Mary Ann Racheau has over 30 years of experience in costume and fashion design and construction. In the past, Mary Ann spent 8 years as a Costume Technician and Shoe Technician for Cirque du Soleil’s KA at the MGM Grand. Her background includes 14 years as a Seamstress and the Lead Seamstress for the Siegfried & Roy show at the Mirage and 6 years as the Costumier for Nevada Dance Theatre, Nevada Opera Theatre, the Mickey Finn Show and various Las Vegas productions.

She is a designer of her own unique line of collectible teddy bears, dolls and quilts. Skills include teaching, pattern cutting, designing, alterations, dyeing, design and construction of garments and costumes, leather work, jewelry making, teddy bear and quilt making. Mary Ann has assembled model garments for Quiltique in Henderson and Cloth World and teaches privately and in classrooms.

Mary Ann is certified as a “Trained Sewing Instructor” through the Sewing and Craft Alliance.

She has studied one-on-one with Kaye Wood and holds a “Quilting the Kaye Wood Way” Teacher Certification.

Mary Ann has achieved the “Master Certified Sewing Educator” award from the Sewing Educators Alliance, SDTA. She has been featured in Notions Magazine, the Sewing Educator’s Yearbook and in several articles offered by SQE Professional Magazine.

 

She teaches all subjects related to sewing, costuming and quilting, to adults and children.  Mary Ann is a member of the American Sewing Guild, Las Vegas Chapter.

      During the yearly convention that was held in Las Vegas in July, 2018

Mary Ann taught full day classes on the following:

*Techniques of Theatrical Costume and Fashion design and construction

*Beyond the Basics, Sewing Techniques

*Reading, Sizing and Fitting a Pattern

*Beyond the Footlights, The Birth of a costume.

She is also available for project completion. It is her wish to pass on

her love of sewing to all enthusiasts.

Mary Ann can be contacted at: 702-581-5715,

wracheau@aol.com

 

Topics taught include:

  • Beginning, intermediate and advanced sewing;

  • Kid’s classes and instruction

  • Costume design and construction

  • Quilting

  • Serging

  • Home décor; pillows, curtains, holiday crafts, etc.

  • Bags and accessories

  • Hemming, mending, and clothing alterations

  • Working with a pattern - Garment construction for men, women, children and pets

  • Creating patterns from existing clothes or items

  • Pattern making and draping for clothing and accessories

  • Hand sewing

  • Toy making and jewelry making

  • Issues that come up with your specific projects

All classes and lessons include 14 invaluable, printable handouts covering

all aspects of sewing.

Required supplies to bring from home for sewing lessons:

Sewing machine

Regular, zig-zag presser foot

¼ yard of muslin or a lightweight fabric (for sample sewing)

Thread

Size #14 sewing machine needles

Fabric shears

Small scissors or clippers for cutting threads

Ball headed, quilting pins

Seam ripper

Plastic, transparent, gridded 18” ruler and a tape measure

Notebook and a #2 pencil

Personal Project Completion.   Choose any project that you would like to get personal sewing assistance on or just another capable set of sewing hands to meet a deadline. Mary Ann will sew with you to get your project finished no matter what the project may be. Two days prior notice is appreciated to work out a suitable schedule if a deadline is being met.

Lesson and project completion price is $20.00 per hour per student.

T-Shirt quilts, Memory Quilts and Teddy Bears

Sewing Classes

 

Mary Ann Racheau was formerly a Costume Technician for Cirque du Solei’s KA and the Lead Seamstress for the Siegfried and Roy Show in Las Vegas. It is her desire to pass on the love of sewing to all who want to experience the joy of creating.                                  Phone (702) 581-5715

Email – wracheau@aol.com

Sewlasvegas.com

 

Private Sewing Lessons, Freelance and Personal Project Completion

Private lessons give you the opportunity for one-on-one, personal assistance on the projects and topics that you desire. You will learn all of the skills that you need to sew like a pro!

 

Topics Taught

  • Beginning and advanced sewing

  • Costume construction

  • Quilting and serging

  • Home décor; pillows, curtains etc.

  • Bags and accessories

  • Hemming, mending, and clothing alterations

  • Working with a pattern - Garment construction for men, women, children and pets

  • Creating patterns from existing clothes or item

  • Reading and following the different types patterns

  • Pattern making and draping for clothing and accessories

  • Hand sewing

  • Issues that come up with your specific projects

 

Personal Project Completion.   Choose any project that you would like to get sewing assistance on, or just another capable set of sewing hands to meet a deadline.

