Tezukuri Handcrafts Sewing Workshops

with Instructor Katie Furukawa of Old River Design Co.

Learn how to sew with us at the Center! We have workshops ranging in skill level from very beginners with our 2-part Introduction to Sewing workshop series that will get you familiar with basic use of a sewing machine, to our project-based workshops for more experienced sewers. For those looking for a sewing studio space to work on your sewing workshop projects or your personal craft projects, our Open Sewing Studio is offered twice a month on Tuesday evenings. Our instructor Katie Furukawa will guide you every step of the way as you pick up new sewing machine skills and inspiration for your handmade projects.

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Tezukuri Handcraft Workshops at the Center are made possible with generous support from the Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation

Tezukuri Handcrafts 2024 Workshop Schedule


Introduction to Sewing 2-part Workshop Series offered every other month. Open Sewing Studio held the 4th Tuesday evenings of each month.

Next Sewing Project: Pant Hemming Sewing Workshop

Thursday, February 15, 2024, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: The Center
Fees: $60 Center Members, $75 General Public
Skill level: Beginner


Learn how to hem your own pants in our next sewing project workshop!

Skill level: beginner. Participants should have completed our Introduction to Sewing class or be able to demonstrate basic sewing machine proficiency.*

Knowing how to hem your own pants is one of the most frequently used sewing skills and is a fundamental skill for the average home sewer. In this workshop, our instructor Katie Furukawa will show you how to properly measure, mark and cut, then machine sew a hem on a pair of pants. Participants can bring a pair of pants to be hemmed during the workshop; all other supplies and materials will be provided.

Open Sewing Studio

Next Open Sewing Studio date: Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Regular Schedule: 4th Tuesday Evening of Each Month
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: The Center
Fees: $40 Center Members, $45 General Public
Skill level: all


Join us for Open Sewing – a no-pressure time to hang out and sew. Help with your projects will be available, if needed. Everyone can share pressing equipment, large cutting areas, plenty of table space, and great company! Tea and water will be provided. This is perfect for:

  • If you have a project to tackle, but don’t have a sewing machine to do it.
  • Your home is tight on space for tasks like rotary cutting fabric.
  • You have an unfinished project (UFO) that you are stuck on.
  • You just need to set aside some dedicated time for a project.
  • You like to sew with friends!
  • You want to practice the skills you have learned in the Introduction to Sewing workshops.

A minimum of 3 students and maximum of 6 students per session ensures that you will receive the attention that you need. Registration includes:

  • Sewing machine rental for the duration of the session. Includes polyester and cotton thread in grey, white, or black, and microtex needles. Stretch ball point needles are available upon request.
  • Access to basic supply kit with items like pins, scissors, seam ripper, etc. Please inquire with instructor if you are looking for a specific supply at least 48 hours prior to class.
  • Rotary cutting station for cutting larger fabrics
  • Pressing station with water for ironing fabrics
  • The Center’s sewing instructor, Katie Furukawa, will be available to answer questions and troubleshoot any sewing machine issues.

What is NOT included in your registration fee:

  • Fabric and patterns for projects
  • Thread in matching colors for your fabrics (aside from black, white, grey)
  • Lessons on how to operate a sewing machine. If you are looking for this, please enroll in our ongoing Introduction to Sewing workshops.

Introduction to Sewing: 2-Part Workshop Series

Offered every other month

Next Workshop Dates: Thursday, March 14  and Thursday, March 28, 2024
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: The Center
Fees: $110 Center Members, $125 General Public
Skill level: all


Never sewn before? No worries! Learn the basics of how to use a sewing machine and all of its features, including: winding a bobbin, finishing edges, and installing zippers. We will also go over how to choose fabric and thread, cutting fabric, and sewing terminology. All tools, including sewing machines, and materials are included in your registration fee. By the end of your second session, you will have your own handmade zip pouch to take home.

Please note that participants in future Tezukuri Handcraft sewing workshops will need to know the skills taught in our Introduction to Sewing series in order to participate. Space is limited. Please e-mail us at programsevents@jcccnc.org if you are unable to register and would like to placed on a waitlist.

Supplies & Materials

Up to 6 registrants will be provided access to a basic sewing machine and supplies kit of sewing supplies during the workshop sessions. Our instructor can accommodate over 6 participants if the additional participants are able to bring their own sewing machine to the workshop. All materials to create the workshop project are included with registration.

For participants bringing your own machine, we recommend you also bring the following supplies:

  • Water-erasable pen (for marking fabric)
  • Clover Chako liner white (for marking dark fabric)
  • Snips
  • Glass Head Pins
  • Magnetic Pincushion
  • Dritz Seam Ripper, heavy duty blade
  • Seam gauge
  • Tape Measure

About Katie Furukawa and Old River Design Co.

Katie Furukawa (she/her) is a quilter, designer, and educator based out of San Francisco. An alumni of the Nikkei Community Internship program, she has remained active in various Japantown community activities since then. In 2022, Katie began her own handmade home goods business, Old River Design Co. You can see her work at www.oldriverdesign.co