Viking Sewing Center Sewing Machine Sales & Service Since 1965

Located in the Beautiful District of Willow Glen, San Jose, CA


Mon-Fri: 9:30 AM-5:30 PM / Sat: 9:30 AM-5:00 PM                                                                

   1232 Lincoln Avenue • San Jose, CA 95125 Ph: 408.298.5696

Keep Learning

Education plays an important role in our “Quality Matters” policy. Below you will find “Learn-to-Sew” classes, General sewing classes and some basic Alterations sewing classes.

Thank you for your interest in our classes. Please check calendar for Dates,Times & Fees.


To be assured a seat in a class, payment in full must be made in the form of cash or check made payable to the instructor.  You will receive a supply list at time of registration. You must register before class to allow time to purchase and prepare supplies and fabrics (a week or more before class is recommended.) Students receive and discount on class supplies purchased for the Viking Sewing Center.  We appreciate that you make your purchases through us. This helps keep class fees low. Please call us if you have questions.  Ph. 408.298.5696

Sign up for all classes at the Viking Sewing Center, 1232 Lincoln Avenue San Jose, Ca 95125;

Ph. 408.298.5696.  Or download a registration form and follow the instruction for mail-in registration.We cannot accept registration by email or by phone at this time.

Sewing & Alterations Classes

Adult Sew:  Ages 16+    Two 3-hour sessions per month

Take this class after you have completed Beginning Sewing or if you are an experienced sewer and wish to increase your sewing skills.  Construct a sewing project of your choice based on a commercial pattern. During class, the instructor will help you with the required sewing techniques as you work through the construction.  Instructor approval is required for extremely large or complex projects.

Instructor:  Ivy Orcutt

Pre-requisites:  Call for more information: Ph. 408.298.5696

1. Basic sewing machine operation. You must know how to set-up and do basic stitching on you own sewing machine or on the class Viking sewing machine. See Sewing Machine Basics class information if you need to learn how to us a sewing machine. If you are using your own sewing machine, it must be in good working order.

2. Cut your fabric according to a commercial pattern.  Have basic sewing skills using a sewing machine.

Hem Jeans on Your Sewing Machine:  Ages 16+  60 min session

Learn how to hem a pair of jeans on your sewing machine. Topics to be covered: Fold up and press new hem; Thread, needle, stitch selection; Stitch over the heavy seam allowances (hump jumping).

Instructor:  Ivy Orcutt


1. Must know how to set-up and do basic stitching on your sewing machine

2.The sewing machine must be in good working order.

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1. Must know how to set-up and do basic stitching on your sewing machine

2.The sewing machine must be in good working order.

T-shirt and Tops Alterations Workshop:  Ages 16+  

Skill Level: Beyond Basics. Must have basic sewing machine skills.

  Learn how to alter your T-shirts and similar knit tops for a more flattering fit or to add your own design details.  Students will   learn how to: Hem or reshape the bottom edge or   the sleeves; Contour the side seams for a more form-fitting  silhouette;   Reshape the neckline; Add pleats, tucks or darts. Students will alter one or more of their own T-shirts or knit tops.   Machine   techniques covered include twin needle hemming, creating stretch seams, and overcasting.    

  PDF picture of T-shirt.


Instructor:  Ivy Orcutt

Quick & Easy Projects “New” Check our calendar for dates in March 2020


1. Must know how to set-up your sewing machine and have basic sewing skills

2.The sewing machine must be in good working order.

Microwave Pot/Bowl Holder  Workshop:  Ages 16+  

Have fun making this easy and “oh, so useful” microwave potholder. Think how easy it will be to safely remove that hot bowl of soup or reheated leftovers from your microwave by just picking up the corners of this bowl-shaped potholder.  Although we will make a medium-sized bowl that is perfect for soup bowls and similarly sized containers, the potholder can be easily scaled up or down.  This potholder also makes a great gift.  

This project uses a few 100% cotton materials so that it is safe to use inside the microwave. You get to choose the fabrics; match your kitchen décor, go wild and use lots of bright colors, or use up fabrics from your stash.

Although 2 rows of simple machine quilting get the job done, you can choose to add more quilting or practice your free-motion stitching.

 Instructor:  Ivy Orcutt

Increasing Your Sewing Skills- On-going class, check calendar for schedule