• LATEST UPDATE!!!

    New course date now available for November 2020!

    We are excited to introduce to you our brand new Learn to Sew a Face Mask class!

    We thought seeing as though it’s become a necessity in these uncertain times, why not learn to make your very own face mask?

    On top of that, 20% of all sales from this course will be donated to our chosen charity Camden Carers. A charity very close to our hearts ♥️

    You will benefit from this class if you have previously taken our Learn to Use a Sewing Machine workshop or, our Ultimate Beginners Intro to Sewing (Gifts & Accessories) Course and you’d like a refresher. It’s also just great if you are keen to learn to make your own face mask 🙂

    In this workshop you will get an introduction to setting up the machine and understanding what the sewing machine has to offer, followed by preparing, cutting and then sewing up your very own face mask with elastic loops.

    What’s there not to like??? And it gets even better! All materials, a section of lovely plain and printed cottons to choose from are included free of cost, you get to keep the pattern so you can make more masks at home, and you will receive step-by-step Pdf instructions too!

    Just bring yourself along and be prepared to have a lovely time! Please note that this session does not allow for time to set up and go through student’s own machines. When joining this class you will have to use our machines. The basic principles to set up and use a sewing machine are the same for all models and any differences can be easily worked out by going through your own machine’s manual once you have practiced on ours.

    What you will learn:

    • How to set up and thread a machine and how to wind a bobbin
    • How to set the correct tension
    • How to troubleshoot common problems
    • How to cut and pin fabric using a simple pattern
    • How to sew perfectly straight seams and a curved seam too!
    • How to handle elastic
    • How to sew corners

    Dates

    • Friday 13th November 2020, 2:30pm-5:30pm

    The class will start promptly at the scheduled time. Please arrive five minutes early to allow time to settle.

    Anything else you’d like to know? Please read our  FAQs  page before contacting us!

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  • LATEST UPDATE!!!

    New course dates now available for October, November and December 2020!

      This is the perfect sewing course for you if you are a complete beginner wishing to have a thorough introduction to using a sewing machine, learning different sewing techniques, understanding basic sewing patterns and learning basic cutting skills. This course consists of four two and three quarter hour sessions in which you will be taken from the very basics of setting up and threading a sewing machine to making a simple A-line skirt to show off your newly acquired sewing skills by the end of it! Please note that weekend courses cover 2 sessions per day, whether weekday ones are taught once a week for 4 consecutive weeks. You can choose to use one of our machines (we are a fully equipped studio with enough machines for all participants) or you’re very welcome to bring your own if you’d like to learn to use it, but please do let us know beforehand if you plan to do this as depending on the type of machine you have, it may not be suitable for some of the projects covered on this course. So... come along, be part of a lovely small group with plenty of individual attention from the tutor, learn to sew, chat and make friends. The tea and biscuits are on us! WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
    • How to cut and pin fabric using a simple pattern
    • How to thread the machine and wind a bobbin
    • How to sew straight seams and how to finish them
    • How to create a fabulous covered button
    • Understanding and demystifying sewing patterns including their mysterious language and symbols
    • How to correctly take your measurements
    • How to alter the pattern and skirt to your perfect fit
    • How to insert a regular zip
    • How to finish a waistline with bias binding
    And much much more! SESSION 1- Button Down Cushion Make a fabulous cushion cover with a covered button perfect to jazz up your home or give away as a gift! SESSION  2- Tote Bag In this session you will take your skills further and gain extra confidence with your sewing by making a handy boxy tote bag What to bring: Nothing! You will be able to choose from a selection of our fabrics for both the cushion cover and tote bag at no extra cost! SESSIONS 3 & 4 - A-line Skirt Consolidate and build on the skills learnt in the previous sessions by taking them further with this simple dressmaking project packed with essential basic dressmaking techniques. WHAT TO BRING: Nothing! We have a lovely selection of suitable fabrics available to purchase during the course at very affordable prices and we also sell the necessary haberdashery needed for this project. If you would rather source your fabric elsewhere, we'll be able to give you advice during the course, however, due to beginners lack of fabric knowledge and the often ill advice given in fabric shops, we highly recommend our carefully selected fabrics, in order to avoid having to purchase fabric a second time, due to sourcing the wrong one in the first place. All classes include patterns and step by step illustrated instructions for each project completed so you can practice your newly acquired skills at home! Dates
    • Thursday 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th October 2020, 10:30am-1:15pm
    • Monday 12th, 19th & 28th October + 2nd November 2020, 6:30pm-9:15pm
    • Friday 16th, 23rd & 30th October + 6th November 2020, 10:30am-1:15pm
    • Wednesday 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th November 2020, 6:30pm-9:15pm
    • Thursday 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th November 2020, 10:30am-1:15pm
    • Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th November 2020, 10:30am-4:30pm
    • Monday 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th November 2020, 6:30pm-9:15pm
    • Friday 13th, 20th & 27th November + 4th December 2020, 10:30am-1:15pm
    • Tuesday 17th & 24th November + 1st and 8th December 2020, 10:30am-1:15pm
    • Tuesday 24th November + 1st, 8th & 15th December 2020, 6:30pm-9:15pm
    • Thursday 26th November & 3rd, 10th & 17th December 2020, 6:30pm-9:15pm
    • Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th November 2020, 10:30am-4:30pm
    • Monday 30th November + 7th, 14th & 21st December 2020, 6:30pm-9:15pm
    • Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th December 2020, 10:30am-4:30pm
    * Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure prompt start and to make the most of your class. Please bring a packed lunch for all day courses. We will provide drinks and biscuits! Got some questions about this course? Please read our FAQs page before contacting us! HAVING TROUBLE WITH YOUR BOOKING? PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR HELP. PLEASE CLICK ON THE DATES TO FIND OUT ABOUT AVAILABILITY!
  • LATEST UPDATE!!!

