An introduction to the sewing machine teaching you all the basic skills and what the buttons are for! This workshop is for you if you have never used a sewing machine before, or if you are feeling like you need a refresher. There’s a lot you will learn, making sure you will leave with the confidence to try your own beginners projects at home! We will spend the morning learning techniques and making a few small items. In the afternoon you can choose a project, either a tote bag or envelope cushion using the skills you have learnt. Fabrics are provided. Class sizes are kept small making sure that everyone gets attention and assistance when needed, and it's a lovely spacious environment.
This class covers:
The parts of a sewing machine
Threading your machine
Winding a bobbin
How to change stitch length, (and width if your machine has this facility)
How to adjust tension
Presser feet, how to change them
How to sew a straight line and turn corners
How to sew a buttonhole
Cutting fabric from a template
Making a pocket
During the lesson, you can choose to make either a Tote Bag with pocket or an Envelope Cushion Cover, utilising you newly learnt skills. Fabric will be provided.
You will need to bring:
Your sewing machine (in good working order with instruction manual and any accessories that came with the machine)
A small sewing kit, including scissors (small and large if possible), pins, thread, unpicker, tape measure, fabric marker pen
Packed lunch (and your own drinks if you prefer)
You can bring your own machine if you have one, or if not I have one you can hire for a minimal charge.
*Please note depending on the situation at the time* all required Covid measures will be in place, which may include everyone wearing face coverings
Refreshments may not be provided.
You will need to bring your own machine and sewing equipment. The tables, handles etc will be cleaned regularly and there is a one way in and out system. Doors will be left open for airflow.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
Written instructions with images
Demonstrations and guidance
Techniques and tips
Refreshments, depending on current situation
6 hours (10:00am to 4:30pm)
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Terrified at first to make blinds but the course went at an easy pace and gradually I started to see the picture of how to make them. The tutor was very patient and happy to answer any questions. I left there feeling very happy that now I could make a roman blind.
Response from Sew Make it:So pleased Jill that you were able to relax and enjoy making your sample blind. It's not too scary after all is it? I'm sure the notes and easy calculation methods will help you when you make your own blind at home too. Would love to see any photos. Thanks so much for the feedback. Judi
Before attending - I did not think we would be able to make a blind in the time - but in fact we did!
Judi was very patient and helped everyone.
A really good day with great tips and notes to take away.
I'm looking out for the next courses to sign up to.
Response from Sew Make it:Thanks for the feedback Karen, really glad you enjoyed the day. Looking forward to seeing photos of your new blinds! New course dates coming soon.... Judi
I love Judi's workshops. I recently did the blinds course and although I have made them before, Judi gave lots of tips and really practical useful information to help with the whole process. I would highly recommend regardless of your level of skill but think confident beginners would learn lots.
Response from Sew Make it:Thank you Maxine, it was lovely to see you again and hope that the tips will come in handy for your next blind making project :) Judi
Really happy with this course. It completely delivered what it promised and more. Judi was a great teacher and a lot of fun. She went out of her way to adapt the course for my wants and take me through all that I needed very patiently. I like the zoom 1-2-1 in these times and pleased that it worked so well. I'll be looking for more like this, and definitely more from Judi. Thank you.
I really enjoyed the workshop yesterday, it was well worth the distance travelled. You are very good at teaching and explaining how to make the blinds. I felt very confident when I left that I would be capable of making the blinds on my own at home. Which hasn't always been the case when I've done previous workshops elsewhere. I wouldn't hesitate to do another one of your workshops. I found your workshop on craft courses and was so happy I did.
Really improved my confidence to just try things, really well planned and timed, very friendly atmosphere. Had two wonderful days!
Loved the course. Great introduction to sewing techniques and got to take something home every week. Judi is very clear with her instructions and very patient. Great value course that I'd strongly recommend.
Loved my return to sewing and so chuffed with my "makes" - loved the buttoned cushions and tote bag.
Was fantastic, very informative and a pleasure attending this group. Thank you so much for your help and support
Really good fun, excellent pace and Judi is very patient and helpful. You feel comfortable asking questions.
Judi is a fantastic teacher. I went from being a complete novice (never having sewed before) to making a reversible bag (amongst other things). Can't wait for the next one.
