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Courses & Workshops

sewing courses 1Our courses are now held in our converted workshop  'The Pig Sty'.  For directions please follow this link - we are close to Newport, Wolverhampton, Telford & Shrewsbury - for those travelling we can help you with your accomodation choices.

For our classes you don't even need a sewing machine to join us as you are always welcome to use one of ours, or you can bring along your own.

Please contact us beforehand if your sewing machine is still in its box, or hasn’t been used in a while, we can look over your machine before the course and ensure that it working. We are always happy to help you get your machine up and running, but if it requires extensive repairs this may incur a small charge for parts and labour.

We supply all of the practice fabrics for the courses, and for dressmaking classes we can provide the tracing paper and calico toille fabric for a nominal fee.

If there is a course that you would like to do, and you can’t see it, let us know and we will do our best to help you, or use our extensive contacts to find someone who can.

We work in small groups to ensure the highest standards of tuition and attention to our students.  For most courses there are typically four places, but we can accommodate larger groups depending upon the nature of the project.

Please contact us before paying for a course on PayPal,  as your prefered course may be fully booked, and your PayPal payment does not identify what course you are booked on. Also, please note that when you are booked onto our courses you have agreeed to our Terms & Conditions.

 

Times

Our mornng courses start at 10.00 am and are for three hours finishing at 1.00 pm; following this our afternoon classes are from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm - to allow for a 30 min change over and a lunch break for those staying for the next class.

Full day classes start at 10am and finsish at 4pm ~ but if there are unfished aspects we are happy to allow you to stay until you are happy with your sewing.

However, our 2 day Intensive Soft Furnishings Course runs from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm - with an optional 1 session at the end of the second day for learning how to use our to use our bespoke fabric calculator for estimating fabric volumes and pricing - this is invaluable for those wanting to use it for a new business.

 

One to One Tuition

If you are a complete beginner and don’t yet have the confidence to join a group session, or you have a new machine and want to get to grips with it, or you just want to brush up on some of your sewing skills, then please contact us to book a one to one session.  We will teach you about how to thread a sewing machine, understand the basic stitches, what they are used for and how to troubleshoot your sewing machine if you get into difficulty. 

We provide two options, a 2 hour class for £40 or a 3 hour class for £50.  These classes give you an intensve introduction to your sewing machine, professional sewing techniques & acessory feet.  In these sessions we will teach you everything you want to know, and you will leave with extensive course notes and multiple sewing manuals and as many fabric samples that we can supply from cottons, laces, velvets, lether, lycra, zips and buttons ~ but most importantly your sewing machine will be ready for you to start swing as oon as you get home.  Please contact us to arrange a convenient time and discuss what you would like to learn, so that we have everything pepared for you in advance.

We are specialists in teaching overlockers and coverstitch machines  - from 2 thread to 5 thread modes and provide expert advice to many people wanting to make costumes from cos-play to dance academies - and have an extensive number of acessory feet to make sewing stretch fabrics very easy.

 

Children & Young Adults Sewing

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We are delighted to help the next generation of sewers, sewists and seamstresses, so we are happy to host childrens & young adults sewing classes after school, weekends or holidays. Places are very limited to ensure the highest standard of tutition ~ please contact us for details. Importantly, we are fully background checked due to our work with vulnerable adults in residentail homes.  Our DBS certificate and Public Liability Cerfiticate can be viewed at any time.

  

Our Courses  & Workshops

Below are our most popular courses - however we have a range of other courses that are availible on request, including  Skirts, Trousers, Bags, Leather Sewing ~ please ask if there isn't anything you can't see ~ we are happy to provide bespoke courses and classes.  Or come along with your friends for one of our fun evenings and learn how to make some fancy pants !!

New for 2019 - are our Hen Parties to make garters with the bride with a glass of fizz to mark the special occasion.  

