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Sold Out – Beginning Machine Sewing

June 5 @ 6:30 pm 8:00 pm

Dates:  Wednesdays, June 5, June 12, June 26, & July 17
 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 Jill Valavanis
Location: Room 201, Fiber Arts Studio
Adults, 18+
Skill Level:
Sliding Scale:
 $90 / $120 / $150

Financial Aid Sold Out

About the class

Learn the basics of machine sewing during this four-session class especially for beginners. Everyone will design and sew their own reversible tote bag. Bring your own sewing machine or use one from our studio. All materials are provided.

Week 1: Learn about the machine – what everything is called and how it works. Then jump right in and practice sewing straight and curved lines.

Week 2: Become more familiar with threading your machine, winding the bobbin, and changing stitches. Learn about various fabrics and how to use a pattern. Begin designing your tote bag by choosing fabric for the interior, exterior, handles and pockets.

Week 3: Start cutting and sewing your project. Learn about pinning, interfacing, seam allowances, pressing seams, and clipping corners.

Week 4: Complete your bag by assembling the parts and adding a row of topstitching. You’ll be proud of all you’ve learned and have the confidence to begin sewing clothes, home decor, quilts, toys, and more!

Important note: Class will meet on the following dates: June 5, June 12, June, 26, July 17.

Please share any special considerations (medical, physical, learning) that will help your instructor make your class accessible and accommodating for you. You can share these considerations when registering or by emailing Sean at

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

About the instructor

Jill Valavanis

Instructor / Artist

Jill Valavanis is the Visual Arts Director at the Sonoma Community Center and a teaching artist working primarily with fiber. She completed her graduate work at California State University, Long Beach where she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Integrated Three-Dimensional Media, utilizing skills developed in working with fiber, metal, and wood. Currently she is exploring free motion machine embroidery and relief printing on fabric.

Instagram @jillvalavanis

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