Thread Den: Part 1
My little swatch of chiffon from Tessuti has been patiently waiting for me to master a sewing machine so that it can be turned into a lovely scarf. So on a cold Tuesday evening, I trooped off to Sewing Basics Module 1 at Thread Den, a great little shop and sewing lounge with its entrance tucked away in cobblestoned Webbs Lane off Errol Street.
Like me, the other six people in the class all looked a little apprehensive when faced with the indecipherable buttons, dials and levers of the Janome My Excel 18 W. Over the next three hours, the lovely and patient Melissa (one of the four young owners of Thread Den) guided us through the absolute basics of sewing machines – where to put the roll of thread, how to wind a bobbin, how to thread the needle, how to catch the bobbin thread and how to change feet. We then proceeded to put foot to pedals, our machines making satisfying whirring sounds as we practised sewing in a straight line, doing corners, curvy lines, zigzag stitches, blanket stitches and decorative stitches. All with one grand goal in mind – our very own self-made fabric satchel!
Even though my sewing was a bit crooked and my decorative stitching was not exactly even, I am very proud of my satchel. Mainly because it’s the perfect size for my Moleskine notebook and pen and it matches the vintage scarf I picked up in Florence.
I think the four girls have done a really good job in setting up a successful small business in a little less than two years. The basic sewing classes fill up very quickly (there are only eight machines) so if you want to go along you’ll need to book probably at least a month or so in advance. In addition to the sewing lounge, but their retail shop stocks very reasonably priced vintage and designer items. I’m coveting the pretty latte dress from Side Show Designs and the structured Lucy in the Sky dress from Oh Bluebird.
I’m now so excited about the prospect of making useful pretty things that I’ve signed up for Sewing Basics Module 2 – buttons and zips. In the meantime, I’m going to use the two hours sewing lounge time (included in your $55 three hour course fee) to whip up my little chiffon scarf.
Update 14 August: Home designers and maybe even Thread Den graduates, registration for the annual Tessuti Awards is open! Tessuti Fabrics run an annual competition to recognise up and coming designers and home couture. Entries close August 28 for two categories Vintage Little Black Dress & Smart Day/Evening Wear and the prize is a trip to Paris! Ooh la la!
Read about Thread Den Part 2
Look out for Thread Den Part 3