5 CLASS SESSION • Monday Evenings • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

June 24th & July 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd and one private, one-hour lesson at Vecina for cutting instruction to be scheduled at your convenience. Details below.

This class is being held at Vecina, 540 Biden Street, Downtown Scranton.  All classes are taught by me, Jamie Durkin, owner of Vecina.

Class size is limited to 6 people and is designed to start at 14 years old.

You will be provided with a JUKI home machine for all classes. If you have your own machine, please let me know as soon as possible so we can discuss the condition and capabilities of your machine.

PRIVATE LESSON FOR CUTTING - 5 classes will be spent sewing as a group. One class will be a private lesson focusing on cutting. Each student can schedule a 1 hour class at my store for a private lesson.This is included in the class registration fee. I have found that students can struggle more with cutting than sewing! We will have a chance to figure out the best way of cutting for you, which can make sewing so much enjoyable!

Your lesson can be scheduled after the first class and will need be completed by July 8th so you will be ready for the upcoming classes.

Sewing 101 is a 5-part series designed specifically for beginners. This class is perfect for anyone who has a little or no sewing experience as well as those who have not sewn for years and needs a good refresher.

The goal of the class is to have everyone become comfortable with the machine, learn how to sew and learn techniques that you can build upon for your sewing journey! It's a learning class and not just a project-based class.

Considering we are making projects – I want them to be fashionable and functional and something you will be very proud of using. You will learn techniques of how to make your projects look professional and not homemade. I will also share production tips and tricks I have learned from years in the industry.

Students provide sewing tools and most materials.

Tools: You will need just the basics to help keep the cost low. You will need some sort of cutting scissors or shears. Please buy new ones, they will make your life so much easier. I will also show you how to use a rotary cutter with a self-healing pad. You will need to provide pins and or clips. I also have a variety of rulers and tape measures to use. If you have your own, please bring them too.

Materials: You will need to provide certain materials for your projects and I will provide some for others, this is to keep it simpler for you and save you time and maybe a little frustration!

TRIANGLE BAG: You will provide the fabric. The sample I made is in linen, it's very drapey and has a beautiful look. Linen is a little tricky to sew for a beginner, but I wanted to show you the possibilities! Other fabrics that would work well are any type of cotton, solids or fun prints, a soft canvas, lightweight denim, and corduroy. Depending on the width of the fabric you will need just under 2 yards for the outside and the same for the lining. 

HEADBAND: You will provide the fabric. I will supply the hair elastics. Good fabric choices are any cotton solids or prints. Depending on the width of the fabric just over 1/4 yard is required.

ZIPPER POUCH: I will provide the canvas the sample is made of, and I will also provide the zipper. This lining is made of linen backed with fusible interfacing so it's easier to sew.

Patterns: I will make the patterns and will be yours to keep after the session.

CLASS 1: Machine - We jump right in, I will teach you how to thread your machine, wind a bobbin, and use the stitch selector. You will start sewing straight lines and corners, back tacking, making seams, and top-stitching. I will provide you with practice fabric. There is always time for Q & A and I will also give some pointers about which fabrics and tools to buy.

CLASS 2: Twisted Fabric Headband - You will learn to sew a twisted fabric headband using all the techniques you have learned so far. We will also cover the importance of pressing while sewing, which is also part of the art form of creating a beautiful, finished product. Laying out the pattern and learning about fabric terminology will be discussed.

CLASS 3: Triangle Bag - We will start the triangle bag and it will probably take more than Class 3 to finish; we will finish it in Class 4.

CLASS 4: Zipper Pouch - We will work on finishing the triangle bag and will start the zipper pouch. The pouch will be fully lined and will have a metal zipper. We will learn how to set a zipper with a "zipper foot", which will be provided.

CLASS 5: We will finish strong with the most difficult project, the canvas zipper pouch. Congratulations! If there is additional time during the last class we will have an open teaching, learning, question and answer session. Ask me about a new project that you would like to start!

CANCELLATION POLICY: If you are unable to attend, I can provide you with a credit of $210 that you can use toward future sewing classes. It will only be provided if you notify me 72 hours in advance by emailing There must also be a waitlist for the class so that I can fill your spot. By registering for the class, you are agreeing to this cancellation policy.