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Introduction to sewing course for complete beginners! (am & pm Courses)


About the Course

Have you recently got a sewing machine or been thinking about purchasing one? Perhaps you’ve got a machine languishing in the loft somewhere but just don’t know how to get started. Our Introduction to Sewing Course is the perfect way to get started. We’ll get you feeling comfortable will your machine, learning the basics and stitching up so great beginner projects to built your confidence and learn new techniques. Once you’ve completed this course, you could go on to complete our Introduction to Dressmaking Course, take one of our other beginner dressmaking, quilting or improver sewing classes.

“What a fabulous class. Confidence boosting and life long skills achieved with the added bonus of tea and cakes. 100% recommend”.

“The classes at Sewisfaction are fantastic, great tutors and a lovely modern sewing room to work in. I just can’t wait for Thursday evenings for my sewing class, I never knew sewing could be so much fun!”

Our sewing classes are relaxed and friendly, taking place at our beautiful studio at Holme Grange Craft Village in Wokingham, Berkshire. Students get to use our brand new digital Janome sewing machines and class sizes are capped at eight to ensure everyone gets the time and attention they need.

If you’d prefer to use your own machine you are very welcome to bring it with you. Please see the notes below for full information.*

Each course is 5 weeks long and covers the following:

Week 1: Understand the Sewing Machine

Understanding how to use the machine and which stitches to use for what. Practising sewing in straight lines, corners and curves and general machine usage such as winding a bobbin and changing the machine needle.

Week 2: Envelope Cushion

During your second class you’ll learn how to cut and pin fabric accurately, sew in straight lines, create neat corners and finish your seams, and you’ll get to take home your completed cushion cover!

Week 3: Boxy Zippered Pouch

This week will reinforce all the skills you’ve learnt so far, plus you’ll learn how to insert a zip – a very valuable skill! Your pouch will be lined and make the perfect wash bag or pencil case!

Week 4: Eyemask

By your forth week you’re ready to move onto a project with more curves than straight lines! You’ll also learn how to make an elastic casing and work with wadding, sewing through multiple layers of fabric and applying bias binding.

Week 5: Lined Tote Bag with button closure

Your final week will show you how to make a lined tote bag, building on the skills you’ve learnt so far, plus adding in new ones such as lining, turning tubes of fabric and making a machined button hole.

What's included?

The class includes expert instruction, use of the Janome machines, tools, threads etc, your pattern so that you can make again at home, plus tea, coffee and biscuits!

You need to bring:

You just need to provide your fabric for each project from week 2 onward. Each project only uses a small amount of fabric, usually no more than 0.5m. You’ll be given detailed information on which types of fabric to use and how much you need for each project. We provide everything else; sewing machines, notions, cushion pad, zips etc.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Tea, coffee and cake of course!


Sheona at Sewisfaction
Unit 15, Holme Grange Craft Village
Heathlands Road
RG40 3AW
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I've wanted to start making my own clothes for a while but didn't know where to start, I decided to do the beginners class and glad I did. I now know how to get started and can make some basic items. I'm definitely going to do the dress making course now I feel more confident using a machine as think it is well worth it. It was also fun and was great to meet new people. Sheona was very nice and knowledgeable and will certainly be recommending sewisfaction to anyone interested in getting started or already creating their own pieces
Emma x

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