Sewing Level 1: Beginner

Sewing Level 1: Beginner

Regular price $300.00

This is course is designed for people with no sewing experience or for those who have sewn in the past but need a refresher! 

All proceeds from EcoEquitable's public sewing courses go towards our mission of empowering women with sewing skills and building connection and community; and supporting our local circular economy by redistributing fabric and sewing tools. We thank you for joining and supporting us!


Dates Available: 

Wednesdays, September 20 - November 8 from 6-9PM with France

Thursdays, October 5 - November 23 from 5-8PM with Madeleine

*Any classes that fall on a stat holiday will rescheduled and extended by 1 week to accommodate our office closure.

About your Instructors:

France: I'm a retired educator. I have five children and 9 grandchildren. I learned to sew when I was 14 and my sister taught me to make a skirt. I have sewn all my life and I love it. I used to make all our family's clothes when I was a stay at home mum. Drapes, everything. During COVID quilting kept me sane and I finished 12 quilts!!! Now I'm back to sewing outfits for my granddaughters which is so fun. I am determined that they will become sewers - since it seems to have jumped a generation! We are excited to welcome France back as an Instructor after having her teach with us in early 2023.

Madeleine: Fascinated as a child with her Aunt's hat shop, Madeleine France Cormier became a milliner after studying haute couture in Montreal and Ottawa, Canada. Madeleine believes a good milliner is a good listener; she needs to learn about the event, the locale, colour preferences, and perhaps most importantly, the impression you want to make. She runs her own business, "Chapeaux de Madeleine" here in Ottawa. Madeleine taught at EcoEquitable back in 2022 and has rejoined us in 2023!

Length of Program: 8 weeks 
LOCATION: 404 McArthur Avenue, Unit "D" (end unit in the strip mall)  
Max class size: 8
Min class size: 4

*We require a minimum of 4 people to run the course otherwise it may be cancelled. Please see our updated Refund and Cancellation Policy below for more information.


  • How to operate a sewing machine
  • Sewing terminology and equipment
  • How to read a commercial pattern 
  • Learn about fabric characteristics and how to choose the right fabric for a garment
  • How to identify fabric grain lines
  • The use of different types of stitches and seam finishes using a sewing machine 
  • How to properly press and iron garments for sewing
  • How to take proper measurements 


In this course, you will learn how to make a pair of pajama pants or a skirt with an elastic waistband. Please note: The in-class project may be changed without prior notice by the Instructor.


Sewing Machine

  • EcoEquitable provides access to a sewing machine and most tools during the class duration. We charge a nominal fee of $10, included in the class fee, that goes towards sewing machine maintenance, supplies, and tools.
  • Students are welcome to bring their own sewing machine to class.


  • Fabric needs to be determined by the instructor 


    • A notebook for taking notes 
    • A list of other sewing tools needed may be provided by your instructor before the first class or during your first class. Any instructions will be emailed or provided to you in advance.
    • Students are encouraged to have a domestic sewing machine, iron, and basic sewing kit at home to practice and/or complete their in-class projects. However, this is not mandatory to complete the class.


    • If you are purchasing/registering this class on behalf of someone else, please include their name, phone number and email address in the "NOTES" box of the checkout page. Thank you!
    • EcoEquitable Inc. is committed to comply and exceed the requirements and recommendations of Ottawa Public health and to put in place all necessary measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. While masks are no longer mandatory, we recommend wearing a mask while in-class. In addition, all individuals who enter our programs are encouraged to:
      • Wash your hands frequently
      • Bring and use hand sanitizer 
      • Clean your workstation before and after class

    Refund and Cancellation policy:

    • EcoEquitable requires a notice of cancellation via email in order to process a refund.
      • For written notice of cancellation 3 or more weeks before the class start date, EcoEquitable will refund the class fee minus a $20 administrative fee.
      • For written notice of cancellation 1 week or more before the class start date, EcoEquitable will refund 50% of the class fee.
      • Cancellations less than 7 days before the class is set to start are non-refundable, unless there is a waitlist for the course and we are able to fill the spot.
    • If the minimum number of students do not register, EcoEquitable reserves the right to cancel the class. Students will be notified via email with 48 hours notice of any class cancellations and will be eligible for a full refund.