 

December 2018

 Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th ~ Dancewear Weekend ~ *Come for 1 Day or 2 *

               Sewing with Lycra & Stretch Fabrics ~ Children's & Adult's Dancewear, Skater Dresses & Gymnastic Wear

 

Wednesday 12th ~ Computerised Embroidery & Free Standing Lace        

               An Introduction to Computerised Embroidery

 

 Friday 14th ~ Make Your Perfect Dress

           An Introduction to Dressmaking & Clothing Alterations ~ Decoding Patterns to Achieve the Perfect Fit

             Copy Your Own Clothes ~ How to Clone Your Perfect Wardrobe & Learn Pattern Adaption & Clothing Alterations

 

 Saturday 15th – Saturdy 16th ~ * 2 Day Intensive Soft Furnishings & Interiors Course *

                 Making Soft Furnishings to a Professional Standard for Your Home or a New Career

 

 Tuesday  18th ~ A Day of Christmas Fun for Adults and Children 

                Sock Monsters & Sock Monkeys - a Fun Day for Adults & Children 

                Christmas Decorations

                Stockings & Present Sacks for Santa

 

Wednesday  19th ~ A Day of Christmas Fun for Adults and Children 

                Sock Monsters & Sock Monkeys - a Fun Day for Adults & Children

                Christmas Decorations

                Stockings & Present Sacks for Santa

 

Friday  21st ~ A Day of Christmas Fun for Adults and Children 

                Sock Monsters & Sock Monkeys - a Fun Day for Adults & Children

                Christmas Decorations

                Stockings & Present Sacks for Santa

 

Saturday 22nd ~  Teddy Bear Workshop Day

                Make Paddington Bear with his Duffle Coat & Hat

                Learn How to Make an Heritage Teddy Bear

 

Sunday 23rd ~  Teddy Bear Workshop Day

                Make Paddington Bear with his Duffle Coat & Hat

                Learn How to Make an Heritage Teddy Bear

January 2019

Friday 4th ~ Introduction to Sewing and Overlocking

             An Introduction to Sewing Machines & Accessories ~ Everything You Need To Get Started

             Hems, Seams, Zips & Button Holes ~ Expand Your Sewing Techniques

             Learn to Love Your Overlocker ~ Overlockers for Beginners & Improvers

             Advanced Overlocker Techniques ~ Overlockers for Strech Sewing, Interiors, Dressmaking & Accessory Feet

 

Saturday 5th ~ Introduction to Sewing and Overlocking

             An Introduction to Sewing Machines & Accessories ~ Everything You Need To Get Started

             Hems, Seams, Zips & Button Holes ~ Expand Your Sewing Techniques

             Learn to Love Your Overlocker ~ Overlockers for Beginners & Improvers

             Advanced Overlocker Techniques ~ Overlockers for Strech Sewing, Interiors, Dressmaking & Accessory Feet

 

Sunday 6th ~ Introduction to Sewing and Overlocking

             An Introduction to Sewing Machines & Accessories ~ Everything You Need To Get Started

             Hems, Seams, Zips & Button Holes ~ Expand Your Sewing Techniques

             Learn to Love Your Overlocker ~ Overlockers for Beginners & Improvers

             Advanced Overlocker Techniques ~ Overlockers for Strech Sewing, Interiors, Dressmaking & Accessory Feet

 

 Wednesday 9th ~ Computerised Embroidery & Free Standing Lace        

               An Introduction to Computerised Embroidery

 

Tuesday 8th ~ Introduction to Sewing and Overlocking

             An Introduction to Sewing Machines & Accessories ~ Everything You Need To Get Started

             Hems, Seams, Zips & Button Holes ~ Expand Your Sewing Techniques

             Learn to Love Your Overlocker ~ Overlockers for Beginners & Improvers

             Advanced Overlocker Techniques ~ Overlockers for Strech Sewing, Interiors, Dressmaking & Accessory Feet

 

Thursday 10th – Friday 11th ~ Corsets & Lingerie ~ * 1 or 2 Day Course *

                An Introduction to Corset Making ~ Corsets, Stays & Bodices 

              Lingerie Making ~ Learn How to Make Beautiful Lingerie in Cotton, Silk or Lace

  

Saturday 12th ~ 13th ~ Dressmaking  ~ * 1 or 2 Day Course *

           An Introduction to Dressmaking & Clothing Alterations ~ Decoding Patterns to Achieve the Perfect Fit

             Copy Your Own Clothes ~ How to Clone Your Perfect Wardrobe & Learn Pattern Adaption & Clothing Alterations

 

Wednesday 16th

           An Introduction to Childrens Dressmaking - New for 2019 !!

           Childrens Toy Making - New for 2019 !!

