Refresher Sewing Class.  This 1-day sewing workshop is a useful refresher to top up your sewing and dressmaking techniques.

Refresher Sewing Class - a woman learning to use a sewing machine again


Level 2: Beginners - Improvers. You should have done some dressmaking before but need a reminder of the foundation techniques.


When can I book?

10/01/2019 10:00 am - 4:00 pm costing:£60.00

Course description

If you used to sew but are a bit rusty, then this Refresher sewing class is a good starting point to brush up on your dressmaking techniques.


Who is this aimed at?

Anyone who needs to refresh their sewing techniques. You must be able to use a sewing machine confidently, and sew straight accurate seams.  You should also be able to thread up, wind bobbins and understand sewing machine tension. If you need help with this, then please consider one of my Beginners classes first.

What will I learn?

I'll take you through some common sewing tasks that you'll need if you'd like to start dressmaking again. Plus there's plenty of my tips to help you achieve a professional finish to your dressmaking projects.

The Refresher Sewing Class will cover:

  • various methods of neatening raw edges
  • trimming and pressing
  • whether to notch or clip curves
  • what is staystitching and why you should do it
  • when you need to use easestitching
  • how to make facings lie flat
  • how to sew couture-quality darts
  • how to sew in a zip
  • what does ‘stitch in the ditch’ mean, and when to do it.
  • edgestitching and topstitching to create impact.


The list above are all common dressmaking techniques if you want to achieve a neat-looking finish to your sewing projects.  You may have forgotten how to do these, or perhaps you haven't learned these before? In addition, if there's a technique that you can't seem to get to grips with, then please let me know in advance of the class, and I'll try to cover it if there's time.  You will make samples of most of these techniques, and will have notes to take away so you will be able to use these as a reference for your future sewing.

In addition, I'll tell you about how to choose the best needle for your sewing project, the different types of thread you can use etc, and lots of other information that you'll need to start sewing again.

Course arrangements

All materials are supplied. Sewing machines are available but you may prefer to bring your own. If so, please bring your accessories (presser feet), bobbins, and the instruction manual. Please also check that you have your power cable/foot control. You'll need a notebook, and a pair of small embroidery scissors for trimming.

You may also want to consider my range of Beginners Sewing classes as these include many of the basic techniques described above and many lapsed sewists have refreshed their skills by attending them.