"Get to know your sewing machine" and "Reversible Tote" workshops - Day 1
Lovely day. Really glad I came, feel much more confident with using the machine.
"Get to know your sewing machine" and "Reversible Tote" - Day 1
I've thoroughly enjoyed today. I have been ill for the past week and today has cheered me up! Although I have sewn for many years, I still learnt a lot. Looking forward to attending more courses.
"Reversible Tote" 11th Jan 2020
Excellent Courses, thoroughly enjoyed every minute, very knowledgable staff and so patient..... Brilliant modern venue. Can't wait to return to do more
"Get to know your sewing machine" and "Reversible Tote" - Day 1
I thought the course was excellent, great encouragement! Good location and friendly group.
Reversible Tote workshop 11th Jan 20
Excellent workshop, all very clear and well explained
Excellent! Very helpful and very informative. Really enjoyable.
Really enjoyed the whole day. Constructive, clear and supportive instruction. Creative crafts achieved. Judi is helpful and with a sense of humour. Nice venue and warm! Thanks :)
I am really suprised at how much I learnt during the day - it far exceeded my expectations. The pace was just right, as was the size of the class, and it allowed for plenty of one to one guidance.
Lovely, clear guidance and support. I'm feeling proud of my reversible tote bag. Thank you
Thank you very much for the relaxed and informative roman blind Workshop. It was really helpful to do this in a practical setting and your demonstrations, explanations, hints and tips were most welcome.
Thank you for a well paced and very enjoyable morning.
I really enjoyed both the workshops I attended at the weekend. The small groups are great as it gives us the opportunity to ask any questions we need to ask, and the opportunity for individual help where needed. You make things as simple as possible and give clear instructions, so at the end of the course I felt really pleased with what I had achieved.
A great beginners' course.
None of the projects was too ambitious but they were challenging enough to give a real sense of satisfaction when completed.
We had an experienced tutor who actually said very little but was always ready to assist us when guidance was needed.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Cushion Masterclass course.
Judi is an excellent tutor who is very patient and made creating the different styles of cushions easy to follow with a step by step guide.
I’ll be arranging another sewing course with Judi again soon!
Attended the Roman blind workshop and thoroughly enjoyed it. A nice small group with plenty of relaxed time to work at ones own pace and for Judi to give each one ample time to explain things. Came away with completed project and clear printed instructions . I’m looking forward to trying another course . Thank you .
I was so proud of myself coming away from the course having made a Roman Blind in just 3 hours.
Judi makes the whole process so easy and enjoyable. She has lots of experience and endless patience. I would highly recommend this course.
Very calm and relaxing class. Judi is very kind and helpful. Thank you - Rachata, Get to know your sewing machine workshop Cheltenham
Good to learn how to use a machine properly! - Margaret, Get to know your sewing machine workshop, Cheltenham
Lovely class, lots of good information - went home with a drawstring bag! Looking forward to the next course - Sally, Get to know your sewing machine workshop, Cheltenham
Really enjoyed the first course - "beginners sewing class", very relaxing learning a new skill. Judi was patient and helpful.
Really helpful and informative. Much better than "you tubing" Definately recommend! - Zoe, "Get to know your sewing machine" workshop, Worcester
Gave me the confidence and knowledge to start sewing again, as I had not sewn since school - 30 years plus! A thoroughly enjoyable and prodictive morning. Judi has inspired me to continue sewing!
Tracy, "Get to know your sewing machine", Worcester
Yet another fantastic workshop from Judi really enjoyed it Thankyou
I learnt to sew on Judi's "Get to know your sewing machine" course, then progressed to the "Intro to dressmaking". I am soo pleased with making my sleeveless top!! Its been on several holidays with me and as I got the pattern to keep, I have made two more at home. Judi is so patient and helpful. Looking forward to doing more.
Loved the courses (curtains, blinds, lampshades and doorstops).
Great tuition by Judi, and step by step really made it easy to follow - I'll be going back to Judi for more courses! Thank you!
Judi was very patient and understanding with me not having sewn in a long time, even helping me set up my new machine.
Thoroughly enjoyed making the blind and doorstop and would definitely recommend.
