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Sewing

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We have several courses in sewing and dressmaking, making the most of your sewing machine (learning how to use all the functions!). So you can make something for your home, for a gift or maybe a unique item of clothing perfectly designed, just for you!  These courses are the chance to build skills, create something really special and unique and really enjoy using and creating with textiles.


Courses 2023/24

For our new 2023/24 courses, see list below:

Dressmaking And Textiles-Mixed Ability

The tutor will guide learners through all the necessary steps to make a simple garment of their choice. This includes cutting out fabrics, understanding the pattern instructions and constructing the garment. The course will include demonstration, handouts and practical exercises. This course is designed for those with previous experience of sewing. 

Tuesdays 6.30pm to 9pm Lorraine Joseph

12 sessions from 16 April £230/£140 T36C    Stoke Lodge

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NEW How To Use Your Sewing Machine-Part 2

This course will build on skills and knowledge learnt in “How To Use Your Sewing Machine“ workshop. You will learn to apply tapes and elastic; create buttonholes and buttons; use different zip applications. You will also explore free machine embroidery with dropped feed-dog. These are some of the techniques that can be covered (depending on learners’ preference). Bring your own sewing machine.

Friday 9.30am to 3.30pm Ann Huntley

1 session on 1 March £53/£37 T39A    Stoke Lodge

And

Saturday 10am to 4pm Ann Huntley

1 session on 20 April £53/£37 T39B    Stoke Lodge

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NEW Introduction To Sewing Knitted Fabrics

Knitted fabrics are incredibly comfortable fabrics to wear but can be frustrating to work with! This course is an introduction to sewing with and handling Jersey, stretch and knitted fabrics (i.e., fleece or Tee-shirt). Sewing machines are available to use but you may wish to bring your own.

Saturday 10am to 4pm Ann Huntley

1 session on 23 March £53/£37 T69B    Stoke Lodge

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NEW Pattern Cutting For Beginners

Learn to create your own clothing patterns. During this 2-day workshop, you will develop the technical skills and knowledge needed to design and create your very own garment patterns using the flat pattern cutting method. Fee includes a basic pattern cutting kit that you will be able to re-use after the course.

Fridays 9.30am to 3.30pm Ann Huntley

2 session from 7 June £115/£80 T28A    Stoke Lodge

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Learning To Sew-And More!

You will learn basic sewing machine skills and techniques to help you make clothes and furnishings. You will also learn to read a pattern and discover some of the essential hand stitches needed to finish off your project. All abilities welcome.

Fridays 10am to 12.30pm Marilyn Mitchelmore

6 sessions from 19 April £118/£73 T42E     Stoke Lodge

And

Fridays 10am to 12.30pm Marilyn Mitchelmore

6 sessions from 7 June £118/£73 T42F     Stoke Lodge

 OR

Fridays 1pm to 3.30pm Marilyn Mitchelmore

6 sessions from 19 April £118/£73 T43F    Stoke Lodge

And

Fridays 1pm to 3.30pm Marilyn Mitchelmore

6 sessions from 7 June £118/£73 T43G     Stoke Lodge

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NEW Curtain Making-Intermediates

Learn everything you need to know about making your own curtains. You will develop your sewing skills and at the end of the 2 days, you will take home your own sample curtains to keep and use as a reference point for future projects. Fee includes fabric and materials to make a sample curtain.

Tuesdays 10am to 3pm Marilyn Mitchelmore

2 days from 23 April  £135/£103  T44A     Stoke Lodge

And

Tuesdays 10am to 3pm Marilyn Mitchelmore

2 days from 18 June  £135/£103  T44B     Stoke Lodge

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