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INTRO TO INDUSTRIAL SEWING AT ADX: Machine Basics & Canvas Apron

  • ADX PORTLAND 417 SE 11th Ave Portland, OR, 97214 United States (map)

The first part of this class is designed  specifically to acquaint you with operating ADX's ConSew 206RB industrial sewing machine safely and effectively. Learn the ins & outs of operating our well-made and robust industrial walking-foot machine, an older model with a handful of counter-intuitive safety concerns that will be addressed in class. Learn how to properly thread the machine, how to measure out and cut fabric using a simple pattern, and how to sew a straight stitch through multiple layers of canvas using a walking foot. In the second part of this class, get to know different areas of The Cube while you sew, screenprint the ADX logo, attach ties with grommets to your canvas shop apron, and design the size of each pocket (consider your pencils, notebook, phone, and any other tool you find indispensable while making at ADX). Finish this class with the confidence you need to incorporate sewn elements into your otherwise textile-less projects AND you have your very own personalized shop apron with which to casually impress your friends.  A win-win!


ConSew 206RB Walking Foot Industrial Sewing Machine
fabric scissors
measuring tools
Marking impliments (pencils, chalk)
Sewing needles and pins
Iron and ironing board
Screenprinting equipment (including prepped screen and press)


Safe operation of a ConSew 206RB
Measuring and marking a pattern
Proper fabric cutting techniques
Straight stitch using a walking foot
Add grommets to canvas
Screenprint a design


Fabric for practicing initial stitches
Canvas for shop apron
Rope, cording and leather strips for ties
Ink for screenprinting


Ellie Lum is an accomplished business owner and artist who loves making just about anything and teaching people how to create whatever their heart desires. Ellie’s passion lies in the intersection of education, art and environmental justice. As a business owner of over 15 years in a craftsman-based business, R.E. Load Bags, she has honed her skills as a leader and teacher instructing those who worked with her how to master the craft of industrial sewing. For the past few years she’s been teaching sewing & organic gardening through her DIY Workshop and handmade goods brand, Klum House. If you are looking to deepen your sewing knowledge, Ellie offers sewing instruction as a private lesson or in groups. You can find her class calendar at


Some experience with a home sewing machine is strongly recommended. Instructor will assume students have some working knowledge of sewing vocabulary and concepts. Interested in using the industrial sewing machine but have no experience sewing?  Consider One-on-One instruction or a group class with Ellie Lum in her studio at Klum House. For more information about general Intro to Sewing instruction, contact; for information about classes at ADX, contact