Level 1 - Complete Beginner

Complete Beginners Sewing Taster

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.

Further information on how we are running workshops to ensure the safety of attendees and staff can be found in this link.

Running Time
6.00pm - 9.00pm

About this workshop

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!

Further Information

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

Level 1 - - no previous experience required

  • 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

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

Charlotte Stacey

Charlotte is a fashion and textiles lecturer with experience of teaching a variety of levels and age groups. She graduated with a BA (hons) Fashion Design from Middlesex University London in 2014 and is currently studying a Masters in Textiles for Fashion in 2019 at Birmingham City University. She is interested in pattern making and garment construction and works freelance making bespoke clothing for clients and sample collections for small clothing companies. Charlotte believes that sewing and textiles should be accessible to everyone as it can contribute positively to wellbeing and confidence.

Dates & Times

Sorry there are no sessions planned in at the moment, but do get in touch and we’ll let you know about future dates.

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