Get to grips with using a sewing machine and develop your sewing skills with this 5 week beginners sewing course! This course will introduce you to using a sewing machine, from winding a bobbin, threading it up and how to sew beautiful seams. We will then make 5 fantastic, beginners friendly, projects, each building & developing new sewing techniques.

Perfect for those who have never used a sewing machine before,  or have taken the Sewing Taster Workshop and want to develop their skills, or those that used a sewing machine years ago but would like a refresher.

All fabric and notions are included in the course – no need to bring anything!
See below for more details about the projects you will be making.

2024 workshop dates:


Tuesday evenings 6.30 – 9pm
Starting 28th May


book your preferred date & time

If the class has sold out (the black box will say ‘Read More’ when sold out), or the dates don’t suit, you can join the waiting list. Be one of the first to hear when new dates for this class are added to the website, or if there has been a cancellation.

Have you recently got a sewing machine or been thinking about purchasing one? Perhaps you’ve got a machine gathering dust in the roof space somewhere but just don’t know where to begin. Our Beginners Sewing Course is the perfect way to get started. We’ll get you feeling comfortable will your machine, learning the basics and stitching up some great beginner projects to built your confidence and learn new techniques. Once you’ve completed this course, you could go on to complete our Beginners Dressmaking Course or take one of our other classes such as curtain making or quilting.

Each week we will work on a new project, each introducing a new technique, and build up your sewing skills. See below for the weekly schedule.


week 1 – Introduction to the sewing machine & make a drawstring bag

What are all those buttons, dials and levers on the sewing machine? How do you correctly wind a bobbin? How on earth can I saw a straight line? We will tackle all of this, and more, in our first class.

Once you have been properly introduced to your machine (or one of the studio machines) and had a practice, we will move onto making a very practical drawstring bag. You will learn how to sew a beautifully straight seam, finish off seam allowances, make a channel for your drawstring as well as a great trick for getting that drawstring in (without using an annoying safety pin that keeps coming undone halfway around!!).

This pattern can be scaled up (laundry bag? shoe bag? gym bag?) or down (jewellery bag? EarPods bag?) to your heart’s desire. Perfect for gifting too!

week 2 – BUNTING

In week two we will learn how to make our own lux bunting! I say lux, because each ‘flag’ is double-sided, with all raw edges enclosed and finished off with beautiful co-ordinating cotton webbing. You will learn how to pivot around corners neatly, without skipping stitches, how to clip your corners and seams for neat insides, how to self-line bunting flags and how to successfully string them together with cotton webbing.

week 3 – Zipped cushion

The project I am sure we ALL want to learn – how to make a cushion cover with a zip closure! In this class we will tackle putting in a centred zip, and making a beautiful cushion cover for your home. Not as tricky as you might think. You will be wanting to make a million cushion covers after this!

week 4 – Lined zip pouch

We take things up a notch in our penultimate week with a tricker project. But don’t worry, you will have developed the skills necessary by the time we get to this project. A gorgeous, fully lined and slightly padded zip pouch. Perfect for toiletries, make-up, art supplies, you name it.

week 5 – Lined Tote Bag

Such a useful item – and because we will be lining it, so durable, hard wearing and long-lasting! Learn how to fully line a gorgeous tote bag and how to make straps, plus add decorative topstitching. You will be gifting all your friends with these tote bags next Christmas I am sure!


Level 0
(click for details of our class levels – this class is suitable for absolute beginners)

This class is suitable for ages 13 and up! If you are booking for a teen who is perhaps a bit nervous to come on their own, they are welcome to bring a chaperone (please do let me know in advance so I can keep an eye on numbers). Or even better, why not book a spot for you to learn along with them!


  • Use of a sewing machine (if not bringing your own) and all sewing tools, including threads, needles, scissors etc.
  • Fabric, notions and equipment for each project, including zips and interfacing (don’t worry, you will learn what that is!)
  • Tea/coffee and something sweet


  • You may prefer to bring fabric in for your cushion cover, so that it matches your home decor. I will provide details of this during the first class.
  • You are welcome to bring your own sewing machine to work on if you would like. Please get in touch with me before the class to let me know the make & model & I can let you know if it is suitable.


Held in the lovely, bright and spacious Threadquarters studio! 49 Main Street, Bangor, NI. Located on the first floor.

Please click here for more details on the location and parking options.

PLEASE NOTE: The class requires a minimum of two people to go ahead.

Please check Terms & Conditions for cancellation policies.