A good follow on to ‘Learn to Love your Sewing Machine’ and a thorough overview and introduction to home dressmaking on your own sewing machine. Make a simple a-line skirt with zip over four evening sessions and begin to develop further into your next project with focused guidance and support throughout. We will cover reading a commercial pattern, layout and cutting out your pattern on your chosen fabric, fit and measurements, seams and their finishing, zip insertion and hemming.
You should already be comfortable with your machine to include threading, tension, pedal control, reverse and forward stitch and zig-zagging.
You will provide the fabric (approximately 2metres of medium weight, non-stretch dressmaking fabric), a matching thread and 8″ closed-end ‘normal’ zip – with assistance throughout the buying process as required – but we will provide scissors, pins and tape measures as necessary. Do bring along your own, if you have them, though.
Bring along your sewing machine with handbook if possible. Extension leads will be provided but make sure you remember your pedal and power cable!
All machines must be annually PAT tested before being used in a public space: contact J Lydon’s on Sandridge Road to arrange for the test (£6 per machine) which will last for one year. If your machine has been out of use for a considerable time, I would suggest taking it for a service. I have regularly used Herts Sewing Machines on Victoria Street (services cost between £40 and £45 and take about a week to ten days to process). Please note we are not able to provide refunds for participants who arrive without a working sewing machine or PAT test certificate.
£150 for ten hours over four sessions, including commercial sewing pattern and unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits!
7.15pm – 9.45pm on four Wednesday evenings: 19 and 26 September [then one week break] 10 and 17 October
Currently 2 places available