    New course dates now available for November and December 2020!

      Are you looking for a sewing course that will teach you some essential sewing basics, while giving you an introduction to basic dressmaking? Do you wish to gain the confidence and inspiration you need to continue to experiment and learn to create many more exciting projects? Then this course is for you! The Easy Pyjamas Intro to Sewing course is the perfect introduction to sewing  and basic dressmaking suitable for complete sewing novices and those already able to use a sewing machine alike. On this course you will learn the very basics of sewing and of using a commercial pattern which you will then put into practice by making a fabulous pair of pyjama bottoms either long or *short suitable for both women and men! No previous experience is required in order to take this course. You may join this class as a complete newbie or after taking any other of our Beginners Classes. The class is taught in small groups, so there is plenty of individual attention and opportunity to chat and make friends. There will be tea and biscuits to make the process sweeter! What you will learn:
    • How to set up and thread a sewing machine
    • How to sew straight and curved seams
    • How to troubleshoot sewing machine issues
    • How to read and understand a multi-sized sewing pattern including the markings and mysterious jargon that accompanies them
    • How to take your measurements
    • How to select the right pattern size for you
    • How to complete simple alterations to custom fit your pattern
    • How to correctly pin the pattern to your fabric and how to accurately cut it out
    • How to finish seams, insert elastic and create a simple hem
    What to bring: Nothing! We have the perfect fabrics and haberdashery for you to buy on the day, so just bring yourself! Dates
    • Sunday 15th November 2020, 10:30am-5:00pm
    • Tuesday 18th & 25th November 2020, 10:30am-1:30pm
    • Saturday 19th December 2020, 10:30am-5:00pm
    * Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure prompt start and to make the most of your class! Please bring a packed lunch with you. We will provide water, tea and coffee! Anything else you'd like to know? Please read our FAQs page before contacting us.  HAVING TROUBLE WITH YOUR BOOKING? PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR HELP. PLEASE CLICK ON THE DATES TO CHECK AVAILABILITY!
  • LATEST UPDATE!!!

    New course dates now available for October, November and December 2020!

