Essential Skills A

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Maximum Class Size: 6

If you have completed our Introduction to Machine Sewing Part 1 class or if you can already use a sewing machine but want to develop your technical skills further, it's time for the next step. During this 3 hour session you will accomplish all the essential processes that you need to know in order to start making clothes. In class you will practise an array of techniques and produce a small scale garment from calico as well as a few separate test samples.

Level: This is a Beginner Plus class, you must have used a sewing machine before.

In this class you will learn the following techniques:

  • Lay and cut a pattern
  • Transferring pattern notations to the fabric
  • Notches, grain line and seam allowance
  • Straight darts
  • Insert an invisible zip
  • Finishing edges (zig zag and turned under)
  • Three types of pleats (box, inverted & knife)
  • Hemming

Mastering these essential skills will give you the confidence to start more advanced sewing projects and will give you a good foundation to begin making up garments using level 1 commercial dressmaking patterns. It will also give you the skill set needed to join our Introduction to Garment Making 6 week course or our Introduction to Sewing With Stretch 4 week course, both of which include options for men and women's patterns. 

Materials: Materials are provided. The sewing pattern and instructions on how to make the tote bag will also be available for you so you can continue making more at home!

Please bring with you: A sewing machine and scissors will be allocated to you. We also recommend you either bring with you, or purchase from Ray Stitch, small tools such as pins, a tape measure, unpicker, needles, and thread snips.

If you are under 16, you will need to bring a responsible adult with you who has also booked a place.

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.

Class Testimonials:

"I loved the Essential Skills class at Ray Stitch! The class size was small, so we got lots of one-on-one tuition and attention, and it was really satisfying to make a miniature skirt. I'm looking forward to making a full-sized version now!" - Kayla

“Very clear and easy to digest!” - Oliver

“I absolutely love the courses at Ray Stitch, I have learned so much and instructions are very clear” - Margaret

“I attended Introduction to Machine Sewing in the morning then The Essential Skills 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


What Next? 

The skills learnt in this course provide a perfect jump board to join our Introduction to Garment Making Course. If you enjoyed focussing on skills based learning we offer follow on Part B and Part C Essential Skills classes. 



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