Beginner's Sewing Course 

Six Week Course Starting Tuesday 13th September 2022

7pm - 9pm | Newent Community School, Gloucestershire

Over this six week in-person course, you will be making TWO Japanese Knot Bags (your very own bags for life!), traditionally used by Japanese Geisha's to carry their belongings underneath their Kimonos.  My students have used them for everything from their shopping, to their sewing kit for classes, to - umm - poo bags when out dog walking.  Ahem.   

If we have time towards the end of the term, I'll also teach you to make a cushion so that you learn how to insert a zip. 

However, don't worry if not because if you would like to extend your skills and build your confidence, there will be the option to do a second four week term starting Tuesday 1st November, ending Tuesday 22nd November which includes a lesson on machine maintenance and trouble-shooting.  The fee for this will be £50 and you won't need to pay until just before term 2.

During your first term of Beginner's Sewing, you will be learning:
  • All about your machine and its various dials and switches and what they do
  • ​How to thread your machine
  • ​How to change your sewing machine needles
  • ​What each of your sewing machine feet does and how to change them
  • ​The different types of threads that you need for sewing (and why they are not all created equal)
  • ​The different types of sewing machine needles and which needles you need for which project
  • ​How to put in zips (essential for very many projects)
You will have plenty of time for questions and practicing your new found skills.
The dates for the course are:

Tuesday 13th September 2022
Tuesday 20th September 2022
Tuesday 27th September 2022
Tuesday 4th October 2022
Tuesday 11th October 2022
Tuesday 18th October 2022

Time for every class is 7pm - 9pm.

The school has plenty of free parking and you will be able to park right outside the classroom that we will be using. Full joining instructions will be sent to you nearer the course start date.
From Ross - allow approximately 17 minutes
From Ledbury - allow approx 20 minutes
From Gloucester - allow approx 23 minutes
PLEASE NOTE - materials and threads aren't included; although you will receive a 10% discount from my online shop if you want to be your fabric from me. Your discount code will be sent to you via email after you have booked.

Who Am I To Be Teaching You This?

Hi! I’m Kim. I’m a mum to two teenagers, soon to be wife (second time around), a cat lover, love pottering in our garden and enjoy country walks on blustery autumn days and then sitting by the fire with tea and cake when we get home.

I’ve been sewing for well over 44 years and have always had a fascination and love for this amazing hobby, from my first faltering steps when I was aged 8 through to teaching now.

Sewing is such an enjoyable and addictive hobby and incredibly good for our mental health.  Once you have learned to use your sewing machine and sew, there are so many directions you can move to, depending on what you feel drawn to.  That could be making items for your home, or making clothes, going into quilting or perhaps trying your hand at bag-making.

I would LOVE for you to start sewing with confidence and find your new sewing community.

So, I now specialise in teaching complete beginners how to sew (including children) as well as beginners and those wanting to build their confidence in all aspects of patchwork and quilting.

If you want to learn to sew, then get yourself enrolled for my next course today. 

I promise you a fun filled, practical course where you'll be sewing confidently by the end of it - and with projects that you're proud of.

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I can’t WAIT to teach you how to sew confidently and with lots of fun. I’m on a mission to help fifty people this year get started with this wonderful hobby and find fun, joy and friendship. Will you be one of them?

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