Sewing Lessons with ME+U

Sewing Lessons with ME+U

ME+U offers sewing lessons for the life-long learner to engage their creativity.  Our fun and modern approach utilizes the wealth of knowledge from online tutorials written by contributing artists everywhere. We’ll guide you step-by-step through easy to intermediate projects that will teach you the skills, vocabulary, and techniques needed to complete projects and care for a sewing machine.

 Here’s a little bit about your instructors and the sessions we offer.  We look forward to sewing up some fun with you!

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 uakea  kalei'i

Uakea was born and raised on both Kauaʻi and Oʻahu and is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.  She’s a mom of 2 and has a weakness for furry lap animals, fabric, hammocks, hand-painted stationary, YouTube and shave ice.

She teaches: DIY 101 Series, Large Group Lessons, Intermediate Lessons + Two-on-one Private Lessons

Kaleiʻi was born on Oʻahu and hopes to live across the country and in Europe one day.  She’s a graduate of Saint Andrew’s Priory, a mom of 2 and loves reading,  swimming, volleyball and her tea.  She began her sewing journey as a DIY 101 student and refined her skills while training under Uakea.

She teaches: One-on-one Private Lessons + Small and Large Group Lessons

Beginner Sessions

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Kids DIY Series (Ages 6-14): Hey Kids!  Ready to learn how to sew? Start here. This comprehensive, 3-week course will take you from threading a machine to winding a bobbin, sewing straight lines, and decorating with fancy quilting stitches. Miss Kalei’i will walk you step by step through instructions as we familiarize you with basic skills, vocabulary and machine knowledge.  You’ll get to take home one great project every week.  No prior sewing experience is needed and we have a machine for everyone. If you have a personal machine (post 1980) that you’d like to learn on, please email Uakea (byuakea@gmail.com) and bring it along.  This course will meet at the same time each week for 3 weeks.  This course is appropriate for ages 6-14 and cost $170 (tax + materials included).

DIY 101 Series (Ages 15+): Begin your journey of sewing with this comprehensive, 4-week course that will take you from threading a machine to attaching zippers and bias tape. Uakea will walk you step by step through beginner tutorials as we familiarize you with basic skills, vocabulary and machine knowledge.  You’ll gain confidence and be amazed at what you can accomplish as we complete a great project every week.  No prior sewing experience is needed and we have a machine for everyone. If you have a personal machine (post 1980) that you’d like to learn on, please email Uakea (byuakea@gmail.com) and bring it along.  This course will meet at the same time each week for 4 weeks.  You’ll need 2 old shirts to repurpose in our 2nd week, otherwise all supplies and materials will be provided.  This course is appropriate for ages 15+ and cost $240 (tax included).  ** If we aren’t able to fill this course with 3 or more registrations, we will adjust the schedule so that our registered students will complete the course in 3 weeks instead of 4 **

One-on-one Private Lessons (Ages 6+):  If you’ve never touched a machine before and are excited to learn how to use one, this is the class for you. This Private Sewing Lesson allows you to get comfortable working on a sewing machine with your instructor’s full attention while making a great pouch to enjoy. We’ll teach you how to thread a machine and how to wind a bobbin too.  Students may repeat a private lesson session and choose from 2 other Beginner projects.  All materials will be provided and ages 6+ are welcome.  Cost is $88 (tax included) per session.

Two-on-one Private Lessons (Ages 6+):  Private lessons are a great opportunity to get individualized attention on any Beginner – Intermediate project of your choice.  Also, If you’ve been meaning to spend quality time with a friend or sister, bring that special person with you to this session!  You’ll work from the same tutorial or pattern on your own machines. We’ll start with the basic and move at your comfort level.  Materials will be provided, unless stated otherwise.  Ages 6+ are welcome; students age 6-8 must have one adult companion with them during class to be on standby when help is needed.  Cost is $122 (tax included) for individual registration or $150 (tax included) for 2 people per session.

Group Lessons (Ages 9+):  With so many great projects out there to try, here’s where we get to have some fun. We recommend that anyone without prior sewing experience start with a private lesson or beginner series.  Once you’ve got the basic sewing know-how + practice, you can join us for these 2.5 hour projects featured on our monthly calendar shown below.  Featured projects will often involve repurposing scrap materials into new projects.  We will have shared machines during this time.  Materials will be provided, unless stated otherwise.  Beginner and Intermediate students, age 9+ are welcome.  Cost is $46 (tax included) per session. Please email your instructor at byuakea@gmail.com  for more questions.

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Intermediate Sessions

(DIY 101 alumni or 12 hours of Group or Private Lessons completed)

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Intermediate Lessons (Ages 6+): Once you’ve got the basics down, you’ll want to do more and more.  So join us for more challenging projects and work on some new skills + tools.  We will provide instruction from an Intermediate tutorial during this 2.5 hour lesson.  All materials will be provided, unless stated otherwise.  Ages 6+ are welcome.  Students age 6-8 must have an adult companion with them during class to be on standby when help is needed.  Please email your instructor at byuakea@gmail.com for more details about each session’s tutorial or if you have another project in mind.  Cost is $55 (tax included) per session.

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Sewing with ME+U Open Studio: When all you need is a little more time on our studio equipment, drop in during Open Studio sessions.  Work independently as you share what you have and use what you need.  Instructors will be present but Open Studio is ideal for those who can set up their own machine and navigate through their own tutorial.  Students must have at least 1 private or group ME+U sewing lesson under their belt and be able to operate the equipment safely on their own.  We will be sharing machines during Open Studio.  Please email an instructor at byuakea@gmail.com if you wish to set up a Private Lesson during this time.

 

Registration is required, CLICK HERE to register for any of these lessons

Please read over the ME + U class policies here.