Level 1 - Complete Beginner

Complete Beginners Sewing Taster 1 Day 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 this one day workshop you will learn the basics of setting up and using a sewing machine and you will sew up a gorgeous cushion cover!

During the morning 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 afternoon session you will have the opportunity to select one of 4 lovely and neutral fabric deigns from the Clarke and Clarke upholstery range (see gallery for choices) and sew up a simple cushion cover with envelope closure.

PLEASE NOTE - If the class is showing as fully booked, please contact us on [email protected] and we can check availability. Sometimes we can experience a glitch in the website where the workshop appears as fully booked when it is not. We are fixing it as soon as possible.

Running Time
9.30am - 4.00pm

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 4 Clarke and Clarke designs as listed in the gallery
  • 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
  • 10% off any fabrics and Prym haberdashery purchased on the day of your class.

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

Lorna Hulme

Lorna is forever grateful to her Mum for teaching her to sew as an adult. She fell in love with everything sewing! So much so that she couldn’t bear to keep these skills to herself. Being driven by her passion for inspiring other people to sew, Lorna spent 7 years sharing this love of sewing through teaching others in her own sewing workshop business.

Lorna joined the Guthrie & Ghani team in January 2024 as the Workshops and events coordinator. She is responsible for organising the programme of events and sewing workshops and will be joining the team of sewing tutors too.

Lorna loves all aspects of sewing but her particular passion is dressmaking.

When she’s not sewing she enjoys running, cycling, running around after 2 teenagers and drinking hot chocolate!

Dates & Times

  • 9:30am £80