Sewing School – 5 week dressmaking course – February & March 2020 start dates

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Happy Friyay!

You’ve made it to the weekend! I’m proud of you! It’s not easy during this dark time of year!

Have you been waiting patiently for the next half term of Sewing School dates to be announced?

I’ve got good news for you! Sewing School February & March start dates are now LIVE & ready to book!

Sewing School (5 week dressmaking course)

Monday Evenings 6-8.30pm – Starts Monday 24th February – Book Here
Sunday Evenings 5-7.30pm – Starts Sunday 1st March –
Book Here
Tuesday Mornings – 10am-12.30 – Starts Tuesday 3rd March – Book Here

Book Sewing School courses here

If you have any questions, please ask.

I hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

What are you doing for the rest of the decade?! There’s not long left!

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Hi Lovely,

I know that it sounds dramatic… “The end of the Decade!”, but I don’t think that it had hit me until today that is what it actually will be in 18 days time!

When I think about how different my life was as this decade was beginning, I’m very grateful for all the experiences and people that the last 10 years has given me and to be going into the next decade doing a job I love and helping to inspire others with sewing and helping them to increase their dressmaking skills.

However there is still time in this decade to squeeze in a bit of learning to sew with me!

Thursday 12th December – 6.30-9pm
Christmas Stockings at Meadowhall

Book Christmas Stockings Workshop Here – £35

Saturday 14th December 10am-12.30
Zipped Make-up Pouch at StraightCurves in Chesterfield

Also at StraightCurves there are a couple of Sew Surgery sessions before Christmas.
These are informal tutor supported 3 hour sessions for you to bring along your project and get the extra guidance you need.

  • Friday 13th December – 6-9pm
  • Wednesday 18th December – 6-9pm

Book Sew Surgeries Here – £25

 

Even though we all know how hectic the Christmas period can be, I’m available throughout the holidays for 1:1 lessons at a time to suit you.

🧵 If you’ve got a brand new sewing machine or overlocker, you can book in a session to get you stitching with confidence on it.

✂️ If you need a place of calm in the Christmas chaos, you can find that in my sewing studio and get my support and tuition for your project for an hour or two.

🧵Or if your looking for longer term 1:1 tuition to help you acheive your dressmaking goals, you can book for a free 30 minute consultation to chat with me about what you would like to acheive.

Prices
1 hour – £30
2 hours – £55
10 hours – £250 (usually 5 x 2 hour lessons – payable in full at the first lesson)

Book One to One Lessons Here

 

However you’re spending the rest of the decade, I wish you happiness.

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

PS. Gift Vouchers are available HERE

Even when life gets busy; there’s still time for a little bit of sewing!

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Coming up over the next few weeks…

Hi Lovely,

I know, I know this is the time of year when things start to get a little busy! There’s always so much more that we find we “need” to do!

Gary and I are hoping to be moving house before Christmas, so I imagine we’ll feel it more than ever this year, but we haven’t really thought about Christmas yet! For the past few years within my family we have given handmade Christmas gifts, which takes a little more thought and planning. Uh-oh! Better get on with that!!

(Don’t worry, even though we are moving my business will not be affected by this move.)

I know that come the big day, everything will get done that needs to be done even if that means that things slide off the bottom of my to-do list!

Don’t forget to fit in some time for some of the things that you want to do too! A few hours stolen away to do some sewing perhaps?

There’s lots of one day and shorter workshops coming up over the next few weeks…
Saturday Workshops in November

Saturday 23rd November – Friday Pattern Co Adrienne Blouse in Bawtry

This jersey top from Friday Pattern Company is a great first project using jersey and it’s perfect for layering under pinafores or looks great thrown on with jeans. I love mine so much, that I already plan to make another couple.

Saturday 30th November – Paper Theory LB Pullover – at Oh Sew Sweet at the Hut in Wombwell

I love the casual elegance of this top, I feel equally chic lounging at home wearing it with a pair of yoga pants or out and about teamed with a pair of skinny jeans.
It can be made in a woven fabric, like mine (I used linen) or in a low stretch knitted or jersey fabric.

 

If committing a full day to sewing is a bridge too far then there’s also some 3 hour classes coming up in November & December all for you to sew your own project or finish what you’ve started.

