4th - 7th Grades



This introductory course is designed to give your students the confidence and desire to use a sewing machine on their own. Through demonstrations, project samples and direct machine instruction students will create fun projects using simple cotton fabrics.

Students will experience the Joy and Excitement of stitching fabric together using basic MACHINE sewing techniques. Students will work on several projects over the semester. Finished projects can be used for personal use or gifts. 

NEW STUDENTS coming into the 2nd semester MUST be able to know how to thread and operate their machine.

IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you also enroll in the

MON. 6th Period "2ND HOUR" Class. This provides for much needed

additional project time as sewing machines can be left up and running.

A Sewing Machine is Required PER STUDENT

If you need a loaner machine, please contact me!


Identifying sewing machine parts and hand tools

Machine threading and bobbin winding

Stitching types: hand and machine, buttons and closures

Ironing methods and interfacing

Reading patterns, fabric requirements and layouts 

Construction methods


1st hour is $145.00 and 2nd hour is also $145.00




Fine motor skills and ability to cut with large scissors

Pam Strobel


Phone: (916) 849-1235
Email: strobel@softcom.net

Course Details

Day: Mon
Period: 5

Frequency: Once per Week
Class Duration: Semester

Course Cost:   $145
Materials Cost:   $0
Materials Required




Other Materials:

List to be supplied

Start up supplies will mostly be tools that can be purchased at a Sewing / Craft store. Please plan a budget of approx. $25-$30 for those items. You may find that you already have some of those items in your household or can borrow from a family member or friend.

Supplies for your machine include the power cord, foot pedal, manual if you have it, 3 appropriate size bobbins for your type machine, machine needles and feet parts that are under the needle. You will not need your machine the first week.

Thread- Dual Duty 125yd Black and white

Scissors- I have loaners to use in the classroom if you don't have some including one pair of left handed.

Straight Pins- Quilter ball type are easiest to use (50 qty)

6" seam Gauge

Measuring Tape

Seam Ripper

Fabric marker

As the semester progresses additional supplies will be required, i

Payment Information

Private Funds Accepted? Yes

Cash: Yes
Check: Yes
Paypal: No

Charter Funds Accepted? Yes

Forest: Yes
Horizons: Yes
Inspire Charter School: Yes
South Sutter: Yes
Visions: Yes

Instructor Biography

Curiosity for color and design started as a young girl who wanted to be able to make her own Barbie clothes. The thrill of being able to put together pieces of fabric and colors, that I choose myself, started me on an incredible journey. Whether it was those simple doll clothes, a high school prom dress or a tailored coat, I knew I could develop the skills to make a garment that no one else had. As a graduate of FIDM in L.A. (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) I acquired additional technical skills in the fashion industry. With my focus on design and construction, I was then able to offer my designs skills and products to small boutique shops in the southern Calif. market.

Since that time I have had the privelge of teaching over 500 local adults and youth the art of sewing. Working with private home schoolers has been a thrill and joy for me as I help build their skills and confidence in this area of focus.