Introduction to Sewing

Course overview

Want to start sewing with a machine but have no experience? Begin your journey and develop your skills with our range of sewing courses. 

After this course, you will be able to sew independently and optionally progress and develop your sewing skills further with our ‘Sewing Your First Garment’ course.

You will learn how to thread a sewing machine and master essential sewing techniques including sewing seams and hems and how to work with stable woven fabrics so that you can confidently sew independently.

This is a very practical hands-on course. By the end, you will have completed a coaster, pin cushion, simple tote bag and/or an apron project, depending on your speed and time.

You will need a basic sewing kit consisting of fabric scissors, small scissors, pins, thread, needles, tape measure, heat erasable pen (e.g. Frixion) and an un-picker.

You will be provided with 1.5 meters of Calico for your sewing project(s). This is a plain-woven textile made from unbleached and often not fully processed cotton. The cost is included in your fee.

This sewing course will give you the confidence to start basic machine sewing independently and be ready to take the next course ‘Sew Your First Garment’.

Vee Tanner is a professional costume maker and sewing teacher with over 35 years’ experience of designing and sewing an array of garments and costumes from competition ballroom dance dresses, wedding gowns, as well as everyday wear.

She leads the costume team at the Chiltern Open Air Museum making historical costumes for the Inhabited Houses Project, and has costumed many theatre productions for award winning Rickmansworth Players and leading theatre school, Italia Conti.

Vee founded Sew Bee Yourself, an online sewing club for budding dressmakers to improve their sewing skills and enjoys teaching adults sewing at various venues including Activate Learning’s Reading College.


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