Teen Sewing with Koalani Walkoe

Aug 17, 2015

600px-Pied_de_biche_d_une_machine_a_coudreDo you have a teen who’s never been introduced to a sewing machine, but regularly inspects then comments on the lousy workmanship of today’s clothes? Have a teen who’s already cutting up pants to make skirts, re-designing jackets and button-down shirts, or altering old dresses?

If so, the Altadena Library is hosting a new program: Teen Sewing 101.

Don’t let the name mislead; teens 13 to 19 years old who are on their way to sewing mastery are as welcome as those who have yet to sit down at a sewing machine.

Teen Sewing 101 instructor Koalani Walkoe is a graduate of Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and “has gone on to expand her experience and design knowledge as an assistant designer at several Los Angeles-based women’s wear companies with accounts including Macy’s and Neiman Marcus.”



Koalani Walkoe


Teen Sewing 101 consists of 5 workshops beginning on September 19th.

All supplies, including sewing machines suitable for beginners will be provided. Projects include making pillowcases, PJ pants, and tote bags. Participants may bring their own fabric or projects to work on if desired.

Space is very limited—first come, first served!




Teen Sewing 101
Saturday, Sept. 19th, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 10th, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 17th, 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 7th, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14th, 4 p.m.
Altadena Public Library, 600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena 91001
Space limited – registration required
Register by calling 1.626.798.0833, ext. 108
Or by emailing Carrie Wilson at
Or stop by the Youth Svcs. Reference Desk during library hours
For more info, visit







Photo, top right: Sewing machine foot presser by NicolasLoeuillet (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

Photo of pincushion by Evan-Amos (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Photo, spool and needle by KoS (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.




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