Learn to Sew Your Own Project (3 hour sessions) in Bawtry

  • Tuesday 19th November – 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Sunday 24th November – 5-8pm
  • Tuesday 26th November – 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Sunday 1st December – 5-8pm
  • Tuesday 3rd December – 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Tuesday 10th December – 9.30am-12.30pm

Book Learn to Sew Your Own Project – 3 hour sessions at Bawtry Here

Sew Surgery (3 hour sessions) at StraightCurves in Chesterfield

  • Wednesday 20th November – 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 20th November – 6-9pm
  • Wednesday 27th November – 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 27th November – 6-9pm
  • Wednesday 4th December – 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 4th December – 6-9pm
  • Wednesday 11th December – 1-4pm
  • Friday 13th December – 6-9pm
  • Wednesday 18th December 6-9pm

Book Sew Surgery – 3 hour sessions at StraightCurves in Chesterfield Here

Sewing Time (3 hour session) at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell

Monday 9th December – 12noon-3pm

Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book your place on Sewing Time

And if you’re ready to get in a really Christmassy mood, I’m hosting another Meadowhall Session where you can create your own personalised Christmas Stocking on Thursday 12th December (6.30-9pm).

These sessions are held in the mall in Meadowhall and give you the chance to try something new and creative.

All materials are included for this workshop, so top off an afternoon’s Christmas shopping in Meadowhall with a festive stocking making workshop.

Book Here

 

Book Learn to Sew Christmas Stockings Workshop at Meadowhall Here

 

Hope this has given you some inspiration to steal away some time for you during the build up to this festive season.

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

PS. Gift Vouchers are available to purchase here.

Coming up over the Summer 2019 – Learn to Sew Dressmaking

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Hi Lovely,

I hope you’re enjoying the summer so far? Now the school holidays are nearly upon us, it’s a great time to think about your own learning.
My timetable of term time teaching eases off in summer, which means that I have time to offer something a little bit different than usual and can fit in more one to one students.

Let me tell you about what’s coming up…

Sewing School

Sunday Evenings (5 week dressmaking course) 5-8pm
Starting Sunday 21st July – Book Here

Summer Sewing School (5 day dressmaking course) Monday-Friday
Monday 29th July – Friday 2nd August

Afternoon 1-4pm – Book Here

Evening 6-9pm – Book Here

Sewing school is my most popular course, it caters to all skill levels from complete beginners (never touched a sewing machine before) to more experienced dressmakers, who want to develop their skills further.
Class sizes are small (max 3 students) to ensure that you get the tutor time that you need.

You can choose from the learning areas listed below or you can choose your own and develop the dressmaking skills you want.

  • Measure yourself correctly
  • Select the right size for you
  • Read and understand the pattern
  • Pick the right fabric for your project
  • Sewing machine basics
  • Sew and finish different types of seams
  • Cut your paper pattern
  • Arrange your pattern to cut your fabric correctly
  • Pin and cut out your fabric
  • Stripe, check or pattern matching
  • Transfer pattern markings to your fabric
  • Pattern adjustments
  • Full or small bust adjustment
  • Garment construction
  • Understand the importance of interfacing, stay stitching, pressing and understitching
  • Make minor adjustments to the fit
  • Making a toile and making pattern alterations
  • Zip techniques & samples
  • Hemming techniques & samples
  • Hem your garment
  • Finishing off
  • Hand finishing
  • Sewing buttonholes
  • Jersey skills
  • Overlocker basics

You can join Sewing School using the links above for £129.

 

Young Dressmaking at StraightCurves in Chesterfield

Perfect for the young fashionista (11-16) in your life! Make a jumpsuit, dress or playsuit.
Monday 5th – Friday 9th August 4-5.30pm

Here’s what the students made last time…

Book a place on Kid’s Dressmaking at StraightCurves Here

 

There are two opportunities for Learn to Sew Your Own Project Workshops in Bawtry over the summer:

Saturday 20th July 10am-4pm
Saturday 17th August 10am-4pm

Bring along whatever you’re working on and get my expert tuition to help you progress.

Book a Learn to Sew your Own Project Workshop Here

 

You might have seen Solomon and his toile of his dress on Facebook. He designed and pattern drafted the dress from scratch in one to one lessons with me. Solomon is planning to study textiles in September and has been having lessons with me to increase his knowledge and skills.

If you would like to chat with me about how I can help you increase your knowledge and skills in one to one lessons, you can book a free 30 minute consultation with me by clicking on the link below.
If you’re just starting with a new Sewing Machine or Overlocker and need some help getting to grips with it, you can book a “Get to Know Your Sewing Machine (or Overlocker)” lesson with me to help you get the most out of it.

