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Sewing courses, classes, groups and workshops taught all across the UK. Learn how to sew and/or use your sewing machine and acquire the skills of the skilled seamstress! "A stitch in time saves nine." We might not be able to teach you to make a stitch in time, but if you are looking for courses that will show you how to sew real-life garments and items for the home you have come to the right place. Being able to adjust and create your own tailored, made-to-measure look is deeply satisfying. If you are a fan of the Great British Sewing Bee you should start browsing the courses below for one local to you. Learning to sew is not limited to maidens and Grannies; sewing is massively on-trend!

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Image for Hand-stitched leather tote, satchel or messenger bag course
Next course on 17th September 2016
Make a hand-stitched leather tote, messenger or satchel for ladies and gents. This popular course has been featured in 'The Guardian', 'The Week' and 'The Lady' magazine. Get in touch to book your place! A two day course which teaches you how to make your own beautiful leather tote, messenger or satchel. A completely 'hands on' course with plenty of support and encouragement as you construct your hand-made leather bag working from one of our...
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Just bought yourself a sewing machine or dusted off the old one in the attic? Want to know how to operate it and make something simple? Claire teaches on a one to one basis as well as to groups. We have a full range of classes suitable for all levels which you can view on our website. Anything from bunting and cushions to more advance things like Roman Blinds and quilts. Classes run during the...
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Beautiful Things offers various classes and course in dressmaking. From our intensive 1 day shift dress class, a gathered skirt in an afternoon or a tea dress across 2 full saturdays or 6 weeks of evenings. Enjoy tuition suitable for complete beginners on a 121 or small group (no more than 4) class basis. Advice on choosing patterns and material, taking proper measurements and creating a garment that fits beautifully that you can be truly...
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The programme for the day will be established to suit you when you phone to book. I want you to feel comfortable and realistic about what can be achieved in one day thereby establishing a foundation for self advancement or further tuition. The day course will be in my home on a one to one, or two to one basis if you ask a friend to join you. Groups can be catered for at an...
Image for Weekend residential course Drawing with the sewing machine needle with Richard Box at Bristol on 11-13 November 2016
Next course on 11th November 2016
Here is a course is for all of you who would like to learn how to ‘draw’ with the sewing machine needle. Imagine that the thread is your ‘ink’ and the needle is your ‘pen’ and you will be amazed how many effects you can achieve with the simple straight stitch. You will start by following a design which Richard has prepared for you and will demonstrate for you step by step. This will enable...
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Next course on 29th October 2016
This leatherwork weekend taster workshop is for those interested in learning the skills of a traditional leatherworker. Perfect for beginners, the leatherwork ‘ Weekend Taster’ gives you the opportunity to try your hand at many of the essential leatherworkers’ tools while developing skills that are part of everyday tasks in the workshop – you will then have the opportunity to put those skills into practice by making one, or two small hand-stitched leather items to...
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Patchwork & Quilting City & Guilds Level 2 Various venues in the East Midlands, please contact me for information This course follows on from the City and Guilds level 1 patchwork and quilting. Spread over two years, this course very creative and rewarding but also requires commitment to individual learning. You will produce two final pieces of work and a set of samples along with a design folder. The design section of the course will...
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Next course on 8th October 2016
This brand new Leather Satchel Course will teach you how to prepare, make and hand stitch a vegetable tanned, leather satchel in just two days! Similar in style to the traditional school satchel you’ll make a lightweight leather bag which is designed to carry your tablet as well as other essentials. You will be working from a choice of pre-prepared patterns including a rucksack and while you are here, you will learn how to cut...
Image for Soft Furnishing Courses -  Lined Curtains - Roman Blind - Zipped & Piped Cushion -  Decorative Appliqué Cushion - Curtain Headings
Next course on 30th August 2016
On this course you can choose to make any of the items below: Machine Made Lined Curtains - You will be taught how to construct lined curtains, predominantly sewn on the machine, with a commercial heading tape attached. You will make a sample curtain, which will include all of the techniques needed to make full size curtains, including pattern matching and joining fabric widths together, weighted hems and mitred corners. You will receive comprehensive step...
Image for Weekend Residential Course on Bobbin Lace Making with Alison Winn near Birmingham on 14-16 October 2016
Next course on 14th October 2016
Alison Winn’s bobbin lace making courses are ideal whether you are a beginner or experienced lace maker. Complete beginners can choose to make either a bookmark or small brooch. You will learn how to wind bobbins, prepare and read a pattern while making your chosen piece of lace. Most people are able to finish a piece of lace before the end of the course, and then you will prepare and start a second pattern. Alison...