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Sew magazine features my classes

June’s issue of Sew magazine has a feature on”Stitching by the Sea” and they’ve featured my classes for Brighton!

First ‘How to use your sewing machine’ workshop

I thought this would be a good workshop and I was right!  Three happy sewing machines and owners and two people now on the hunt for a sewing machine of their own.  Today we had a 1970′s lovely old Singer in its own work table happily whirring away beside a brand new all singing, all dancing Bernina.  No matter how old or how high spec, they all have the same parts and they all do the same thing and we had them sewing a treat today.
Here’s what some of my students thought of the workshop:
“Fantastically helpful and inspiring, very patient and clear teaching.”
“Really good and useful workshop.”
What did you enjoy most?
“Having time to ‘play’ with my machine and find what it could do.”

More Sunday workshop dates

I’ve planned all my Sunday workshops now until September.  Where does the time go?!

There are 5 of them and among some popular ones that you’ll have seen before there is a new one hiding – Sewing with Knits: how to sew stretch fabrics.  Covers all you need to know to sew stretch (jersey) fabrics on a domestic sewing machine and the price includes a pack of jersey needles for your machine and a choice of pattern to make yourself something on the day.

Here’s a full list of dates:

26th June – Pattern Cutting Workshop
17th July – Sewing Workshop
14th August – Sewing with Knits
11th September – How to use your Sewing Machine
25th September – Skirt Making Workshop

Full details of all the workshops can be found here.

As always, if you have any questions or would like to book a place please contact me via email at thiswasmadeby[at]gmail.com or give me a ring on 01273 775951.

A new workshop!

On Sunday 15th May I’m trying out a new workshop – How to use your Sewing Machine.  A whole day spent getting to grips with the pesky things.  Learn some good habits, realise you need never get in a tangle again and give that sewing machine a little love.  It will reward you well.

The workshop will be limited to 5 people, runs from 11am to 3pm and costs £35.  Full details and how to book here.

If you’re still thinking about buying yourself a sewing machine, have a read of my guide on buying one here, come along to the workshop and borrow one of our machines, then you can go off shopping fully armed with all you need to know!

Sewing machines aren’t scary – you just need to know the best ways to use them.

More Sundays, more skirts

…and lovely summery ones at that, ready in time to go home in.  How satisfying.

Workshops for April & May

The ever-popular skirt-making workshop will be happening again on Sunday 17th April.  Bring some fabric and a zip, go home in a new skirt made by your own fair hands.

I’ll be doing my new customising workshop again on Sunday 22nd May, this time it will be at the lovely Purl knitting shop in 7 dials.  Start collecting those old damaged, marked clothes and charity shop finds that are awaiting a bit of TLC.

Full details including times, prices and how to book are in the Classes section, here.

Cushions, skirts & customising

Here’s some of the work produced by students at my recent classes………

Christina with a cushion cover, complete with zip and piping that she made herself…….

Misa ready for summer with her skirt from the skirt-making workshop…………

And Nicky with some favourite old clothes that she gave a new lease of life at the customising workshop.

I’m sure lots more creative projects await them all now that they’ve started!

See the classes section of my website for details of all classes and workshops and how to book.

March workshops (one of them is new!!)

Sunday 20th – Skirt-making Workshop

A focused day of learning to sew (or brushing up neglected skills) awaits you.   At this one day intensive workshop you will learn the basics of reading a pattern and using a sewing machine whilst making an a-line skirt.  Pattern provided, just bring some fabric and a zip.

  • Held at Just Sew in Brighton (33 North Road, in the North Laine).
  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm.
  • £45 payable before the day.

Sunday 27th – Customising Workshop

Had a spring clean?  Found lots of old clothes that could do with a bit of a revamp?  Bring them along to this workshop where I’ll show you some quick and easy ways to re-invent your old clothes and/or charity shop finds.  Also bring some fabrics to use as the decoration, buttons, wool, ribbons, lace, anything you can lay your hands on!  Some additional materials will be provided.

  • Held at Just Sew in Brighton (33 North Road, in the North Laine).
  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40 payable before the day.
  • Suitable for all levels of sewing ability.

Your friend the sewing machine

Another productive day of sewing skirts with a lovely bunch of people.  It was a birthday present for one of the participants – what a great idea.  The day was full of achievements including getting a long neglected sewing machine up and running.  Sewing machines should be sewing up skirts, not abandoned and lonely in cupboards.  Sewing machines need love too you know.

My favourite quote from today was this:

What did you enjoy most about the day?  “Realising my sewing machine is my friend and saying goodbye to Wonderweb.”

Even the word Wonderweb makes my ears bleed.  Throw it in the bin and get your sewing machine out!!!!

No rest for the wicked

Yesterday’s pattern cutting workshop was a great success again – 3 skirts and 1 pair of trousers later! Well done to 4 hardworking students.

The latest pattern cutting course also came to an end last week – a very busy and creative 6 weeks resulting in; a perfectly fitting skirt, a lovely tunic which I can’t wait to see finished, a festival dress and another dress and possible jacket.

No rest for the wicked though, I’m hoping to confirm more workshops for March this week and (due to being almost at maximum capacity and eager potential students forming an orderly waiting list) another Drop-in Sewing & Dressmaking class.