The last Tuesday Sewcial until September has already happened, but it will be back on Tuesday 3rd September 6-8pm.

Please get in touch if you have any comments, questions or suggestions, it’s always good to hear from you.

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

February Dressmaking Courses & Workshops in Bawtry, Chesterfield & Barnsley

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Hi lovely,

I hope the start of the year has been kind to you and you are enjoying all the fresh challenges that a new year brings.

If learning a new skill, namely dressmaking, was one of your 2019 goals, but you’re not sure where to start I’ve got lots of fabulous options coming up in February for you.

Happening in Bawtry, Doncaster:

Tuesday Sewcial – Every Tuesday 6-8pm in Bawtry, untutored social sewing. Join my Facebook Group Here to find out more.

Learn to Sew Sew House Seven Tea House Dress or Top – Saturday 16th February 10am-3.30pm

i made this... sew house seven tea house dress

Book Here

Learn to Sew Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dress Workshop – Saturday 16th February – 10am-3.30pm – Beginner’s Workshop

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Book Here

Learn to Sew Your Own Project Workshop – Saturday 16th February – 10am-3.30pm

You provide the pattern, fabric and other bits & bobs required (to the pattern specification), I’ll provide the advice, guidance, sewing machines, tools & biscuits and together we’ll get you going on your very own project of choice.

Book Here

Winter Sewing School (5 day dressmaking course) – Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February, 1-4pm

*** Only one place remaining ***

Winter Sewing School is the dressmaking course for you, whether you are a novice ready to take the first steps into making clothes or you are more experienced and want to upskill your dressmaking and get a better fit and a better finish.

Small class sizes (max 3) ensure that you get the individualised support and tuition that you need.

Book Here

 

At StraightCurves in Chesterfield:

Sew Surgery – Dressmaking

Not ready to fly solo with your dressmaking?

Join the Sew Surgery for a fully tutor supported group session and work on a garment of your choice. This is a relaxed session where you can come in with your own projects to take advantage of our big tables, sewing machines and overlockers with your tutor on hand at all times.

  • Wednesday 6th February – 12.30-3.30pm
  • Friday 15th February – 6-9pm

Book Here

Family Simple Skirt Workshop – Saturday 9th February – 10am-1pm

I made this... Simple skirt

Book Here

Kimono Jacket – Saturday 9th February – 2-5pm

I made this... Kimono Jacket one size

Book Here

Beginner’s Dressmaking – Part 2 (5 week dressmaking course) – Starts Friday 1st March, 6.30-9pm

Following on from Beginner’s Dressmaking (part one), continue your journey into making fabulous wearable clothes that you’ll love! This course allows you to develop, practice and increase your confidence to make beautiful clothes that actually fit you in the fabrics you love. It is the perfect way to continue to indulge your dressmaking habit and develop it into an addiction.

Repeat this course as many times as you like, your skills will grow and you will become a more confident and skilled dressmaker.

Book here

 

 

At Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell, Barnsley:

Sewing Time Dressmaking – Monday 11th February – 12-3pm

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Click Here for more info

Call Lorrayne or Bev at Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book your place.

 

Sew to Grow Stella Skirt Workshop – Saturday 23rd February – 10am-3.30pm

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Over the next few months I’ll be hosting a range of workshops at Oh Sew Sweet at The Hut in Wombwell to help you build a capsule wardrobe collection of me made clothes from a range of Sew To Grow Patterns.

Sew to Grow patterns are designed to help you get great fitting me-made clothes that will build your body confidence as well as your sewing confidence with the Fit to Flatter pattern adaption techniques that will help you understand your body shape better and how to adapt patterns to fit.

Click here for more info.

Call Lorrayne or Bev at Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book your place.

 

There’s lots there to keep you busy, but if what you want to learn isn’t covered here, you can book a free 30 minute consultation to chat about how I can help you learn on a one to one basis.

Book your 30 minute consultation here.

As always, please get in touch if you have any questions or want to know more.

Hope to see you sewing soon,

Alison xx

 

 

November Learn to Sew Workshops & Courses in Bawtry, Doncaster, Wombwell, Barnsley & Chesterfield

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Want to know how you can get your sew on this month? Check out the details of everything that’s happening below.

