Skill Level



Kaye and/or Elaine

Dates and Times


Saturday 10 – 5pm                               Next Date –  coming soon

Tuesday evenings 7pm – 9pm            Next Date –  coming soon

Wednesday evenings 7pm – 9pm      Next Date –  coming soon



Format – In person

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Course Description

This course is the first of a series of courses designed to teach the basic foundations for any seamstress. 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.

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. 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?

  • You will be provided with a 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.
  • Course Kit – This will include calico fabric and zips to allow you to practise the techniques shown to you on the course. This will be given to you during the sessions.
  • Inclusion in a WhatsApp group for the duration of the course
  • Membership of our Sewcial Society
  • The hall that we will be using  is a registered Covid secure venue with immaculate facilities and plenty of free parking.

What do I need to prepare in advance of 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 click here to add this to your order


The course will be held at

St Michael’s Road Community Centre Hitchin SG4 0QA

There is a large car park right outside. Please note our Tuesday and Wednesday classes will be held in the upstairs meeting room.

Skill Level

This course is perfect for beginners who have no experience in using a sewing machine or for students who have forgotten the basics and want a refresher.

Choose course date

Tuesday Evenings 7th Sept – 5th October 7-9pm (5 weeks), Tuesday Evenings 2nd – 30th November 7-9pm (5 Weeks ), Tuesday Evenings 7pm – 9pm, Wednesday Evenings 7pm – 9pm, Saturday one day course 10am-5pm


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