Tuesday, 21. May 2019, Austin Public Library: Central Library, Night Stitchers

from 21. May 2019 - 17:30 till 20:30

Austin Public Library: Central Library

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Adults only
Night Stitchers is a monthly make and take machine sewing workshop for adults (18 & up) designed to help you build a solid sewing foundation, learn new skills, and make fun projects! Each month we start with a basics crash course from 5:30 - 6:20pm which will certify you for that evening’s workshop as well as future workshops. From 6:30-8:30 we’ll make that month’s project, all tools and supplies are provided.
Night Stitchers is led by Niku Arbabi, whose approach to teaching sewing and textile arts is to meet you where you are and empower you with the skills and guidance to make the most of your own sewing journey.
All sewing levels are welcome! If you are new to sewing, haven’t used a machine in awhile, or if you just need to brush up on basics, you will need to complete the basics certification.
1/15 Tearjerker tissue holder (teardrop, avocado, or lemon) Stitch up a cute tissue case with its own personality! Room: 621 Skills learned: Sewing a lined pouch, sewing a curved seam, hemming, basic hand embroidery stitch 
2/19 Quilted Bowl Cozies Cute quilted sleeves for bowls that let you comfortably hold them when they’re full of hot soup or cold ice cream. Fun for using scraps and mixing fun prints. Room: 522 Skills learned: quilting, sewing heavy and thicker materials 
3/26 Applique drawstring bags Try out improvisational piecing plus applique and reverse applique techniques and make a drawstring project bag! Room: 522 Skills learned: improvisational piecing, applique and reverse applique, sewing a casing, edge stitching 4/16 Oilcloth Zip Pouches This project is perfect for conquering zippers and learning to work with oilcloth and vinyl. Make an art supply tool pouch or pencil case. Room: 522 Skills learned: Sew with oilcloth, install a zipper
Who can come to Night Stitchers? Any ***** who wants to sew! Beginners as well as stitchers of any level are welcome. Workshops are capped at 6 spots per workshop
What do I need to bring? Nothing! Machines, tools, and sewing supplies are all provided for you
What is the workshop format? The first 50 minutes cover the basics crash course, which certifies you to participate in any of the project workshops. The project runs 6:30 - 8:30.
Can I just drop in for part of it? If you are a current confident machine sewist, you can skip certification and just come for the project. If you are coming only for the project portion, be sure to arrive at our workshop room by 6:25. If you need to leave early or finish up early, you are welcome to leave.
What if I’m too advanced for the project? Our projects are designed to be accessible to beginners and possible to complete within 2 hours so they are not super in depth, but I’m always happy to find ways to make it more interesting for you if I can!
What kind of machine will we use? We use Eversewn brand Sparrow 25 which uses a top loading bobbin and digital stitch selector. The threading, basic setup and stitching can be applied to most modern top loading machines. If you want to learn on a front load bobbin machine we also have those available upon request.
How can I sign up to save my spot? Each workshop will be posted and open for signups the night of the previous month’s workshop.

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What if I can’t make it? If you need to cancel at any time, please email us in advance so we can open up your spot to the waitlist. Since space is limited, please check your schecdule and commit only if you can be there. Be sure to let us know if something comes up to ensure you can sign up for a future workshop, due to high demand and limited space.
Can I sign up a friend at the same time? Yes but they must attend the machine certification if they have not before
What if I’ve sewn in the past? If you currently actively sewing and are confident using a modern machine, you can arrive at 6:25 and join us for the project portion only.
If you haven’t used a machine in a little while, we strongly welcome you to pop in for a refresher or to get comfortable using a new-to-you machine so you are able to keep pace with the project portion without feeling stressed.
What skills will I learn? Each month’s project will include a few different techniques, with the overall goal of building your confidence in sewing, using, and troubleshooting the machine. In addition to basics, extra skills are included under each workshop project description
Can I drop in to use a machine on my own? This program at Central Branch is specifically for structured projects and we don’t have a drop in studio at this time, but the Ruiz branch now has a sewing lab that you can use. 
What if it's SOLD OUT and I really wanna go?  Do you have a waitlist?  We realize this is a really popular class and are looking into having more classes!  Yes, there is a small waitlist.  If there's room, sign up to get on the waitlist!
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? Consult the library FAQ "How do I park at the Central Library?" for parking garage rates and nearby alternatives to the Central Library garage.
Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable? Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends? Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Email Jennifer Connor, APL Librarian, if you have any questions on your ticket. 512-974-7550 or .
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? This is an adults only (18+) class. The youth librarians hold sewing classes from time to time. You can look at the event calendar for more information. 
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? Consult the library FAQ "How do I park at the Central Library?" for parking garage rates and nearby alternatives to the Central Library garage.
What if I need accommodations, will there be a sign language interpreter or someone who can help me if I have another disability?The Austin Public Library is committed to providing equal access to all customers, including those with disabilities, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you require an accommodation in order to access this program, please email Jennifer Connor at . All reasonable requests for accommodations will be considered. In the event that a preferred accommodation cannot be provided, Library staff will attempt to provide an effective, alternate accommodation. For more information about accessibility accommodations please call 512-974-7449.
How can I contact the organizer with any other questions? You can contact Jennifer Connor, APL Librarian, at 512-974-7550 or .

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