Summer school: Beginners Intensive Sewing course

Wednesday 15/07/2020 - Friday 17/07/2020
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Learn to sew like a pro in 3 days!

Wednesday 15 – Fri 17 July 2020
(includes an evening session 7-9pm on Thursday)
An exact timetable will be sent after booking.

This intensive sewing course over 3 days will teach you all the foundation skills to launch you into the world of sewing.  It is a good starting point to learn expert sewing techniques whether you want to progress into dressmaking, soft furnishing or craft projects.

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 and technical ability 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 measure and cut fabric and handle, measure and cut a variety of fabrics, interfacing, interlining, and common fastening 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 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.

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 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)


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
  • The importance of thread tension
  • Learn different seam types and when to use them
  • How to take up hems
  • Make machined buttonholes and sew on buttons
  •  how to sew in a zip
  • How to make four great sewing projects to practice your new skills:
    • a tote bag,
    • An envelope cushion with buttons
    • a zipped make-up bag,
    • I-pad/tablet cover with a zipped pocket

Course arrangements

Sewing machines are provided or you can bring your own if you have one.
Cost £180 (optional fabric pack £15, or bring your own)
Meals, travel and accommodation are not included.



Studio 6.03A St Margaret's House, 151 London Road

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Ticket Type Price Spaces
Standard Ticket £180.00
Standard Ticket
Including fabric pack