Ray Stitch Sewing School - Learn to Sew or Improve Your Skills

The Ray Stitch Sewing school has been an integral part of the business since we became a bricks and mortar shop and we are passionate about getting people confident to sew. Whether you are a total beginner, looking for a new hobby for the new year, or have got skills but want to take them to the next level we have a class for you! We pride ourselves on teaching relevant skills in fun, sociable sessions with talented and friendly tutors.

The start of the new year is a time that many people think about setting goals, finding a new hobby or learning a new skill - and if yours include sewing then we have got you covered - from the total beginners sewing machine classes, to hand sewing techniques, advanced sewing techniques, to making your own tote bag, knickers, shirt, coat or even a pair of jeans!  (Plus we run classes for kids too.) Full listings can be found on our website HERE and we also promote classes on our social channels (Instagram or Facebook) but here are some upcoming classes we are particularly excited to share with you...

6 Week Courses - with evening or morning sessions offered plus small class sizes for maximum learning

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 sewer and will also cover the basic skills needed to start dressmaking. 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, 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; you will cover a wide range of invaluable tips and techniques over the duration of the course

Our popular Introduction to Dressmaking course is the best starting block to begin making your own clothes, every year we guide and teach over a hundred fledgeling sewers until they are fully equipped with the skills and confidence to progress to more advanced dressmaking and feel they can work through a pattern without assistance. Over six weekly sessions, you will learn and put into practice a variety of skills and techniques that are needed to make up a range of different garments using commercial sewing patterns. Our expert teachers will impart invaluable tips along the way by demonstrating parts of every process involved in making and finishing garments, and you will come away from the course with three wearable garments!

Boro Workshops - Stitch & Repair

These single session workshops explore the art of 'Boro'. This term is derived from Japanese boroboro, meaning something tattered or repaired; it is a process that is perfect for beginners to learn hand stitching by way of experimenting with Sashiko, a simple running stitch that can be as rudimentary or elaborate as you want it to be. The objective of this class is to use hand stitches including Sashiko to repair or strengthen an item piece or fabric or item of clothing. By looking at the history of Boro and learning different stitches you will understand and practice the art of visible mending. These classes are already proving very popular as mindful activities are on the rise too.

Couture Hand Sewing Techniques

If you are an experienced dressmaker or enjoy the art and mindfulness of making things by hand then this is the class for you! In these three hour sessions, you will have the opportunity to develop your technical skills even further. You will accomplish several hand sewn techniques that will allow you to finish garments to a couture standard. We are offering 2 different classes with different techniques taught in each. Mastering these skills will change the way you make clothes and give you a better understanding of garment construction. You will have the confidence to produce professional looking formal evening wear and maybe even discover a slower pace of your projects for a mindful experience!

Traditional Shirt Making Workshop with Henri

We love to have visiting artists, makers and designers as tutors at the Ray Stitch Sewing School too. Henrietta Adams is a London based clothing designer with a passion for traditional techniques. She is currently in India tracing the origins of her organic cotton back to the seed. Over the course of the weekend, Henrietta will guide you through the intricate garment construction process involved with making a shirt, as well as sharing her wealth of knowledge.

Sew a Pair of Jeans - Men and Women's styles

We are so excited about this new course! Practically everyone owns a pair of well-worn jeans but most of us would be daunted by the idea of making a new pair ourselves. During our 5 session workshop, you will be guided through new techniques that are specific to the construction of jeans. You will also learn more about achieving a better fit with sewing patterns and how to alter your pattern. Step-by-step you will create your very own first fitting pair of self-made jeans! Participants can choose from 2 different patterns to make either classic men's cut or a highrise skinny pair. This really is a great challenge for experienced sewers.

Weekend Workshop - Make a lined Bomber Jacket

Learn new sewing techniques and make a fully lined bomber jacket in this weekend workshop - 24 & 25 February. This casual jacket can be made unique with your designer input, colour block the sleeves, add patches, badges or embroidery. It's a versatile style that can be worn all year round, and after you've made it once you'll want to try out a variety of different fabrics! During the workshop, you will be taught a skill set that will enhance your sewing to help you get the most professional finish for your garment and make you feel more confident when using other sewing patterns. Special offer - February's workshop is now reduced to £165 for both days tuition plus lunch and refreshments. Click on the link above for more info and to book your place.

As well as all these advertised classes we also offer 1 to 1 tuition on request and have also run sessions for groups of friends who want to learn together. Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss any of our classes or tuition available - and if you have an idea for a class we don't yet offer then let us know. As an added extra, by booking a class you are entitled to 10% of all fabric purchases.

Sewing is a wonderful social activity as well as being practical, useful, creative, imaginative... we could go on! We hope to see you at a class very soon :)