Skill Level




Course Description

Have you always wanted to learn to sew? Or forgotten the basics? Do you have a sewing machine in a box that you would love to use but are a bit scared? Why not come along to our 5-week machine beginners’ course? This course is the first of a series of courses designed to teach the basic foundations for any seamstress.

What skills will I learn?

  • Identify parts of a sewing machine.
  • Thread a machine and wind a bobbin.
  • Change a needle.
  • Choose different presser feet according to the task.
  • Alter stitch length and widths
  • Examine different ways of neatening a seam including pinking, zigzagged, over-edge stitched, turned under, overlocked, bound and Honk Kong finished.
  • Learn how to construct and practice different types of seams including plain seams, open and closed, french, run and fell.
  • Learn and practise insertion of a centred and invisible zip.
  • Learn and practise machined, automatic and corded buttonholes.
  • How to make a cushion cover

Each week we start with a mini masterclass to demonstrate each of the above techniques. Practising these skills will help you gain confidence with the machine and explore its capabilities. During weeks 4 and 5 we make a 40cm x 40cm cushion cover using all our newfound skills!

What’s included in the price of the course?

  • Full tuition throughout the course from your tutor and afterwards via our closed Facebook group
  • Free course workbook which includes all the background information you will need for your course plus space for you to include samples. There is also a resources section packed with useful information.
  • Membership to our online resources area with back up videos and tutorials to support you when you are at home practicing.
  • Individual use of up to date Janome electronic sewing machines and overlockers
  • Use of professional height adjustable cutting tables
  • Use of premium sewing tools
  • Selection of standard colour sewing threads (black, navy blue, white and cream)
  • 40cm x 40cm cushion pad and concealed zipper

What do I need to bring?

You will need 1m of medium weight cotton or cotton blend fabric or lightweight upholstery fabric. If you are not sure what to buy, please don’t worry we can talk about fabric choices and show you some examples during week 1 of your course.


We have handpicked a collection of premium Germany haberdashery equipment from the Prym range which complements this course. If you would like to purchase this kit, please click here for more details and to buy. We will prepare it for you and have it ready for you on your first lesson.

Skill level – Beginner/Improver

This course is suitable for complete beginners who have little or no experience using a domestic sewing machine. It is a great course for those who are looking to start making their own clothes or which to pursue a career in fashion.

Our sewing classes are relaxed and friendly, taking place at our beautiful studio. Class sizes are kept small to ensure everyone gets the time and attention they need. This does mean that booking is essential. The course will only run if there are sufficient numbers.

Evenings 7pm - 9pm

Wednesday 22nd April – 20th May, Tuesday 2nd June – 30th June, Wednesday 16th September – 14th October, Tuesday 2nd November – 20th November


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