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Beginner Sewing

This course provides a foundational education on the features and use of a standard sewing machine. You will learn how to prepare the machine for use, change the settings for different uses, and gain the ability to use patterns. The course will help you build the confidence to tackle your sewing projects. Participants can expect to make a pillow cover, a zippered pouch, or a table runner. For the final sessions of the class, the instructor will provide you with guidance as you tackle your independent projects.

Supplies for instructor led projects are included. Instructor will provide guidance on necessary materials needed for independent projects.

If you have your own sewing machine that you would like to learn on please bring it with you. There will be an extra hour instruction on what you need to know about your machine.


Prior to registration -
  • Students must provide a preapproved project and fabric.  Purchase fabric from Short Tree Upholstery and receive 20% off fabric and other material if needed
    • Unique Short Tree does have project furniture available for purchase.
  • We provide ALL tools and clean workspace.
  • Students will receive hands on experience, majority of the class is "work" time.

How to make a wall cushion:

This class needs to be taken prior to doing a cushion piece of furniture for weekend warrior or Upholstery.  This class will show how to set up a pattern, cut material,  zipper panels and sew.  Cushions can be with welt or without but will contain a zipper.

Upholstery 101:  

This course lifts up your spirit and project-look by helping you to learn the basics of upholstery by splitting into three class sessions that help the students to 

  • understand the basics for picking out fabric, writing up a pattern and what will be needed to tear apart the piece to prepare for reassembly.

  • investigate any repair that needs to be completed, cut pattern and do any necessary sewing (teachers will assist)

  • assembly of piece and final check/review

Along the way while working we will identify modern professional tools, show safe and consistent processes, learn vocabulary of upholstery and review the art of upholstery/wood and fabrics.  Projects consist of either a one cushion chair (unless pillow class has been taken), ottoman, stool, office chair, or dining room chair.

Upholstery 200: 

Extensions of the 101 class for those who want to deep dive into more areas of upholstery.  Each class will look at one of the items below and take an in-depth look at the topic.  Take a package of all the classes or individualize on the one you're specifically interested in :

  • Welt/Piping

  • Vinyl/leather differences

  • Springs and seating 

  • Tufting and buttons

  • Should I do furniture business as a career?

Weekend Warrior:  

This is the ideal place for you and a friend/significant other to learn and discover with our experts to take your vision and make it a reality.  Together you can work on a wood refinishing, repurposing or reupholster project that has been approved by our teachers.   We will assist and guide you through the work that needs to be completed while providing a basic understanding of what is needed to redo overall projects.  This class is perfect for making cushions/pillows, reupholstering your kitchen chairs, or tackling a simple side chair.  Great idea for date night, parent/adult child or get to talk to that BFF while making a piece to remember!



Scarf Knitting -


Learn to make a simple, chunky scarf in this beginner friendly knitting class. You will learn how to cast on, knit stitch, purl stitch, and binding off. $25 plus a material fee is due to the instructor on the first day of class.


Knitting in the Round - The start of making hats, headbands, etc.


Learn to make a simple, chunky hat using circular needles in this beginner friendly class. You will learn how to cast on, use circular needles, join in the round, knit stitch, purl stitch, how to use double pointed needles, and how to close a hat. $45 plus material fee is due to the instructor on the first day of class.


Knitting Mittens -


Learn to make a pair of mittens or fingerless mitts in this advanced beginner class. You will need to know casting on, working in the round, knit/purl stitch, and binding off. This class will teach increasing stitches, picking up stitches for the thumb, and closing the top of a mitten.  We will also cover patterns and how to read them and the importance of understanding your knitting gauge. $45 plus material fee is due to the instructor on the first day of class.  Must have taken the scarf and knitting in round class prior


Mentor Programs: 

Students may bring the project(s) of their choice and will receive instruction as needed. Our experts will help you with either your reupholster or knitting.  Let us help on an hourly basis at our location.

Upholstering Classes
Beginning Upholstering Class
Beginning Upholstering Class
Intermediate Class
Beginners Upholstering Class
Beginners Upholstering Class
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