Sewing 101: Using a Sewing Machine

Learn how to use a sewing machine! Bring your own or borrow one of ours. Skills taught include how to thread and clean the machine, read a manual, and use a variety of stitches applicable for any project. Not content to leave it at that, I will teach you how to push your skills further on your own! You will be producing a souvenir sewing “sampler” which you will take home with you.

Class fee (suggested donation):
$5 — Members
$10 — Non-Members using one of our machines

Fridays, September 22 & October 6 @ 6:30 in the classroom
Six maximum, more if attendees bring their own machine
RSVP on Eventbrite

Manners Make the Man

  • Max. Class Size: 12
  • When: Thursdays, 7 PM
  • Where: i3Detroit Classroom
  • Price: $40/month for all classes
  • Eventbrite: Here
Manners Maketh Man:
Aegis Consulting & Swordsmanship Academy brings i3Detroit a weekly survey of the methods of poise and comportment necessary to present yourself in your own best image. From care of your possessions to dancing and designing a really nice meal, this class will give you the tools and skills to create whatever you you want to be!
Syllabus to be announced soon, this is a multi-month course.

Class is appropriate for ages 12 and up. Members of i3Detroit and the community are warmly welcome.

SparkFun National Tour coming to Detroit!

Our friends over at SparkFun are doing a national tour, and we were the first Michigan location to sign up to host them!  We want to help kids in the Detroit metro area learn about technology and especially electronics, so this is a great opportunity.  Our class will be held on Saturday, 17 August 2013.  Here’s a description from the SF site:

“The SparkFun National Tour has one goal – to share our passion for electronics with students and teachers across the country.  We want to … [teach] lifelong skills such as programming, soldering, and building circuits along the way.

“During our tour, we will teach workshops to students of all ages as well as teachers, librarians, after-school coordinators, and other educators, showing how electronics can be a vital part of education. Whether you’ve never played around with DIY electronics or you are a seasoned pro, we will give you the tools, knowledge, and skills you need to explore the wonderful world of how electronics fits with STEAM.”

We’ve signed up for the day-long class using the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit.  This class works best for high school and precocious middle school students.  We can host 20 students, each working with a complete kit.  The cost is $100 per student for the day-long class, which includes taking your kit home with you at the end of the day (but not the laptop you’ll be using with it).  If you want to bring a friend or parent who will work with the same kit, add $25.

Please send reservation requests to  In order to ensure that we make best use of available kits and space,  we ask that prospective students pre-pay by cash or check by August 10th to reserve their spot.

Live The Dream. Learn Programming.

It’s not scary, it’s not difficult, and it doesn’t take years to learn. I think I can prove that to you though this crash course on computer programming. It’s not going to get you a job at Google, but it will let you figure out which words are used most frequently in the book “Alice in Wonderland”, or generate a list of anagrams for your friend’s names! Isn’t technology amazing?

Learning computer programming may seem daunting at first, but it is far from being a complex and time-consuming endeavor. In fact, with the right approach, it can be an exciting and rewarding experience. By immersing yourself in a crash course on computer programming, you can quickly gain valuable skills and knowledge. While it may not guarantee a job at a tech giant like Google, it equips you with the ability to perform fascinating tasks like analyzing word frequencies in literary works or generating anagrams for your friends’ names. This showcases the incredible power of technology and how it can be harnessed to accomplish remarkable feats. Just like learning any other skill, utilizing the right tools and resources is essential. The learning management system (LMS) products, for instance, offer comprehensive platforms for accessing programming courses, engaging in interactive exercises, and monitoring progress. Embracing the possibilities offered by technology and embarking on a programming journey can open doors to endless creativity and problem-solving opportunities.
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