Course Start Dates:
Our courses run for 6 consecutive weeks in Worcestershire School term times (excluding Bank Holidays, where possible):
- Thurs 2nd Nov (9th Nov, 16th Nov, 23rd Nov, 30th Nov, 7th Dec)
- Thurs 11th Jan (18th Jan, 25th Jan, 1st Feb, 8th Feb, 15th Feb)
- Thurs 22nd Feb (1st Mar, 8th Mar, 15th Mar, 22nd Mar, 29th Mar )
- Thurs 19th Apr (26th Apr, 3rd May, 10th May, 17th May, 24th May)
- Thurs 7th Jun (14th Jun, 21st Jun, 28th Jun, 5th Jul, 12th Jul )
Time: 11am – 2pm (6 x 3hr workshops) – we also run an evening course on the same day from 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Stitch & Steele, Warndon Villages WR4 0EN (full address on booking confirmation)
Skill Level: Complete Beginner
This is a progressive skills course of 6 workshops covering key sewing techniques which are key to success in sewing and making soft furnishings.
This is designed for people who have little or no sewing experience at all – you will learn how to use your sewing machine as part of the course.
As the weeks progress, you will find you have improved your sewing skills and your ability to tackle new projects.
What You Will Learn:
wk 1: How To Use Your Sewing Machine
- How to set up and thread a sewing machine
- Getting to grips with stitching – tips for straight lines, curves and corners
- Different stitch types: straight, zig-zag, button-holing
- Feet attachments – what you have and ones you should buy, what they do and the projects you will need them on
- How to check sewing tension and adjusting it
- Identifying common problems with your sewing machine and fixing them
- Tips on getting into sewing – easy project ideas, essential tools and how to choose a sewing machine
wk 2: All About Fabrics For Soft Furnishings
- Overview of various fabric types & their construction
- Choosing the right kind of fabric for your project and where to buy fabrics & haberdashery from locally and online
- Inserting zips and making butonholes
- Applique techniques
- How to finish items with piping
wk 3: Cushions
- Using the skills learned so far, you will practice these by making your sample cushion choosing from either a zip cushion or envelope cushion
- You will get to use a stencil making and fabric cutting machine for applique designs if you wish to apply to your cushion designs.
wk 4: Make Your Own Curtains
- Overview of different curtain tracks & curtain pole types
- Learn how to measure your windows and estimate fabric required
- Learn the different types of curtain headers – pencil pleat, eyelet, tabbed top, pinch pleat and make samples of each
- Learn how to make and attach curtain linings
- Make your choice of Eyelet or Pencil Pleat curtain sample
wk 5: Make Your Own Roman Blinds
- How to measure your window for Roman Blinds & calculate fabric
- Safety considerations for fitting Roman Blinds in bedrooms which children can access and where to buy British Safety Standard approved pre-made tape kits
- How to sew your Roman Blind and fittings kit together
- Make a sample Roman Blind to take home with you to enable you to make your own at home
wk 6: Finishing Your Projects
As this is the final week, you can finish any projects you haven’t managed to finish during the course or try your hand at something new to finish at home.
What To Bring With You:
- Bring your own sewing machine if you have one, or you can use one of our brand new Janome sewing machines. There is a £10 hire fee to use one of our sewing machines for this workshop. You will need to do this when you book onto this workshop.
- You will need to bring a simple sewing kit of scissors, (hand) sewing needles, pins, some sewing cottons and some spare bobbins to wind cotton onto.
- NB: if you are bringing your own sewing machine, don’t forget the instruction manual and power cable plus any attachments you will need.
- You will get an email each week with the instructions for what to bring with you the following week as we progress.
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