Getting to Know a Sewing Machine


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Various dates and times available 
10am-12.30pm or 2pm-4.30pm
32 Bocking Street, London, E8 3FP
The workshop will take place in our shop just around the corner from Broadway Market. It's about 15 minutes walk from Bethnal Green tube station, 10 minutes from London Fields and Cambridge Heath overground stations.  


If you want to start sewing but have never used a sewing machine, this class is for you! In this half day course we will go over all the basics so you feel confident setting up a machine and sewing a variety of stitches and seams to start your first sewing project. Learning to use a sewing machine doesn’t need to be daunting and we will walk you through every step of the process. This is the perfect class to take before coming to our “Learn to Sew Clothes” class where you can put your machine practice into action to start making your own clothes! 


+ What are the parts of the sewing machine

+ How to thread a sewing machine 

+ What a bobbin is and how to wind one

+ How to sew a straight stitch and a zig zag stich (the two stitches needed to make most garments)

+ How to change the settings on your sewing machine to change the stitch length and needle position 

+ How to sew two pieces of fabric together

+ How to sew curves and corners

+ How to use your sewing machine to finish a seam

This is a practical class where we will have time to explore a sewing machine and practice different stitches. Students will leave with a selection of samples.


This class is suitable for absolute beginners! You don’t need to have ever used a sewing machine before, or might have sewed a while ago and want to remind yourself of the basic skills. If you'd like to take our Learn to Sew Clothes class but have never used a machine before then we recommend taking this workshop first. 


+ Use of our Pfaff Ambition 635 sewing machines in the classes. If you'd like to learn on your own machine then please do bring it along - please let us know the model in advance and bring your manual with you.

+ All tools and equipment

+ Drinks and sweet treats to keep you going throughout the class.


+ Nothing! We will provide fabric and thread for sewing the samples


The workshop will take place in our studio around the corner from Broadway Market. We have a dedicated workshop room at the back where you can sew in peace and still see the hustle and bustle of the shop. It's about 15 minutes walk from Bethnal Green tube station, 5 minutes from London Fields and Cambridge Heath Overground stations. The studio is at ground floor level with no steps. It is fully accessible and has a fully accessible toilet.


"It was so fun. A brilliant workshop with a very patient teacher! I would recommend!"


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