Featured Workshop Beginners Intensive Sewing Course (Summer School)

Beginners Intensive Sewing Course (Summer School)
Thursday 10 September - Saturday 12 September 2020 10:00am - 5:00pm
St Margaret's House
Teacher: Jen Skedd
Suitable for: Adult Beginners
Price: £180/£195
Location: Studio 6.03A St Margaret's House, 151 London Road

Beginners Intensive Sewing Course

Learn to sew like a pro in 3 days!

Thursday 10 – Sat 12 September 2020          10am- 5pm each day

The Beginners intensive sewing course for adults will teach you all the foundation skills to launch you into the world of sewing.  It is a good starting point to learn expert sewing techniques whether you want to progress into dressmaking, soft furnishing or craft projects.

Course Description

Starting at the very beginning with how to use a sewing machine, each session expands on the skills learnt in the previous one, building your knowledge, technical ability and confidence over the three days (18 hours in total). You’ll learn how to understand sewing machines and be competent and confident in using one. I’ll explain what the different presser feet are for and you’ll learn how to handle, measure and cut a variety of fabrics, interfacing, interlining, and tackle common fastenings such as buttons, zips and velcro.

The course is composed of a series of tutorials, each followed by a lovely project so you can practise the skills learnt in that session.

I’ve been sewing since I was a child (and that’s a lot of years’ experience!). During that time, I’ve made every mistake in the book – then learned how to avoid them. Now you can 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.

Artisan Stitch won a Certificate of Excellence in January 2019 and is rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh’.

Who is this aimed at?

  • Absolute Beginners (if you’ve never used a sewing machine before)
  • Novice sewists (if you’ve recently learned and would like to fill in some gaps and learn a bit more)
  • Lapsed sewists (as a refresher course if you haven’t sewn for a while)

(Adults only – this event is not suitable for children)

What will I learn?

  • How to use a sewing machine safely and confidently
  • How to wind bobbins and how to thread a sewing machine
  • how to sew perfect straight lines, smooth curves and turn corners
  • understand the importance of correct thread tension
  • different stitch types, lengths and widths
  • learn different seam types and when to use them
  • how to deal with raw edges
  • how to take up hems
  • make machined buttonholes and sew on buttons
  • how to sew in a zip
  • four great sewing projects to practice your new skills:
    • a tote bag,
    • An envelope cushion with buttons
    • padded I-pad/tablet cover
    • a zipped make-up bag

Course arrangements

Sewing machines are provided or you can bring your own if you have one.
Cost £180 (optional fabric pack £15, or bring your own)
Meals, travel and accommodation are not included.

Limited places available so must be booked early here.  For further information, contact jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369.

Useful links:

If you’re looking for a sewing machine, then Andrew at Pembertons  is my trusted and recommended specialist retailer. And what’s more, he’ll sort out a special deal for Artisan Stitch clients.

What sewing equipment will I need? 

Location details

St. Margaret’s House – Sixth Floor
St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Road
Edinburgh EH7 6AE

How to find St Margaret’s House