Sewing 101 
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Sewing 101 with Richard Killeaney

Ideal for folks who haven't sewn in years, have never sewn, or don’t know how to use the sewing machine they have. We'll cover the basics of how a sewing machine works along with trouble-shooting tips to keep you working. You'll learn how to measure and cut fabric using a rotary cutter for projects and practice how to sew a good seam. Students will make many sewing samples that they can keep as a reference. The course will finish up with sewing a simple pillow cover that you can take home.


• How to thread sewing machines, balance the tension, and choose the stitch length
• Troubleshooting, like “why does my thread keep breaking?
• Ironing versus pressing and when to do it
• Seam types covered: plain, flat-felled two ways, and French
• How to machine hem thick or thin fabrics: two hems learned
• Matching up seams, order of operations, and assembling projects

Take Sewing 101 to gain confidence to tackle your own projects, to learn sewing jargon so you can understand book or pattern instructions, or to prepare for Denyse's Improvisational Workshop. This class teaches sewing appropriate for quilting, home décor, and apparel.

$125 includes tuition, lunch and goodie bag.
Class size is limited to 12 so register early! You will take home a completed simple project and lots of confidence!

11am to 4pm


Prior to registration please be sure to read our Registration Policies section. We’ll let you know as soon as we can if your date of choice is sold out.

We Provide

A delicious lunch, snacks, and beverages; a sewing machine, rotary cutter, cutting mat, and most of the fabric you’ll need for the day. Please carefully review the downloadable PDF information document for additional details.

What You Need to Bring

  • Bring 1/2 yard each of two coordinating fabrics.
  • one yard of 45-inch wide muslin.
  • if you prefer to bring your own sewing machine and tools, please feel free to do so – just let us know in advance and plan to arrive one-half hour early to set up your machine.

Whether you are traveling from afar or from just down the road, we've put together some information [pdf] to make getting here easier, and to help you plan an entire weekend in the area.

Richard Killeaney was raised in San Diego, California. He received his BA in Studio Art and French from Hobart College and an MFA in Textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has sold paper airplanes professionally, taught art at the San Diego Children’s Museum, worked for a winery, and taught English to French high school students. He was the Studio Manager and Assistant Designer for Denyse Schmidt Quilts. He currently teaches full-time in the Fashion Department at the Art Institute of New York City, and teaches textiles at Fairfield University and Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in up-and-coming Bridgeport, CT and crafts his own line of quilts and pillows.