A few weeks back I attended a beginners sewing class by The Creative Sewing Studio in Bermondsey, South London. I already had previous sewing experience as I studied textiles GCSE in school, but that was about a decade ago and I wanted to brush up on my sewing skills.
The studio itself is tucked away inside the former biscuit factory in Bermondsey. There were about 10 participants and one teacher.
We learnt a few basics, beginning by sewing straight lines in paper and then curved/zig zag lines. I forgot how hard it was to sew straight!
After a short break, we practiced sewing stitches using the guides on the machine and sewing simple seams and neatening seam edges.
We also covered several different types of hemming, which is very handy to learn but takes some practise.
At the end we had to try out sewing a dart. Darts allow you to take in a small amount of fabric to accentuate curves, providing a close fit. Again, something which I need to practise a bit more.
It was a great refresher session for me and the three hours flew by so fast. To be honest, I forgot how difficult it would be and I will be practising lots on my sewing machine with scraps of fabric before I touch any clothes. The class was handy as I’ve made some chair covers recently and hoping to make some cushion covers soon.
My top tip: you can find good sewing machine class deals on discount websites.