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Using a sewing machine for beginners


About the Course

Learn how to use your sewing machine with confidence in this tailor-made workshop for absolute beginners!

Due to COVID-19, we are only teaching one person at any one time, unless both people are from the same household or bubble.

You will get one to one expert help, ensuring you get the most from the session.

The workshop is ideal for anyone who wants to learn to use a sewing machine or would like to learn a new skill that is also very versatile.

Our hands-on workshops will help build your skills and confidence allowing you to create your own projects at home.

By the end of this workshop, you will have made your very own scatter cushion to take away.

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?

The price includes tuition, use of the sewing machine and all materials used for the project. We also provide tea & coffee.

If you need to cancel your booking for any reason please contact us as soon as possible.

Our refund policy
Over 30 days before the workshop date: Full refund OR alternative date if available.
Between 14 and 30 days before the workshop date: 75% refund OR alternative date if available.
Less than 14 days before the workshop date: No refund given.

Refunds due will be paid to the original payee by the original payment method. If you do not turn up for your workshop, you will not be eligible for a refund nor will you be eligible to move your booking to an alternative date.

In the unlikely event that a workshop has to be cancelled by Smampy's Corner, you will be offered the choice of a full refund or the opportunity to book onto an alternative workshop (if available). You will be given as much notice as possible if a workshop has to be cancelled.

This policy may be subject to change so please check at the time of booking. The policy in place at the time of booking a place on a workshop will apply in the event of cancellation.


Donna Roberts at Smampy's Corner
4 Woodland Road
County Durham
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What does this mean?

This craft course provider has been awarded Silver status for receiving 5 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.

They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Public transport
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users

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3 hours (flexible times to suit)

Next available date

31st October 2020

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In-person course
- - #28984

Donna is very patient with so much knowledge, I thoroughly enjoyed the course learning how to use my machine. I will definitely be looking to book the next course in the near future.

In-person course
- - #28213

Before this class I was quite apprehensive as it’d been a while since I’d last used a sewing machine, but Donna was very patient, encouraging and made me feel at ease. By the end of the class I was feeling much more confident and came away with lots of lovely items. I would definitely recommend this class as Donna is a great teacher and you’re sure to enjoy yourself.

In-person course
- - #28088

I had not sewn for a long time and was looking to gain a bit of confidence on using a sewing machine again. Donna is absolutely lovely; very supportive and patient. I feel that the lovely peaceful surroundings helped put me at my ease. I will definitely be returning to gain some experience in another area. Would definitely recommend Donna to anybody looking for a new hobby or to gain some skills or improve on existing ones

In-person course
- - #17535

I was very apprehensive as I had not used a sewing machine since my teens and my confidence is non existent re technology. I needn't have worried, Donna was very supportive, understanding and patient with me. A wonderful selection of fabrics were provided along with comfortable surroundings in which to relax and learn. Not only did I succeed in creating some wonderful items I gained the confidence to start a sewing project at home which has lain dormant for some time. thank you Donna.

In-person course
- - #17488

Donna is an amazing teacher, she's very patient and willing to show or talk you through any parts that you may have issue with. The course is well worth the time and money and will give you a good understanding of the basics of using a sewing machine and cutting a basic pattern. In addition to the above you get to come away with something you've made yourself that looks phenomenal!

In-person course
- - #17485

I had never used a machine before attending Donnas' course. Donna was extremely friendly and approachable and she gave very clear instructions on what to do and was extremely patient when dealing with a totally novice who could not even thread a normal needle
She made the whole experience informative and fun. I was very proud of my finished item.
And I am sure she will have no trouble in expanding her classes and making every single one an enjoyable experience for all who attend.

In-person course
- - #17484

Donna is very patient and is an excellent teacher and I would always recommend and will be doing the next class. If you want to learn this is the place to go

In-person course
- - #17482

Having never used a sewing machine, I was a little apprehensive at first but Donna gave me the confidence and support during the workshop which allowed me to make my very own scatter cushion.

Response from Smampy's Corner:

I'm pleased that you enjoyed the workshop and look forward to hearing how your sewing skills progress.

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