Skill Level




Dates and Times

Day – Wednesday Evenings

Time – 7-9pm

Venue – St Michael’s Road Community Centre Hitchin SG4 0QA

Course Description

This is a 5 week evening course, the first in a series of courses designed to teach the basic foundations for any garment maker. It is designed with beginners in mind or for those who would like a refresher of the basics.

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.

During your lessons you will be giving mini masterclasses to demonstrate each of the above techniques. Practising these skills will help you gain confidence with the machine and explore its capabilities. You will produce samples of your techniques which you can stick into your workbook for future reference.

What’s included in the price of the course?

  • Perfect venue with immaculate facilities and plenty of free parking close to Hitchin Station.
  • 5 weeks x 2 hrs course where you will work in a small group of only 5 students
  • Course workbook which includes all the information you will need for your course, plus space for you to include the samples that you produce during the course.
  • Free love and warmth of your fellow sewing buddies!
  • Inclusion in a WhatsApp group for support the duration of the course and afterward should you need us.
  • Ongoing membership of our community group – The Sewcial Society WhatsApp group

What do I need to prepare/bring to the course?

  • You will need to bring your own sewing machine to class complete with with its manual and all its accessories, bobbin and thread. Please ensure you have a good quality metal invisible zip foot and a buttonhole foot that is brand specific to your machine. You will also need to provide your own extension cable. If you do not have a machine borrow one or if you want help choosing a new machine please follow this link to see our recommendations.
  • You will need a full dressmaking tool kit
  • Notepad, pen and water bottle

What Else do I need to know

  • You will receive a confirmation email upon booking please ensure you have given us your telephone number. You will be added to a course WhatsApp group 1 week before the start of the course
  • Our classes are non-refundable so please make sure you’ve checked your diary carefully before booking
  • Please read our FAQs and T’s & C’s before booking.
  • Should you need to contact us before your course please email [email protected]
Choose a date

September 11th, 18th, 25th October 2nd, 9th 2024 (5 weeks)


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