Fair Fit is a private studio in Mid City that offers sewing classes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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Summer is approaching, and this year, we are going to grow together. I have created a new kind of sewing curriculum, and its designed to accommodate busy summer travel schedules! Introducing... our new Fair Fit Fundamentals curriculum with programs to teach you how to sew and make your own clothing, not just while you are in class with me, but in these comprehensive courses, you will learn how to build a personal practice of sewing with the confidence to sew on your own. Check out my course descriptions to learn more!
Our classes are designed for adult learning styles. You are welcome to register your children over age 15, but if you are seeking to register a person under age 15, you must contact me first.
If our group classes do not work for your schedule, or you need individualized attention and the ability to work at your own pace, private lessons are also available. And if you are looking for more in-depth courses in fashion design,
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The Learn How to Sew Program
The Learn How to Sew Program
Do you have a sewing machine just sitting in the closet, maybe even still in the box, because you don’t know how to use it? Lets change that now! This course is for the absolute beginner ready to learn how to sew and make the art of sewing a part of their life.
Introducing The Learn How to Sew Program: A six week course designed to teach you how to operate and control your sewing machine, working through varieties of sewing techniques, learning coordination, accuracy, and common sewing skill sets. By the end of this class:
- you will know how to use your machine and sew basic projects.
- you will be able to tackle common mistakes and problems with your machine.
- you will be able to sew simple projects.
- you will learn about the mechanics and use of most sewing machines.
- you will be set up with a practice plan to help you grow and practice sewing on your own.
My Learn How to Sew Program is a step by step mixture of video online course and in person teaching designed to teach the absolute beginner how to use a sewing machine and how to practice sewing at home on your own. Over the past 4 years of teaching beginners, what I’ve learned is a barrier to continuing what you learn in class is not having the tools and lessons to take home with you. I want sewing to become a life skill for you. With my video learning tools you will be able to practice and repeat the steps we learn together, at your own pace, and as often as you need to watch them to practice what you’ve learned.
This course is 6 weeks, however, its designed to accommodate busy summer schedules. The program officially begins June 29th and the advantage is that a lot of the work for the course is completed through weekly video lessons and homework that you can complete before our in person class on July 20th. Please see below for the class syllabus and outline to see the schedule and confirm your availability.
To participate in this course, you will need to be able to access a computer and internet to watch the video modules. You also have to have a sewing machine and 1.5 yards of cotton fabric. I will supply you with a pattern for the live class.
Please see my video below for more information and for answers to frequently asked questions. I can't wait to help you get started sewing your own clothing.
You can register below - Please note, registration for this course closes on Monday, June 19th with no exceptions.
In this course, we will start with the machine, and then tackle sewing exercises to develop your skill constructing seams. And then we will do a project together- a versatile bag that will teach you not only the skills to accomplish basic crafts, but also the beginnings of garment construction should you desire to eventually start making your own clothing.
You will learn more about fabric, its care and preparation for sewing, how to lay out a basic pattern, cutting, pinning, and learn the steps involved in a basic sewing project. And after that, our final modules are designed to set you up with next steps so that you can practice on your own before moving on to more sewing classes. I want you to know how to practice on your own, and I have a proven methodology to share with you to make sure you practice and implement the investment that you have made to learn how to sew.
THE LEARN HOW TO SEW PROGRAM - CLASS SYLLABUS AND SCHEDULE
PLEASE NOTE: THE DATES INDICATE THE WEEK YOU WILL HAVE TO WATCH YOUR VIDEOS AND COMPLETE HOMEWORK, EACH VIDEO IS APPROXIMATELY 2 TO 5 MINUTES, AND WEEKLY MODULES SHOULD TAKE 1 TO 2 HOURS EACH WEEK TO COMPLETE.
WEEK 1: INTRODUCTION - KNOW YOUR MACHINE - JUNE 29 THROUGH JULY 6
MODULE ONE: KNOW YOUR MACHINE - UNDERSTANDING THREADING, TENSION, SETTINGS, AND THE MECHANICS OF YOUR SEWING MACHINE. WATCH VIDEO LESSONS 1 THROUGH 8
HOMEWORK: COMPLETE THE LESSON WORKSHEET FOR LESSONS 1-8
SUBMIT ALL QUESTIONS TO ANDREA FOR LIVE Q&A
DUE JULY 6TH
WEEK 2: SEWING SEAMS AND SEWING EXERCISES- JULY 6TH THROUGH JULY 13TH
VIDEO MODULE 2: VIDEO LESSONS 1-3 STARTING SEAMS, BACKSTITCHING, AND SEAM ALLOWANCE
VIDEO MODULE 3: VIDEO LESSONS 1-8 LEARN STRAIGHT SEAMS, HAND EYE COORDINATION, AND TYPES OF SEAMS SEWN ON YOUR MACHINE.
