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Here’s a list of sewing lessons available in Singapore, found online and also from Straits Times. Have fun!

PS: by no means am I related or collaborating with any of the following schools or institutions. And no, I am not getting any kickbacks. 😉

Ang Mo Kio CC dressmaking class
Madam Lim Gim Foo will pass on skills from taking measurements to drafting, crafting and machine and hand sewing techniques.
Where Ang Mo Kio CC, 759 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
When Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7-10pm. The next cycle is scheduled to begin mid July.
Sessions 8 lessons from $80
Info Ang Mo Kio CC at 6452 9644 or 6456 6536 or www.pa.gov.sg

Alisha Fashion and Dressmaking School (Edited info on 3 pr 2014)
A pair of sisters teaches students to make household items like curtains, and apparel.
Where 7 Dalhousie Lane
When They provide 2-hour private lessons. Open 10am -6pm (Tue, Thu and Sat)
Sessions 50 lessons from $1500
Info Call 6334 7080 or http://www.AlishaSewingSchool.com

AStitchWorks Concepts
From contemporary corset dressmaking to sewing curtains, quilts and socks.
Where 20 Joo Chiat Road #02-08
When They provide 2-hour private lessons. AStitchConcepts are open 11am -6pm (Tue to Fri), 11am-9pm (Wed) and 11am-6.30pm (Sat and Sun)
Sessions 12 lessons from $550
Info Call 9185 7267 or astitchworks.blogspot.com

Née Soon South CC dressmaking class
Similar to what is taught at Ang Mo Kio CC
Where Née Soon South CC, 30 Yishun Street 81
When 2-5pm (Sat). The next cycle is scheduled to begin 29 June.
Sessions 10 lessons for $60 (Passion card members), $70 (non-members)
Info Call 6753 3121 or www.neesoonsouth.org.sg or www.pa.gov.sg

Pattern making and sewing course
One-month sewing course that helps students to learn different garment making techniques and skills, and must sew their own skirt by end of course.
Where Raffles College of Higher education, 51 Merchant Road
When Twice a week (Tues and Thurs), 7-10pm. Next class starts on 16 Jul to 15 Aug
Sessions $802.50 (GST included)
Info Call 6338 5288 or www.raffles-college.edu.sg

Treasure Art World (Newly added on 3 Apr 2014)
1. Learning how to use Sewing Machine
2. Learning how to handle diffferent fabric
3. Cutting Fabric and how to do it
4. Sewing Tools
5. Sewing techniques
6. Measurements
7. Pattern Making
8. Steps in sewing your dress
Info http://treasureartworld.com/

Jokamamo Textiles (Newly added on 3 Apr 2014)
Kids Sewing Classes
Info 
http://www.jokamamotextiles.com

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“Aiyah… Why handmade? It takes so much time and if you can get them made in China for $5, why?”

My friend said this to me the other day and my response was “Well, why not?!”

There is something about getting my hands ‘dirty’ that I like. Be it sewing or cooking or working on a table, there is something deeply satisfying and therapeutic in that process.

As opposed to buying a mass produced tote bag, made by a low waged worker in some darkish, badly maintained factory in an industrial estate somewhere in China, I find much more fulfillment when I can design and use my hands to bring a sketch to a reality that I can use. Yes it will take 3 hrs of my life but really, I find that I learn so much more. It’s about creativity, problem solving, analytical and ultimately honing my skills.

Not only do I find much self gratification in ‘handmade’ but when my friends receive a handmade gift from me, I can almost always expect a surprised gasp then a quiet appreciative look of ‘I’m so touched!’ on their faces and a shower of “thank yous” is bound to follow. That, money cannot buy…!

There is also another growing trend in sewing; groups out there are monetizing the trade. A recent article on Straits Times Urban featured a lady who started sewing lessons and she quit her full time job and went into designing and making clothes for kids. There are also many products online where good quality handmade products are offered. Sewing is not just for grandma anymore, it has set people off on new career paths!

But alas, sewing do require a certain level of skills and may seem just a tad daunting. I am going to list a few venues (in my next post) that offer sewing lessons, so that should help some of you kickstart that sewing journey. Be it sewing for yourself or for your little boy/girl or for that special someone in your life, some basic sewing skills will definitely help you get past that initial hurdle of even wanting to try.

Welcome to the world of ‘handmade’. Welcome to sewing.