Course Name

How to use a sewing machine

In brief

Learn how to use a sewing machine safely and proficiently and learn basic stitching techniques.

Course summary

Many people buy a sewing machine because they are passionate about making clothes, but then struggle to get the most out of their machine. This short training course is designed to help you master your sewing machine and understand a series of basic stitching techniques.

What you will learn on the course

  • How to choose the right sewing machine to suit your expertise and needs

  • How to set the machines into different types of stitches for sewing

  • How to operate machines to deliver the right stitches.

  • How to manipulate the machine to produce different types of finishing like sew round the corners, open and close stitches

  • Different types of sewing techniques

  • How to make darts 

  • How to make gathers and elastication

  • How to do finishing to the end of fabrics with different methods of hemming.

  • How to make button holes

  • How to attach buttons

  • How to insert  different types of zips

Who should attend

  • Young fashion students wanting to learn practical skills

  • Beginners wanting to learn basic sewing machine skills

  • Anyone who has bought, or is planning to buy a sewing machine

  • Enthusiast clothes-makers looking to refresh sewing machine​ best practice

Course Name

How to use a sewing machine



Course duration

10 hours course run over five 2-hour sessions.

When does the course operate

The course operates on Monday afternoon, from 4pm to 6pm. See our bookings page for the next start date.

Course fee

The course costs £150 per person

Link to book online

'How to use a sewing machine' course

General information

  • Students can choose to bring their own sewing machine or choose to use one of our own

  • Materials and threads will be provided but students can bring their own as required

  • Students must pre-book online

  • Fees are non-refundable although should students be unable to attend they should contact the school in advance and arrange to attend the course on a future date