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 your fabric from our Clarke and Clarke upholstery range in store 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 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
  • 10% off any fabrics and Prym haberdashery purchased on the day of your class.

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

Claire Heath

Sewing has always been a huge part of Claire's life. She has been sewing & making things since was little & her passion has grown & grown. She loves working with a range of fabrics, making clothes, adapting commercial patterns and developing her own patterns.

After graduating from Leeds University in Textiles and Fashion Design, Claire has worked in womenswear design, accessories design, textiles print design, modern textiles research, retail management, visual merchandising for some of the top high street brands. Claire also loves to share her passion, creativity and skills with others. When she is not sewing or creating something, Claire loves to travel, take photos and cook.

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.