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

Garment Sewing Group and Fabric Swap

Garment Sewing Group 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 group is for you! Bring Show and Tell for a chance to win a door prize.

Our meetings at First Sewing also include a fabric swap-bring what you want to let go of, take home what you want-all free-any remaining fabric will be donated.

Thursdays, 10:30 am-registration appreciated but not necessary

January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13

Cost: $10 or first time is free


Garment Sewing Group

See what everyone is sewing!



This is a “you pick a project” and we will work with sewing techniques, fit issues and serger application. Start to finish or jumping in on the middle of your project, set this time aside to work on your dream wardrobe. This class will be limited to 6 students and will have more focused attention than Sew Social.

Skill Level: Must know how to use your sewing machine and have used a pattern

Wednesdays, January 25, February 1, 1-3:30 pm

Fee: $45

Please note: We will cancel a class 24 hours in advance if no one has signed up.



Guided sewing of your choosing.


Basic & Beyond Sergery

From fresh out of the box to “I need a refresher” to specialty stitches, this is the class for you-each session is available on every class date-two teachers will keep everybody busy. Sign up for several sessions or just one-repeat if necessary, stop when you know what you want to know.

Session A: We start the class from the very beginning-you may not even have taken yours out of the box-and that’s OK! We’ll start with machine parts and move on to threading-you will be serging by the end of our first session.

Session B: Serge a child size tee that will be supplied with class fee-no fitting, just techniques which you will use over and over while constructing garments with your serger.

Session C: Flat locking and fine rolled hem finishes will be covered in the third session. These are the icing on the cake stitches that allow you to add special touches to your sewing.

Session D: Coverstitch techniques-this is the stitch you see on most tee shirt hems-looks like twin needle on your sewing machine but has more stretch and is made to work with knits. Not all machines can do the cover stitch-there are combination and stand alone machines-call if you aren’t sure your machine has this feature. We will cover threading your machine and techniques used with the cover stitch machine.

Once you’ve taken our class your serger will be your friend and you will wonder how you ever got along without one 🙂

Class Fee: $35 per session

Thursdays, 10:15-12:15, January 19, 26, February 2

Supply list:

Serger, manual, presser foot and any other accessories

Scissors, pins, ripper

4 different colors of thread, cones preferred and you may want to match the colors of your tension discs


Basic & Beyond Sergery

Make the serger your best sewing tool!


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 but think of this as more of an independent sewing time while meeting other sewists that share your passion! Come as often as you can and sew what you want-

If you need more focused help, please sign up for the Sew/Fit/Serge class.

Skill Level: Should be able to sew independently for the most part

Fee: $15 for one session or $40 for three nonconsecutive sessions

Thursdays, 1-4 pm

January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 23

Sew Social-single payment

Sew with others-great space and company!



Sew Social-3 pack

Pay for 3, use them when it works for your schedule, no need to attend consecutive classes.