FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the FAQ’s –  frequently asked questions about what you need to bring, how you get here, and what will happen when you do.  However, if there’s anything else you’d like to ask, please get in touch. Email: jen@artisanstitch.co.uk

Do I need my own sewing machine?

If you already have a machine and can bring it along, then I recommend it particularly if you’re attending any of my Beginners level classes, so you can learn to use it.

However, I have machines in the studio if you don’t have (or are unable to bring) your own. Please contact me in advance to book a machine, since they now have to be sanitised before your class.

I’m happy to advise about buying a machine if you’re considering it so please don’t rush out to buy one to use in class. Take your time to consider if you’re even going to enjoy sewing, and what you’ll need your machine to do.

What do i need to bring?

You’ll need a basic sewing kit comprising:

Fabric shears, small embroidery-type scissors for trimming and clipping threads, fabric marking pens and chalk pencils, tape measure (cm), ruler, pins, quick unpick. If you’re taking any of the dressmaking courses, then you’ll also need scissors to cut your paper patterns. And of course, bring a notebook and pen.

I’ll advise you when you’ve booked if there’s anything else you need to bring so please watch your e-mail in-box for the welcome pack and joining instructions.

If you are bringing your own machine, please ensure it’s in working condition, and that you also bring the power cable/foot control, accessories, bobbins and instruction book.

What happens if I have to cancel?

If you are not able to attend a booked session, please let me know as soon as possible. I can then arrange a full or partial refund accordingly. You may be able to send someone else in your place. For further details, please read my Booking Terms.

If you have any questions about the level of the class, if you’re not able to attend all sessions, or anything else, please get in touch to discuss BEFORE you book.

Which payment methods are accepted?

I use the STRIPE secure payment system which accepts most major debit and credit cards.

Can I park nearby?

There is a car park surrounding St Margaret’s House. It’s currently available for you to use when you come to classes.   The entrance is on Restalrig Road South (Smokey Brae). There are designated spaces for Blue Badge holders.

Meadowbank Retail park is a few minutes walk away and the car park there can be used for up to 4 hours.  Morrisons Supermarket car park in Portobello Road is also available for a limited time. Otherwise, there is free parking in the streets opposite, behind Parson’s Green Terrace, which is 3-4 mins walk away.  Please contact me if you need any assistance.

What public transport is there?

The building is on London Road, an arterial route through the city so there is around 14 public bus services that pass the front door (LRT services 4, 5, 26/x26, 44/44a, 45, and EastCoast service numbers X5, 104, 107, 113, 124/x24).  In addition, the services 19, 34 and 49 pass along Marionville Road, to the rear of the building.

Is there a cafe?

There is not a cafe or any food available in the building itself, apart from a snack machine. There is a fantastic deli/coffee shop directly opposite called Baba Rista, and some corner grocery shops.  Sainsbury’s and Morrison’s supermarkets are 5-10 minutes away. There is a comfortable seating area and tables in the Library where food and drinks can be consumed.  Please do not bring food or coffee cups into the studio. Only drinks in Non-spill Sports caps can be brought into the studio.  Please remove these when you leave. All 1-day classes will have a break for lunch.

Is there a lift?

I’m on the sixth floor. There are lifts in the building making my classes accessible.

Useful Links:

St Margaret’s House

Lothian Buses