Sewing Students: We are happy to work with you on getting set up for your upcoming sewing class!
Let us know what’s on your supply list and we’ll lend a hand. And, be sure to show us your class registration receipt and you’ll receive 10% off your class supplies.
Here are some of the great places in town that offer classes. Make sure to also visit our blog for sewing tips and inspiration.
Portland Fashion Institute
Just down the way in the Hollywood District. Professional, broad ranging classes for the beginner to the aspiring designer. Portland Fashion Institute offers a series of classes to earn a certificate and be ready for a career in the world of fashion. A multitude of courses are offered in the categories of pattern making, sewing, design and business. There are even children's classes!
For those of you in the Lake Oswego area, this is the place to go for all sorts of classes: sewing, jewelry making, cooking, and more. Peruse their listings, and you will be sure to find something for everyone in the family!
Located in N. Portland, the Klum House classes include lots of bags using hardware and waxed canvas. You will be thrilled with the new backpack you made and all the skills you learned when you are finished. Ellie is a very skilled teacher, walking students through all the ins and outs of a well constructed item. Other course offerings have included textile printing, Japanese hand sewing, and intro to industrial sewing.
Heather is the best in town for teaching kiddos sewing skills. Patient, creative, knowledgeable, and fun are the perfect combination of traits she brings to the classes. Located nearby Bolt, in the Hollywood neighborhood of NE Portland, Heather offers after school classes as well as private lessons for a little more attention. Be sure to check out the project gallery on her site to get an idea of the wide range of creations Heather is busy teaching her students!
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Suzanne teaches out of her fabulous women’s clothing boutique on SE Division, offering women’s apparel classes, children’s classes and open sew days when you can bring in your project and they can provide guidance.
Sara brings her enthusiasm for designing and making to every class she teaches. Learn from an experienced, eclectic fashion designer the tricks of the trade! In her own words: "the pattern house allows me the joy of combining the art of dream clothing craftsmanship and my love affair with Portland's immensely rich diy community."
Palmer Pletsch teaches a wide variety of sewing skills, from beginning sewing to advanced fitting courses. They offer classes year round in their Portland sewing school, as well as seminars on special topics, both locally and around the country.
A couple more wonderful places to look to for instruction and inspiration: Pacific Northwest College of Art Continuing Education, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts and Portland Community College.