Beginner’s Dressmaking (Part 2) – 5 week course at StraightCurves in Chesterfield – £110
Daytime course starts: Wednesday 7th November, 9.30am-12noon
Evening course starts: Friday 9th November, 6.30-9pm

Following on from Beginner’s Dressmaking (part one), continue your journey into making fabulous wearable clothes that you’ll love! This course allows you to develop, practice and increase your confidence to make beautiful clothes that actually fit you in the fabrics you love. It is the perfect way to continue to indulge your dressmaking habit and develop it into an addiction.

Click for more info & booking for Beginner’s Dressmaking – Part 2

Learn to Sew Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt
Saturday 10th November – 10am-3.30pm in Bawtry (Venue TBC) – £55

Bring along your overlocker and make the sweatshirt almost entirely on your overlocker or use one of my Janome 525s sewing machines to make it on a regular machine.

The Linden Sweatshirt gives a modern update to the classic sweatshirt. Featuring a relaxed fit, raglan sleeves, and a graceful slightly scooped neckline, this sweatshirt is perfect for autumn layering.

Click for more info & to book Linden Sweatshirt Workshop

Learn to Sew Jersey Swing Dress
Saturday 17th November – 10am-3.30pm in Bawtry (Venue TBC) – £55

I made mine as a Christmas dress, but you don’t have to, you can use whatever medium weight jersey you choose. It is ideal to wear at the office or on a weekend dependent on the fabric used and how you style your swing dress.

Click for more info & to book Jersey Swing Dress Workshop

Mastering Your Overlocker – 1:1 Tuition
Sunday 18th November – Bookable 1 hour timeslots at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell – £30

This session unravels the mystery of threading the machine, stitch length, tension control, use of different needles, care and maintainence and troubleshooting!
Learn to love your overlocker rather than have it gathering dust because the thought of re-threading it terrifies you!

Call Lorrayne or Bev at Oh Sew Sweet to book your place on 01226 805955.

Click here for more info on Mastering Your Overlocker

Learn to Sew Christmas Shift Dress
Saturday 24th November – 10am-4pm at Oh Sew Sweet, Wombwell – £45 (+ £10 for the pattern)

Join us at the favourite workshop to Learn to Sew a Shift Dress but with a Christmas twist!
Make it in a sparkly, slinky or glam fabric to be your go to dress for the party season or in some Christmas themed fabric to be a pretty cute alternative to the ugly Christmas Jumper.

Call Lorrayne or Bev at Oh Sew Sweet to book your place on 01226 805955.

Click for more info on Christmas Shift Dress

Learn to Sew Handi Bag Handbag
Sunday 25th November – 4-7pm at my Home Sewing Studio in Bawtry – £28

You will walk away with your fabulous made by you bag, something that you can be proud that you made yourself. Perfect for a gift or lovely just to treat yourself. This useful bag has multiple interior pockets for all your handbag essentials.

Click for more info & to book Handi Bag Handbag Workshop

Mastering Zips
Wednesday 28th November – 12.30-3pm at StraightCurves in Chesterfield – £30

Never worry about inserting a zip again when you learn how to insert not one but two different types of zips in this short workshop with Alison. Remove your fear of sewing zips, learn tips & techniques to make inserting zips easy allowing you to choose that sewing pattern you love with a zip!

Click here for more info & to book Mastering Zips

Learn to Sew Your Own Project Workshops
Saturday 10th November – 10am-3.30pm in Bawtry (Venuue TBC) – £45
Saturday 17th November – 10am-3.30pm in Bawtry (Venuue TBC) – £45

You provide the pattern, fabric and other bits & bobs required (to the pattern specification), I’ll provide the advice, guidance, sewing machines, tools & biscuits and together we’ll get you going on your very own project of choice. Find your happy place in the sewing room for £45 for the day.

Click here for more info & to Book Sew Your Own Project Workshops

Sewing Time with Alison at Oh Sew Sweet
Monday 12th November – 12noon-3pm at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell – £20

This regular dressmaking class runs on the 2nd Monday of each month, bring whatever you’re working on and get my expert help and advice.

Call Lorrayne or Bev at Oh Sew Sweet to book your place on 01226 805955.

Click here for more info on Sewing Time with Alison at Oh Sew Sweet

Freestyle Dressmaking at Oh Sew Sweet
Wednesday 14th November – 5-8pm at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell – £20
Wednesday 28th November – 5-8pm at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell – £20

You may have already started a project and have found yourself a bit stuck or you just need that extra bit of motivation to finish a pile of UFOs (Unfinished Objects). Come along and get the help & advice you need.

