ONSITE: Learn to Use a Sewing Machine: Make a Throw Pillow

In this beginners' course, students will learn the basics of machine sewing. First, students will learn how to set up their machines and practice using them. Once students feel comfortable with simple machine sewing, they will have the opportunity to sew a throw pillow to apply their new skills. Through the construction of the pillow, students will learn how to cut and measure their fabric and consider seam allowance.

Special Notes

  • Sewing machines will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own sewing machine if you would like. If you do bring your own machine, remember to also bring bobbins that fit your machine. Please check the supply list for details about what fabric to bring to class.

    Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.
    This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program. Please visit for more information.
About the Instructor

Sam Christian

Focusing in multiple mediums, Sam’s primary forms are Linocut printmaking, Fiber Arts (sewing and quilting) and Comic Art. Sam is a native of Richmond’s East End who has worked to craft a practice around the beauty and inequities found in the East End and communities like it. Through eco-conscious printmaking that highlights the deep history of the East End community and artistic partnerships
in schools and community spaces, Sam has been instrumental in cultivating light and love in the spaces they call home. Being no stranger to the obstacles facing students of the East End, both academic and social, Sam looks for any opportunity to shift the narrative and make space for young artists.

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Class Details
July 211 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Day: Sun
Tuition: $50.00
Member Tuition: $45.00
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Sam Christian
Level: Beginner