Author Archive | Alison Warner

Setting Up A Sewing Machine

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top of sewing machine

module 2 – Winding Bobbins and Threading your Machine

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finger pointing at sewing machine needle

module 4 – Maintenance and Resources

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In this online course you can work through the modules and lessons at your own pace. Re-watch modules as needed and dip in and out of whenever you need a little reminder.

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Lampshades for everyone

Table lamp on side table with tea and plant

Make yourself a stunning no sew laminate lampshade, these are great for updating and changing your décor quickly and easily and once you’ve made one you will want to go home and make more! In this class we will show you how to achieve a professional finish using a laminate lampshade kit. you will get to make a 30cm round drum lampshade.

Skill level- Beginner

Topics we aim to cover

  • Measuring correctly
  • Cutting Accurately
  • Achieving a professional finish

What you will need to bring

Included in the cost of the class is the 30cm Drum lampshade kit

You will need 50cm of 140cm wide fabric, a lightweight  craft cotton works best for your first attempt. Please don’t bring any heavy weight upholstery fabrics. We don’t sell fabrics in our workshop but we do have a limited amount of remnants if you don’t have time to find anything.

Tutor

Aly Warner or Jenny Frazer

Sorry, we don't have any classes planned currently. To register your interest please email us at hello@bobbinsewingschool.com.

Stitch a House Portrait

Black and white stitched picture of buckle cottage

Using Free Motion Machine embroidery during this workshop you’ll learn all the different stages of making a house portrait and will walk away with your very own framed stitched portrait of your own house or favourite building. Why not make one as a special gift such as a wedding present a new home or special Birthday or indeed just for yourself. This course would be most suited to people who have done machine embroidery before (like our beginners workshop!)

All materials are included

We will require an image of your building to be e mailed to us one week prior to the class to allow initial preparation for the class, please send this to hello@bobbinsewingschool.com

Tutor Meg Harris

Sorry, we don't have any classes planned currently. To register your interest please email us at hello@bobbinsewingschool.com.

Jolly Deer Wall hanging

Fabric deer wall hanging

This cheery Deer is bound to make you smile, make one for your home in your own chosen fabric, use a lightweight furnishing, craft cotton corduroy or light wool he could look great in tweed. Make him with a red nose for the festive season. This is the perfect class if you enjoy or want to have ago at toy making. We provide a pattern and instructions for you to use again and again.

 

Skill level- Confident Beginner

The topics we aim to cover

Shaping and sewing in 3D

Hand finishing

What to bring to the class

50cm of your chosen fabric at least 115cm wide, thread to match

40cm x 40cm of contrast fabric for the antlers ( we have a box of fabrics you are welcome to sort through and use) or twigs look great as an alternative

Two buttons approx size of 20p for eyes and two for nose (we have jars of buttons you can look through)

We supply stuffing and felt for noses

We have sewing machines for you to use but if you would like to bring your own that’s fine

Maximum number on class -5

Tutor

Aly Warner

Date/Time ClassCostSpaces
05/12/2021
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Jolly Deer Wall hanging
Stable 2, The Vine, Stockbridge Hampshire
£50.00 2

Coco Dress or Top

Never sewn Knits before? then this is the perfect starter – Make your own Coco, the perfect Breton top or knit dress with multiple variations. Coco is easy fitting, with no zips, buttons or other fiddly bits. The perfect introduction to sewing knit fabrics on a regular sewing machine, We supply you with the pattern which includes user-friendly instructions so you can go away and make lots more

A year-round staple that’s so easy to wear, Coco makes a great spring marinière top, summer tunic, autumn funnel neck or cosy winter dress. Designed for low-stretch knit fabrics, the classic style features a boat neckline, choice of top or dress lengths, three quarter length or long sleeves, with side splits at the hips on the top version. Make it your own with optional sixties funnel roll neck, rolled cuffs and patch pockets.