      Are you a complete sewing newbie looking to make sense of how to use a sewing machine and/or wanting to have a taster session before committing yourself to a longer, more comprehensive course such as our Complete Beginners Sewing Course  or  Easy Pyjamas Intro to Sewing? Then this class is for you! On this two hour workshop you will learn all you need to know about using and making the most of a sewing machine and make a handy draw string bag to consolidate your newly learnt skills in the process. All materials will be provided so just bring yourself along and be prepared to have a lovely time! Please note that this session does not allow for time to set up and go through student's own machines. When joining this class you will have to use our machines. The basic principles to set up and use a sewing machine are the same for all models and any differences can be easily worked out by going through your own machine's manual once you have practiced on ours.

    What you will learn:

    • How to set up and thread a machine and how to wind a bobbin
    • How to set the correct tension
    • How to troubleshoot common problems
    • How to sew perfectly straight seams and how to finish them
    Dates
    • Tuesday 27th October 2020, 6:30pm-8.30pm
    • Saturday 21st November 2020, 4:30pm-6:30pm
    • Wednesday 2nd December 2020, 6:30pm-8.30pm
    The class will start promptly at the scheduled time. Please arrive five minutes early to allow time to settle. Anything else you’d like to know? Please read our  FAQs  page before contacting us! HAVING TROUBLE WITH YOUR BOOKING? PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR HELP. PLEASE CLICK ON THE DATES TO FIND OUT ABOUT AVAILABILITY!
  • LATEST UPDATE!!!

    New course dates now available for October, November and December 2020!

      Are you able to use a sewing machine with confidence and sew in a straight line? Would you like to be able to alter and upcycle your clothes to breathe some new life into them and learn how to reshape them so they fit well? Then this course is for you! Come and join this full day class and learn invaluable alterations and upcycling techniques to build up the basic skills you need to alter your clothes, revamp your wardrobe and save a tonne of money! The course will consist of practical demonstrations followed by time for you to practice the techniques and alter some of your clothes in the remaining time. What you will learn
    • How to mark, unpick and pin alterations into place
    • How to insert elastic and stop it from twisting
    • How to take in or let out garments including adjusting waistbands
    • How to take up and let down hems
    • How to fix gaping necklines and reduce big shoulders
    • How to sew on buttons and other types of fastenings
    • How to hem jeans
    • How to create different types of hems both by hand and on the sewing machine
    • How to transform and reshape garments using different upcycling techniques and much more!
    What to bring Please bring a selection of clothes you would like to alter, especially items needing taking up or letting down, taking in or letting out, jeans etc... as well as a notebook and pen. PLEASE NOTE- This course is suitable for those able to use a sewing machine and a perfect follow up to some of our Beginners classes. If you have no previous sewing machine experience, you may join either our Complete Beginners Sewing Course, Easy Pyjamas,  or a combination of the former and  Ultimate Beginners (Gifts & Accessories), or   Boxy Tote Bag courses prior to attending this class. Dates
    • Thursday 15th & 22nd October 2020, 6:30pm-9:30pm
    • Saturday 14th November 2020, 10:30am-5:00pm
    • Sunday 20th December 2020, 10:30am-5:00pm
    * Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure prompt start and to make the most of your class. Please bring a packed lunch. We will provide drinks and biscuits. Got some questions about this course? Please read our FAQs page before contacting us! HAVING TROUBLE WITH YOUR BOOKING? PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR HELP PLEASE CLICK ON THE DATES TO FIND OUT ABOUT AVAILABILITY!
  • LATEST UPDATE!!!

    New course dates now available for November and December 2020!

