After Elias Howe invented the first American-Patented sewing machine (in 1846) and Isaac Singer built the first commercially successful sewing machine (in the 1850s), the time-consuming and laborious task of sewing garments became faster and easier. High quality clothing could be produced quickly and at minimal expense. Therefore, the first machines were used in garment factories and were a key element of the industrial revolution.
Sewing machines are designed to operate with a loop stitch. The simplest loop stitch is the chain stitch, which can be sewn quickly but can come undone easily. The chain stitch works well for temporary stitching, but most sewing machines utilize a different loop stitch called the lockstitch, which is sturdier and more durable.
Today, built-in computers and monitor displays are available on high-end sewing machines. The computers drive the machines precisely and computer programs can store different stitches internally. These machines can also download patterns from a computer or from the internet. Most of these machines sew a variety of buttonhole patterns and an array of stretch stitches. Many have presser feet that allow you to do a wide variety of edges, tucks, and trim applications. Some of these high-end machines also feature quilting and embroidery stitches.
Our department provides an environment where students may develop their intellectual and artistic skills. For centuries, the theatre has been a forum in which people have examined profound issues of human life.
A full range of courses in the history and theory of the drama is complemented by courses in theatrical production techniques. A laboratory for class work is provided by the theatre production program where faculty and students cooperate to create unified works of art. Extraordinary events deserve extraordinary attention to quality and detail. Accurate measurements will save you many steps and a lot of time and money.
Our studio is fully equipped with several different types of sewing machines, large cutting and craft tables, commercial pressing and steaming equipment, laundry and fabric dying capabilities. Costumes for our productions are built here in our shop.
Our sewing classes are friendly, informal and fun; our main aim is to help the students to see what can be achieved with a little help and to give them the confidence to go on and use their newfound skills. The classes are offering a combination of demonstrations and tuition, with the emphasis on hands-on practical work.