Alterations, Fitting and Mending Sewing Workshop

Alterations, Fitting and Mending Workshop

Learn how to adjust and fix your garments

Next Available: Sat, 03 Aug 2:00PM (AEST)
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3 hours
Over 100 people have attended this class


Maximum of 4 participants. Your teacher will address alterations, fitting and mending specific to the garments/patterns students bring to the workshop.

This could include:

  • How to take in or let out seams.
  • Adding darts and details to improve fit.
  • Replacing buttons, zips and closures.
  • Repairing hems and torn seams.
  • Help to get your UFOs (unfinished objects) pile down!
  • Discover visible mending, patches and applique. 
  • where to insert fabric features to increase the size of garments.

If you want to learn specific mending (eg: a zip), but don't have an item needing repair, bring along calico or fabric remnants and the supplies needed to do a sample and learn the process.

How much you can achieve in this workshop will depend on your skills, the amount of unpicking required and the extent of the alterations, fitting or mending involved.  

This class starts with a review of each student's first garment/pattern.  The theory and plan of attack for each student is outlined. Then your teacher will provide students with instructions one-on-one. 

We have all the tools you'll need. Each participant is setup with fabric shears, pinking shears, thread snips, unpicker, hand needles, tape measures, pins, tailor's chalks, hem guides, ironing/pressing tools, rulers, stationery... there is no need to lug around your whole sewing kit. We've taken care of it all.  

Workshop skill levels explained – click here.

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What you will learn

  • Techniques and tips specific to your garment
  • A plan of attack to repair your garment
  • How to problem solve mending

What you will get

  • Increased knowledge and confidence mending and altering
Parking Info
  • Level 1, 329 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Look for the red door.
  • Most Brunswick St parking is ticketed & max' 2hrs. However, longer time parking is available in the paid Coles Car Park.
  • Public Transport is the ideal way to get here - jump on the 11 tram & get off at Johnston St.

What to bring

  • Any notions needed such as zips and buttons etc.
  • Some garments you'd like adjust or repair
  • Chocolate is always handy sustenance

What to wear


Appropriate for

Suitable to all levels of skills. We can teach hand sewing techniques and if you do not know how to thread and use a sewing machine

Thread Den

(1846 Reviews)

Learn to sew, craft and create with Thread Den

Located on Melbourne's vibrant Brunswick Street, in Fitzroy. At Thread Den you can start at the very beginning, take your skills to the next level, and find your own unique style.

At Thread Den it's just like a friend (a super nice clever one) teaching you and a few friends to sew, craft and create. When you come in; take advantage of having all the equipment on hand, lovely big cutting tables, smooth running Janomes with plenty of feet accessories, inspiring resources, and friendly people to chat to.  

Your teachers have years of experience, their own labels and businesses, and the desire to share their skills and craftsmanship with you.

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4.8 (43 reviews)
Barbararated it
11 Jul 2024
I attended a beginners sewing class, which I was given as a birthday present. Each step was well explained by the teacher, from the parts of the sewing machine, how to thread, how to cut from a basic pattern, and we were excited to create a fabric bag by the end of the lesson. The teacher came to each participant to make sure we understood every step. This experience has definitely given me the confidence to try another class and build on my new skills.
Teresarated it
06 Jul 2024
Great course with a wonderful instructor! Will do it all over again!
Ericarated it
06 Jul 2024
Fantastic! Was so helpful, I altered a Jean skirt and walked out of the class wearing it! Thanks to Arli, as always she's so helpful, patient, and friendly.
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

  • A refund can be requested 1 day before class starts. An admin fee of AU$35.00 applies.
  • A transfer can be requested 4 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$10.00 applies.
  • A credit note can be requested 4 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

Taking part in a workshop at Thread Den is fun and we love teaching people our craft, but here we have to get serious for a moment:

It is your responsibility to clear your diary for the booking you've made - especially if there are multiple sessions in your course. If you want to finish your project(s), you need to attend all workshops. You'll also need to arrive on time. We can't start again because it just isn't fair to your fellow participants. 

Allow us this indulgence for a second, our workshops and courses - are usually sold out weeks in advance. It isn't a quick switch to pop you into another workshop. If we have an appropriate session where you can attend to keep going, we will try to offer you a discounted space. If that isn't possible, you will need to book a private lesson to stay on track (the minimum cost is NM -$144 or M -$119.52). 

We also won't follow you up to check that you are coming along to class and/or that you have the right supplies for your class. Almost every workshop will require you to bring along your supplies, for some workshops we sell a supplies kit at an additional cost - but not for all. If you are unsure about what you need, just shoot us an email - .  We also want you to learn and love what you make as much as possible, please carefully consider the fabrics we recommend that you use. If you choose a fabric that is suited to a more advanced level you aren't going to enjoy your experience.

We've tried to answer any questions you could have in the workshop description, but again, don't hesitate to email us for any further details or with any queries. We loooove to see that fabric you are thinking of using and sending you off to some of our favourite fabric and habby suppliers. 

Thanks for sticking with us and reading through those annoying details. 

The details of our refund policy appear during the booking process.

Medical Events

  • If you are required to isolate, with the supply of a medical certificate or COVID-19 testing referral covering the date of your workshop, you will be able to transfer your booking without incurring any penalties.
  • Your safety is our priority, we reserve the right to make decisions if necessary to preserve the safety of all. 
  • In the event of a medical emergency, we may have to seek ambulance services on your behalf and at your expense.

Course Cancellations 

  • Classes are subject to sufficient enrolment numbers (usually this is 3 participants).
  • We reserve the right to cancel any scheduled course.

This policy can be viewed on our website -

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