      Are you a complete sewing newbie wishing to have a great introduction to using a sewing machine while consolidating what you learn by making three fabulous accessories? Then this sewing class is perfect for you! On this course you will be taken from the very basics of setting up and threading a sewing machine to making a gorgeous infinity scarf, pretty makeup bag and handy tote bag. Perfect to keep for yourself or to give away as gifts! All materials are included. You will be able to choose from a selection of our fabrics at no extra cost. You will also receive Pdf instructions for each project, so you will be able to make more in your own time! Just come along, be part of a lovely small group with plenty of individual attention from the tutor, learn to sew, chat and make friends. Tea and biscuits are on us! What you will learn:
    • How to thread the machine and wind a bobbin
    • How to sew straight seams and how to finish them
    • How to draw a simple pattern directly onto fabric
    • How to insert a centered zip
    And much much more! Dates
    • Saturday 21st November 2020, 10:30am-3:30pm
    • Sunday 22nd November 2020, 10:30am-3:30pm
    • Friday 11th December 2020, 10:30pm-3:30pm
    * Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure prompt start and to make the most of your class. Please bring a packed lunch for all day courses. We will provide drinks and biscuits! Need to know more? Please read our FAQs page before contacting us! HAVING TROUBLE WITH YOUR BOOKING? PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR HELP. PLEASE CLICK ON THE DATES TO FIND OUT ABOUT AVAILABILITY!
  • Circle skirt dressmaking intro Advanced beginners dressmaking course shift dress

    LATEST UPDATE!!!

    New course dates now available for October to December 2020!

      Are you tired of making cushions, bags and garments with elasticated waistbands and would like to move up to the next level? Have you tried your hand at making up a simple garment using a "very easy" commercial pattern but it didn't turn out as well as you hoped it would? Would you like to start making yourself beautiful and unique clothes that fit like a glove but are too scared to go it alone? We don't blame you! Understanding commercial patterns, how to alter them in order to make garments that fit well and how to put into practice what's written and illustrated in their instructions can be very daunting if you're new to dressmaking, so let us help you with that! This two day course is the perfect place  for advanced beginners to get started on the real dressmaking journey and the perfect follow up to our  Complete Beginners Sewing Course . In order to attend, you'd  need to be very confident on the sewing machine, have completed a few basic sewing projects and at least one basic dressmaking project, or taken either our Complete Beginners Sewing Course or equivalent elsewhere, or a combination of two of our shorter beginners courses such our Ultimate Beginners (Gifts & Accessories) course followed by the Easy Pyjamas Intro to Sewing one. *Please note that depending on how you do on the Complete Beginners Sewing Course or other beginner courses, you might still not be ready to move up to this course and might need more practice at a beginners level. In order to attend this course you are expected to be able to set up and use  a sewing machine without assistance. You must also have a sewing machine at home or access to one, as you will have a few things to finish at home. This course will take you from making a super flattering circle skirt to completing a stylish shift dress in your preferred length (or you can make a top or tunic instead if you prefer!) providing you with the knowledge and confidence you need to get started on similar or more advanced projects at home. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
    • How to accurately take your measurements
    • How to alter the pattern to fit you, including those much dreaded bust alterations!
    • How to construct and attach a lapped waistband
    • How to insert a centered zip
    • How to sew darts
    • How to attach a neckline facing
    • How to finish armholes with bias binding
    • How to create and finish a hem and much more!
    WHAT TO BRING We have a lovely selection of suitable fabrics available to purchase during the course at very affordable prices. If you would rather bring your own fabric please refer to the quantities and types below. We also sell all the haberdashery needed for both projects including interfacing, zips and threads. DAY 1: Circle Skirt
    • All sizes 2m of 140 to 150cm wide woven (non stretchy) fabric, or 3m of 112 to 114cm wide woven fabric. (*Please let us know if your waist measurement is above 90cm/35 1/2″ as you may need extra fabric depending on how long you would like your skirt)
    • 25cm of light fusible interfacing
    • Matching thread
    DAY 2: Dress, Tunic or Top *PLEASE NOTE ON DAY 2 YOU WILL ONLY BE MAKING ONE OF THE FOLLOWING GARMENTS BELOW NOT ALL THREE OF THEM. Please bring enough fabric for the one you decide to make. Dress
    • 1.5m of 140/150cm wide fabric or
    • 2.75m of 114cm wide fabric
    • 1m of 12mm wide bias binding
    • Matching thread
    • 25cm of light to medium fusible interfacing
    Tunic
    • 1m of 140/150cm wide fabric or
    • 2m of 114cm wide fabric
    • 1m of 12mm wide bias binding
    • Matching thread
    • 25cm of light to medium fusible interfacing
    Top
    • 75cm of 140/150cm wide fabric or
    • 1.5m of 114cm wide fabric
    • 1m of 12mm wide bias binding
    • Matching thread
    • 25cm of light to medium fusible interfacing
    Recommended fabrics: Woven (non-stretchy) fabrics such as medium weight cotton, cotton chambray, cotton lawn, poplin, linen, challis, lightweight denim, crepe, lightweight wool. *Please remember that very thin, shiny and slippery fabrics are difficult to handle and therefore not suitable for your level. *Important note: If you're bringing your own fabric, please make sure to pre-wash it according to manufacturers instructions prior to attending the class in order to pre-shrink it. This does not apply to dry clean only fabrics. Check with the shop about fabric care when purchasing your material. If you're buying fabric from us on the day, you will be able to steam shrink it at the beginning of the class instead. All classes include patterns and step by step illustrated instructions, so no excuse not to practice your newly acquired skills at home and make these garments again and again! Dates
    • Saturday 31st October + 1st November 2020, 10:30am-5:30pm
    • Saturday 5th & 6th December 2020, 10:30am-5:30pm
    Got a question for us? Please check our  FAQs  before contacting us! Having trouble completing the booking?  HAVING TROUBLE WITH YOUR BOOKING? PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR HELP. PLEASE CLICK ON THE DATES TO FIND OUT ABOUT AVAILABILITY!
  • LATEST UPDATE!!!

