Introduction to Machine Sewing Course - 6 Evening Sessions

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Introduction to Machine Sewing Course - 6 Evening Sessions

Begins: Sunday 13 January 2019

Ends: Sunday 17 February 2019

Session: 6


Time: 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Level: Complete Beginner

Maximum Class Size: 6

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 making your own clothes. 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 sewing tips and making-up techniques over the duration of the course - the breakdown is as follows:

Week 1 - Make a Tote bag with front pocket

  • 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)

  • To to create gathers

  • Hemming

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

  • Practice and develop your skills

  • Notches, grainline and seam allowance

  • Insert a zip

  • Learn how to do top stitching and hand stitching.

  • Week 4, 5 and 6 - Put all your new skills into practice to construct a fully lined holdall bag with an inside patch pocket, reinforced strap handles and channel zip. 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.
    In addition you will learn how to make your own piping to give your bag a truly professional finish. 

    Materials: Tools and refreshments are included and 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 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


    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. 

    Luisa Tobitt began to develop her interest in stitch and textiles whilst studying for a BA in Sculpture at Brighton University. Much of her work involved taking garments apart, reworking them and stitching onto them. On completion of her degree, Luisa returned to London and studied a Diploma in Theatrical Costume at Kensington & Chelsea College. She spent the next two years studying design, pattern cutting, construction and decoration for 18th Century dress and the Victorian era. Gaining a Diploma in Handcraft Tailoring at London College of Fashion closely followed this and three years later Luisa also gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Pattern Cutting & Garment Technology, also at London College of Fashion. With a strong love for vintage fashion, Luisa enjoys using vintage patterns, reworking vintage garments and studying traditional sewing techniques.

    Penny Follows has sewn since an early age, indeed she does not remember a time when she didn’t sew! She was fortunate enough to have a mother who was a skilled needlewoman and who created all sorts of stylish clothes for herself and Penny. Penny was encouraged to sew for herself by her mother and two grandmothers, one of whom was a tailoress. Penny worked with Janome as a sewing consultant at John Lewis and taught machine sewing at their flagship store in Oxford Street for a number of years. Penny joined our team of teachers at Ray Stitch in 2016 and leads a variety of workshops, sharing her passion and enthusiasm for sewing and making clothes. She combines teaching with running her own business called The Village Seamstress taking most pleasure in creating bespoke garments for clients.