Frequently Asked Questions
If your query isn't answered here, please do not hesitate to contact Jemma.
YOU MUST PROVIDE FABRIC and matching THREAD FOR EACH PROJECT.
2.3m pre-washed fabric for PJ pants.
- PJ Pant Pattern, available in sizes 6-20
- 2m x 2.5cm White Elastic (if making PJ pants)
- 1 Magnetic Pin Holder
- Hand Sewing Needles
- 8.5" Fabric Scissors
- Paper Scissors
- Tape Measure (Analogical)
- Medium sized Sewing Utility Box and Inner Tray
- Mixed, Universal Machine eedles
- Multicoloured Tailors' Chalks
- Thread Snips
- 11gms of Glass-Head Pins - please don't buy cheap pins : )
- Safety Pins or Bodkin
- Water erasable pen
- Quality, white, cotton interfacing, 0.5m
- Pen and notebook
No, absolute beginners are welcome.
2 hours per session per week. Usually 6:30pm - 8:30pm.
2.5 hours per session per week. Usually 9:30am-12pm
Yes, in the driveway and on the verge.
The availability of Sewdeliska designed and produced, beginner patterns is slowly growing in the Sewdeliska Web-store.
Kwiksew and other commercial brands provide a range of 'Easy' patterns available at sewing stores and online.
Downloadable, 'independent' patterns are also a great way to access readable and easy patterns. I recommend looking at Style Arc beginner patterns or Indie Stitches. There's In the Folds, The Foldline, Fibre Mood, Megan Neilsen patterns, Makerist, Maai Design, Thread Theory (mens) and many more these days.
There are so many options when it comes to buying fabric online now. Some stores will provide very good pictures demonstrating the drape and structure of the textile. The best ones are now also providing a video so one can see how it moves. Others will have a very descriptive blurb of the movement, weight and texture, providing a good image of what to expect. Try Drapers Fabrics, Fabric Deluxe, Fabric Hunt, Nerida Hansen, Fibresmith, Lush Fabrics (WA owned), Maai Designs.
Some people will start to document their fabrics by keeping swatches and labelling them with all manner of info such as weight, name, colour, source, price. This will help you build your fabric knowledge (see sewing apps info below).
No, this is not on offer as pattermaking is quite involved and a lengthy process. However, I can offer private, Draping patternmaking instruction, IF you have an adjustable dressform and have reasonable sewing experience.
We do some pattern adjustments and fitting adjustments in regular classes. Which is often enough for those wanting to tailor fit and adapt patterns to a degree.
This is a bit more advanced so I can only offer it as a private lesson - unless it's a super basic design.
Certainly you may bring your own, but I also have a Brother NS15 for hire for $5 per session if you don’t yet have one and would like to try before you buy.
I recommend the Brother NS15 Sewing Machine, and am now selling it, for the sale price of $369 (usually $499).
If you end up buying this item the hire cost is deducted from the sale : ) Happy days!
- Armscye - the curved edge of the armhole. We sometimes speak of its depth or circumference
- Bobbin - a plastic or metal round object which thread is spun around for the bottom compponent of a row of stitching
- Boning - plastic strips used to provide structure to bodices, bra-like garments and dresses etc
- Fray - threads that have been unravelled and are loose at one end
- Fusing - fusible interfacing. Woven or non-woven fabric with a light layer of speckled glue on one side, used to reinforce and/or give structure to another fabric. Use a lighter weight fusing than the fabric you are applying it to.
- Interfacing - A woven, knitted or non-woven material used to give collars, cuffs, button stands, brims and bags reinforcement or structure.
- Invisible Zip - a zip that is largely not visible from the outside of the garment. The zip pull is more discreet than standard zips, as well. Usually requires a specific sewing machine foot to insert.
- Knit Fabric - A fabric that is made from a continuous yarn that is looped, like in a knit jumper. It stretches to different degrees depending on the type of knit eg. jersey or interlock and whether it consists of elastomeric fibres like Lycra.
- Notch/es - small marks on the pattern used as sign posts for either matching other pattern pieces, distinguishing the depth of seam or hem allowances or where to stop sewing along a seam (in the case of a zip opening)
- Nick - a small snip in a fabric where a notch has been determined
- Overcast - A way to finish off a seam so it resists fraying ie. to overlock, zig zag, pinked edge
- Overlock - a type of stitch that finishes off a seam edge.
- Overlocker - a task specific machine for joining two pieces of fabric in such a way as the cut edge is finished off to prevent fraying
- Selvedge - the edge of a woven fabric which has not been cut but is woven as such
- Warp - the yarn that runs down the length of the woven fabric. Most stable yarn than the weft
- Weft - the yarn that runs from selvedge to selvedge. Has slightly more give than the warp yarn
- Woven Fabric - a fabric formed interlacing two threads at right angles to each other in the weaving process. Only really stretches on the bias unless it contains a stretch fibre or has a mechanical weave which allows it to stretch, such as a seersucker (shirushakar).
- ZigZag - a type of stitch that has a width and a length determinant used for stretch fabrics and to overcast a seam to stop fraying
- Zip Pull - the metal or plastic head of a zip, a sliding device to open and close a zip
- Pyjama Pant Pattern - sizes 6-14 or 12-20 (Please specify at purchase)
- 2m x 2.5cm White Elastic
- Medium sized Sewing Utility Box
- 1 magnetic pin dish
- Hand Sewing Needles
- Rose-gold coloured quality fabric scissors
- Paper Scissors
- Analogical Tape Measure
- Mixed, universal machine needles
- Pack of multicoloured Tailors' Chalk
- Thread Snips
- 1 Velcro, tidy straps
- 10g Glass-head 38mm pins
- 2 Sizing Reference Cards
- 3 Safety Pins or bodkin
- 2 Clothing labels
- Water-erasable felt pen
- 0.5m quality cotton interfacing
Please note you will still need to buy fabric for your PJ pants (or otherwise) - 2.5m of woven cotton such as poplin or flannelette.
All class booking and rescheduling is to be made through the Sewdeliska website booking system.
Sewdeliska is unable to offer catch-up classes for lessons that are not attended due to illness or any other reason. We will do our best to offer you a make-up class as a courtesy however, as places are limited and cancellations tend to be last-minute and few, the opportunity may not arise.
You will start a 2nd, 3rd or 4th project that you may not finish making in the course of a term.
If the term is cancelled by Sewdeliska before commencement, because minimum course numbers are not met, you will receive a full refund within one week of notification.
If you must cancel your place during the term or are unable to attend for any reason, there will be no refunds or transfers issued. It will be considered a ‘change of mind’ and there will be no exceptions to this so please be sure of your commitment before booking.
If you need to cancel before the booked term commences, and with at least 48 hours notice of your session time, you will be refunded less a cancelation fee of 15%.
The instructor may have to cancel a class because they cannot perform their role due to illness or otherwise. As much notice will be given as is possible. A class will be rescheduled for another majority agreed time or a refund for the session given.
In the case of a WA government imposed Covid lockdown, equivalent remote support via teleconferencing/online classes via the Zoom platform and email, 50% pro rata refund for lost sessions or a form of credit will be offered at the discretion of Sewdeliska Sewing Studio.
Private lessons booked but not attended, will forfeit 100% of the booking payment. However, a 30% off coupon code will be issued toward the following booking fee.
Please print this page for your reference as these conditions may be updated at short notice.
Last updated 15:15pm on April 9th, 2021. Copyright 2021 Sewdeliska Sewing Studio