      Are you a complete sewing newbie? Are you feeling daunted at the thought of using a sewing machine? Does it feel like rocket science to you? Are you looking for a crush course that teaches how to use a sewing machine as well as how to use simple sewing patterns and  basic cutting skills? Did you know that, when taught by someone who knows what they're doing, learning to use a sewing machine is easy and fun? We promise - this workshop is exactly what you're looking for! After spending three hours with one of our expert tutors, you will come away feeling confident, proud of your achievements and inspired to practice and learn more. Plus, you will be the owner of a fabulous new boxy tote bag :) What's there not to like??? And it gets even better! All materials are included free of cost, you get to keep the pattern so you can make more bags at home, and you will receive step-by-step Pdf instructions! No previous sewing machine experience is necessary in order to join this workshop. You will also benefit from it if you have previously taken our Learn to Use a Sewing Machine workshop or, our Ultimate Beginners Intro to Sewing (Gifts & Accessories) Course and you'd like a refresher, or if  after taking those classes you want to learn to work with simple accessory type sewing patterns and gain some basic cutting experience. So just come along, be part of a lovely small group with plenty of individual attention from the tutor, learn to sew, chat and make friends. The tea and biscuits are on us. We can't wait to meet you! WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
    • How to set up and thread a sewing machine and how to wind a bobbin
    • How to cut and pin fabric using a simple pattern
    • How to sew straight seams and how to finish them with zigzag stitching
    • How to sew corners
    • How to create a boxy shape
    • How to troubleshoot common sewing machine issues
    And much more! *Please note that this session does not allow for time to set up and go through student’s own machines. When joining this class you will have to use our machines. The basic principles to set up and use a sewing machine are the same for all models and any differences can be easily worked out by going through your own machine’s manual once you have practiced on ours. Dates Sorry no dates available at the moment. Please contact us to register your interest and be notified when new dates are released.   Got some questions about this course? Please read our FAQs page before contacting us! HAVING TROUBLE WITH YOUR BOOKING? PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR HELP.
  • learn to sew with jersey fabrics
    The Delia top is an easy, semi-fitted ‘raglan sleeve’ top designed with comfort and style in mind, suitable for confident beginners through to experienced dressmakers. It works equally well in a variety of knit fabrics and can be sewn on an overlocker (serger), or entirely on a sewing machine. Go all out girly with a peplum and bow version or keep it simpler and more casual with a plain version. The choice is yours! DIGITAL PATTERN: when purchasing this pattern you will receive an email containing three downloadable files:
    • An 11 page sewing instructions file containing step by step illustrated instructions as well as a glossary and a pattern assembly guide and chart
    • A 22 page print at home tiled version pattern, which can be printed on regular letter size A4 paper
    • An A0 copy shop version pattern, which can be printed at a copy shop
    In order to download the files you will need Adobe Reader . This can be downloaded for free here. Both patterns must be printed at 100% scale. We strongly recommend you download and read the instructions first before proceeding to downloading the tiled pattern or taking it to a copy shop.  SUITABLE FABRICS: ponte roma, double knits, ‘medium weight’ jerseys including cotton elastane and wool 150cm (60”) wide. SKILL LEVEL: Confident beginner SUPPLIES
    • Fabric quantities: Version 1- 1.25m (1 3/8 yrd), Version 2- 1.40m (1 1/2 yrd), Version 3- 1m (1 1/8 yrd), Version 4- 1m (1 1/8 yrd).
    • Matching polyester thread
    • Basic sewing and cutting equipment
    • A ballpoint or stretch needle
    • A 2.5mm twin stretch needle (optional)
    • Sewing machine
    • Overlocker/serger (optional)
    TOO SCARED TO TACKLE A KNIT PATTERN ON YOUR OWN? DO YOU LIVE IN OR AROUND LONDON? THEN WHY NOT TAKE OUR LEARN TO SEW WITH JERSEY FABRICS CLASS WHERE YOU CAN LEARN TO SEW THIS PATTERN WITH THE EXPERT HELP OF ONE OF OUR TUTORS!! PLUS YOU'LL GET THE PATTERN INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THE COURSE TOO! :)
  • turquoise ponte roma jersey learn to sew with jersey fabrics

