Classes and guild presentations

Depending on enrollment – group classes can be arranged at a venue other than AA’s studio.


Vintage Sewing Machine maintenance class

Subjects covered include:

  • How to thread any machine
  • Troubleshooting – Recognizing problems you can solve and problems a specialist should look at
  • Tension
    • Why we need to look at it and why automatic really isn’t
    • How to adjust it from a user’s point of view and from a repair point of view
  • Tools and helpers
  • Cleaning – including some simple dis-assembly – what to use, what not to use
  • Common adjustments – belts, bobbin winder guides, etc
  • An understanding of lubricants – what to use, what not to use
  • How and what to oil, where to use grease and where to use oil
  • Checking motor brushes
  • Foot Pedal Maintenance, cord replacements
  • Basic restoration of the appearance of the machine
  • It’s stuck, now what!?!?
  •  Timing – what it is, what it isn’t

Tension Tamers Class

Subjects covered include:

  • Why care about good tension
  • Basic threadology – cross wound vs stack wound, thread delivery.
  • Cotton vs Poly – properties and requests from the museums
  • Basic good practices
  • Thread any machine
  • Why tension needs to be addressed and why automatic isn’t – aka Permission to “touch that”!
  • What does a tension problem look like?
  • Approaching tension in a rational repeatable way
  • How to read a test sew
  • How, when and why to adjust tension
  • How tension problems affect machines. (Symptoms)
  • What could it be if it isn’t tension?
  • Maintenance
  • serger tensions

Spinning Wheel Maintenance – at the Edmonton Weaver’s Guild

A Spinning wheel needs to be kept in shape to work well.  Just as a car needs oil changes and other maintenance at regular intervals, so too your wheel. Learn to maintain your wheel to make it last longer and spin better and more reliably.

The better you know your wheel, the better you can get it to spin how you want it to.

This empowering class will help you:

  • Recognize when your wheel needs adjustment and when it wants maintenance.
  • Learn some basic repairs that can keep it running when you’re away from home.
  • Learn how to recognize repairs and maintenance you can do yourself and what may need the help of your dealer.
  • Master your wheel’s mechanics to get the best performance out of it.

What to bring

  • One spinning wheel per person – please bring wheels in “capable of working” order – not wheels with obviously missing or broken parts. Vintage wheels are welcome. Please keep in mind space restrictions.
  • Tools (a supply list will be provided after registration), “maintenance” kit from supplier or spare replacement parts if applicable.

November 26th, 2017  9:00am to 4:00pm

Max Class Size: 10

Fee:  Member $115 Non-Member $140

Register at the Edmonton Weaver’s Guild’s site


Quilt Guild talks on the History of the Sewing Machine, Antique and Vintage sewing machines.

Custom classes or presentations are available for your group.

  • Pick  and choose items out of the above classes or add a few not mentioned to fit a time slot.

Interested in what we can do for you?  Hit that “Contact” link at the top right of the page or give us a phone call at:  780-504-5352 (Please remember we’re in the Mountain Time zone, so please! No 3 am phone calls!)

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