Introduction to Machine Sewing Part 1 - Make a Zipped Pouch

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Introduction to Machine Sewing Part 1 - Make a Zipped Pouch

Sunday 05 January 2020

Session: 1


Time: 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Level: Complete Beginner

Maximum Class Size: 7

If you have never used a sewing machine before or you’re feeling a bit rusty, this is the class for you. We will familiarise you with the machine itself and teach you all the basic skills of machine sewing to give to the confidence to start simple projects on your own.

In this class you will cover the following techniques:

  • Thread up your 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

  • How to insert a zip

  • Attach a lining

  • The art of pressing

  • Hand Slip-Stitching

  • During this three hour workshop you will use your new found skills to make a fully lined zipped pouch, perfect for your pencils or make-up, made from Ray Stitch printed cotton fabric that is yours to keep and use forever! Once you have mastered these basic sewing skills you could enrol onto our Intro Part 2 - Essential Skills' class where you can learn further techniques that are unique to making your own clothes.

    Materials: The cushion pad is included and all materials, tools and refreshments are provided. The sewing pattern and instructions on how to make a cushion cover will also be available for you so you can continue making more at home!

    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.

    Booking a class at Ray Stitch entitles you to 10% off everything in-store for one week where our team are happy to help and advise on fabric.


    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.