 

Friday 18th ~  Teddy Bear Workshop Day

                Make Paddington Bear with his Duffle Coat & Hat

                Learn How to Make an Heritage Teddy Bear

 

Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th - * 2 Day Intensive Soft Furnishings & Interiors Course *

                 Making Soft Furnishings to a Professional Standard for Your Home or a New Career

 

Tuesday 22nd ~ Introduction to Sewing and Overlocking

             An Introduction to Sewing Machines & Accessories ~ Everything You Need To Get Started

             Hems, Seams, Zips & Button Holes ~ Expand Your Sewing Techniques

             Learn to Love Your Overlocker ~ Overlockers for Beginners & Improvers

             Advanced Overlocker Techniques ~ Overlockers for Strech Sewing, Interiors, Dressmaking & Accessory Feet

 

Wednesday 23rd  ~ Computerised Embroidery & Free Standing Lace        

               An Introduction to Computerised Embroidery

  

Friday 25th ~ Make Your Perfect Skirt

                The Essential Skirt: ~ Draft Your Own Skirt Block & Learn How to Make a Skirt that Fits you Perfectly

                The Essential Skirt ~ Learn How to Make the Perfect Fitted A-Line or Circular Skirt

               

Saturday 26th ~ Introduction to Sewing and Overlocking

             An Introduction to Sewing Machines & Accessories ~ Everything You Need To Get Started

             Hems, Seams, Zips & Button Holes ~ Expand Your Sewing Techniques

             Learn to Love Your Overlocker ~ Overlockers for Beginners & Improvers

             Advanced Overlocker Techniques ~ Overlockers for Strech Sewing, Interiors, Dressmaking & Accessory Feet

 

Sunday 27th ~ Vintage Dressmaking Day

                The Ruby Dres -  Learn How to Make a Beutiful Vintage Style Dress

                Making a Calico Toille for a Vintage 'Utility Blitz Dress'

                Vintage Silk Underwear - Parachute Silk Knickers

                1950's Rockabilly Womens Shirt

 

Wednesday 30th

               An Introduction to Childrens Dressmaking - New for 2019 !!

               Childrens Toy Making - New for 2019 !!

 

February 2019

Friday 1st      

               An Introduction to Childrens Dressmaking - New for 2019 !!

               Childrens Toy Making - New for 2019 !!

 

Saturday 2nd ~ Introduction to Sewing and Overlocking

             An Introduction to Sewing Machines & Accessories ~ Everything You Need To Get Started

             Hems, Seams, Zips & Button Holes ~ Expand Your Sewing Techniques

             Learn to Love Your Overlocker ~ Overlockers for Beginners & Improvers

             Advanced Overlocker Techniques ~ Overlockers for Strech Sewing, Interiors, Dressmaking & Accessory Feet

  

Sunday 3rd

           An Introduction to Dressmaking & Clothing Alterations ~ Decoding Patterns to Achieve the Perfect Fit

             Copy Your Own Clothes ~ How to Clone Your Perfect Wardrobe & Learn Pattern Adaption & Clothing Alterations

 

Tuesday 5th ~ Introduction to Sewing and Overlocking

             An Introduction to Sewing Machines & Accessories ~ Everything You Need To Get Started

             Hems, Seams, Zips & Button Holes ~ Expand Your Sewing Techniques

             Learn to Love Your Overlocker ~ Overlockers for Beginners & Improvers

             Advanced Overlocker Techniques ~ Overlockers for Strech Sewing, Interiors, Dressmaking & Accessory Feet

 

Wednesday 6th

           An Introduction to Childrens Dressmaking - New for 2019 !!

           Childrens Toy Making - New for 2019 !!

 

 Thursday 7th – Friday 8th ~ Corsets & Lingerie ~ * 1 or 2 Day Course *

                An Introduction to Corset Making ~ Corsets, Stays & Bodices 

              Lingerie Making ~ Learn How to Make Beautiful Lingerie in Cotton, Silk or Lace

 

Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th ~ Dancewear Weekend ~ *Come for 1 Day or 2 *

               Sewing with Lycra & Stretch Fabrics ~ Children's & Adult's Dancewear, Skater Dresses & Gymnastic Wear

 

Tuesday 12th ~ Introduction to Sewing and Overlocking

             An Introduction to Sewing Machines & Accessories ~ Everything You Need To Get Started

             Hems, Seams, Zips & Button Holes ~ Expand Your Sewing Techniques

             Learn to Love Your Overlocker ~ Overlockers for Beginners & Improvers

             Advanced Overlocker Techniques ~ Overlockers for Strech Sewing, Interiors, Dressmaking & Accessory Feet

 

