Learn to Sew at The Makery: Sewing Alterations

What to Bring

  • Items to alter

What to Wear

  • Casual, Please wear enclosed shoes.

Learn to Sew at The Makery: Sewing Alterations

About This Class

What You Will Learn

  • Learn hand and machine sewing skills
  • Basic alterations...hems, tucks, zips, darning..
  • Techniques for altering your own clothes

What You Get

  • Confidence in using a machine machine
  • All materials will be provided, including use of sewing machines
  • Personal attention with class numbers limited to 5 students


The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences is co-ordinating the Sydney Science Festival, and as a part of that they are coordinating a Maker Open House Day on Sunday August 20th.   Diverse maker spaces and groups will be opening their doors to the public. We are offering a 2 for 1 special for our Learn to Sew classes on the day... sew get in quick as spaces are limited!

Do you need to nip in that skirt to make it really fit? Take up that hem just a fraction? How about replace a broken zip? We can do all these things and more in this troubleshooting class for beginners to experienced.

Contact us in advance to let us know what specific alterations you are keen to learn and we can try and tailor (pun intended!) the class to fit as best we can. Email: makery@work-shop.com.au


Mindy McTaggart had her first machine sewing lesson with her great Aunt at the age of about 5 or 6 sewing on a treadle Singersewing machine. Her project was to make aprons for said Aunts fellow nuns of the Order of the Sacred Heart.

She progressed on to an electrical machine and bigger and better projects.

In her final year of Fashion Design Studies, at the Narional Art School, Mindy was selected as the Australian Candidate for the Smirnoff International Fashion Award. Here she showcased a small collection she printed, embellished, cut and sewed together, titled The Altered Image.

Today in Partnership with Emma Cotterill, Mindy creates bespoke and Avante Garde styles for their label Millicent Darling – where their work is often featured in Hairdressing campaigns and Magazines.

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Jan 2017

I'm a bloke who simply wants to take up my jeans and this workshop was perfect. It's real, you bring along your clothing to be altered and the focus for the duration of the workshop is on that task. I learnt to thread a sewing machine and taught best practices in measuring, cutting, pinning, hemming and sewing. It is empowering and practical. Now I do all my jean alterations myself ... a personal defiance to being short and stocky.