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Alterations 101 - Mending and Repairs

Learn the best practices for busted seams and patching in this workshop! Expand your techniques and increase the lifespan of your clothes. Kerri Ivany will show you and demonstrate best practices for mending and repairs.

Techniques:  Mending (practical & fashionable), seam tears, other repairs 

Bring items of clothing with seam tears, holes or damaged fabric. Bring multiple items that may need repairs, as not all can be fixed. Woven fabrics work better, knit fabrics are not recommended. Kerri will go through your pile and pick items that are suitable for the workshop - so bring as many items as you have.


Extra material (this could be scraps) for making patches (ex./denim for denim jeans).

Materials & Tools:

  • Garments with seam tears, durable material if holes/damaged fabric. Bring multiple items that may need repairs, as not all can be fixed. Woven fabrics work better, knit fabrics are not recommended. 

  • Sewing Machine (recommended to bring your own, but we have classroom ones for rent)

  • Extra material for patchwork (ex./denim for denim jeans)

  • Thread to match garments

  • Straight pins

  • Safety Pins

  • Needles (70/10, 80/12, 90/14 - size dependent on garment, ballpoint if working with knit fabrics) 

  • Basic Sewing kit




This class is suited for adults (age 15+)

All workshop participants are required to sign a waiver prior to the workshop. The entire waiver can be viewed at the bottom of our classes page. (East Coast Quilt Co. Workshop Waiver)

If you cannot attend a class and it is 7 or more days before class, you will receive a store credit for 75% of the value of the class with a 30-day expiry date. If you cancel less than 7 days before class, you will NOT receive a refund or store credit. No credit or refund will be given for a "no show" in class regardless of reason. So please ensure that you are able to attend before signing up. East Coast Quilt Co reserves the right to cancel classes/events for any reason. If this happens, you will be refunded your full class fee.

For most of our classes we ask you to bring a 'basic sewing kit' which usually contains: rotary cutter and/or scissors, small snipping scissors, straight pins & a pin cushion or collector, seam ripper, a spool of neutral 50 wt cotton thread, extra bobbins, notebook & pen/pencil, ruler(s), etc.).

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Confident beginner (comfortable with the sewing machine, seam allowances, measuring/cutting, some serger experience recommended)
Materials Included: none
Requirements: Participants are required to provide their own clothing. It is recommended to bring multiple items, as not all items are alter-friendly. Garments should be sized to big, this class focuses on taking in/shaping clothing, not adding/expanding. A detailed outline of what is suitable for the project will be outlined in each class material list.
Instructor: Kerri Ivany
Instructor Bio: Textile artist, professional seamstress, and a sewing instructor. Lover of boho/hippie and vintage style in modern forms. Kerri has been practicing her craft for many years, graduated with a college diploma in textiles, and has worked various jobs since graduation (2013) within the sewing industry. (Tailoring, production sewing, teaching workshops/classes, costume) Currently working for local quilt shop East Coast Quilt co., Kerri loves to engage, educate, and inspire creativity in others. Sharing her experience, product & fabric knowledge, and teaching various quilting classes with ECQco. I love to create. I love to work with my hands - I've always been tactile so craft was a perfect fit. You can follow Kerri online through her artist social media pages: Facebook/ Instagram/

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.