Introduction to Machine Sewing Part 1 - Make a Bag or a Cushion

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Maximum Class Size: 6

If you have never used a sewing machine before or you’re feeling a bit rusty, this is the class for you. We will familiarise you with the machine itself and teach you all the basic skills of machine sewing to give to the confidence to start simple projects on your own.

In this class you will cover the following techniques:

  • Thread up your machine
  • Wind on a bobbin
  • Understand stitch tension, length and width
  • Sew straight lines, corners and curves using a seam allowance
  • Cut from a pattern template
  • The art of pressing
  • Hemming

In this three hour introductory workshop you will make either a Tote Bag or an Envelope Cushion (see date listing) using lovely Ray Stitch fabric - your first sewn item to keep and use forever! Once you have mastered these basic sewing skills you will be ready to enrol onto our Essential Skills (Part A) class where you can learn further techniques towards making your own clothes.

Materials: All tools and materials are provided in class. The sewing pattern and instructions will also be available for you so you can continue making more at home!

If you are under 16, you will need to bring a responsible adult with you who has also booked a place. Please email prior to booking for advice on suitable times and sessions. 

If you would like to learn to sew on your own machine, please get in touch so that we can notify the teacher. Please note we can only accept machines that are less than 10 years old.

Booking a class at Ray Stitch entitles you to 10% off everything in-store for one week where our team are happy to help and advise on fabric.


“I attended Introduction to Machine Sewing in the morning then The Next Step in the afternoon and time passed very quickly, both teachers were very helpful and instructions were easy to follow, will definitely book another class” - Milly

“A really great introduction class, will be back for the follow up class!” - Sian

“An excellent introduction to sewing on a machine. We covered so much in such a short period of time and great to have made something to take home” - Laura

Please take a moment to read our cancellation policies here before booking.