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Sewing Classes & Workshops – July 2016

Here’s a rundown of the sewing classes and workshops happening at Artisan Stitch throughout July.  So if you’re on holiday in East Lothian and looking for something different and fun to do, why not try a new hobby like Feltmaking, or make a gorgeous wrap skirt?  Easy to make and even easier to wear!

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Has the Great British Sewing Bee inspired you to sew?

If the new series of the Great British Sewing Bee has inspired you, then here are ten more reasons why you should learn to sew.

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How to choose sewing thread

How to choose Sewing Thread

Another year almost gone and I’ve just got time to squeeze in a final blog post. Possibly the subject I’ve been asked about most this year is How to choose the correct machine sewing thread?

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Another Month Flown Past! Christmas-Themed Sewing Classes

Another Month Flown Past!

Christmas-Themed Sewing Classes

Yikes it’s almost December. November has flown past! It’s been a busy month at Artisan Stitch, what with the Christmas-themed sewing classes running and the end of another term for the Dressmakers.  Dana, a dressmaking novice, completed her first ever skirt and it’s absolutely lovely.  She even attempted a concealed zip and totally nailed it!  Ann is using the class to learn patterncutting and has made her own trouser pattern, and Julie is making a ballgown in red silk.

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Felting Friday

Friday was felting workshop day.  Wet-felting is a traditional skill which creates a strong but soft fabric from loose wool fibres.  Felt is an ancient fabric; the process dates back thousands of years.  It is incredibly hard-wearing and has been used for all manner of items from clothing and footwear to housing!

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Start ’em Young. Sewing Classes for Children.

Sewing classes for children are an important part of my class programme.  I learned to use a sewing machine at age 7. So I’m committed to the belief that children should all learn to sew when they’re very young (girls and boys!)

This week at Artisan Stitch, I held one of my  sewing classes for children, or rather for children and their parents ( to qualify you had to be under 16 and bring your Mum).  Attending were Sophie, aged 9, and Libby aged 12, with their Mums Jen & Jackie.  Both girls threw themselves into the lesson with enthusiasm and completed their sewing practice sheets, then both passed their Sewing Machine Driving Tests with distinction.

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Autumn-Winter sewing classes

My schedule of Autumn-Winter sewing classes is here, covering October and November. These include some more of my popular ‘Essential Skills’ classes, now re-named ‘Beginners’ Sewing Skills’. This covers basic sewing tasks like sewing straight seams and how to finish off the raw edges, taking up hems, making neat machined buttonholes, and inserting zips.

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What Sewing Machine should I buy?

Buying a Sewing Machine

Buying a sewing machine is exciting but can be very confusing.   If you’ve had a look already, then you’re probably baffled by the huge range of makes and models out there.  Why are some less than £100 and others cost several thousands. Don’t thy all do the same thing? So you’ll be asking yourself ‘What Sewing Machine should I buy?’

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