sunday, 12/21/14 3:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        CNC Embroiderer SBU Monday, 12/29/14 4:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    TXL105: Industrial Serger Sewing Machine SBU

    In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to use the Juki four-thread industrial serger sewing machine. Get hands-on serger experience using overlock stitching to create high quality, soft-feeling seams and fine rolled hems. Take advantage of this powerful machine to sew and hem heavy, layered materials like canvas and leather. Expect to increase productivity after learning this efficient machine.

    Project: Small pocket bag

    Prerequisites: None

    Equipment access: Industrial serger sewing machine

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: All 12- to 15-year-olds must attend class with a parent or guardian and be supervised, while using the Industrial serger sewing machine, by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are required.



    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    6 sessions currently scheduled:
        Industrial Serger Sewing Machine SBU Sunday, 11/23/14 5:30 PM 1.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Industrial Serger Sewing Machine SBU Friday, 11/28/14 3:30 PM 1.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Industrial Serger Sewing Machine SBU Tuesday, 12/2/14 6:30 PM 1.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    2 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Industrial Serger Sewing Machine SBU Saturday, 12/13/14 4:30 PM 1.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Industrial Serger Sewing Machine SBU Tuesday, 12/16/14 6:30 PM 1.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Industrial Serger Sewing Machine SBU Saturday, 12/27/14 3:00 PM 1.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    TXL110: Industrial Sewing Machines - SBU

    In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to use the Juki straight (or single) stitch industrial sewing machine and the Juki industrial walking foot sewing machine. Practice methods of speed control and accuracy. Operate the presser foot with a knee lever and enjoy continuous bobbin winding. Then get to know the walking foot industrial sewing machine.

    This powerful machine is perfect for working with heavyweight materials such as leather, canvas, or multiple layers of fabric. Experience the walking foot advantage as it moves both the top and bottom of the fabric to keep the fabric from shifting. Start sewing like a pro!

    Project: Scissor pouch

    Prerequisites: None

    Equipment access: Industrial single stitch sewing machine and industrial walking foot sewing machine

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: All 12- to 15-year-olds must attend class with a parent or guardian and be supervised, while using the industrial sewing machines, by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are required.



    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    6 sessions currently scheduled:
        Industrial Sewing Machines - SBU Monday, 11/24/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    2 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Industrial Sewing Machines - SBU Sunday, 11/30/14 3:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Industrial Sewing Machines - SBU Wednesday, 12/3/14 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Industrial Sewing Machines - SBU Sunday, 12/7/14 3:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Industrial Sewing Machines - SBU Friday, 12/19/14 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Industrial Sewing Machines - SBU Tuesday, 12/30/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    TXL204: Digitizer CNC Embroiderer Software

    In this lecture-based class, learn the many aspects of this feature-rich, digitizing (creating machine embroidery stitches from 2D artwork) software package by Janome. (The software also supports Brother.) See how embroidery designs are created from existing artwork, objects (e.g., shapes, text, and clipart), and original artwork. This software-focused class does not include time on the CNC embroidery machine. Prepare to start having fun printing art in thread!

    Project: None

    Prerequisites: None. TXL103 CNC Embroidery Machine is recommended

    Equipment access: Digitizer embroidery software

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: All 12- to 15-year-olds must attend class with a parent or guardian and be supervised, while using the computer, by a parent or guardian.

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are required.



    1 session currently scheduled:
        Digitizer CNC Embroiderer Software Wednesday, 12/3/14 3:30 PM 2.5 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
    8 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    TXL304: Advanced Sewing Workshop

    The Advanced Sewing workshop is a place to practice techniques, develop skills, and get help. Come to class with a goal in mind and project in hand. This student-driven class does not rely on a handout or traditional instruction; instead the class is driven by student questions and needs.

    Examples: learn hem techniques and advanced stitching, get feedback on pattern-making and draping, receive feedback on skills, get advice on your specific project.

    Students must have taken and passed the appropriate sewing Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class; if you're going to get help with the Industrial Serger, for example, you must have passed the Industrial Serger SBU. This is not an SBU and will not count towards machine access.

    Project: None. Students will have access to basic black and white thread but must bring any other materials needed for their project.

    Prerequisites:

    • Required: Must have passed the appropriate sewing SBU for the equipment you will be working on

    • Recommended: 12 hours experience basic sewing, 6 hours experience on an industrial machine



    Equipment access:

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    Safety
    • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes


    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Advanced Sewing Workshop Monday, 12/15/14 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
        Advanced Sewing Workshop Monday, 12/29/14 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.