Skill level- Confident Beginner /Intermediate

The topics we aim to cover

  • To teach you the skills you need when dealing with stretch knit and Jersey Fabrics
  • Learn what measurements you need to take
  • Cut out a commercial pattern
  • Read a pattern
  • Understand terms used
  • Cut your fabric correctly
  • Methods of putting your garment together
  • Tips on which seams to use and where
  • Correct pressing techniques
  • Professional finishing hints and tips

What to bring to the class

Fabric:
– Dress with funnel neck + cuffs – 2.3m x 150cm wide (2 1/2 yards x 60in) OR 3m x 115cm wide (3 1/4 yards x 45in)
– Plain dress – 2m (2¼ yards) x 150cm (60in) wide OR 2.7m (3 yards) x 115cm (45in) wide
– Top with funnel neck + cuffs – 1.8m (2 yards) x 150cm (60in) wide OR 2.7m (3 yards) x 115cm (45in) wide
– Plain top – 1.5m (1¾in yards) x 150cm (60in) wide OR 2.2m (2½ yards) x 115cm (45in) wide

If you prefer your Dress knee length please add 20cm to the total for wide fabric and 50cm for narrower fabric

  • Matching thread
  • Ribbon (30cm x 6-8mm wide) or stay tape
  • Stretch or ballpoint needle for your sewing machine

 

  • Matching thread
  • Ribbon (30cm x 6-8mm wide) or stay tape
  • Stretch or ballpoint needle for your sewing machine

 

  • Matching thread
  • Stretch or ballpoint needle for your sewing machine

We have sewing machines for you to use but if you would like to bring your own that’s fine

Maximum number on class -4

Tutor

Aly Warner

Sorry, we don't have any classes planned currently. To register your interest please email us at hello@bobbinsewingschool.com.

 

How to Use your Overlocker

The ever scary overlocker, if you own one and feel its missing its potential, bring it along to this class and we will spend some time discussing and practicing the different stitches and techniques available on your machine and then we will put them into practice and make a simple T shirt.

Class level – Intermediate, you will have sewn other easy to make garments and have good basic sewing knowledge. Have access to and be able to bring your own overlocker to the class along with the manual for the machine.

The topics we aim to cover are:

We aim to cover the points on the list below. Depending on how many questions you have, we may not get a chance to cover everything – please let us know if there is something specific you really want help with before you leave if we don’t cover it in the class.

We aim to teach you the skills you will need to improve your overlocker use. You will make an easy to wear Tshirt using your overlocker and samples that can be referred to in the future  All fabrics are included for the class

Specifically you will learn;

  • Overlocker techniques
  • Stitches and how to change them
  • Using stitch and tear interfacing
  • Attaching a continuous neck band
  • Working with different fabrics
  • The Overlocker rolled hem

What you need to bring to the class:

  • An Overlocker and any accessories you have
  • Your overlocker manual (important)

Maximum class size 4

Tutor

Aly Warner

Date/Time ClassCostSpaces
09/12/2021
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
How To Use an Overlocker
Stable 2, The Vine, Stockbridge Hampshire
£80.00 1

2 day Dressmaking

A photo of a dress on a taylor's dummyTwo days of dressmaking suitable for anyone that can use a sewing machine and wants to add to their wardrobe. Many commercial patterns have tricky to follow instructions and the best way to improve is to keep adding to and practising your sewing techniques. The class is small and allows your tutor plenty of time to give advice and show techniques that will help you gain a successful result. Choose a pattern according to your previous abilities, bare in mind this is a short course of only 12 hours so simple dresses, tops and bottoms would be best  .

Skill level- If you know how to use a sewing machine and have completed small craft projects and simple dressmaking you will be at a skill level to partake in this course. Please bare in mind your ability when choosing your pattern. As with all projects some take longer than others so you may wish to finish off at home.

