Digital sewing: Something to learn — and love — this summer

You don’t have to be a sewing lover to be into fashion. You just need a little curiosity and creativity. And maybe a class to test your skills. Recently, I took a sewing class at Ace Sewing & Vacuum Center in Pompano Beach. But this wasn’t the kind of sewing I knew of. It was upgraded. Let me just say, touchscreens and machine tech are here to stay. 

In May, I covered Miami Fashion Week 2018 and met many professionals in the fashion industry. I was amazed to learn how the industry is evolving: from social media marketing to slow fashion trends and revolutionary sewing machines (which I got to use, and you can too).  It was also interesting, seeing people so passionate about clothes, fabrics and designs. Check out our Miami Fashion Week 2018 video here.

If you ever thought about making fashion your career or hobby, this article might help with that. Because let’s face it: Before you get to design or have your brand featured at a fashion show, you need to learn some basic skills, my friend.

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Let’s dive in and take a workshop.

Forget what you know about sewing machines. 

Sewing machines have evolved just like our smart phones. You don’t even need to pump a pedal anymore to make it go. The machine just goes on its own -- after it’s been programmed. Some even have touchscreens already built in. Others scan your designs and reproduce them on fabrics. And still others take your designs from a flash drive and sew what you’ve created. 

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The machines do most of the work, but they still need a human to instruct them. That’s what you’ll learn in a hands-on digital sewing and embroidery class.

How to be smarter than the smart machines.

I hit up The Ace Sewing & Vacuum Center and attended one of their club meetings. Yep, that’s me above shaking my digitally designed logo on a shirt. There are two clubs: 

  • The Ace Embroidery Club meets the first Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. Your first workshop is free, and then it’s $20 per class. Or if you buy the software from the store, you get $5 off per class. This one teaches you how to use the software that tells the machines what to do. You’ll learn how to do digital graphic designs, also known as digitizing.  (This is the one I went to!)
  • The Ace Accuquilt Club meets the third Saturday of every month. There’s a  one-time, $25 annual fee. This is a digital quilting class. Every month there’s a different themed project, where you’ll how to use quilt patterns, cutting dies and figures to make quilts.

Before you go

If your curiosity is buzzing now, sign up for the newsletter for event and promo details. Also, consider doing one of two things:

  1. Kind of like a job shadow, you can check out a club meeting for free to see if you like it. If you opt for this, you get to watch and learn from the teachers and students but you don’t get to sew anything. Instead, you’ll get help figuring out what equipment you need based on your goals. You’ll also meet the members and have a chance to ask questions. 
  2. If you already have what you want and need, you can attend a club meeting -- note the prices above. You’ll need to bring your own laptop, external mouse and the software already installed on your computer. If you don’t have the software yet, buy it prior to the meeting and ask for help installing it.  

Live, eat, breathe fashion. 

Stay informed on the latest local fashion trends and trendsetters. Read our fashion column in the Shiny Sheet. Start connecting with people within the industry. Find like-minded fashionistas at Elizabeth Ave station in West Palm Beach. Start attending meet-ups, fashions shows, influencers brunches (such as the one in the photo above), or workshops, like the one I attended at The Ace Sewing Vacuum Center in Pompano. 

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Want to attend a workshop? Details below:

Ace Sewing & Vacuum Center509 E Sample Rd, Pompano Beach; (954) 943-4772; email for detail or to register as space is limited. 

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