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WORKSHOP AT OTAKON // Sewing for Absolute Beginners


Location: Otakon 2024 - Marriott Marquee M3 Level, Chinatown Workshop Room

Date: Saturday, August 3rd, 2024

Time: 10 am - 12 pm EST

Class Length: 2 hours

Brand new to sewing? Start here! This one and a half hour hands-on workshop features guidance from the team at CUT/SEW on how to get started on your very first sewing project. Each student will work on their own Bernette Crafter sewing machine to produce a finished mini-pillow using basic machine and hand sewing techniques. By the end of this class, you'll have the absolute basics under your belt so you can feel confident in front of your sewing machine.

In this workshop you'll learn:

  • How to thread a sewing machine
  • What each machine stitch is used for
  • How to identify parts of your sewing machine
  • Caring for your machine/troubleshooting common problems
  • Straight stitching on a machine
  • Basic hand sewing stitches

Prerequisite Skills:

  • None - Beginner Friendly

About the Instructor:

Madison May, the head pattern maker at CUT/SEW, founded the company in 2016. With almost fifteen years of experience in the costume and fashion industry, Madison has provided patterns to both broadway & off-broadway productions, major US theme parks, international cruise lines, and television. Cosplay has been a hobby of hers since 2005 and she also is active in the cosplay photography community under the moniker of Final-Egirl.

The Nitty Gritty:

  • To participate in this class you must be at least 16 years of age
  • Space is limited and all tickets are first come first serve
  • Purchasing a ticket reserves one (1) seat at this class. For multiple tickets, please add more than one ticket to your cart
  • All tickets are final sale. In the event of a no-show, no refunds will be available
  • Tickets will be delivered digitally to the email address provided at checkout. This digital ticket will be needed to enter the event.
  • All classes start promptly at the time they're scheduled for. In the event of tardiness, you may miss certain aspects of the class and may not be able to complete the scheduled project in full

Our Sponsors for the 2024 Cosplay Sewing Gallery:


Be sure to take advantage of our sponsor Bernette's Sewing Gallery machine specials during this class, including:

These specials will be available at Bernette's pop up shop at Otakon in the Mount Vernon panel room (next door to the workshop room this class takes place in)


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