This introductory course is a good starting point to learn expert sewing techniques whether you want to progress into dressmaking, soft furnishing or craft projects. It’s also a great refresher if you’ve not sewn for a while. Why is it called ‘XL’? – because it’s an extended version of my classic ‘Beginners sewing course’. It has two additional projects to make. This extra practice gives you 50% more fun, and twice as much confidence. This course takes place over 6 weeks, 2.5 hours per week. For Adults (16 years +)
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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.
With a small number of students, I’m able to personalise your tuition and you’ll benefit from lots of individual attention.
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 and learnt 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:
Just finished this 6 week class ! A wonderful enjoyable experience learnt so much . Jen is So skilled and is a great teacher not everyone that is awesome at their craft can teach But Jen is So talented and her passion for what she does is so inspiring ! I would recommend anyone that enjoys sewing to sign up ! First class ! From start to finish !
Artisan Stitch holds a Certificate of Excellence is rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh’. A UK Enterprise award followed for Best Sewing Classes 2020 and Best Private Sewing Education and Tuition in 2021.
Artisan Stitch is the only course provider in Edinburgh and one of only two in Scotland, that is recommended by Queen Margaret University.
Level: Beginners (or as a refresher if you haven’t sewn for a while)
Who is the Beginners Sewing Course XL aimed at?
Absolute Beginners (if you’ve never used a sewing machine before)
Novice sewists (if you’ve recently learned and would like to know a bit more)
Lapsed sewists (as a refresher if you haven’t sewn for a while)
For Adults (16 years +)
What will I learn?
How to use a sewing machine safely and confidently
How to wind bobbins and thread a sewing machine
Understand the importance 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 hems
Make machined buttonholes and how to sew in a zip
How to make three great sewing projects to practice your new skills:
a lined reversible tote bag,
a zipped make-up bag,
(You will need to bring your own fabric for your projects – I’ll provide details when you book. Or choose my fabric pack which contains everything you’ll need for the 3 projects for £12 (contains 2 x half-metres polycotton, 4 fat quarters, interfacing, wadding, zip & velcro. )
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.
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.
I have a small selection of fabric scissors, trimming scissors, pins, marking pens & pencils for sale in the studio. Otherwise Hobbycrafts, The Range, Fabric Focus, Edinburgh Fabrics, Dunelm Mill, and John Lewis or everything can be obtained from Amazon. I recommend buying good quality equipment that will perform well and last a lifetime.
When you’ve completed your Beginners course, you’ll be able to continue your sewing journey with Artisan Stitch by taking a Dressmaking course, make some soft furnishings, or perhaps try some of the textile workshops?