Repair Clothing at Home: Mending Matters

Learn how to sew up holes in your knit and woven fabrics.

The Sewing Room

The Sewing Room


2 hours Class size 1 to 20 (public dates), 1 to 15 label $25

Got a hole in your favorite clothes? Darn it, don't throw it out! In this online textiles class, we will help your repair your clothes and keep them going for longer.

Lead by the talented teacher, Julie Ann, you'll pick up upcycling techniques and sewing basics that will keep your wardrobe sustainable. You'll not only be saving money and reducing your waste, but you're also adding a new lease of life to your clothes.

We run weekly sessions alternative between woven fabrics and knit fabrics. Make sure you are aware of which online class you are attending and bring appropriate garments to learn how to repair.

You will learn:

  • Basic tools and techniques
  • The benefits to hand sewing and machine sewing
  • Visible and invisible mending
  • Assessing damage and how it happened
  • Basic hand darning tips and tricks
  • Fixing holes, straight and corner tears, and reinforcing thinning fabric
  • Various denim repairs
  • How to patch with another fabric
  • Pros and cons of iron-on patches

This ideal if you're hunting for productive things to do at home, and it is sure to inspire you to pick up more beginner sewing projects. We'll send you our hand-outs to remind you of all the techniques you've learned.

Upcoming dates

color_lens Online Mending Matters - Wovens

date_range Wed 29 Sep at 6pm

color_lens Online Mending Matters - Knits

date_range Wed 27 Oct at 6pm

color_lens Online Mending Matters - Wovens

date_range Wed 24 Nov at 6pm

color_lens Online Mending Matters - Knits

date_range Wed 29 Dec at 6pm

Knowledge required
Some hand sewing knowledge is helpful.
What to bring
One or two garments that need mending to receive advice on the best repair method.
Suitable for

This Live streaming class is a great indoor activity idea for individuals and couples as well as for virtual team building activities at home.

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 13 years old). Adult accompaniment is not required.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mom or Xmas gift.

Your teacher
The Sewing Room
The Sewing Room


At THE SEWING ROOM we specialize in Apparel Sewing and Fashion. Our instructors have experience with garment fit, construction, design in both the fashion industry as well costuming. We love to share our expertise with our students and believe that sewing is SUPER FUN! And it’s also a great skill that may save you money, challenge your brain and give you a terrific wardrobe.

Jennifer Serr is Owner and Lead Instructor at The Sewing Room. An Alameda mom with over 20 years in the fashion industry. Jennifer is also Owner and Lead Designer at Bonjour Teaspoon Patterns - A sewing pattern company specializing in "Classic Style for the Modern Girl & Her Doll".

Julie Ann Brown has been teaching Fashion Illustration and Design at The Sewing Room in Alameda since 2019. Since earning her BFA in Fashion Design at Otis, she worked in Southern California for two decades designing swimwear for labels such as Girlstar, bebe, Lucky Brand, Betsey Johnson, ále by Alessandra Ambrosio, Soluna and Isabella Rose. Her designs have been featured in Vogue, GQ, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, and Sports Illustrated.

Christine Knobel is a fashion designer and professional Fashion Instructor. She's worked professionally in pattern drafting, loungewear design, textile print design, and with private clients for cosplay design and construction. Her cosplay work has been featured by Marvel Comics, and seen on such sites as Vanity Fair, LA Weekly, and the Daily Mail UK. Christine has a passion for fashion, from fiber, yarns, textiles, to the rich history of the garments we wear.

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