Events - 13 Mar 20

Dressmaking Course - Evenings

Wednesday 19 February - Wednesday 25 March
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This dressmaking course will teach you how to make your own unique clothes that fit perfectly. Or if you’ve already done a bit of dressmaking, then you can improve your techniques.

Artisan Stitch won a Certificate of Excellence and is rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh.

I’ve been dressmaking since I was at school. I’ve also studied Bridalwear and Tailoring so I’ve learned lots of tips and tricks that give your projects a polished look. During this course, I’ll be focussing on teaching technique so your clothes won’t look ‘Homemade’, but ‘Handmade’. No-one will believe you made them yourself.

If you’ve already familiar with dressmaking techniques and commercial patterns and you’d like to learn pattern cutting, then you can do this here too.

You should be able to use a sewing machine confidently, have had practice making at least one or two craft projects, and have an awareness of basic seams and hems. If you do not, then I recommend you take one of my Beginners classes first.

What will I learn? I’ll coach you in the following:

>How to choose an appropriate pattern for your level of ability,
>Taking measurements, cutting and fitting the pattern, understanding pattern markings and instructions
>Altering the pattern for a perfect fit
>Sewing tips and techniques to achieve a professional finish

Taught by a lifelong sewist with over 40 years experience across dressmaking, tailoring and bridal wear and over 20 years in a teaching & training role.

Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/dressmaking/

Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or call 0773 939 7369

Beginners Sewing Course XL

Thursday 20 February - Thursday 26 March
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Beginners sewing course XL is an extended version of the classic Beginners sewing course. It is a 6-week evening course, so there’s two extra projects to make. This extra sewing practice makes a huge difference to your sewing skill and confidence.

It is a good starting point to learn expert sewing techniques whether you want to progress into dressmaking, soft furnishing or craft projects. It’s also a great refresher if you’ve not sewn for a while. You’ll learn how to understand sewing machines, get experience of using different stitch types, learning about stitch lengths, widths and tensions. I’ll explain what the different presser feet are for and you’ll learn how to measure and cut fabric.

Beginners Sewing Course

Thursday 5 March - Thursday 26 March
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This Beginners sewing course will teach you expert sewing techniques whether you want to progress into dressmaking, soft furnishing or craft projects. You’ll learn how to understand sewing machines, get experience of using different stitch types, learning about stitch lengths, widths and tensions. I’ll explain what the different presser feet are for and you’ll learn how to measure and cut fabric.

I learned to sew as a child and since then, I’ve made every mistake in the book. So fast-track your sewing journey as you benefit from my mistakes and learn to sew like a pro as I share my expert tips. I wish I’d known all this stuff when I started to sew.

Who is this aimed at?
Absolute Beginners (if you’ve never used a sewing machine)
Novice sewists (if you’ve just recently learned but would like to know a bit more)
Lapsed Sewists (as a refresher if you’ve not sewn for a while and are a bit rusty).

What will I learn?
How to use a sewing machine safely and confidently
How to wind bobbins and how to thread a sewing machine
Understand the mysteries of correct thread tension
How to sew perfect straight lines, smooth curves and turn corners
Learn three different seam types and when to use them
How to take up a hem
Make machined buttonholes and how to sew in a zip
Make a lovely craft project to gain experience measuring, cutting and sewing fabric.

Choose to make either

a lined reversible tote bag,
I-pad/tablet cover,
or a zipped make-up bag,

Artisan Stitch has won a certificate of excellence for Best Sewing Classes in Edinburgh. Jen has over 40 years of sewing experience and over 20 years in a teaching role.

Must be pre-booked at beginners-sewing-course/. Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

Improvers' sewing course

Thursday 5 March - Thursday 26 March
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

This Improvers sewing course will give you extra practice sewing easy craft projects once you’ve completed one of the Beginners sewing courses at Artisan Stitch.

This is a 4-week course (2 hours per week) to enable you to build on the skills learned on any of the Beginners courses.  You’ll gain further confidence at cutting fabric, and using a sewing machine. You can also choose to repeat any of the projects you made in the earlier course if you’d like to improve on your first attempt.  Perhaps you’d like to try it in a different size?  For example the make-up bag can be made bigger for your holiday toiletries, or use the tote bag technique to make bottle gift bags, or there’s lots of other lovely options.

Who is this aimed at?

Improvers:  those who’ve completed any of the Beginners courses and would like to continue to practice sewing and making small craft items.

What will I learn?

  • further practice cutting fabric and using simple patterns.
  • how to neaten up your sewing
  • improve your sewing speed and confidence
  • Lots more tips for measuring, cutting and sewing your projects
  • how to use other materials such as interfacing and wadding

You’ll have the opportunity to try the other projects offered in the 4-week Beginners course, such as the tote bag, i-pad cover and make-up bag, as well as some new projects such as a patchwork cushion or a plain cushion with a zip.  You can also have another go at your original project if you’d like to improve on your first attempt.

Projects.

Choose four from the following list:

  • lined and reversible tote bag, (or try the bottle gift bag this time)
  • tablet or I-pad cover
  • zipped make-up bag
  • patchwork cushion (or plain cushion with a zip)
  • sewing organiser
  • sewing machine cover to keep your machine dust free.

You will need to bring your own fabric for your projects – I’ll provide further details when you book.

Course arrangements

Sewing machines are provided or you can bring your own if you have one.

Contact jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369 for further information. Pre-booking essential at: Improvers sewing course.

No Stress

Saturday 7 March - Friday 13 March
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Rhubaba Studio Holders would like to invite you to join us for the opening of No Stress, an exhibition of current work from:

Zuzana Ullmannova
Tian Zhu
Sarah Burns
Emelia Beale
Ella Porter
Connie Hurley
Camilla Irvine- Fortescue
Callen McKeon
Sam Wood
Katie Strachan &
Lena Sideri

Opening Friday 6th March from 6-9. Wine and Beer.

No Stress is being hosted by the wonderful St. Margaret’s House and will run from Sat 7th March- Friday 13th March, so if you cant make the opening then there is plenty of time to pop along!

Applique

Friday 13 March
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This Applique cushion class will let you try out three different methods of applique. The methods are traditional raw edge (or zig-zag), free-motion embroidery, then reverse applique, sometimes known as ‘Cut through’.

Then choose your favourite method to create a unique picture panel, and make it into a lovely new cushion. Use your own design or one of mine, it’s up to you.

An applique cushion is an ideal upcycling project’s as you can use up pieces of old clothes. It’s also one way of using treasured family heirlooms.

Who is this aimed at?
Anyone who can already use a sewing machine and would like to explore its use for creative projects. Applique is a traditional textile art and is easy and fun to do to decorate clothes, bags, cushions, children’s bedding etc.

What will I learn?
how to plan a design for applique
how to prepare your fabric pieces
using bondaweb to secure your design before stitching
using zig-zag (satin stitch), free-motion embroidery and cut-through methods
making a cushion: envelope style or how to sew in a zip. You can make your applique design into a tote bag if you prefer.

Artisan Stitch has won a certificate of excellence for best sewing classes in Edinburgh. Jen has over 40 years of sewing experience, more than 20 years of those in a training role.

Must be pre-booked at https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/applique-cushion/

Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

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