Loved the whole weekend of workshops. Judi is a talented teacher who managed to keep the group well on track. Everything we made was well designed and hopefully easy to replicate at home. Thank you
Another fabulous workshop with Judi making roman blinds, learnt a lot and really enjoyed it!
Thank you for the amazing workshops you have provided the last couple of weeks; I am thrilled with all that I have made under your guidance and patience, and it has given me the confidence to try other projects on my own.
What a lovely lady with great patience and a very relaxing, fun atmosphere.
She gave a very professional tutorial with fabulous quality fabrics which was included on the course.
I have SO enjoyed today, thank you.I have learned many new skills and tips and now feel confident to make these projects at home!
Fun and informative, good value for money. Judi is a great teacher.
Had a great day with Judi Glover on her learn to sew and made a fantastic envelope cushion cover, a drawer string bag and drinks coasters, all of which we were able to take home. I had never used my sewing machine and by the end of the day felt completely comfortable with it. I was with a lovely group of ladies and Judi couldn’t have been nicer, so patient and informative. I have already booked my next course, curtain making next!
Great day. Lovely atmosphere. Very supportive and patient. Loved that I made something I could take home. Feel able to go ahead now and make more. Thank you so much.
Judi - as always - is very patient and knowledgeable. My sewing skills are improving so much with her help and guidance. I am looking forward to making a set of curtains for my daughters new bedroom.
All resources needed are provided as well as instructions to take away with you. (Particularly useful with measuring windows)
Lovely workshop, really enjoyed.
Interested in doing Roman Blinds next
Lovely small, friendly classes and a very patient teacher!
Thank you Judi
Really good productive day. Very happy with the skirt.
Really enjoyed learning in a nice relaxing atmosphere. Judi is a great teacher.
I loved the zip bag workshop. I will definitely be making more. Judi is a great teacher!
I really enjoyed the calm space and easy to follow instructions.
Can't believe I made 2 bags in just 3 hours!
Have done five workshops with Judi, and I now feel a lot more confident to make my own curtains and blinds, and loved making a lampshade. We get written instructions to take home and lots of useful tips during the day.
I really enjoyed the workshop, thank you Judi :)
Very informative, I learnt how to construct two types of cushion and had great fun doing it.
Will practice making more to enhance my skills
I've had a great day, learnt loads of new techniques. Judi is really patient and helped when things went wrong. Will do another course soon. Value is really good as well!
Fantastic!! Thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt lots of new skills. Very friendly and supportive atmosphere. Judi was a great teacher!
Lovely workshop. Judi is so patient and helpful. A step by step guide is included on how to make the Roman Blind which is very useful.
Patient and calm, even when things go wrong :) Great knowledge, always interested in your classes, thank you :)
I thoroughly enjoyed the roman blind workshop - Judi made it very relaxed with easy instructions and plenty of help and advice. I will be booking another!
I recently attended the "Canvas Tote Bag" workshop run by Judi.
The workshop was "very good", I really enjoyed it, and loved my new handmade bag.
Really enjoyable lesson. Learnt loads and I feel confident to go home and make more! Thank you Judi, looking forward to next weeks workshop
Had a lovely time today in the "get know your sewing machine" workshop. Really enjoyed it. Looking forward to next weeks cushion lesson.
Really enjoyed the workshop :) Right pace and length. Good intro, lots of advice and encouragement. Thank you
Great fun, lovely group and very friendly. Feel impressed with myself for actually producing something!
Really enjoyed the "Get to know your sewing machine" workshop, learnt a lot in the three hours. Thank you
Fantastic workshop. I have throughly enjoyed myself and learnt so many new things. Judi was really helpful and explained everything clearly. Thank you :)
I normally use my machine for quilting & have never done any dressmaking. This was a superb workshop,everything was explained carefully & Judi seemed to know exactly when one of us needed some extra help. I had never put in a zip or made a buttonhole but I now feel confident to tackle both & will certainly enrol on more of Judi's courses.
Lovely small classes, easy to follow , very patient teacher, would certainly look to be attending further classes.
I recently attended the beginners workshop, had a great time and was useful to finally be able to use my sewing machines. Judi was both helpful and patient as i was an absolute beginner. The tote bag and coasters were an added bonus to have something to take home upon completion.
I recently did the Roman blind workshop with Judi Glover.
