This 2-day introductory course is a good starting point to learn expert sewing techniques whether you want to progress into dressmaking, soft furnishing or craft projects. It’s also a great refresher if you’ve not sewn for a while. Why is it called 'XL'? - because it's an extended version of my classic 'Beginners sewing course'. It has two additional projects to make. This extra practice gives you 50% more fun, and twice as much confidence.
You'll learn how to understand sewing machines, get experience of using different stitch types, learning about stitch lengths, widths and tensions. I'll explain what the different presser feet are for and you'll learn how to measure and cut fabric.
I've been sewing since I was a child and that's a lot of years experience. During that time, I've made every mistake in the book and learnt how to avoid them. Now you can benefit from my mistakes and learn to sew like a pro as I share my expert tips. I wish I'd known all this stuff when I started to sew.
Artisan Stitch holds a Certificate of Excellence is rated 'Best sewing classes in Edinburgh'. A UK Enterprise award followed for Best Sewing Classes 2020 and the Best Private Sewing Education & Tuition 2021, Best Creative Textiles Workshop 2022, and Best Craft Course Provider 2023.
Artisan Stitch is the only course provider in Edinburgh and one of only two in Scotland, that is recommended by Queen Margaret University.
Level: Beginners (or as a refresher if you haven’t sewn for a while)
Who is the Beginners Sewing Course XL aimed at?
Absolute Beginners (if you've never used a sewing machine before)
Novice sewists (if you've recently learned and would like to know a bit more)
Lapsed sewists (as a refresher if you haven't sewn for a while)
Adults aged 16 years and over
What will I learn?
How to use a sewing machine safely and confidently
How to wind bobbins and thread a sewing machine
Understand the importance of correct thread tension
How to sew perfect straight lines, smooth curves and turn corners
Learn three different seam types and when to use them
How to take up hems
Make machined buttonholes and how to sew in a zip
How to make three great sewing projects to practice your new skills:
a lined reversible tote bag,
a zipped make-up bag,
You can choose to bring your own fabrics or choose my optional fabric pack when you book which contains everything you'll need for the 3 projects.
Sewing machines are provided or you can bring your own if you have one. If you are considering buying one, then I’m happy to give advice on what to look for.
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