Complete Beginners Sewing Taster

Are you interested in learning to sew but not sure if it's for you? Or would you like to give sewing a try without purchasing a machine? During two evening sessions you will learn the basics of setting up and using a sewing machine and you will sew up a gorgeous cushion cover!

During the first session you will learn about the different parts of a sewing machine, along with how to thread it up, create a bobbin, select stitches and create a buttonhole. 

During the second session you will have the opportunity to select your fabric from our Clarke and Clarke upholstery range in store and sew up a simple cushion cover with envelope closure. 

Running Dates:

Session 1 - Tuesday 2nd July, 6pm - 9pm
Session 2 - Tuesday 9th July, 6pm - 9pm


Session 1 - Tuesday 23rd July, 6pm - 9pm
Session 2 - Wednesday 24th July, 6pm - 9pm


Running Time
6pm - 9pm
Dates & times

Further information

You will learn

Get to know a sewing machine

  • The names of the different parts of the sewing machine
  • How to wind the bobbin
  • How to thread the machine
  • How to adjust the tension
  • How to change the stitches
  • How to change the needle

Simple Cushion Cover

  • How to navigate around a piece of fabric
  • How to use a paper pattern/template and pin it onto your fabric
  • How to accurately cut fabric
  • How to press, hem and prepare your fabric for sewing
  • How to sew simple seams
  • How to finish off raw edges
  • How to top stitch

Skill level

Level 1 - no previous experience required

What's included

  • A hand out with an illustrated 'map' of a sewing machine
  • Glossary of key terms
  • Trouble shooting questions
  • Thread and materials pack for practising stitches and thread
  • Your choice of fabric from our Clarke and Clarke selection of fabric which can be viewed by clicking here
  • Use of all top of the range sewing tools, equipment and sewing machines
  • A pattern/template to make more cushion covers at home
  • An instruction sheet
  • A cushion pad insert
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits

You will need to bring

Nothing is needed for these classes - just your lovely self!

Your tutor

Lauren Guthrie

Lauren, who is also the founder and owner of guthrie & ghani, has been sewing for most of her life after being taught by her dressmaker mother as a child. She loves to sew her own clothes and clothes for her baby daughter Sophia.


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