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Introducing our new beginner sewing class

By Sewn Sustainably, Nov 15 2016 03:18PM

We've just launched our new beginner's sewing classes, which will take place in Cambridge at Parkside Community College starting 30th November. But if you're wondering what's involved and if the class is for you, read on.

Sewing is a fantastic skill and hobby to learn. Knowing how to use a sewing machine to mend and make clothes gives you unlimited scope to not only make clothes that you love, but also clothes that fit you. With experience (and patience) building up your sewing skills means you'll gradually learn how to make clothes that fit and suit your body shape - something that clothes from a shop often do not do. What's more, your new sewing skills will help you make other craft projects from home decor to children's toys.

Our beginner's sewing class is split across two evenings. On the first evening, you'll learn how to use a sewing machine including threading, understanding tension and basic machine stitches. We'll then show you how to make a small drawstring toiletry bag, which is the perfect alternative to Christmas paper. You can fill this bag with handcreams, soaps or any other small gift for a special loved one. It will look great under the Christmas tree!

Although sewing takes time and experience, once you learn how to use a sewing machine with confidence you are not limited to simple projects. You will be able to make an easy, yet classic skirt by using straight machine stitches and easy-to-use fabrics such as cotton. Keeping your first garments as simple as possible will mean you'll build up your confidence and achieve well-made projects that won't deter you. Our beginner's class uses a great sewing pattern from Kwik Sew, which is versatile and great for any season. This pattern can be made using a lightweight cotton for the summer or a mid-weight cotton such as chambray or light denim for wintery months. It's the perfect skirt for busy mums on the go - as it features a smooth front waistband, yet is cleverly elasticated at the back so you can just pull the skirt on and go!

During our class we will walk you through every step of using and understanding your first sewing pattern. The Kwik Sew K3794 pattern is designed especially for beginners, and we will help you to learn and understand pattern markings and instructions specifically for sewing. You'll also learn how to finish your skirt seams, hems and make your first waistband.

If sewing clothes doesn't immediately appeal to you, why not use your new skills to make projects for the home or as gifts? As soon as you feel confident at using a sewing machine it's easy to sew a cushion cover and you don't even need to know how to insert and sew a zipper. A simple envelope cushion cover only requires some basic stitching and an iron! We teach this in our private beginner's class at our workshop in Cambridge (all details on our site). Once you've mastered stitching basic squares and rectangles, you could then graduate to sewing lots of squares and rectangles and dip your toe in beginner's quilting. A small patchwork cushion cover, table runner or baby's blanket would make lovely gifts, especially with Christmas just around the corner.

The sheer joy of being able to make something for yourself or others is incredibly rewarding. You'll soon get the sewing bug and be dreaming of what you're going to make next. Our beginner's class will ensure you have the skills to get sewing. Our next class takes place on Wednesday 30th November and 7th December from 6.30 - 9.30pm at Parkside Community College - free parking for Sewn Sustainably students. There are limited places so register asap to avoid disappointment.

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