San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
When your favorite clothes get ripped or worn around the edges, there's no need to throw them away. If you can find the sharp end of the needle, you can mend. You can also add decorative patches or trim to clothes and backpacks. It's shocking how fast it can be, many repairs take only 5 minutes.
Please bring something you'd like to fix or dress up. (Jeans are particularly good to patch.) If you have a bag of mending to do, bring it along, and see how much you can get done in a friendly atmosphere. More challenging repairs are also welcome if time allows. Fabric and sewing supplies will be available. If you have scraps, trim or tools you might prefer to use, or buttons you need to re-attach, bring them along.
Who is this class for?
This class is open to anyone who's comfortable with sitting down to learn, from mature 5 year olds to adults. You can be new to sewing, or experienced, and in the mood. (All children will need an adult companion.)
What will you learn?
You'll learn how to sew a simple seam, repair common clothing rips, judge what's worth fixing, and add a decorative patch or trim.
Needles, thread, and scrap cloth for patches will be provided.
Enroll early, and get a basic sewing kit to take home.
What to Bring
Please bring at least one piece of clothing (or other cloth) to fix or to decorate.
From Rebecca Gernhart:
I started sewing at about 5 years old, making doll clothes, and have continued to do so for almost three decades. I work by hand and with machines, doing everything from simple repairs to gifts and costumes.
When & Where
The Rochester Makerspace is a nonprofit community workshop and art studio located near downtown at 850 St. Paul Street. We're here to encourage learning, creativity and collaboration by providing low-cost and free access to sophisticated tools, offering a wide variety of classes, and by providing opportunities for “makers,” artists and craftspersons of all kinds to meet and interact with each other.
In addition to the classes and events listed on this page we also invite to attend the following activities, which do not require registration or a ticket:
Every Thursday Night from 6 to 9:30 PM - Weekly Community Night & Open House.
You are invited to come and use the Rochester Makerspace for free. Bring something to make or work on, help with a group project, or just come to meet other "makers" and see what we have to offer. (Sorry, but nonmembers can not use our wood or machine shops because of insurance issues.)
Every Thursday Night from 6:30 until 9:00 PM - Rochester Stained Glass Meetup
Learn how to work with stained glass or bring a project to work on if you already know how. We have lots of tools and grinders and enough supplies to teach you the basics. We also usually have an instructor. Free.
Every Thursday Night from 7 until 9:30 PM - Microcontrollers & Robotics Meetup
Work on your Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone projects with other users of these small inexpensive computers. All skills level are welcome and you don't need to be a member. We'll help you by sharing our knowledge and experience.
A family membership currently costs $40 per month and it gives you access to these tools and other tools every day from 8 AM to 10 PM.
A woodworking shop with a new SawStop professional cabinet table saw, a new Rikon Deluxe 14-inch bandsaw, a Jet 6-inch planer, a Grizzly 15-inch thickness planer, a chop saw, a drill press, two scroll saws, a central dust collection system, and an air filtration unit.
Two Solidoodle 3D printers.
An electronics bench with oscilloscopes, power supplies, soldering irons, and more.
A Computer Lab
Stained glass grinders and tools
Bike Repair Station
Workspace and work tables