Wednesday 13th ~ Computerised Embroidery & Free Standing Lace               

               An Introduction to Computerised Embroidery

 

Friday 15th ~ Make Your Perfect Dress

           An Introduction to Dressmaking & Clothing Alterations ~ Decoding Patterns to Achieve the Perfect Fit

             Copy Your Own Clothes ~ How to Clone Your Perfect Wardrobe & Learn Pattern Adaption & Clothing Alterations

 

 Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th ~ Corsets & Lingerie  * 1 or 2 Day Course *

                An Introduction to Corset Making ~ Corsets, Stays & Bodices 

              Lingerie Making ~ Learn How to Make Beautiful Lingerie in Cotton, Silk or Lace

 

Tuesday 19th ~ Introduction to Sewing and Overlocking

             An Introduction to Sewing Machines & Accessories ~ Everything You Need To Get Started

             Hems, Seams, Zips & Button Holes ~ Expand Your Sewing Techniques

             Learn to Love Your Overlocker ~ Overlockers for Beginners & Improvers

             Advanced Overlocker Techniques ~ Overlockers for Strech Sewing, Interiors, Dressmaking & Accessory Feet

 

Wednesday 20th

           An Introduction to Childrens Dressmaking - New for 2019 !!

           Childrens Toy Making - New for 2019 !!

 

 Friday 22nd ~ Make Your Perfect Skirt

                The Essential Skirt: ~ Draft Your Own Skirt Block & Learn How to Make a Skirt that Fits you Perfectly

                The Essential Skirt ~ Learn How to Make the Perfect Fitted A-Line or Circular Skirt

 

Sunday 23rd ~ Introduction to Sewing and Overlocking

             An Introduction to Sewing Machines & Accessories ~ Everything You Need To Get Started

             Hems, Seams, Zips & Button Holes ~ Expand Your Sewing Techniques

             Learn to Love Your Overlocker ~ Overlockers for Beginners & Improvers

             Advanced Overlocker Techniques ~ Overlockers for Strech Sewing, Interiors, Dressmaking & Accessory Feet

 

Sunday 24th ~ Vintge Dressmaking Day

                The Ruby Dres -  Learn How to Make a Beutiful Vintage Style Dress

                Making a Calico Toille for a Vintage 'Utility Blitz Dress'

                Vintage Silk Underwear - Parachute Silk Knickers

                1950's Rockabilly Womens Shirt

 

Wednesday 27th ~ Computerised Embroidery & Free Standing Lace        

               An Introduction to Computerised Embroidery

 

March 2019  

 Friday 1st ~ Make Your Perfect Skirt

                The Essential Skirt: ~ Draft Your Own Skirt Block & Learn How to Make a Skirt that Fits you Perfectly

                The Essential Skirt ~ Learn How to Make the Perfect Fitted A-Line or Circular Skirt

 

 Saturday 2nd ~ Introduction to Sewing and Overlocking

             An Introduction to Sewing Machines & Accessories ~ Everything You Need To Get Started

             Hems, Seams, Zips & Button Holes ~ Expand Your Sewing Techniques

             Learn to Love Your Overlocker ~ Overlockers for Beginners & Improvers

             Advanced Overlocker Techniques ~ Overlockers for Strech Sewing, Interiors, Dressmaking & Accessory Feet

 

 Sunday 3rd ~ Vintge Dressmaking Day

                The Ruby Dres -  Learn How to Make a Beutiful Vintage Style DressLearn How to Make "TheRuby Dress"

                Making a Calico Toille for a Vintage 'Utility Blitz Dress'

                Vintage Silk Underwear - Parachute Silk Knickers

                1950's Rockabilly Womens Shirt

 

Wednesday 6th ~ Computerised Embroidery & Free Standing Lace        

               An Introduction to Computerised Embroidery

 

Friday 8th ~ Introduction to Sewing and Overlocking

             An Introduction to Sewing Machines & Accessories ~ Everything You Need To Get Started

             Hems, Seams, Zips & Button Holes ~ Expand Your Sewing Techniques

             Learn to Love Your Overlocker ~ Overlockers for Beginners & Improvers

             Advanced Overlocker Techniques ~ Overlockers for Strech Sewing, Interiors, Dressmaking & Accessory Feet

 

Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th ~ Dancewear Weekend ~ *Come for 1 Day or 2 *

               Sewing with Lycra & Stretch Fabrics ~ Children's & Adult's Dancewear, Skater Dresses & Gymnastic Wear

 

Wednesday 13th

           An Introduction to Childrens Dressmaking - New for 2019 !!