 

Freelance Sewing for any project.

 

All classes and lessons include 16 invaluable, printable handouts covering all aspects of sewing.

 

Price: $20 per hour.  

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Quiltique

13 N. Stephanie Street, Suite E, Henderson, NV 89074

Phone: (702) 563-8600

Email: info@quiltique.com

 

Beginning Sewing

Thursday October 10th from 10AM until 2PM

Learn all about the sewing machine, how to choose the proper needles, thread, notions and fabric for your projects.

The student will learn the basics of sewing seams and seam allowances. This knowledge will be put to use in creating a fun, fabric scrap sack or tote bag in class. Sew-on project pages will be e-mailed to you to be completed in class.

 

Beginning Sewing                                                                     

Skill Level:  Beginner                                                                                                                                                                              

Project Description                                                                 

Sewing 101: Sewing Basics    

                                                           

Class Objective

Learn to operate a sewing machine.

Learn about sewing tool basics and terminology.

Learn basic sewing skills by sewing on sample pages.

Learn to sew basic and French seams, turn a tube, and apply a pocket.

Make your choice of a French seamed fabric scrap sack to sit beneath your sewing machine or a  useful tote bag.

 

Required supplies to bring from home

Sewing machine

Regular foot and zig-zag foot

¼ yard of muslin or a lightweight fabric (for sample sewing)

Size #14 sewing machine needles

2 fat quarters in coordinating colors

Thread to match

Fabric shears

Small scissors or clippers for cutting threads

Quilting pins

Seam ripper

Plastic, transparent, gridded 18” ruler and a tape measure

Notebook and a #2 pencil

 

Pre–Class Preparation

None   

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OLLI UNLV Fall Course

UNLV Paradise Campus (PAR) Room 512

 

Class Name: Sewing Social

* Learn to sew or increase your skills in this individualized, informative class.

*Bring your sewing machine, your sewing or quilting project and enjoy socializing. My vision is to provide a creative place where people can come to learn, share ideas, and be inspired.

*Choose any project that you would like to get personal sewing assistance or advice on, or just another capable set of sewing hands to meet a deadline.

Learn the techniques of creating a new project each week, just in time for the holidays!

 

Day: Thursdays

Time: 9:00 – 10:45AM

Instructor Name: Mary Ann Racheau

Instructor Contact Information:

   e-mail:  wracheau@aol.com

   website:   sewlasvegas.com

   phone:   702-581-5715

 

Class 1 – September 19

Envelope style pillow demonstration

Class 2 – September 26

Earbud case demonstration

Class 3 – October 3

Kitchen buddy demonstration

Class 4 – October 10

Halloween wreath demonstration

Class 5 – October 17 

Mug rug demonstration

Class 6 – October 24

Shawl wrap demonstration

Class 7 – October 31

Halloween pumpkin demonstration

Class 8 – November 7, 14, 21

Deeb’s carry-all bag demonstration

Class 9 – November 14

A Christmas stocking demonstration

Class 10

November 21

Project fun day

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Hobby Lobby

Tropicana and Fort Apache

Sewing Classes   August 2019

Embrace the love of sewing and the joy the joy of creating!

Phone (702) 581-5715                 Website: Sewlasvegas.com

*Please contact Mary Ann for a supply list, printable handouts and details about each class.   E-mail: wracheau@aol.com

 

Class: Quilting

Dates: Mondays

Time: 9:30 - 12:00 PM

Tuition: $30.00

     * Learn quick and easy ways of creating quilt stunning blocks

and assembling your quilt.

Class: Sewing or Quilting

Dates: Tuesdays

Time: 9:30 AM – 12PM

Tuition: $30.00 per person

          * Learn quick and easy ways of creating quilt stunning blocks

and assembling your quilt.

OR * Bring a sewing project for individualized assistance.

 

Class: Sewing

Dates: Fridays

August 16, 23, 30

September 6, 20, 27

Time: 12:30PM – 2:30PM

Tuition: $25.00 per person

          This unique class is designed to promote your creativity and love of sewing.

 

Class: Personal Sewing Assistance

Dates: Saturday

August 10, 24, 31

September 7, 21

Time: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Tuition: $25.00 per person

               *Choose any project that you would like to get personal sewing assistance or advice on, or just another capable set of sewing hands.