Call Lorrayne or Bev at Oh Sew Sweet to book your place on 01226 805955.

Sew Surgery – Dressmaking
Friday 16th November – 1-4pm at StraightCurves in Chesterfield – £20
Wednesday 21st November – 6.30-9.30pm at StraightCurves in Chesterfield – £20

Not ready to fly solo with your dressmaking?

Join the Sew Surgery for a fully tutor supported group session and work on a garment of your choice. This is a relaxed session where you can come in with your own projects to take advantage of our big tables, sewing machines and overlockers with your tutor on hand at all times.

Click for more info & to book Sew Surgery at StraightCurves

Tuesday Sewcial
Every Tuesday – 6-8pm at my Home Sewing Studio in Bawtry – £5

If you want to sew and chat and drink tea with others who love to sew, this untaught session is for you. All you need to do is email me alisonrgreer@hotmail.com to let me know that you’re coming.

There’s a lot happening this month and hopefully there’s something for everyone, but don’t forget there are always private lessons available too. (Click here to see the 1:1 options)

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

Workshops in July 2018

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Hi Lovely,

Wow! How did it get to be July already and I haven’t been in touch to let you know all the fabulous things that are happening!

Well here goes…

Mastering Zips
Wednesday 4th July – 12.30-3pm – StraightCurves, Chesterfield – £30

Learn to insert zips with ease. Get the tips & techniques that will take the fear factor from using zips.

Zip Techniques

Book Mastering Zips here

Learn to Sew Sew Different Tulip Dress
Saturday 7th July – 10am-3.30pm – Bawtry – £55

Make this popular dress, ideal for summer, works well dressed up or casual

I made this... Sew Different Tulip Dress - Jennifer & Jayne

Book Tulip Dress Workshop Here

Learn to Sew Your Own Project Workshop
Saturday 7th July – 10am-3.30pm – Bawtry – £45
This will be running alongside the Tulip Dress workshop and it’s your opportunity to get creative, working on your own project and get some expert help from me.

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Learn to Sew Lorrayne’s Tunic Workshop
Monday 9th July – 10am-4pm – Oh Sew Sweet, Wombwell – £45 (+ £10 for the pattern)
Make your very own version of this lovely easy to wear tunic. Customise yours with contrast panels or go for it all in one fabric.

I made this... Lorrayne's Tunic

Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book Lorrayne’s Tunic Workshop

Learn to Sew Chalk & Notch Farrah Blouse or Dress Workshop
Saturday 21st July – 10am-3.30pm – Bawtry – £55

This is my favourite top of the summer, so light and easy to wear and with the option to make a dress or to make a sleeveless version with a front frill. Relaxed enough to wear at the weekend but also work appropriate, it really is a versitile pattern.
This workshop is aimed at more advanced beginners, but don’t let that intimidate you or put you off, there are a few trickier techniques used in this pattern, but that is how you increase your skills.

I made this... Chalk & Notch Farrah Blouse tablecloth & ferns

Book Farrah Blouse or Dress Workshop Here

Learn to Sew Shift Dress Workshop
Saturday 28th July – 10am-4pm – Oh Sew Sweet, Wombwell – £45 (+ £10 for pattern)

This is my most popular workshop, create a simple shirt dress that you will love to wear. This is a perfect first garment for beginners but it’s also an opportunity for more advanced beginners to hone their skills.

Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book Shift Dress Workshop

If you’re in and around Chesterfield, I’m running weekly Sew Social’s every Wednesday at various times throughout July & August. Click here for more info.

And as usual the regular Tuesday Sewcial’s are running every Tuesday 6-8pm in Bawtry, just email alisonrgreer@hotmail.com if you would like further info on Tuesday Sewcial.

Hope to see you soon,
Alison xx

Get to know your Sewing Machine – Ten Top Tips

Have you got a new sewing machine? Have you had a machine for years but are still a bit intimidated by it? Do you sew regularly but are never fully confident of your stitching?

Whether you are a novice or are a bit more experienced, I have putt together ten top tips that will help you get to know your sewing machine better and make you a better sewer!

Ten Top Tips #1

Only turn the handwheel forwards.

Turning it in the opposite direction can cause your threads to get tangled and/or snap.

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Ten Top Tips #2

When putting your thread onto the machine always make sure the thread is coming off the spool in the right direction.

