Step by Step: Introduction to Sewing
£100.00per half metre
Date & Time: Tue 4, 11, 18, 25 April 2017, 18.30-21.00
Tutor: Alison Leese
Places Remaining: 3
Skill level: Beginner
Venue: The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre, Chorlton
If you have never used a sewing machine before (or if you haven’t used one for a while), then this is the course for you!
We have devised a four-week programme of regular evening sessions, designed to give you all the skills you need to begin or progress your journey into the wonderful world of sewing.
Based at The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre in the heart of Chorlton, you’ll find like-minded classmates; expert tutors and The Dressing Room Cafe to grab a cappuccino before your class starts!
Week 1 – Conquer your Sewing Machine
Start by learning the basics, including how to thread a machine, fill a bobbin and sew a variety of stitches, useful for dressmaking and everyday projects. Then learn how to use the seam guides and the reverse function and pivot to sew curves and corners. We’ll cover how to sew a seam and use zig-zag stitch to finish the raw edges, how to change feet and needles and explain the different ones. To top it all off we’ll go through some trouble shooting and show you how to care for your machine.
Week 2 – Tote Bag
After a quick refresher from week 1, you’ll then use your new skills to sew a handy tote bag. Practise how to sew seams, a hem and straps then learn how to create a base and sides to your bag. We will provide you with all the materials and tools you need for this, with your first make under your belt we know you'll be on a roll!
Week 3 – Button Up!
This week you’ll sew up a basic cushion cover and learn how to make a buttonhole. For this session you’ll bring your own fabric to match your home décor.
Week 4 – Get to Grips with a Zip!
For your final week, you’ll be tackling how to insert a zip into a lined make-up bag, sewn by your very own hands. All materials will be provided for this session so you don’t need to worry about bringing anything along.
This workshop is suitable for complete beginners or for those looking to refresh their skills.
Ministry of Craft customers get 15% off all fabrics in our online shop and 10% discount at Fred Aldous. Discount codes and other offers from our crafty friends will be emailed with your booking confirmation.
If the above date is not suitable or sold out, please have a look at our alternative dates or contact us with the course name and we will get in touch if a place becomes available or when the next date goes on sale.
What to bring for Step by Step: Introduction to Sewing
All materials and equipment are supplied for these workshops and are included in the price (fabrics may vary from the ones pictured),
except for the following for the cushion cover in week 3:
50cm of fabric, please avoid bulky, stretchy or slippery fabrics; medium weight woven cotton is ideal.
If you order fabric from our online fabric shop, it will be waiting for you in our classroom on the day of your course.
Matching sewing thread.
2 buttons approximately 25mm (maximum 30mm) in diameter (covered buttons like these are a nice option).
The venue is a hive of activity, so there may be some back-ground noise at times from the other theatre and art classes taking place.
The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre Venue Information including directions and parking.