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Sewing Machine Basics with Jennie Lennick

Learn the basics of sewing with a machine by making a quilted throw pillow for your home. In this workshop, we’ll go over the ins and outs of using a sewing machine including:

  • learning the functions of all the buttons, nobs, and levers
  • how to thread your machine
  • how and when to use different stitches.
  • how to stitch a straight and curved line.
  • an overview of the jargon associated with the craft

Once we have the basics down, we will construct a patchwork envelope-style pillow from beautiful linen, denim chambray, organic cotton, and organic hemp fabrics. We will cover quilt design and color theory all while using rotary cutters to cut our fabric. This workshop includes all the supplies you need to make your pillow. We provide a sewing machine for you to use, thread, pins, fabric, and an insert for your pillow. All you need to bring is yourself!

PLEASE NOTE: There is a materials fee of $15, payable at the start of class. (Nonmembers, this is included in the price of your ticket.) Space is limited to 8 attendees, so sign up early! If you aren't able to attend this class, please let us know; there will be a waitlist.

About Jennie Lennick

In addition to being a Ruby member and neighbor (check out her shopat 3043 24th Street!), Jennie Lennick is a San Francisco–based artist, entrepreneur, and teacher. As a child in the Midwest, Jennie became enamored with traditional domestic craft, learning to sew and embroider. In 2010, She moved to the Bay Area to attend the San Francisco Art Institute, where she studied painting. Inspired by the natural beauty of Northern California, Jennie launched Jenny Lemons (, a collection of modern block printed and hand painted women’s clothing and textiles. Jennie's work has been featured in publications like the San Francisco Chronicle, Brit + Co, and San Francisco Magazine. Her retail store in the Mission District of San Francisco is a community space where she facilitates DIY workshops, produces her products, and showcases the talents of other local artists.