Learn to Love your Sewing Machine

Learn to love your sewing machine


Do you have you a sewing machine but you’re not quite sure what to do with it? Did your machine come with a selection of presser feet and “bits and bobs” that you’ve never explored? If so, then my one day workshop is just the thing for you to get the very best out of your machine. Perfect for beginners and those with experience who are yet to explore the full capability of their machines.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All fabrics are included for use on the day. Tuition, handout pack and any patterns are provided. There's always a generous slice of homemade cake too 😊


Jennifer Johnson at Sew Forest of Dean

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The Studio, Cemetery House
High Street, Clearwell
GL16 8JS

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


1 day (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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Rose Harding - - #37704

Thoroughly enjoyed this course. Lovely environment, very relaxed. Learnt loads, so much better than ploughing through a manual by yourself and still not knowing what to do. Jennifer is very knowledgeable and extremely helpful, nothing is too much trouble. Plenty of refreshments and a lovely banana cake! Would highly recommend to anyone.

Response from Sew Forest of Dean:

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review Rose. I'm really pleased that you enjoyed the day, you all did such a great job. Good luck with all your sewing projects and thanks again for your kind review. Best wishes, Jennifer

AlisonG - - #30976

My trusty hand Singer sewing machine has died and I’d not used an electric machine since my school days (a long time ago!) so this course was perfect. It was a fun, friendly day and I left full of new found enthusiasm for sewing. Plus there was cake!

Response from Sew Forest of Dean:

Thank you Alison, it was lovely to spend time with you in the studio. I look forward to seeing you again on the Redwork Workshop 😊 Happy sewing in the meantime.

Helen - - #30964

Hadn't picked up my sewing machine for years and could barely remember how to thread it. Jennifer was really patient and so lovely. The day covered all you need to know to get back in the saddle and was thoroughly enjoyable. Couldn't recommend it enough. Lovely cake as well. 😁

Response from Sew Forest of Dean:

Thank you Helen, you did a great job with your machine and I'm so glad you enjoyed the day and the cake. Good luck with all your sewing projects 😊

Nicki - - #30951

The 'Learn to love your sewing machine' workshop is brilliant. Before the workshop I had a very basic knowledge of how to stitch a straight line, but no idea about any other functions. Jen's knowledge and patience knows no boundaries, and I learnt how to maintain the machine, how to fix the problems I was having with tension, as well as learning how (and why) you use all of my machines accessories. All of that and Jen showed us how to make a zip bag. I came away feeling inspired to use my machine, and with the confidence of knowing how to!! Jen is a brilliant teacher, and her workshop is a lovely place to learn. Oh, and there was homemade cake !!!! Fantastic value for money and fun too.

Response from Sew Forest of Dean:

Thank you Nicki, that's really kind of you. I'm so glad you enjoyed the day and you went away inspired. That's my main aim in life, to inspire people to sew and show them all the tips and tricks to sew with pleasure and accuracy! You did a great job, I'm glad you enjoyed the cake 😊 Good luck with all your sewing projects.

Emily Trenwith - - #30879

Jen is an excellent teacher, with a passion for needlework that's infectious. She explains things very clearly, has endless patience & creativity, and will get you excited to use your sewing machine! Love going to the studio for some sewcialising, and looking forward to my next course. Highly recommend this lovely lady.

Response from Sew Forest of Dean:

Thank you so much Emily, it's always a pleasure to spend time with you in the studio x

Maggie Etheridge - - #30684

Jen is an excellent teacher with an amazing amount of sewing knowledge. There is group and individual tuition throughout the day.
I learnt a lot about the knobs, dials and various sewing feet and feel confident enough to try them out at home.
The day was thoroughly enjoyable and went ‘sew’ quickly!

Response from Sew Forest of Dean:

Thank you Maggie, it was a lovely day and I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Happy Sewing :-) Jennifer

Keri - - #30644

Jen is a knowledgeable and lovely person, generous with both her time in teaching and resource materials. I have gained both enjoyment and skills on the courses I have attended and can fully recommend her.

Response from Sew Forest of Dean:

Thank you Keri, it was lovely to get you started on your sewing journey. Enjoy your new hobby! Kind regards, Jennifer

Abbie - - #30423

Jen is a superb teacher with so many ideas and I have really enjoyed this workshop. I now feel confident to use my machine and can't wait to get started. The studio is a gorgeous place to spend the day. Thank you.

Response from Sew Forest of Dean:

Thank you Abbie, and thank you for booking on another workshop! I'll see you again soon :-)

June Marshal - - #30101

We've had a wonderful day with Jennifer on this course. I learned so much and have come away full of enthusiasm and confidence to have a go at some projects. And the cake was wonderful - we'll be back, thank you!

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