I teach my classes in my purpose built studio in Walthamstow, E17. You will learn in a nice informal setting, in small groups (maximum of 6), with tea and a huge stash of fabric for you to use in your class.
My studio is well equipped and spacious yet homely and fun with music and tea and chatter galore. This helps to put people at ease very quickly and it creates an easy environment in which to learn. I am very supportive and believe everybody can (and should!) learn to sew, and I honestly have not met anyone yet who I couldn’t teach to create something beautiful.
I have a lot of experience in making and teaching, and have HNDs to back up my knowledge. Of course I believe you never stop learning and I myself am always still learning. I know what kind of experience I expect in a learning environment, and believe I mostly get it right delivering a positive experience to my students. I believe in feedback and being adaptable, so all classes will have an element of being tailored to the students. I also firmly believe that you should come home from each class with something you have made, so you will!
People often ask me about class progression; what order should they take classes in, what is next after the beginners class. I have always left this really open as it all depends on what you want to achieve. For a lot of people being able to hem trousers or fix a dress is enough. For some people the dream is to make their own vintage style dresses. Other want to learn to quilt, or aren’t yet so sure what they want to do with their new skills. And other people still want to learn how to do everything.
So progression is different for everyone, and after my beginners class all classes can be taken in any order. I highly recommend “zips” but after that (or even without that) you can do dress making, quilting, applique, learn to make kids’ clothes, or applique. So that is why I’m a bit vague, because any route is good and all classes are accessible to beginners.
SEWING FOR BEGINNERS
You will learn how to set your machine up, how to wind a bobbin, how to thread a machine, how to select the right stitch, all about tension, how to look after your machine, you will practice your stitching and then you will make a cushion cover, using my stash of fabrics (or bring your own if you wish). You will learn about different fabrics, how to find the selvedge, tricks for measuring and cutting, you will learn to make perfect hems and seams and how to put together an envelope cushion cover. You will have a chance to really practice your new skills in this fun and frienfly, in-depth 5 hour class.
A great class to take after the beginners class as it takes you a step further, into zips territory! Learn about zip feet for the machine, how to put in normal and invisible zips, how to shorten them, the anatomy of zips in skirts, cushions and bag and make a cute zipped pouch to take home. 5 hour class, £80
In this class you will learn to follow a simple commercial pattern, included in the class fee, and make this to your size. You will learn how to read a pattern, how to change it to your size, how to adapt patterns, how to trace, and transfer markings onto fabric, how to accurately cut and join the pieces, how to make a toile to test the fit and then sew and finish your final garment.
There are maximum three students in this class so you will get plenty of one to one support in this in-depth, hands on class.
In this short but sweet class you will learn to make some super cute baby/ toddler trousers. Bring 1m of cotton and matching thread, I will provide a pattern (for you to take home) and all the haberdashery and machines. 3 hour class. £40
If you already know how to sew a little and want to learn how to make a quilt, this workshop is for you. In this two day worlshop I can teach you all the aspects of quilt making (measuring, working with different fabrics, different cutting methods, piecing, wadding, different quilting methods and finally binding).
I will provide advice on fabrics, on wadding (the inside of the quilt), threads and sewing machine feet to use, I will cover patchwork, log cabin, quilting and binding.
You will need to be able to thread up a machine, wind a bobbin, sew a straight line and generally have the basics of sewing. If not please attend a beginners class first.
APPLIQUE & FREE MOTION EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP
Learn all the different ways you can applique and learn which tools to use and what tricks get great results every time! All materials included.A really practical hands-on class with little theory. In the same class you will learn free motion machine embroidery. Have fun setting your inner artist free on a sewing machine. By dropping the feeding mechanism you can “draw” with your needle and make some amazing pictures. You could even try to sign your name in thread!
SOCIABLE SEWING SESSIONS
Bring your own projects to work on in this sewing get together. Either use the space, machines and chat for only £7 or get some assistance and advice as well as the machines, tea and threads etc for £20. This is not a taught class so you will need to be able to work independently for at least some of the time, if you need a lot of hand holding please book a private class.