Beginners sewing classes

The Beginners sewing course is a short introduction to foundation sewing skills.

Beginners Sewing Day - learn to sew in a day. A group of young women learn to sew


Introductory/ Beginners (if you’ve not sewn before) or if you’re fairly new to sewing.  Also great as a refresher if you haven’t sewn for a while and are a bit rusty.

When can I book?

Tuesday 04/06/2024 - Tuesday 25/06/2024 10:00 am - 12:30 pm costing:£125.00

Course description

This Beginners sewing course will teach you expert sewing techniques whether you want to progress into dressmaking, soft furnishing or craft projects.  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 learned to sew as a child and since then, I’ve made every mistake in the book.  So fast-track your sewing journey as you 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. This course duration is 8 hours so it runs as either a 4-week evening class, or sometimes over a weekend (Friday 7-9pm and Saturday 10am-5pm).  Please check the individual event dates/times below for details.  The cost is the same. Artisan Stitch won a certificate of Excellence in January 2019 and is rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh’

Who is this aimed at?

Absolute Beginners (if you’ve never used a sewing machine) Novice sewists (if you’ve just recently learned but would like to know a bit more) Lapsed Sewists (as a refresher if you’ve not sewn for a while and are a bit rusty).

What will I learn?

  • How to use a sewing machine safely and confidently
  • How to wind bobbins and how to thread a sewing machine
  • Understand the mysteries 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 a hem
  • Make machined buttonholes and how to sew in a zip
  • Make a lovely craft project to gain experience measuring, cutting and sewing fabric.
  Choose to make either
  • a lined reversible tote bag,
  • I-pad/tablet cover,
  • or a zipped make-up bag,
If you can’t choose which to make and would like to make all three, then look for ‘Beginners sewing course XL‘. It’s a 6-week evening course (total: 12 hours).  This extra practice time makes so much difference to your sewing skills and confidence. Or when you’ve completed the 4 or 6-week class, perhaps you’d like to return for the Improvers sewing course where you can make more lovely craft projects for further sewing practice.

Course arrangements

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. I recommend Pembertons, the specialist sewing machine dealer. You get a  choice of easy sewing projects. You will need to bring your own fabric for your project. When you book, I’ll send you an e-mail containing a note of what you need to bring, travel and parking directions, and how to find the studio.  Please watch for that e-mail and if you haven’t received it within a few days, check your spam folder.

Links to related blog articles

My blog pages contain lots of informative articles about stuff you need to know when you start sewing. Why not spend a few minutes swotting up?  Here’s a couple of links to get you started. Get to the point. How to choose the correct sewing machine needles. To have or have not. What sewing equipment do I need?