HOMEWORK: COMPLETE THE LESSON WORKSHEET FOR MODULES 2 AND 3 BY JULY 13TH
LIVE VIDEO 30 MINUTE Q&A WITH ANDREA ON WEEKS 1 AND 2
WEEK 3: PREPARING YOUR PROJECT - JULY 13TH THROUGH JULY 20TH
VIDEO LESSON : PATTERN LAYOUT
VIDEO LESSON : PINNING YOUR PATTERN
VIDEO LESSON : CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS
HOMEWORK: GO BUY YOUR FABRIC, PRINT OUT YOUR PATTERN, AND CUT IT OUT FROM THE CLOTH.
WEEK 4: LIVE CLASS AT FAIR FIT STUDIO JULY 20TH 6:30 PM
SEW OUR PROJECT START TO FINISH, STEP BY STEP, WITH HELP AND REFINEMENTS FOR BETTER SEWING.
WEEK 5: SETTING UP A SEWING PRACTICE, AND REFINING YOUR WORK- JULY 20TH - JULY 27TH
VIDEO MODULE 6 SEWING PROJECT : WATCH LESSONS 1-9 AND REFINE YOUR BAG
HOMEWORK: SEW ANOTHER BAG, AND CHECK PROGRESS WITH ANDREA
WEEK 6: PRACTICE PLANS FOR YOUR FUTURE SEWING - JULY 27TH - AUGUST 3RD
VIDEO BONUS LESSON: MACHINE TROUBLE SHOOTING
VIDEO BONUS LESSON: ADDRESSING TANGLED SEAMS
VIDEO BONUS LESSON: BOBBIN PROBLEMS
FINAL MODULE: PRACTICE PLANS AND RESOURCES
4 Important class FAQ’s
1. I signed up for a Fair Fit Class- What can I expect?
You can expect a small class, in a private studio- we aren't a commercial location, with fun people and a teacher who loves sewing and will show you how to work it into your life.When you sign up, I send you a welcome email with location, time, my cell for emergency texts, and instructions for the class. Our materials list goes out a couple weeks before the class so that you have time to shop for what you need. Often since classes are for beginners, I don’t require you to bring much, usually its just fabric and a pattern. For the special workshops, you will be sent info on supplies. If you need a machine, you can reserve one of ours. You can also learn on your own machine and I encourage that because I can help you with any problems you are having with it. Classes start on time, so if you are going to be late, please text me. You are welcome to come 5 to 7 minutes before class and get set up and comfortable. But since I do private lessons before class or am setting up the classroom for you before you come, if you make it any earlier, please text me. If I don’t answer, then we are finishing up a private lesson and will be ready in 5 minutes.
What can I learn from you that I can’t learn on YouTube?
I do get asked this, and its good. You can learn a lot from YouTube and I know people who learn how to sew by following online tutorials and I think that's awesome! I do believe class is helpful when you are trying to learn the process of sewing. Yes, you can google almost any sewing technique, but do you know when to use it, and in what order in the construction process? A lot of what I know about sewing is the way you use your hands. Its truly fabric manipulation- some of the best things I have learned is from watching expert seamstress and tailors is how they touch the fabric and work it with their fingers. In class, if you have coordination issues, I can stop you, help, and show you a way to correct. Also, I’m there to support you as a resource and you can ask any question. I see some people freeze on tutorials because of the commitment of cutting fabric, and I don't blame them, who wants to waste materials and money? Its nice to see the process, mimic it, and practice it with help. Pattern manipulation is often an individualized topic too- though there are rules, they are applied to unique situations dependent on the individual. Being in class is really fun too and you get to meet new people who share your interest.
Do you teach kids?
I do, and have taught all ages. Our group classes are designed for adult learning styles, so I do not allow individuals under age 15 to take the class unless they have taken private lessons with me and can implement and practice what I am teaching. If I see that after a few private lessons that they can take a class and get a lot out of it, I email the parent and let them know their child’s progress. Honestly, I have met some young sewing enthusiasts who can beat the adults, and I love their enthusiasm and fearless approach to the process. For some people who really want to take the group class, they register themselves and their child under the agreement that they help their younger one with any extra assistance or questions. I encourage you to email me, so that we can discuss the best option so your child can start sewing.
I can’t make class, what’s your cancellation policy?
Okay, here comes my teacher tone. I do want you to commit to the class, and write it on your calendar and make arrangements with your family to accommodate your attendance. We keep our class sizes super small, and they aren’t offered all the time, so when you reserve a spot, another student can’t take the class who really wants to learn how to sew too. To receive a refund, I need you to let me know 2 FULL WEEKS prior to the start date of the class that you can’t make it, and are subject to a 10% administrative fee to cover all the credit card transactions and admin work. Transfers and refund requests will not be accepted after this deadline, unless it is a medical emergency, death in the family, or a dangerous weather event.