This course is for intermediate beginners to sewing and is perfect for those who have sewn before and made a few things, but aren’t quite sure they are using the correct techniques or would like to get a better more professional finish to their items. It may be that you last used a sewing machine many years ago and want to get back into it. If you have an idea about what a seam allowance or grain line is and can stick to it, then this is the right course for you.
This course will give you the skills and confidence to get sewing correctly and learn the right sewing habits. Over the length of this course you will learn about the sewing machine, how to sew a variety of different stitches, how to insert zips, make button holes, hand stitching, to name a few. The objective is to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to give you the confidence to work on many different sewing projects using the techniques learnt during the 4 weeks.
We will break about half way through each session for refreshments, as sewing is thirsty work for mind and body therefore it’s only natural that there will be plenty of tea, coffee and cake to keep us going!
This course will run over four weeks, made up of four, 3 hour sessions:
Get back to basics with the sewing machine and learn some key techniques:
Identify the parts of a sewing machine and become familiar with them.
Thread, wind and adjust the machine tension.
Identify and sew different machine stitches, creating your own samples.
How to read and interpret a basic pattern.
If you are following on from the Beginners Course, you can choose from one of three items to make in this lesson. You can choose to sew either an oven glove, cooking apron or quilted make-up bag.
Build on the skills from Session 1 and make a tote bag with front pocket and boxed gusset:
Learn to lay and cut out a pattern.
Pin and stitch pattern pieces together.
How to sew corners.
How to press out seams.
How to sew on trims.
Materials required for Session 2: You will need to bring 1 x meter ( if wider than 130 cm) or if 112 cm wide you will need 1.30 meters length of your choice of fabric for the tote bag and 3.20 m of cotton tape or webbing used to re-enforce the straps and act as a trim and 1 x spool of thread to match.
Build on the skills from Session 2 and make a 45 x 45cm applique cushion:
Learn about interfacing and how to use it.
Learn how to applique.
Different types of zips, application and installation.
Trimming down corners.
How to use an over locker to finish your seams.
Materials required for Session 3: You will need to bring 60 cm length of your choice of fabric for the applique cushion cover, along with a simple template of the design you wish to applique and necessary length of chosen fabric for the applique design, 1 x 35 cm Zipper, 1 x 50 cm x 50 cm cushion inner as well as thread to match the applique and the cushion for stitching.
Build on the skills from Session 3 and make a quilted hot water bottle cover with buttons and buttonhole closures:
Learn to measure and mark out fabric.
How to create your grid and sew wadding.
Learn how to make and sew bias binding.
How to sew, trim, snip and notch curved seams.
How to mark and sew button holes and buttons.
Materials required for Session 4: You will need to bring 3 x separate pieces of 50 cm length of your choice of fabric ( 3 x fat quarters will do ) for the hot water bottle cover, 1 x length of 50 cm of plain 100% cotton fabric for the lining of the wadding and 50 cm of 6 oz wadding, a hot water bottle, button and thread to match.
Level: 2-3. This is an intermediate level class, and not suitable for complete beginners. You will need to have some knowledge of sewing and how to use the sewing machine. If you have sewn years ago and want to freshen up this is a great way to do just that.
Course Length: Four, 3 hour sessions
Max in a class: 6
I also carry a stock of fabrics and haberdashery should you wish to purchase on the day (card payment facility available). or you can also browse and buy fabrics at our online fabric shop.