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Pincushion 

4 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104

702-522-9551

Sewing Machine Maintenance

 

October 27th from 10:30AM  until 12:30PM

 

This class features an informational packet covering all aspects of how to clean and maintain your machine so that it runs properly

The student will understand the process of sewing machine maintenance and become familiar with the parts of the machine and the tools used to clean it.

Sewing Machine                                          Pre-Class Preparation

Skill Level:  Beginner                                  None

                                                                       

Class Objective

Learn about the parts of the sewing machine and how it works

Learn how to clean and oil the machine

Learn about how to choose the proper needle and thread for the sewing project

Understanding the use of sewing machine maintenance tools and oil

Learn about proper thread tension adjustment

Understand the causes for the machine sewing improperly and the repair needed to fix the problem

 

Required supplies to bring from home:

Sewing machine, empty extra bobbin, foot pedal and power cord

Sewing machine manual

All-purpose thread

Scissors

Notebook and a #2 pencil

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Pincushion  702-522-9551

4 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104

“Knock It Off”

 

Date and times: To Be Announced

 

This class teaches you how to make a paper pattern from your existing garment so you can recreate it in as many different colors and fabrics as your heart desires.

 

The student will learn the techniques used to re-create a garment: properly draw the paper pattern,

add garment construction markings on the pattern and prepare the pattern for cutting it out of fashion fabric.

 

“Knock It Off”                                                     Project Description            Pre-Class Preparation

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced                   Garment re-creation                           None

                                                                       

Class Objective:

Learn the techniques that are used to re-create a garment.

Learn how to copy an existing garment on to a paper pattern using an array of pattern making tools.

Learn the proper method of tracing the garment on to paper, adding construction notches and grain-line.

Learn proper tracing techniques, copying darts and pleats, truing patterns and adding seam allowance and grain lines.

 

Required supplies to bring from home

 

A simple garment to copy on to a paper pattern,
Enough fabric needed to create copied garment

18" clear plastic ruler (a 2' wide ruler divided into 1/8" grids)

Notebook and #2 pencil

Large pink eraser

Box of push pins

Fabric marking pen or pencil

Scissors to cut paper and fabric

Seam ripper

Sewing machine and thread

*Rotary cutter, if you own one

The class packet includes a French curve and a needle-point tracing wheel as well as instructional pages.

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The Christmas Goose

2988 South Durango #109

 Las Vegas, Nevada  

    702-877-1158

 

Jellyroll Mat Tote Bag Class

Sunday, November 3rd from 12 until 4

Turn your jelly roll into a fun and functional tote bag to carry your rotary cutting mat and quilting projects.

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Sew Yeah Quilting

3690 N Rancho Dr,

Las Vegas, NV 89130

(702) 586-8687

 

Jellyroll Jacket Class

November 23 from 10:30Am to 5:30PM

Create a beautiful jacket using jellyrolls.

The Christmas Goose

2988 South Durango #109

 Las Vegas, Nevada  

    702-877-1158

 

Jellyroll Mat Tote Bag Class

Sunday, November 3rd from 12 until 4

 

Turn your jelly roll into a fun and functional tote bag to carry your rotary cutting mat and quilting projects.

 

The student will learn the techniques used to strip piece jelly roll fabrics, create a lining, apply a binding and create their own uniquely designed bag.

 

Class objective:

Learn how to chain piece fabric strips to create a stunning tote bag.

Learn how to create a pocket.

Learn how to create a lining.

Learn how to sandwich batting between the layers of the bag.

Learn how to apply binding to the bag.

Learn how to make straps and button-type loops for the bag.

 

Required supplies to bring from home

1 Jellyroll containing at least 20 fabric strips

4 Fat quarters of fabric in colors that will coordinate with the jelly roll

Thread: Garment sewing thread, to match the chosen fabric color

Quilt batting: 1½ yard x 1½ yard

2 large buttons which match the fabric

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Sewing machine and machine manual, regular (zig-zag) presser foot,

Zipper foot, buttonhole foot, sewing machine manual    

Empty, extra bobbin

Fabric shears and a seam ripper

Small scissors or clippers for cutting threads

Pins (1 ¾” quilting pins are preferred)

18” clear plastic ruler; a 2” wide ruler divided into 1/8” grids.

A 60” tape measure and a seam gauge

*Rotary cutter if you own one

1/4 yard of muslin or a lightweight fabric (for sample sewing)

Notebook and a #2 pencil