Saturday November 20th & Sunday November 21st, 10am - 4pm, TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS
Enjoy learning the basics of machine sewing over a weekend with Aileen. If you have never touched a sewing machine or haven’t used one in a while this is the class for you, and you'll try a variety of projects to get you started.
Our popular beginner’s class will give you a solid introduction to sewing machine essentials, learn all the basics that you need to get started and build your confidence. Each sewing project will introduce a new skill building up your sewing knowledge. Enjoy some social time meeting other likeminded creative people in our sewing studio. You will then skip out of the class having made some beautiful handmade creations.
Please be aware that our workshops are temporarily being held in the Abbey Church Hall on Abbey Park Place while we renovate a new studio in the new shop. The temporary space is accessed via a flight of stairs. We will bring you a FANTASTIC new accessible studio space as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
This class is suitable for adults only, age 16+. No previous machine sewing experience is required.
Please carefully check our Terms & Conditions prior to booking.
For information on how we have adapted our bookings/terms and studio practices with regards to Covid-19, please click here.
WHAT THE CLASS WILL COVER:
We take it right back to basics and go through the different parts of the sewing machine itself, learn how to wind the bobbin, thread a machine, change a needle, adjust the tension and change the stitches. Here is what we will cover:
Led by Aileen, you’ll get to grips with the sewing machine. Learn how to sew in a straight line, turn at a corner and handle curves. We show you how to pin, sew seams and understand seam allowance. You'll make a really useful shopping tote and then it’s time to insert your first zip! You’ll make a simple zipper purse to stretch your growing skills. You can also plan your future projects and ask for advice.
Develop your skills further by making a patchwork table runner. You’ll plan and assemble your own design using pre-cut fabric so that you can concentrate on the sewing. You’ll work on improving your seam allowance accuracy and then tackle some top-stitching and quilting!
Professional tuition and guidance from Victoria & Aileen
Patterns & templates for use in the class
Use of our Janome sewing machines
We provide Janome M100 digital sewing machines for use in class - it’s not possible to bring your own machine to a group beginner’s class. If you have any questions please feel free to call or email us.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO BRING:
Half-a-metre of two different 100% cotton fabrics (1m total, quilt-weight type) for your tote bag and zipper purse. Prints that work nicely together are ideal, because you can use them together for front/back/inside/outside of the projects as needed.
You will need a 10” zip, this is INCLUDED and will be available at the workshop
One “charm pack” of 42 pre-cut squares (ask in-store if you are unsure or need advice)
0.5 metre of bonded interlining (it’s important that you ask in-store if you’re unsure what this is, or search our website)
Machine-sewing thread (sew-all polyester thread or quality cotton is recommended)
Basic sewing kit (fabric scissors, tape measure, seam ripper, pins etc.)
Our SYC basic sewing kit is available to purchase at the first session for a special price of £15 for workshop participants (normally £19.99)
Bring a notebook to jot down measurements, instructions and any future fabric requirements.
Day 1 - Saturday November 20th, 10am – 4pm
Day 2 - Sunday November 21st, 10am – 4pm