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STEAM553: Parent and Child Basic Sewing Machine SBU


In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, students will learn to use a basic, home sewing machine. Acquire skills to correctly thread machine, fill and place the bobbin, and change the foot. Also learn to sew straight, zig-zag, basting, and other specialty stitches.

This machine sews through regular-weight fabric but not heavy duty materials like leather or thick canvas. Go on to create messenger bags, clothing, plushies, costumes, and more!

Each slot in this course is for 1 parent/guardian and 1 child. Both students will be certified on our tools. To sign up, use the website to enroll the parent/guardian and pay, and then call the TechShop Front Desk to enroll your child.

Prerequisite(s): None!

Equipment access: Basic Sewing Machine

Minimum age: 8 years. Parent/guardian must be at least 18.

Supervision requirements: When using the sewing machines outside of class time, 8- to 12-year-olds may only use equipment during "STEAM Lab Sessions" (classes and courses taught and supervised by TechShop instructors). Members who are 12-17 years old must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU when using the tool outside of the "STEAM Lab Sessions."

Safety: Closed-toed shoes are mandatory.

Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

1 session currently scheduled:
    Parent and Child Basic Sewing Machine SBU
(Parent/Child Basic Sewing SBU)
Sunday, 2/14/16 10:00 AM 2.0 Hours 3 SEATS TOTAL
    * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $110.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
STEAM104: STEAM Lab- Open Making

Are you a younger maker who was a student in our Design & Build summer camps? Perhaps you have taken a Parent/Child Laser or 3D Printing class? If you're excited about what you learned and want to come back to the shop keep keep using these awesome machines: listen up! TechShop is now offering STEAM Lab sessions for makers ages 8 - 17, who have previously learned how to use our laser cutters and 3D printers.

Maybe you have an idea to expand on the project you created this summer, or you just want more time to experiment with these machines- all ideas are welcome! STEAM Lab sessions will be three hours long, and will give students a chance to work on project ideas under the guidance of an experienced instructor, who will be able to answer questions and help students problem-solve as needed. The best part? No parental supervision is necessary! So bring your thinking cap, some cool materials, and plenty of excitement- let's get to making!

Supplies will NOT be provided. Students may bring supplies that are approved for use in the machines, or they may purchase a variety of materials from the retail shop before class begins.


1 session currently scheduled:
    STEAM Lab- Open Making Friday, 2/26/16 4:30 PM 3.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
    Member and non-member Sign Up $40.00, No Materials Fee