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Upcoming Youth Sewing Classes

Wahkiakum County 4-H in association with the WSU Extension office are offering sewing lessons from July 8th through the 10th at the Johnson Community Center, 30 Rosburg School Road, in the Sewing Room, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. each day. The first two hours of the class will be introductory, and younger students will be allowed to leave at 11:15, instruction will continue for another hour with a different project for older or more advanced sewers. The classes are open to all students who have completed third grade thru 12th grade.

An adult “mentor” will partner up with each student and provide one-on-one guidance in completing a few sewing projects. There will be short teaching sessions followed by actual practice in accomplishing what was taught (straight sewing, backing up, sewing curves, pivoting…). Fabric will be provided for some of the projects, and students may bring chosen fabric for others.

Sign-up sheets are available locally at Jabber Shack and at the WSU Extension office.

The cost is $30, and students will receive an extensive sewing kit including scissors, seam ripper, gauge, disappearing ink pen, pins and needles, a needle threader, a project notebook and other items. If the family has a sewing machine the student can bring it and learn to use it, if not there are machines available in the Sewing Room for the student to use. (We also have an effort going on in the community to find homes for unwanted sewing machines, so if you need one, adult or student, please let us know and we will add you to the list!)

Scholarships are available. Forms for applying for a scholarship are available at the WSU Extension Office at 25 River Street, Suite E, Cathlamet, 360-795-3278. There will be fabric available for use by the students at the class sessions.

There will be a meeting for parents (or designated guardians) to discuss the class agenda, the evening of Tuesday, July 2nd, to describe what is necessary for the student to bring to the class, and to determine who will be bringing the student to the class and who will be picking the student up afterwards.

For information on attending the classes, obtaining a donated sewing machine, to learn more about helping teach as a mentor, or if you have a sewing machine to donate, please contact Becca Rezac, 503-933-3899, email


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