           Childrens Toy Making - New for 2019 !!

 

Friday 15th ~ Make Your Perfect Dress

           An Introduction to Dressmaking & Clothing Alterations ~ Decoding Patterns to Achieve the Perfect Fit

             Copy Your Own Clothes ~ How to Clone Your Perfect Wardrobe & Learn Pattern Adaption & Clothing Alterations

 

Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th - * 2 Day Intensive Soft Furnishings & Interiors Course *

                 Making Soft Furnishings to a Professional Standard for Your Home or a New Career

  

Wednesday 6th ~ Computerised Embroidery & Free Standing Lace        

               An Introduction to Computerised Embroidery

 

Friday 22nd ~ Make Your Perfect Dress

           An Introduction to Dressmaking & Clothing Alterations ~ Decoding Patterns to Achieve the Perfect Fit

             Copy Your Own Clothes ~ How to Clone Your Perfect Wardrobe & Learn Pattern Adaption & Clothing Alterations

  

Saturday 23rd ~ Sunday 24th ~ Corsets & Lingerie ~ * 1 or 2 Day Course *

                An Introduction to Corset Making ~ Corsets, Stays & Bodices 

              Lingerie Making ~ Learn How to Make Beautiful Lingerie in Cotton, Silk or Lace

  

Wednesday 27th

           An Introduction to Childrens Dressmaking - New for 2019 !!

           Childrens Toy Making - New for 2019 !!

 

Saturday 30th ~ Introduction to Sewing and Overlocking

             An Introduction to Sewing Machines & Accessories ~ Everything You Need To Get Started

             Hems, Seams, Zips & Button Holes ~ Expand Your Sewing Techniques

             Learn to Love Your Overlocker ~ Overlockers for Beginners & Improvers

             Advanced Overlocker Techniques ~ Overlockers for Strech Sewing, Interiors, Dressmaking & Accessory Feet

  

Sunday 31st ~ Vintage Dressmaking Day

                The Ruby Dres -  Learn How to Make a Beutiful Vintage Style Dress

                Making a Calico Toille for a Vintage 'Utility Blitz Dress'

                Vintage Silk Underwear - Parachute Silk Knickers

                1950's Rockabilly Womens Shirt

April 2019 

 Friday 5th ~ Make Your Perfect Dress

           The Ruby Dres -  Learn How to Make a Beutiful Vintage Style Dress

Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th ~ Dressnaking Weekend ~ *Come for 1 Day or Two*

              An Introduction to Dressmaking & Clothing Alterations ~ Decoding Patterns to Achieve the Perfect Fit

             Copy Your Own Clothes ~ How to Clone Your Perfect Wardrobe & Learn Pattern Adaption & Clothing Alterations

  

Sunday 27th ~ Vintage Dressmaking Day

                The Ruby Dres -  Learn How to Make a Beutiful Vintage Style Dress

                Making a Calico Toille for a Vintage 'Utility Blitz Dress'

                Vintage Silk Underwear - Parachute Silk Knickers

                1950's Rockabilly Womens Shirt

 

Friday 12th ~ Teddy Bear Workshop Day

                Make Paddington Bear with his Duffle Coat & Hat

                Learn How to Make an Heritage Teddy Bear

 

Saturday 13th ~ Introduction to Sewing and Overlocking

             An Introduction to Sewing Machines & Accessories ~ Everything You Need To Get Started

             Hems, Seams, Zips & Button Holes ~ Expand Your Sewing Techniques

             Learn to Love Your Overlocker ~ Overlockers for Beginners & Improvers

             Advanced Overlocker Techniques ~ Overlockers for Strech Sewing, Interiors, Dressmaking & Accessory Feet

 

Sunday 14th ~ Corsests & Lingerie

                An Introduction to Corset Making ~ Corsets, Stays & Bodices 

              Lingerie Making ~ Learn How to Make Beautiful Lingerie in Cotton, Silk or Lace

 

Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st ~ Dancewear Weekend ~ *Come for 1 Day or 2 *

               Sewing with Lycra & Stretch Fabrics ~ Children's & Adult's Dancewear, Skater Dresses & Gymnastic Wear

 

Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th ~ * 2 Day Intensive Soft Furnishings & Interiors Course *

                 Making Soft Furnishings to a Professional Standard for Your Home or a New Career

 

May 2019

 

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