Introduction to Machine Sewing Course - 6 Morning Sessions

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Introduction to Machine Sewing Course - 6 Morning Sessions

Begins: Tuesday 21 April 2020

Ends: Tuesday 26 May 2020

Session: 6


Time: 10.30am - 1.30pm

Level: Complete Beginner

Maximum Class Size: 7

Our popular Introduction to Machine Sewing course is an intensive six-week programme for complete beginners. It is the ideal way to start your journey to being a competent sewist and will also cover the basic techniques needed to start making simple garments. After completing the course you will have the confidence to work on a wide range of different projects at home.

We start right from scratch in week 1, familiarising you with the sewing machine itself, showing you how to wind a bobbin, thread the machine up and change the tension. Then we start building on your skills with each new projects, you will cover a wide range of invaluable sewing tips and techniques over the duration of the course and learn how to trouble shoot any machine issues as you go along.

The breakdown of this six week course is as follows:

Week 1 - Make a Tote bag with front pocket and reinforced straps

  • Familiarise yourself with the sewing machine and how it works

  • Learn how to sew straight lines, corners and curves using a seam allowance

  • Lay a paper pattern correctly, pin and cut the fabric, 

  • Learn how to press your fabric and finish seams with a zig zag to stop them from fraying.

  • Week 2 - Accomplish all the essential processes that you need to know in order to start making your own clothes

  • Marking the fabric

  • Straight darts

  • Insert an invisible zip

  • Basting/hand tacking

  • Alternative finishing techniques

  • Three types of pleats (box, inverted & knife)

  • Create gathers

  • Hemming

  • Week 3 - Make a zipped lined pencil case or make up bag

  • Practice and develop your skills

  • Notches, grain line and seam allowance

  • Insert a zip

  • Learn how to do top stitching and hand slip-stitching.

  • Week 4, 5 and 6 - Make a fully lined large holdall bag

  • Put all your new skills into practice for a more advanced project

  • Create & sew an inside patch pocket,

  • Reinforced stitching for strap handles

  • Insert a channel zip

  • Insert a lining

  • Make and attache your own piping

  • During the time that you will be constructing the holdall your teacher will impart a variety of sewing tips which will help you master more advanced techniques.

    Materials: Tools and refreshments are included and all materials will be provided for weeks 1, 2 & 3 however in week 4 you will need to bring with you the materials needed to make your final project, details for this will be given in class. If you wish you buy these from our shop you will be entitled to 10% off everything for the duration of your course and one week following. Our shop team are happy to help and advise on fabric and notions for your bag.

    If you are under 16, you will need to bring a responsible adult with you who has also booked a place.

    If you would like to learn to sew on your own machine, please get in touch so that we can notify the teacher. Please note we can only accept machines that are less than 10 years old.


    “Brilliant course! Very high quality information. I learnt far more than I thought I would and I’m very happy with my Holdall, proud to be using it!” - Will

    “An excellent introduction to sewing on a machine. We covered so much in such a short period of time and great to have something new to take home every week.” - Laura

    “I’d sewn before, but had never really taken the time to learn the basics of how to use my machine properly. This course has given me the confidence to get my machine out at home and feel like I know what i’m doing. Can’t wait for Intro to Dressmaking next! Lovely environment to learn a new skill among friendly people!”

    “Perfect course for the beginner. Great for confidence building and very patient teachers, I'm looking forward to my follow-on course in the New Year” - Emma


    Kirstie Eells Since completing her Fashion Men’s Knitwear Masters at the Royal College of Art, Kirstie has been teaching pattern cutting and garment construction at BA Level whilst also working as a freelance pattern cutter and maker for artists, designers and fashion houses. She is also a self-taught denim repairer and is proficient in using specialist darning machines and techniques that aim to provide invisible denim repairs. Alongside teaching, Kirstie is building her own menswear brand EELLS. Within this brand she endeavours to be as environmentally conscious as possible. Applying her ethos that everything has a second life, EELLS aims to turn unwanted garments and scraps of unused materials into new and exciting fabrications. Kirstie enjoys developing construction methods that challenge traditional techniques whilst working within the ideology of making the most of what is available and promoting sustainability.

    Jess R has been sewing for several decades having taught herself on an old hand-turned Singer machine, she learned how to make clothes by taking apart old garments, making patterns from them and re making them. Jess has more recently done formal training in men's tailoring at CityLit and in producing digital drafts of her hand drawn patterns at London College of Fashion. Her current sewing passions range from made-to-measure men's shirts to baby clothes and quilts and she's also designing a range of sewing patterns. Jess loves to pass on her sewing and pattern making knowledge to others by teaching our fledging students.

    Moyna Hamilton studied clothing technology at London College of Fashion and immediately started her career in the fashion industry after she graduated working as a pattern cutter. For over 18 years she worked for a wide range of companies from independent designers to high street suppliers. After having children, she successfully set up and ran her own children’s bed linen and accessories company called Eazy-Tiger. More recently Moyna has been teaching sewing in different schools around London and has been with us now for over 6 years! She is pleased to be combining her years of teaching experience with her extensive knowledge in clothing to teach others the art of sewing, pattern cutting and dressmaking.