How to use a sewing machine - Absolute Beginners

This class will introduce aspiring stitchers - or those who need a refresher - how to use a sewing machine! In this comprehensive three hour class, you'll get sewing machine-savvy and leave with enough knowledge and confidence to start making your own projects at home!

This workshop is focussed solely on the skill of sewing and the entire three and a half hours will be spent practising each element below to ensure that the methods stay in your mind after the class.

This workshop covers:

  • Machine safety
  • Learn the different functions of the sewing machine
  • Threading the machine
  • Winding a bobbin
  • Tension
  • Changing a needle, needle position, needle size
  • Mastering sewing machine speed control
  • Sewing straight lines, curves and corners
  • Sewing seams (understanding seam allowance)
  • Finishing seams and reverse stitching
  • Using a seam ripper
  • How to use the overlocking (serging) stitch on a sewing machine
  • Top-stitching
  • Care of your machine and troubleshooting

Various sewing machines will be provided, however, we promote people bringing their own sewing machine. Please contact us after booking so we can confirm your machine is suitable for the class. If you are bringing your own machine, you'll need to come early to set it up and come to class with your machine's handbook.

About your teacher: Lisa Falconer is a sewing teacher and the seamstress behind The Avid Seamstress pattern company. You can find Lisa online at 
The Avid Seamstress

Skills needed: This class is designed for beginners. 

Materials: All materials will be provided in the workshop. If you bring your own machine, please bring an empty bobbin for the machine and all the parts that came with the machine.

Course Details

Course Date 05-Apr 10:00 am
Course End Date 05-Apr 1:30 pm
Spaces Remaining 6
Individual Price £55.00
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