Intensive Intro to Machine Sewing Course - 3 Daytime Sessions

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Intensive Intro to Machine Sewing Course - 3 Daytime Sessions

Begins: Monday 06 April 2020

Ends: Wednesday 08 April 2020

Session: 3


Time: 10.30am - 5.00pm

Level: Complete Beginner

Maximum Class Size: 6

For our holiday programme only we have condensed our popular Introduction to Machine Sewing course for complete beginners, to just three intensive day sessions. In these classes you will cover every you need to know to be 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 - the breakdown is as follows:

Day 1 - Familiarise yourself with the sewing machine, learning how to sew straight lines, corners and curves using a seam allowance. Lay a paper pattern, pin and cut the fabric, learn how to press properly and finish seams with a zig zag to stop them from fraying. Using these skills, you will make a useful tote bag with front pocket and straps. After lunch you will cover a range of invaluable dressmaking techniques including tracing patterns, marking fabric, straight darts, three different style of pleats, new methods of finishing seams, hemming and how to insert an invisible zip.

Day 2 -  Practice and develop your skills by making a fully lined, make-up bag or pencil case, this will involve learning how to insert a channel zip, top stitching and hand stitching. After lunch you will start work on a bigger project, making a holdall bag, which will take you to the end of this course. This entail preparing the fabric and learning how to make your own piping.

Day 3 - Put all your new skills into practice and construct a fully lined holdall bag with a patch pocket, strapping and channel zip. In addition you will learn how to sew piping into the seams of your bag for a truly professional finish. During the time that you will be making up your 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 materials will be provided for the first three projects however on day 2 you will need to bring with you the materials 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 two weeks following.


“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


Jess Radley 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 before going straight into the fashion industry and working as a pattern cutter. For over 18 years she worked for a wide range of companies from designers to high street suppliers and, after having children, she also successfully set up and ran her own children’s bed linen and accessories company called Eazy-Tiger. More recently she has been teaching in primary and secondary schools and is pleased to be combining her experience in schools with her years of experience in fashion to teach others the art of sewing, pattern cutting and making their own clothes. 

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.