Children's Intro to Machine Sewing Part 1 - Make an Apron

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Children's Intro to Machine Sewing Part 1 - Make an Apron

Friday 04 January 2019

Session: 1


Time: 10.30am - 1.30pm

Level: Complete Beginner

Maximum Class Size: 4

We run children's sewing classes during the school holidays for kids of 8 years and older, our workshops encourage creativity, as well as improving self-confidence, patience and fine motor skills!

We have designed this beginners class especially for children aged 8 and over who are looking to learn how to sew using a machine. If they have never used a sewing machine before or have had a go at using one briefly but would like more practice, then this is the class for them! We will familiarise your child with the machine itself and teach them all the basic skills of machine sewing to give to the confidence to start simple projects on your own. By the end of this 3 hour session they will have cut and made an apron in their size from Ray Stitch fabric, ready to wear home!

In this class they will cover the following techniques:

  • Thread up a sewing machine

  • Wind on a bobbin

  • Understand stitch tension, length and width

  • Sew straight lines, corners and curves using a seam allowance

  • Cut from a pattern template

  • Pressing

  • Hemming

  • All materials, tools and refreshments are provided. 

    (If your child already owns a sewing machine and would prefer to use that, please bring it along - provided it is less than 10 years old.)


    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.