I hadn't used a sewing machine before I started Judi's workshops .
Judi's is a fantastic teacher very patient and willing to explain if you get stuck on anything.Her instructions are very easy to follow and the choice of fabrics are great .
I can't wait to make more beautiful things I'm loving these workshops .
This was my second workshop with Judi, I really enjoyed it Judi is so helpful a great teacher, she gives us a print out of instructions to keep for future reference. I have another 2 sessions booked in with Judi and I can’t wait to learn more skills Thankyou so much
Response from Sew Make it:Thank you Anna, Look forward to seeing you Monday for piped cushions, Judi
I really enjoyed this, it was great to feel at ease doing something slightly out of my comfort zone. Everybody was friendly and helpful. I’d definitely do another one.
Response from Sew Make it:Thank you Roxy, it was lovely to meet you, so pleased you enjoyed making your blind. Hope to see you again soon, Judi
Really enjoyed my first attempt at dressmaking. Everything was explained really well, and we had our own pattern to keep. I feel more confident to try other things, and will definitely be coming to more of your workshops, looking forward to making a top on Saturday. Thank you
Simply all it should be. Lovely location, easy access from motorway, small group, very clear instruction from Julie at a pace which suited all, one stage at a time. Judi had time to assist everyone when they needed it. She is a very good tutor. We finished 2 zip bags on the day, most other workshops I've gone to need the work to be finished as home. I will definitely keep an eye out for more workshops.
Response from Sew Make it:Thank you Di, it was lovely to meet you and Chrissie, your bags were amazing! look forward to seeing you again soon :)
Excellent Morning spent in a small friendly group, Judi helped me through the process and I came away with a lovely Tote bag and pattern. I have made another on my own at home and have fabric on order to make even more. I hope to attend further sessions in the future.
Response from Sew Make it:Thank you Deborah, so pleased that you are making use of the pattern and making more! hope to see you again soon.
Great workshop, really enjoyed making the tote bag. Judi explains everything step by step making it very easy for a newbie sewer. We got the template and instructions to take home, so I will be making a lot more. Fabric is great quality, and the bags are very useful. Don't hesitate If you are considering doing this, its great fun!
This course is really great all fabrics and patterns done for you Judi is great helped me set up my sewing machine and was there to go through the making of the tote bag step by step with you can thoroughly recommend this course excellent .
I attended the "Cushion Cover" workshop, and enjoyed it very much. Judi shared a lot of helpful advice. I made a lovely cover and had the pattern to keep and use again.
This was my second session and I loved it. Judi explains things clearly and she makes sure she has time to help everyone. I don’t have my own machine yet and was able to use Judis which was great. I loved the fact I could make something I was proud of and take home to use. I am brand new to machine sewing and fully recommend.
Response from Sew Make it:Thank you Lesley, your cushion looked lovely with the co-ordinating buttons , and so neat! See you again soon
Had a great time doing these lovely workshops, relaxed and informal, learnt loads, and I will be making lots more from now on. Particularly liked the zip bags, they can be used for all sorts of things. Thinking of Christmas pressies ;). Wouldn't hesitate to do more workshops with Judi
Thank you for doing a 1 to 1 session for me. I had not used a sewing machine in such a long time and you were very patient. I really enjoyed it and the 3 hours went very quickly. Will be coming back for the cushion workshop. Highly recommend
Response from Sew Make it:You're very welcome! Look forward to seeing you again soon.
Went to this workshop on Saturday, loved it! I learnt so much. I have sewn before, but not for a long time. Everything was demonstrated step by step and explained well. lots of tips given for making the covers. Have booked the bag workshop.
Response from Sew Make it:Looking forward to seeing you again Judith
I went to this course a complete novice and Judi was very patient and explained everything really well. There was a choice of fabric included which was a lovely quality. I'm so chuffed that I can now make my own cushion covers!
Response from Sew Make it:Thank you Ruth, your cushions were fab!
Attended this course with Judi and thoroughly enjoyed it. I particularly liked the small group as this gave us all the individual help when we needed it. I love the finished bag and will definitely be using it and making more as gifts for my friends.
Response from Sew Make it:Thank you Tia, so glad you enjoyed the course. look forward to seeing you for the PJ workshop!