If on your machine, the spool lies flat then the thread should be coming from underneath. If your machine has upright spool pins, any writing on the spool should be the right way up.

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Ten Top Tips #3

Use the correct needle for your fabric.

The lower the number the finer the needle, and the finer the fabric, the finer the needle you should use.

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Ten Top Tips #4

Remove your thread from the machine, by unthreading your needle first and then cutting at the top near the spool and pulling from the bottom.

Whipping the thread out from the top can upset the tension discs.

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Ten Top Tips #5

Understand your machine dials – read your manual

  1. Tension
  2. Needle position/stitch width
  3. Stitch Selection
  4. Stitch Length

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Ten Top Tips #6

If you are having tension issues, thread the top and bottom in different colours so you can more clearly identify the issue.

If the thread is bunching up under your fabric it is an issue with your top threading.

If the thread is bunching up on the top of your fabric it is an issue with your bobbin.

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Ten Top Tips #7

Change your needle regularly – you will not sew well with a blunt needle.

It is recommended that you change your needle after 8 hours of sewing, but I tend to change it at the start of every new project.

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Ten Top Tips #8

Use the seam guides on the machine base to keep your sewing straight.

Your pattern should tell you what seam allowance to use, find the guideline that corresponds and keep the raw edges of the fabric level with this line.

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Ten Top Tips #9

Play about with the different stitches, so you know what your machine can do.

Consult the manual.

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Ten Top Tips #10

Find out what the different presser feet you have are for.

The only ones I ever use are:

  1. Regular presser foot
  2. Zip foot
  3. Invisible zip foot
  4. Automatic buttonhole foot

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If you want to get to know your sewing machine or overlocker better, for £30, you can book in for a private 1 hour get to know your sewing machine lesson at my home sewing studio in January. Just click here, pay & I will be in touch to book your date and time.

Alison xx

PS. If you want more tips and advice, inspiration and support, join my Facebook Group, Learning to Sew, here.

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January 2017 Workshops

I know everyone will be deep into the seasonal festivities at the minute, but I’m excited to let you all know about January’s upcoming workshops.

 

Sunday 8th January (10am-3.30pm) – Learn to Sew Lounge Pants – St Nicholas Church Hall, Bawtry (DN10 6JD)

This is a fantastic beginner’s workshop, you will walk away with your cosy made by you, for you Lounge Pants or Pyjama Bottoms, a unique garment that you can be proud that you made yourself. (Can be made for adults or kids.)

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£45 (materials not included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.

 

Wednesday 11th January (7-9pm) – Learn to Sew Bunting – Helm, Balby, Doncaster (DN4 8QN)

In this quirky class you’ll learn to sew pretty bunting. Perfect for a party or decorating your home. You’ll leave the class with new skills, some bunting & the instructions to make it again.

£25 (all materials included) – Click here for more info. Email Rachael at ayeup@backindonny.uk to book your place.

 

Saturday 14th January (10am-3.30pm) – Learn to Sew Kimono Jackets – The Hub, Retford (DN22 6PA)

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A favourite workshop, you will create a beautiful made by you, for you Kimono Jacket, a unique garment that you can be proud to wear.

£45 (materials not included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.

 

Saturday 21st January (10am-3.30pm) – Learn to Sew A-line Skirts – St John’s Church Hall, Swinton, Rotherham (DN10 6JD)

The workshop is suitable for beginners or those lacking in confidence or experience and I will guide you through the steps, so you will learn as you make. There is no better feeling than receiving a compliment on an outfit and being able to say that you made it yourself.

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£55 (all materials included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.

 

Saturday 28th  January (10am-3.30pm) – Learn to Sew Blouses – St Nicholas Church Hall, Bawtry (DN10 6JD)

A brand new workshop, sample photos to be released soon of this on trend blouse.

£45 (materials not included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.

 

Monday 30th January (9.30am-3pm) – Learn to Sew Shift Dresses – Austerfield Study Centre, Austerfield (DN10 6RG)

The first weekday workshop is the popular Learn to Sew Shift Dresses.

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£45 (materials not included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.

There are many more exciting things coming in the New Year, so keep a look out for details coming soon.

Alison xx

PS. If you’re not a member of my Facebook Group, Learning to Sew yet, click here to join for tips, advice, support & inspiration.

Recommendations for Fabric Shops in South Yorkshire & Retford

Updated 18th September 2019

I am often asked where I buy my fabric from and I have promised to share the local fabric shops where I buy some of my fabrics.

