'Seams' Like Things are Taking Off for the Firelabs!

22 Jan 2020 10:37 AM | Mary Hannaford (Administrator)


Since the Roswell Firelabs’s conception, sewing has been a driving interest group. From cosplay to home improvement, there are members and non-members alike who have reached out to express their desire to learn more about sewing and improve their skills. The Firelabs has received many donations of fabric and other materials to be used to this end. The only snag? There weren’t enough sewing machines of a similar type to easily run classes. Thankfully, that’s now been resolved.

Thanks to the generous donation of several machines by Bill and Cat Harrison, the Firelabs is ready to push the peddle to the floor and get those needles going! The recent machine donations were given in memory of avid sewer Naomi Grunwalk-Everhart, who had purchased the machine but unfortunately died of complications from cancer surgery before she was able to pick them up. In honor of her passion for the craft, the Firelabs will put these machines to good use by sharing that love with others. In the next couple of weeks, there are two new sewing classes on the calendar: Patterning Basics and Sewing 101.

In Patterning Basics, scheduled for Saturday January 25 at 10:00 AM, participants will learn everything they need to know for working off of a pattern. Anyone who has seen a sewing pattern understands how complicated they can be. This two-hour class covers how to read the pattern, provides an explanation of darts and dots, and how to adjust for individual sizes. Both patterns and fabrics will be provided, but class participants are also welcome to bring their own materials for a personal project. While no actual sewing will take place during this class, it’s the perfect way to get started and a great information source for anyone wanting to sew from patterns.

Sewing 101 is scheduled for Saturday February 8 at 10:00 AM and will also be a two-hour class. The class will go over machine sewing in detail, including bobbin winding, tour hands and threading the machine. Just like with Patterning Basics, all materials will be provided for this class. It’s the perfect opportunity for a first timer to wrap their head around the process or regular sewers to refresh their skills. For Firelabs Members, this class will also count as their SIG Checklist for sewing. Members who have completed their checklist are able to use the machines at the space on their own time.

The Roswell Firelabs is greatly pleased to host these classes and feed the desires of the community. A heartfelt thanks is offered once again for the donations that made this possible. So, to all those with an interesting is taking up sewing or learning a bit more, the Firelabs looks forward to seeing you in these wonderful classes that are sure to leave you in stitches. Hurry, spots are running out!



Roswell FireLabs
1601 Holcomb Bridge Rd

Roswell, GA 30076

Roswell FireLabs is managed by Atlanta Maker Alliance, Inc., a local 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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