Beginners Intensive Sewing course – 3 days


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Beginners Intensive Sewing Course: Learn to sew like a pro in 3 days!

The Beginners Intensive Sewing Course is always a popular event in the Summer School calendar. It’s unique to the range of Edinburgh sewing classes available. It will teach you all the foundation skills to launch you into the world of sewing.  If you’re looking for the best starting point to learn expert sewing techniques whether you want to progress into dressmaking, soft furnishing or craft projects, then this is it.

Wed 28 – Fri 30 August 2024        10am- 5pm each day

Adults only (aged 16 years +)

Course Description

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Starting at the very beginning with how to use a sewing machine, each session expands on the skills learnt in the previous one, building your knowledge, technical ability and confidence over the three days (18 hours in total). You’ll learn how to understand sewing machines and be competent and confident in using one. I’ll explain what the different presser feet are for and you’ll learn how to handle, measure and cut a variety of fabrics, interfacing, interlining, and tackle common fastenings such as buttons, zips and velcro.

The course is composed of a series of tutorials, each followed by a lovely project. So you can practise the skills learnt in that session.

I’ve been sewing since I was a child (and that’s a lot of years’ experience!). During that time, I’ve made every mistake in the book – then learned how to avoid them. Now you can 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.

What others say:

What an inspiring 3 days!
Jen was a really good and enthusiastic tutor and did the theory in manageable chunks with plenty of practice opportunities. We then made three projects, one on each day, which used the skills we had learned, and each project built on those skills. As it was a small class we had as much help as we needed and Jen was very patient. She also shared her own tips and ways of doing things to make sewing great fun.
I am looking forward to attending more of her courses and becoming even more confident.

Artisan Stitch won a Certificate of Excellence in January 2019 and is rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh’. They won a UK Enterprise award for Best sewing classes 2020 and in 2021, Best Private Sewing Education, Most Outstanding Sewing Classes, and also Best Creative Workshops in 2022/23, and Best Craft Course Provider in 2023/24.

Who is this aimed at?

  • Absolute Beginners (if you’ve never used a sewing machine before)
  • Novice sewists (if you’ve recently learned and would like to fill in some gaps and learn a bit more)
  • Lapsed sewists (as a refresher course if you haven’t sewn for a while)

(Adults only (16 years +)  children’s classes are listed in the ‘Kids’ section of the website

What will I learn?

  • How to use a sewing machine safely and confidently
  • How to wind bobbins and how to thread a sewing machine
  • how to sew perfect straight lines, smooth curves and turn corners
  • understand the importance of correct thread tension
  • different stitch types, lengths and widths
  • learn different seam types and when to use them
  • how to deal with raw edges
  • how to take up hems
  • make machined buttonholes and sew on buttons
  • how to sew in a zip
  • introduction to using an overlocker
  • four great sewing projects to practice your new skills:
    • a tote bag,
    • An envelope cushion with buttons
    • padded I-pad/tablet cover
    • a zipped make-up bag

Course arrangements

Sewing machines are provided or you can bring your own if you have one. Remember to bring your power cable/foot control, instruction booklet, accessories (presser feet) and spare bobbins.

There will be a break for lunch each day and opportunities for short breaks throughout the day.  Meals, travel and accommodation are not included.

Useful links:

If you’re looking for a sewing machine, then Pembertons  are my trusted and recommended specialist retailer. And what’s more, they’ll sort out a special deal for Artisan Stitch clients.

What sewing equipment will I need?

(I have a small stock of quality scissors and marking tools for sale in the studio)


Wednesday 28/08/2024 - Friday 30/08/2024    
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Artisan Stitch ( St Margaret's House)
Studio 6.03A St Margaret's House, 151 London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE
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This event is fully booked. You can join a waitlist and if an elegible ticket becomes available, you will be notified by email to make a booking. Spaces commonly only arise at short notice (within 48 hours) Please do not join the waitlist if you won't be able to take up a space at such notice.

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Please remember that you have 6 hours to book reserved spaces once they become available, you will be notified immediately when an elegible ticket becomes available.