Classes at First Sewing

We’re enjoying the great lighting and space at First Sewing!!

The store is located in the Southtown Mall next to TJ Maxx

7985 Southtown Center, Bloomington

1st Sewing Fall Classes 2019

Fashion Sewing Club

Fashion Sewing Club is a monthly meeting featuring garments, pattern modification and review, and the latest news in the sewing world. You will be provided with tips, techniques and new ideas that are sure to inspire you. Current fashion, chic wear, proper fit, and children’s wear are some of the topics we will explore. Whether you are an experienced sewist (and you’ve been quilting while waiting for something like this:) or just beginning – this club is for you! Bring Show and Tell for a chance to win a door prize.

You may attend any scheduled Club meeting at any location during the month in which you have paid. Club meetings will only be cancelled in extreme cases (bad weather, no electricity…).

No registration is necessary!

Fee for Fashion Sewing Club is $10. Your first meeting is free.

You can pay online at or bring cash or check to the meeting.

Fashion Sewing Club -1st Sew

See and share everyone's latest garment sewing projects.


Meetings are held the second Thursday evening of the month:

September 12, 6:30 pm

October 10, 6:30 pm

November 14, 6:30 pm

December 12, 6:30 pm

January 9, 6:30 pm

Basic Sergery & Beyond

Do you have a serger you don’t know how to use?

Are you a little confused about threading?

Do you want to buy a serger but not sure how you’ll use it?

Take the fear out of serging and get comfortable with what could become your favorite sewing tool.

If you don’t own a serger, try one of the store machines before you buy! Sessions cover machine and stitch knowledge, threading, rolled hem, flatlock, techniques, serging a basic tee and more.

A child sized, cut out tee will be provided to practice your new skills. Construction techniques will be emphasized.

Skill Level: All

Fee: $80

Thursday, September 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10-12 pm

Monday, December 9 and 16, 10-1:30 (lunch break included 🙂

Supply list:

Serger and all accessories (or try out a store model)

Serger manual (download online if you don’t have one)

Four different colors of serger thread (helpful if it matches the four colors on serger tension dials)

Basic sewing supplies-scissors, ripper, pins

Basic and Beyond Sergery-1st Sew

Go from "Don't know" to pro!


Sew Social

Cutting out patterns on the floor? Got questions about pattern directions? Bring your project or sewing goals and spread out in our spacious classroom. We will help you choose pattern, fabric, decipher pattern directions, fit-whatever you need. And meet other sewists that share your passion! Come as often as you can and sew what you want-

Fee: $15 for one single session or $40 for 3 nonconsecutive sessions

Thursday afternoons, 1-4 pm,

September 12, 19, 26

October 3, 10, 17

November 7, 14, 21

December 5, 12, 19

January 9, 16, 23

Sew Social-Single Payment

Complete projects in the company of other sewists.


Sew Social-3 payments

Pay for 3-need not be consecutive


Wardrobe Capsules: Discovery and Planning

It’s a buzz word (ok, term) just google it but we’re going to hold your hand/positively reinforce you to give it a try. After all, aren’t most of us sewing so that we’ve got a closet full of clothes that make us happy and dressing fun or at least less stressful?

This class is perfect for those coming back to sewing, beginning sewing or STILL not finding anything to wear after sewing all the time…(I won’t name names 🙂

Session One: We’ll share our wardrobe capsules and discuss what works for different bodies and why, body shapes, colors, function, etc.

Homework: Go to your closet and answer the same questions for yourself-have fun!

Session Two: Come to class with your homework and we’ll all evaluate and help you make a plan that works for you and your lifestyle. Patterns will be suggested.

Fee: $45

Supply list: Note taking materials

Monday, October 7 and 14, 12:30-2:30

Wardrobe Capsules-Discovery and Planning

Define your wardrobe needs and plan a strategy to make a wardrobe that makes you happy!


Wardrobe Capsules: Let’s Do This

Sew through these wardrobe basics (a knit tee, a comfortable woven tee, stretch woven pants, cardigan) with us and create your dream wardrobe. These (or some variation on a theme) are the hardworking pieces that most of us reach for (or want to) every day.

For accent pieces not covered by these basics, please see our Fit Workshop offerings.

Session One: Choose pattern size and fabric, cut out and sew/serge. Or come to class ready for your first fitting! It’s up to you to get what you want out of the class. Everyone will work on the same pattern to increase learning opportunities.

Topics covered:


Fabric selection

Serger/sewing suggestions and techniques

Session Two: Sew your garment or come to class ready to fit for the first or second time

Topics covered:

Same as Session One plus

Using this pattern as a pattern block or toile

Hacks using your newly fitted pattern

Wardrobe Capsule: Jalie Eleonore No Zip Pant in a Day!

Monday, November 25, 10-2:30 with a lunch break

1st Sew-Jalie Eleonore Pant

Make these awesome fitting pants-you'll love them!


Wardrobe Capsule: Knit Tee

Monday, October 21 and November 4, 10-12 pm

Knit Tee-Wardrobe Capsule

Make a knit tee fit-


Wardrobe Capsule: Cardigan

Thursday, November 7 and 21, 10-12 pm

Cardigan-Wardrobe Capsules

Make a cardigan to fit you-


Wardrobe Capsule: Woven Tee

Thursday, January 16 and 23, 10-12 pm

Fee: $55 for each 2 session class

Woven Tee-Wardobe Capsule

Make a woven tee.


Supply list: Pattern (please check website for pattern numbers), fabric, notions, sewing machine (or serger), sewing supplies, pattern tracing paper

Fit Workshop

Do you want to add an accent piece to your wardrobe and need some help with fit? Or are you taking our garment classes and need catch up time/more assistance? This is not for beginners-some experience with fit/classes with Material Girls or others is needed.

Fee: $35

Supply list: Pattern, fabric, notions, pattern tracing paper, serger or sewing machine

Thursday, October 3, 5:30-8:30 pm

Monday, November 11, 10-1 pm

Fit Workshop

Bring your own project for fit guidance.