Supplies & Suggestions
Bring to the first Class:
- Pins and pin cushion
- Seam ripper
- Sewing/seam gauge
- Cutting shears
Places to find these supplies in San Francisco:
- Fabric Outlet, Mission at 18th – they have garment and home decorator fabric, patterns, and notions. This store will be a one-stop place for project supplies.
- Fabrix on Clement Street – this place is a like a treasure hunt, you never know what you’ll find. Great prices, great fabric, great trims, and never the same place twice! (note: patterns and notions are not sold here)
- Discount Fabrics – multiple locations in SF. Nice variety of garment and home decorator fabrics, and some notions.
- Mendels Far-Out Fabrics in the Haight - this is a fabric and art supply store. Head to the back of the store for the sewing section. You will find all the basic sewing supplies, buttons, and thread. A neat place to visit for faux fur, costume-type fabrics and nice cotton fabrics.
If you have your own machine, you may use it in class. There is no charge for machine use at the classes held at the Marina Studio.
For Community Education Classes, 5 machines are avaialble for students to share. There is a one-time equipment fee of $10.00 due the first night if you are using a machine.
Alicia's Project Recommendations for Beginners
In general, patterns labeled "easy", "quick", "2-hour", or something similar are best for beginners. Patterns with fewer pieces will go together easier.
New Look™ Patterns are very beginner friendly! Try to avoid Vogue™ or Burda™ patterns for your first project.
- Skirt with darts and a zipper
- Pajama pants and shirts
- Simple dresses
- Un-lined jacket
- Home decorator pillows
- Tote bag
- Bath Robe