This is a 3 hour 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. So everyone will be at a similar level.
Help is always at hand as classes are kept to small numbers enabling you to ask questions as you go and sort any common mistakes as they arrise.
We will spend the morning learning techniques, and practicing, you will also get to make a small item or two!!
There’s a lot you will learn, making sure you will leave with the confidence to try your own beginners projects at home!
This class covers:
• The parts of a sewing machine
• Threading your machine
• Winding a bobbin
• Stitch selection
• 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
Class sizes are kept small making sure that everyone gets attention and assistance when needed, and it's a lovely spacious environment.
All fabrics are provided
You will need to bring:
Your sewing machine (in good working order with instruction manual and any accessories that came with the machine)
(If you don't have a machine, then please let me know, we can arrange for you to use one of ours)
A small sewing kit, including scissors, pins, thread, unpicker, tape measure, fabric marker pen
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
Tea & coffee
3 hours (10:00am to 1:00pm)
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3 hours (10:00am to 1:00pm)
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I had a fantastic morning on the Roman Blind making course. Very informative for a complete novice like myself. My mum also came with me and she has some experience of making soft furnishings but also found the morning extremely useful. Really is a great course to do for all abilities. Judi is an excellent teacher and although it is a group activity it really does feel like one to one tuition. We will be back for a curtain making course, thank you Judi
As a complete Novice I was a little apprehensive but everything was explained and there was no pressure. Very pleased with what I achieved. Instruction paperwork to bring home will be most helpful. Thank you.
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.
Excellent workshop, all very clear and well explained
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 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.
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!
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!
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 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 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 :)
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
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!