Getting to Know Your Sewing Machine with Shannon & Jason (Online)

  • Thursday, January 27, 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Class time is Pacific Time, Class Code FI012722SG+
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    Registration will close on Wed., 1/26 at 3:00pm.

Registration is closed
**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom. Class time is Pacific Daylight Time** 

Get a sewing machine they said. You’ll be able to make all your own clothes and quilts and home décor, and you’ll be a sewing Jedi they said. And all of those dials, buttons, bobbins, feet, thread weights, and needle sizes? GAH! If that machine ever made it out of the closet or out from under the table, setting it up and actually making it do what you want it to do is, well, not as easy as they made it sound and certainly not as easy as they made it look in the demo. We feel your pain. Expensive doorstop anyone?

We’ll help you demystify the basics of machine sewing with a tour of the most common features found on every sewing machine. Then we’ll help you through basic machine set up and help decipher thread weights and needle sizes and types. Finally, we’ll put needle to fabric and sew everything from basic straight stitches to zig zags and decorative stitches. We’ll even show you a few of our favorite hacks we discovered when we had one of those machines we got on sale at the big box store with a 50% off coupon.

This is the perfect class for the beginning sewist, or someone who just wants to know a little more about the ins and outs of machine sewing.

Supplies you will need:

  • Sewing Machine
  • 1 yd, light colored, cotton fabric
  • 40 or 50 wt thread (needle and bobbin) in contrasting color to fabric
  • Felt tip sharpie or other permanent fabric marker
  • Machine equipped with universal needle
  • Standard sewing kit including at least:
  • Fabric scissors
  • Thread snips
  • Seam ripper

This class will be recorded. The recording will be available to all registrants for 30 days after the class. Can’t join at the scheduled time? Register and watch on your own schedule—as many times as you like—for 30 days!


  • Registration for this class will close on Wednesday, January 26, at 3:00 PM.
  • A Zoom link will be sent to the email address you registered with one day prior to the event start date. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder for emails from BARN.
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to fill out our simple form. Please apply before you register. We will register for you when we have completed processing your application.

Instructor Bio:  

Shannon Leigh Roudhán and Jason Bowlsby are the dynamic DIY duo from Seattle, Washington. Their award-winning crochet, knit, and sewing designs have been featured in and on the covers of domestic and international publications and their craft, portrait, and fashion photography has appeared in books and magazines around the globe. Shannon & Jason have published 10 books of crochet and knitwear patterns including complete Crochet Course – the Ultimate Reference Guide, Designer Crochet, and Crochet Geometry. Their latest book is titled Boro & Sashiko: Harmonious Imperfection from C&T Publishing.

The duo have been partners in life for 27 years and have been teaching adults for 20+ years. With their mastery of subjects from crochet and knitting to photography, spinning, sewing, and quilting, their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style have made them sought after teachers in both local and national venues such as Sew Expo, Houston Quilt Festival, Pacific International Quilt Festival, and the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN). They also have a wide range of online classes available from Craftsy and Creative Spark Online. The “edu-tainment” experience of a class with Shannon & Jason will leave you informed, empowered, and in stitches (see what we did there?).

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