FAQs

FAQs 2017-09-08T14:41:21+00:00

How many people are there on your courses?
We like to keep numbers small in order to ensure everyone gets as much individual attention as possible and to provide the best possible quality of teaching. Because of this, we keep our numbers between five and six, with most classes having six available places, some only five and very occasionally we may have a class where we may allow up to seven people on.

Can I buy my fabrics from you?
Yes you can! We have a lovely selection of fabrics suitable for all our course projects (except for the Learn to Sew With Jersey Fabrics one). We also sell haberdashery and stock some amazing starter sewing kits containing everything you need to get you sewing at home!

Do you take card payments?
Yes, we do.

I do not have a credit/debit card. Can I pay for my course on the day?
Generally not. All our courses must be pre-booked and paid for in full via our website or by phone. If you do not have a debit/credit card or prefer not to make online purchases, you may pay for your course via bank transfer. You must contact us prior to the course start date to arrange this.
*You may, however be able to pay on the day, either by card or cash, if there are still places left on the day the course starts. You will, in this case have to wait until the last minute to have your place confirmed.

Can I book my course over the phone?
Yes you can.

Do you accept cheque payments?
Sorry we don’t. This does not work well with our booking system.

Do you provide payment plans?
Unfortunately not.

Do you offer students’, pensioners’ or low income concessions?
Unfortunately not, but we do have sales from time to time. Please sign up to our Newsletter if you would like to be notified next time we have one.

Could I have my place reserved on a course and pay for it on the day, or at a later date?
Unfortunately not. This does not work well with or booking system.

Can I book a course by making an initial deposit and paying for the difference at a later date or on the day?
Sorry this isn’t possible, as again it does not work well with our booking system.

I booked a course, but can no longer attend. Can I transfer to a different date?
Yes you can. Once you notify us you are no longer able to attend, you will be put on a waiting list for the next available course, or for a date of your choice. You will only be given a place if there are any spaces left up to the day before the starting date, or on the day a course starts for classes taking place in the evening. You will have to wait until then to find out if you will be able to attend that date. Should you be unsuccessful in  securing a place on the next available course , you may go on the waiting list for the one after and so on. Please read our Terms & Conditions to find out more.

I booked a course but am no longer able to attend. Can I obtain a refund?
Unfortunately not. All bookings are strictly non refundable. Please read our Terms & Conditions to find out about your options.

I would like to book onto the Complete Beginners Sewing Course but cannot attend one of the dates. Can I still attend?
Well…it depends on which class you will be missing! If you have never used a sewing machine and are unable to attend the first class, then we’re afraid you will not be able to join from the second class. However, you may do so if you are already familiar with using a machine and able to sew in a straight line. You may also be unable to attend if you can take the first lesson, but not the second one as you will not be confident enough to take on the final project. Finally, if you are able to attend the first three lessons, but cannot make the last one, you may still attend and join the last class of another course with availability. You will have to wait until the day before the next course starts to find out if there are any available spots left.

I am a complete sewing novice. Which courses do you recommend?
Any of our beginners courses except for the Essential Alterations & Upcycling Techniques one are suitable for complete newbies who have never used a sewing machine before.

I did some sewing and learnt to use a sewing machine at school many years ago, but have not had any practice since. Do I still need to book on one of the beginners courses?
We are afraid yes! We find that people with this background are not much different from people with no previous experience.

I would like to book onto the Complete Beginners Sewing Course, but I am a man. Can I complete a different project rather than the skirt?
Unfortunately it is not possible to make a different garment on the course as given the level it would be too tricky to have people doing different things.The course is aimed at providing a good basic foundation in sewing and it’s not so much about what’s made, but the techniques learnt.  These are also used in men’s clothing. We often have men taking the course and they tend to make the skirt for a partner, friend or relative or just as a sample. If you would rather learn to make something you can wear, then you could consider the Easy Pyjamas Sewing Boot Camp where you make a pair of unisex pyjamas.

Where are you located?
We are located in the heart of London, just  a few minutes walk from Westminster Bridge, Waterloo, Lambeth North and Westminster stations. Please click here for a map, detailed directions and transport links.

Is parking available on site or nearby?
We only have a couple of parking spaces available on site and they are always taken up by residents. Parking is free on the surrounding streets from 6:30pm on weekdays, from 1:30pm on Saturdays and all day on Sundays. There are also a few paying bays available. If you are planning on driving, please be aware that due to the close proximity to St Thomas hospital and the London Eye, as well as a few residential estates, there is no guarantee you will find available spaces. We recommend allowing plenty of time to find a space or better, use public transport. There are lots of buses as well as 3 different tube stations within short walking distance. Please click here for detailed directions and transport links.

Could I come by to have a look at your studio and ask some questions before booking a course?
Unfortunately, most days the studio is only open during lesson times, during which we are too busy teaching to be able to show you around and answer your questions. You can find everything you need to know about our classes on the individual course pages. We are happy to answer any of your questions over the phone if you call us between 10:30am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday and 11-5 on Saturdays. You are also welcome to call us during these times to find out if we are around and available, and if we happen to be there and not busy teaching, then you are more than welcome to come by :).

Are your classes suitable for children and teenagers?
Unfortunately our classes are only suitable for adults 18 and over. We may occasionally make an exception for teenagers 16 or over, however this depends on the circumstances and it’s entirely at our discretion. Please contact us prior to booking, if you would like to book a place for an older teenager. We may however be able to offer one to one tuition either from our studio or your home. Please click here to find out more about our one to one sessions.

Do I get a certificate or qualification after completing one of your courses?
No you don’t. Our courses are aimed at providing professional skills for the home/hobby sewist. Although all of our tutors are fashion industry professionals who pass on their professional skills, our courses are short and do not provide any qualifications or certificates at the end of them. This is not to say you would be learning any less than you would learn on some professional courses. In fact, if you were to take many of our classes in progression order, you would acquire as many, if not more skills than some of the courses leading to qualifications. The only difference is, they might not be enough in order to be accepted on certain Diploma/Higher Education courses or to apply for certain roles in the fashion industry. We suggest checking with the course provider or employer you intend to apply to, in order to find out their skills and qualification entry requirements.