Questions and Answers

How old must my child be to attend?

As long as your child has the ability to focus and behave in a manner that allows everyone in the group to learn, they are old enough to attend. Our experience shows that children are both emotionally and physically ready for our workshops around six years of age (for hand sewing) and around eight years of age (for machine sewing classes).

Is my child too old?

Age is no barrier to learning how to sew. Many adults do not know how to thread a needle or sew on a button so learning at any age is encouraged. For older children and adult learners it is advised to ensure that an appropriate starter project is selected. We also understand that people want to be in an age appropriate group, so call before hand to discuss prior to registering. Alternatively, get a group together and form your own class.

Who will teach the classes?

Dianne Hodge is an experienced teacher, occupational therapist and trained fashion designer. She will be teaching all of the classes. Because of her background she is also able to tailor the classes and activities to meet specific skill requirements if needed. For example if improving reading skills is a goal, this can be addressed in a fun and creative way. Students can be given simple written instructions to follow as well as having the instructions given verbally. If hand skill improvements are needed, projects that focus on precise tasks can be incorporated. Please contact Dianne to discuss this further.

What do I have to bring to class?

The requirements will vary slightly between classes, however students will need to bring their own fabric, matching thread and any fasteners or embellishments. This enables the student to have total creative control. All machines and other sewing equipment (such as scissors, needles, tape measures etc) will be provided. For health and safety reasons students must wear closed in shoes and have hair tied back. Water only is allowed in the sewing room.

Can I bring my own machine?

Elna sewing machines and overlockers are provided for students to use in class. Class participants are able to bring their own machine providing it is in good working order. Please bring an extension cord and all attachments. Children’s toy sewing machines are not permitted.

How do I pay?

A place in a class is not reserved until full payment is made. At this stage cash and bank transfer is available (please call for bank details). An online ticketing service will be available shortly.

What happens if I can’t make a class?

Life happens and sometimes you can’t make the class as arranged. Please notify us via email ( sms or phone (0418 439 314) as soon as possible. We can then arrange another suitable class time. No shows on the day without prior notice will incur a 100% cancellation fee. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further details.

What if I have an idea for a class?

We are always looking for new and interesting ideas for new classes. If you have a project that you want to complete but is not listed, please contact us. It may be possible to slot into an existing class time. Alternatively you could get a group together and have your own private class.

Do you teach adult classes?

There is no age limit to who can learn to sew. Often there may be a change in circumstances that fires up an urge to learn such as the arrival of a new baby, or you may just have more time and it is something you have always wanted to do. Adult sewing classes can be as structured or as unstructured as required. Often people need a small amount of help to get them going, others simply need a set class time to get their sewing projects underway. Others may be new to Townsville and want somewhere to go while they settle into living in North Queensland. Whatever your reason for learning to sew, feel free to contact Dianne to discuss possible projects.

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