Get creative: Freehand Machine Embroidery Class

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Know how to use your sewing machine but want to get creative? Learn how to do decorative freehand embroidery designs with your sewing machine.

Great for card making, gifts picture in a frame, fun appliqué on a dress or pillowcase, customise an old item of clothing with these techniques.  So get started: book online – Freehand Sewing Machine Embroidery class with teacher Katie (pics of her creations!). Class includes sewing machine set up, different techniques, ideas to get you designing and practice your technique.

Don’t know how to use your sewing machine yet? Book online – Sewing Machine Skills class.


Get your sewing class on!

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At last – here’s the list of classes I’ve spoken to you all about. Get your bookings in by email.

Supervised Sewing Groups:

Wanna get back into sewing or build confidence working on a project on your own? Bring your own project and machine, I’m around to guide you if you get stuck – and of course there’s tea and cake!

              Saturdays – 10am-1pm – 3 hour session, £15 @ W13 8JE
              14 July, 4 August, 1 September

Group classes:

Can sew but wanna learn a specific skill? These pay-as-you-go style classes teach a specific skill. Feel free to suggest other classes which I’ll include in the schedule in the next few months.

Alterations – 2 hour class, £25
All skill levels. Find out how to tackle those repairs & alterations you didn’t think you could do yourself!
Take garments in/out, hemming, darning, broken zips, etc.
             Monday 16 July – 7-9pm  (possibly 7.45 – 9.45 depending on venue, W13 8JE or W13 9SS)

Zips & button holes – 2 hour class, £25
Zips made easy! Make neat button holes on your machine easily.
             Saturday 28 July – 2-4pm @ W13 8JE

Little girl’s dresses – 2.5 hour class, £25 bring own fabric
Learn the basics of making little dresses with size adjustable ideas and tricks. Start making one of the designs you like.
              Saturday 14 July – 2-4.30pm  @ W13 8JE

Curtains and cushions – 2.5 hour class, £25 bring own fabric
Save hundreds by learning to make your own lined hanging curtains. Fabric calculations explained. Make a cushion and learn about trimmings.
              Saturday 28 July – 10.30am-1pm @ W13 8JE

Look fwd to hearing from you!

Sewing projects for beginners

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Making something you can use or simply something beautiful is very satisfying. But getting half way through a sewing project that is taking A LOT longer than anticipated is horrible – it takes a long time to get the motivation to finish the project or start a new one.

So… make sure the project you start is one that is mostly within your skill but is still a bit of a challenge and allow enough time as I find sewing takes longer than you think. I’d much rather have too many items that are completed than a heap of uncompleted projects starring you in the face! (Having said that – I think of the heap of my own alterations that I never seem to get to!)

Here are a few easy sewing project ideas for beginners:

  • Bunting is perfect accessory or gift this year – with the Olympics and Queen’s Jubilee. Fabulous in different brightly coloured fabrics stitched onto ribbon or bias (binding).
  • Scatter cushions for the lounge or your bedroom – you can add pretty lace, frills or piping as you advance too.
  • Tote bags are handy and practical – fold the bottom of the bag in a few inches before stitching to create a wider base. (Your mum said she’d like one for Mother’s day.)

Tote bags