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I’m a complete beginner; which course is suitable for me?
Classes and workshops are a maximum of 6 students of mixed ability, so beginners are most welcome in any session. Don’t be scared: many of our regular students started off as beginners. We are however hoping to run classes for groups of beginners in 2018 so do get in touch to be added to our mailing list.
What will I make in my first class?
If attending a 6-week course, we recommend that you make a cushion. You’ll complete this in your first class, covering many of the basics well and creating an excellent foundation for the course.
What will I need to bring?
As well as the fabric for your first project, you’ll need a basic sewing kit which should include the following. Everything on the list is available from Boyes in Ilkley or Skipton). However, if you get caught short you can also buy from our small store of haberdashery essentials during class time. On request, we can even prepare a basic starter pack for you. You will need:
– bent-handled dressmaking scissors
– small embroidery scissors for cutting threads
– a mixed pack of hand-sewing needles
– bead-headed dressmaking pins
– Gutterman ‘sew all’ polyester thread
– a small retractable tape measure (where you can easily read the numbers below 2cms)
– a water-soluble magic-marker pen or dressmaker’s chalk
– a pack of squared pattern paper.
What if I don’t want to make items for the home, and would rather make clothes?
If you really don’t want to make a cushion in your first class, you’d be welcome to make a simple garment. We can make pattern recommendations for you.
I’ve made clothes before, but they never fit and I’m not happy with the finish. Will you be able to help?
Yes! Careful measuring and understanding the pattern are both crucial. For example, we often measure 3 sizes larger than our usual high-street size. Leonie can give you top tips for making sure you come to your first class fully prepared and confident.
Can I bring my own sewing machine?
We have enough lovely Janome sewing machines for every student, so you don’t need to lug yours along if you don’t want to. Plus, you’ll always have access to an overlocker. But if you’d rather bring your own sewing machine, please bring the instruction manual as well, and ensure your machine is in working order. We recommend Mark Rainworth to service your machine – please contact him direct on 07400 629114
Can you recommend local fabric shops?
The Design Mill at Crossflatts Industrial Estate in Bingley, The Fent Shop Skipton, and The Little Fabric Shop Skipton are excellent for interiors fabrics. The Shuttle, on Otley Road in Shipley, is great for dress and interior bargains and has proven to be a real favourite among our regular students. B&M in Leeds Market is also very helpful.
Which days do you do private tuition, and can you come to me?
Leonie offers private tuition during Monday and Tuesday daytimes, occasional Saturday mornings, and evenings. Experience has shown that you’re much better off making the trip to The Sewing Shed, because we’ll be surrounded by all of our equipment and resources.
Do you sell gift vouchers?
Yes; we offer gift vouchers for either sewing classes or private tuition. They’re available in any amount, with a 12-month expiry. £90 has proven to be the most popular value purchased.
I’ve paid for a course, but can no longer attend. What should I do?
Unfortunately, anything you’ve already paid for is non-refundable and the dates are non-transferable. Because we’re a small business, we’re sure you’ll understand. However, we do want to be accommodating, so you’re most welcome to send someone else in your place.
Where are you?
The Sewing Shed is at The North Chapel, Ashlands Road, Ilkley LS29 8JT.At the end of the road turn left through the cemetery gates and the chapel is North Chapel is the one on the right. Ample parking outside.
Can you service my sewing machine?
I do not service sewing machines, you do need to ensure if you bring your own to class that it is in good working order. I can however recommend Mark Rainsworth please contact him direct on 07823 536321.