These six workshops are set up specifically for you; the new enthusiastic beginner sewist! You maybe were lucky enough to get a machine for your birthday and now you're really keen but want some help to get started properly. Some of you will have been inspired by the t.v show 'The Great British Sewing Bee'. It might be the first time that you've got your machine out of the loft/box/aunty's house and you're keen to learn how to use it. We'll get your machine set up and threaded and talk about what the different parts of a machine do and have a practise on those things. We'll start with straight stitching and deal with any issues which arise such as tension or bobbin related things. We'll also practise using some of the feet you have with your machine. As we go through the different sessions, you'll make pincushions and cushion covers using different sewing techniques including zips, buttonholes. frills and patchwork.
Please bring along your sewing machine and basic tools such as spare universal needles for your machine, scissors, thread and the fabric that you'd like to use. I do have some for sale though, if you don't get time. Take it easy; sewing is meant to be enjoyable! I wouldn't advise getting any lovely fabric for your first attempts; perhaps get some polycotton or use up old sheets, clothing etc. I have lots of offcuts if you want to start with those, until you feel more confident.
After these initial six sessions, you may want to go on to try things like seat pad covers, bunting or wall hangings. We'll see what takes your fancy towards the end of the sessions and then get those booked in for the next term. You may also want to start doing some of the other workshops I offer. Ask for the workshop schedule to see what's available.
You can pay per session or contact me if you're interested in having a discount for booking yourself onto all 6 sessions upfront.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is a bus stop almost right outside the studio on Southworth Road and Arriva buses run regularly on the route.
There is a car park next to the building. Stitchscape takes no responsibility for your vehicle whilst parked there. You enter the building from Southworth Road, through the front door. Press the number 2 button next to the door and the door will be opened for you.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, I will have a record of who is attending each event or you could show me your Eventbrite ticket on your phone.
What is the refund policy?
All refunds are discretionary, unless the event is cancelled by Stitchscape. No refunds though will be given unless a minimum of seven days notice is provided. The tutor's time is non refundable and this needs to be considered.
Are refreshments provided?
Yes indeed; tea/coffee and soft drinks and biscuits/sweets are provided. Any particular requirements with speciality teas and milk will need to be provided by you though. There is a small kitchen across the hall from the studio, so very convenient for when you're feeling parched after a heavy batch of stitching. You could keep any sandwiches/snacks in the fridge too. If you come to a full day event, Trebaron garden centre has a large cafe and is just across the road.
Do you provide sewing machines?
You need to provide your own sewing machine. This is the best way, as each machine has it's own quirky ways and knowing your own machine, helps your sewing skills along quite alot. I do suggest getting your machine serviced regularly by a professional such as R.Bullock & sons in Wigan. If your machine has been left dormant for long periods, allsorts of problems can arise. Please also bring your own fabric, pins and any tools you need for the project you're completing. There are rulers, cutting mats, rotary cutters, scissors and basic haberdashery available but if you bring your own, you won't have to wait at all. There is also a Sizzix Big Shot machine with some Bigz dies if you need to use that for doing applique or patchwork cutting. I also have a Cricut die cutting machine which has endless possibilities for cutting shapes out of cotton if required - this needs to be arranged beforehand.
Is Wi-fi available?
Yes. This is perfect for watching any Youtube videos together or for putting our own tutorial videos onto Youtube or the website. It also means that you can stay in touch with everyone, whilst you spend hours stitching at the studio. You can also snap a photo of your latest creation and get it 'out there' onto social media networks immediately, so everyone can praise your skills.