    LATEST UPDATE!!!

    Are you confident on the sewing machine? Have you made a few garments out of woven (non-stretchy) fabric,  but are too scared to tackle a knit fabric project by yourself? Are you under the impression they cannot be sewn without an overlocker? Well, we've got news for you! Knits can indeed be beautifully sewn on a regular sewing machine with a few simple tricks! Wanna learn how? Come and join this fun class and learn to make our brand new Delia top pattern (available for sale as a PDF download) and take home the pattern for free and make more of this classic raglan sleeve jersey top! The pattern comes in three different versions, with or without peplum and with long or short sleeves. Choose to make your preferred version in class and make a different one at home if you fancy. Oh... and you can finish it with a cute bow too if you like! What you will learn
    • Types of needles and stitches to sew jersey fabrics on a regular sewing machine
    • How to handle jersey fabric correctly
    • How to attach raglan sleeves
    • How to achieve a professional look on necklines and hems using a twin needle
    • How to make simple pattern alterations for a great fit
    What do I need to bring? We have small selection of suitable Ponte Roma jerseys available to buy on the day for £9 to £10 a metre as well as matching threads. Please see the pictures in the products gallery to view the available selection. *If you would rather bring your own fabric please refer to the types and quantities specified below.
    • A length of 150cm wide stable knit fabric such as ponte roma or double knit. *Please avoid thin jerseys as they are not ideal to start with
    • Two reels of matching polyester thread (no cotton please!)
    How much fabric do I need?
    • Peplum version with long sleeves - 1.5m
    • Peplum version with short sleeves - 1.2m
    • Plain (without peplum) with long sleeves - 1.5m
    • Plain  (without peplum) with short sleeves - 1m
    *Please make sure to pre-wash your fabric prior to attending the class if you are bringing your own. The class includes pattern and step by step illustrated instructions so you can make the top again and again at home! Dates Sorry no further dates at the moment. Please register your interest and be notified when a new date is released. * Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure prompt start and to make the most of your class. Please bring a packed lunch for all day courses. Got some questions about this class? Please read our FAQs page before contacting us! HAVING TROUBLE WITH YOUR BOOKING? PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR HELP. PLEASE CLICK ON THE DATES TO FIND OUT ABOUT AVAILABILITY!
  • Voucher redeemable against the value of any available classes and valid for six calendar months from the date of purchase. Please note that you will be sent an E-voucher via email for you to print at home. Your voucher will be emailed to you within 24 hours of purchase if bought during working days. All vouchers bought after 5:30pm on a Friday will be emailed on the next working day. *All vouchers are non-refundable and cannot be used in conjunction with discount codes.