AIMS OF THE COURSE

Read a pattern

Learn how alter a commercial pattern to your requirements

Understand terms used

Methods of putting your garment together

Tips on which seams to use and where

Correct pressing techniques

Professional finishing hints and tips

What to Bring to the class

You will need to bring a pattern of your choice, if possible please choose a multi size pattern. Commercial pattern sizing tends to work out smaller than dress sizes of ready made clothing so please check to ensure your basic measurements fall within the size range on the pattern.  (When measuring yourself for this, bring a tape measure around your waist, hips and bust and pull tightly enough to get an accurate measurement don’t add anything for ease.)

Fabrics – Please choose the fabric quantities as advised on your pattern envelope according to your size

All notions requested on your pattern

Tutor

Aly Warner

Sorry, we don't have any classes planned currently. To register your interest please email us at hello@bobbinsewingschool.com.

 

 

Festive Free Motion Embroidery

Free motion sewing a gingerbread man in fabricCome along and have fun throwing out the sewing rules, create beautifully quirky and unique gifts and decorations this Yuletide. Learn to Free motion Embroider or build on your skills learnt in earlier classes,  Make decorations or Christmas cards use a favourite images or thoughts and transfer them to fabric
Class level – Beginners and Improvers

The Topics we aim to cover are:

Thread sketching
FME &Applique
Stabilizing / hooping
Fabric choice and preparing your fabric
Thread choice
Needle choice
Transferring designs
Where to find inspiration
Creating backgrounds
Resolving issues

Create a card insert or Decorations or both time permitting

What will I need to Bring

Materials and tools are provided for this class

You will need to bring along some favourite images

Any trims and fabrics you may wish to incorporate into your projects

Tutor

Meg Harris

Sorry, we don't have any classes planned currently. To register your interest please email us at hello@bobbinsewingschool.com.

Cross Body Handbag

Spotty handbagIdeal for those who love accessories, Make a chic, pretty and practical cross body handbag that you will treasure.

No one will believe you made this bag yourself!

Level- A good set of sewing machine skills will be needed for this class but don’t let that put you off, we demonstrate the difficult bits.

The topics we aim to cover are:

use darts to create shape and depth to a bag
use foam stabiliser and interfacing to add structure and form to a bag
create and attach straps to hold D rings
add a magnetic snap fastener or turn clasp to secure the bag front flap
optional skill – insert a zipped pocket  

Materials needed:

50cm main fabric – if no pattern matching.
50 cm lining fabric this can be cotton or any other lightweight fabric 
matching threads
1 zip ( 8” or 9”) optional

If you wish to have a contrast pocket you need a piece of fabric approc 25cm wide by 20 long.

We provide the pattern designed by SpencerOgg  for you to keep , all the hardware and foam interlining and include a tan leather strap, D rings, swivel clips etc.

Tutor – Sue Bridger

Date/Time ClassCostSpaces
07/12/2021
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cross Body Handbag
Stable 2, The Vine, Stockbridge Hampshire
£85.00 1

Make your own Tote Handbag

Tote bag with cross body strapIdeal for newcomers and also those that have dabbled in bag making! This is a lovely bag designed by Sue @suebridgerbagsandworkshops.

Learn basic handbag construction methods and leave with a well finished, lined handbag and skills that you can apply to many different sewing projects. There are options for zip pockets and various handle choices.

Included in the cost of the class is a copy of the pattern and all the hardware and interfacings needed

Level -Basic knowledge of using a sewing machine is needed for this class.

The topics we aim to cover are:

  • Basic bag making techniques
  • The importance of interfacing/ stabilising in bag making
  • Creating a shaped bag base
  • Adding hardware to the bag
  • Ideas for making further bags using the pattern
  • Adding a magnetic popper closure to a handbag
  • Making zip pockets (optional)

Materials needed:

You will need to bring along

  • 50cm main outer fabric
  • 75cm lining fabric
  • Matching thread

Included in the class cost is a copy of the Pattern for you to keep, foam stabiliser and interfacing and a choice of Navy or black zips and webbing.

Tutor – Sue Bridger

Sorry, we don't have any classes planned currently. To register your interest please email us at hello@bobbinsewingschool.com.

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