I am based in Bawtry, South Yorkshire, which is a lovely little town, about 10 miles south of Doncaster, but it has no fabric shops, so my fabric shopping circles out from this point.

I do use online shops from time to time but that’s a whole different kettle of fish and I will save telling you all about my online recommendations for another day.

Here are my recommendations for fabric shops in South Yorkshire & North Nottinghamshire…

Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell

The Hut, Dovecliffe Rd, Wombwell, South Yorkshire, S73 8UE. Tel: 01226 805955

Oh Sew Sweet is the best shop for quilting fabrics in the area, their range is impressive and is growning as they are due to increase the space within the shop.

I teach dressmaking workshops here, at least twice a month, usually in the mini hut.

Oh Sew Sweet are adding more dressmaking fabrics too, so if you’ve never been or it’s been a while it’s definitely worth a visit.

You’ll be assured of a friendly welcome and you can take a breather from all your shopping at the ajoining Bolthole cafe with a drink and a slice of their delicious homemade cakes.

I made this... Lorrayne's Tunic

This tunic is in solid rotation in my wardrobe, a firm favourite that always gets compliments, fabric from Oh Sew Sweet.

 

Thread Mill Fabrics in Swinton

4 Church Street, Swinton, Mexborough, S64 8QA. Tel: 01709 571684

Let me preface this by saying that I used to help out in this shop on occasion and Cheryl has always been really supportive of me and my business. Having said all that, I love this shop and even before I had started my business I always shopped in Thread Mill Fabrics.

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The shop is owned and run by Cheryl Barnes and Cheryl herself is the reason for this shop being my number one. Cheryl is so knowledgeable and experienced that whatever sewing project you are working on, she can offer you advice and support and will give you options for the best way to complete your project. There have been many times when I have popped in to pick up some thread or other bits and bobs and have ended up spending the afternoon there, leaving so inspired and motivated to get sewing again on my current project or even several new ones.

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The fabric you see when you walk into the small shop is floor to ceiling and is just the tip of the iceberg. In the back room is where Cheryl keeps all the bridal fabrics. In there is everything from sumptuous satins and chiffons to decorative brocades and lace.

This shop if definitely worth taking the time to go to the slightly out of the way location, it takes me about 40 minutes to get there. Just don’t visit on a Sunday or a Wednesday as the shop is closed and if you go on a Thursday check opening hours.

Waltons Fabrics in Goldthorpe

47-49 Doncaster Rd, Goldthorpe, Rotherham S63 9H

Waltons Fabrics is a father/daughter team and used to have a stall on Doncaster Market, the market stall has gone now, but there is still that market kind of feel to the shop. They specialise in dancewear fabrics so if you are looking for high shine or sequinned lycra about a third of the shop is dedicated to this, but I must admit I tend to ignore it.

There are hundreds of rolls of fabric here at bargain prices, they tend to buy up end of lines from clothing manufacturers such as Jaques Vert and sell them at heavily discounted prices. There is usually a queue at the counter when I’m shopping, and the staff definitely know their stock.

SewCute Fabrics, Edlington

5a York Buildings, Edlington Lane, Edlington, Doncaster, DN12 1BU

Tracy has recently moved from a stall on Doncaster Market to her fabulous new shop in Edlington, Doncaster, SewCute Fabrics sells mainly cottons & polycottons suitable for crafts & patchwork. However each time I visit this stall the selection is expanding.

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Fabric for Lounge Pants From SewCute Fabrics

The Craft Den, Sheffield

23 Loxley Road, Sheffield S6 4TE

Lynne Hunter is the brains behind the Craft Den and it is a veritable quilters paradise, with hundreds of quilting & patchworking cottons and supplies. Lynne also runs a programme of workshops from her on site studio.

Lynne has now retired to live in Spain and the Craft Den has now closed (June 2019)

Tim & Gills Fabrics, Retford Market

Retford Market: Thursday & Saturday and Melton Mowbray Market: Tuesday

A stall selling craft cottons & soft furnishing fabrics, worthy of a mention in this blog as I got my fabulous map fabric from this stall.

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There are other shops in the area, but although I have visited I have not bought or used their fabric so they have not made it to my list of recommendations.

Please comment below if you have any further recommendations to share in the area.

Alison xx

Ps. Don’t forget to join my Facebook group, bringing together a supportive community of those who are new to sewing and more experienced sewers.

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