Bits and Pieces

For all those starting new sewing courses, here’s a little reminder of what you need to bring to your first class:

You don’t need to bring your own machine! Machines are provided!

Everyone- if you could furnish yourselves with a basic sewing kit, i.e needles, pins, Fabric scissors, some threads and maybe a tape measure, you will feel better equipped. I do have plenty of equipment, but I find people tend to take better care of their own, and get used to using certain types of tools.

Beginners – If you have any pretty bits of woven cotton fabric you would like to incorporate into your first project, which is usually a patchwork item, bring them along too. ‘Fat quarters’ are great! You can buy these in bundles at most fabric outlets and on line. Watch the prices though! A Fat Quarter is a quarter of a meter, so you don’t want to be paying more than £2 per FQ. A few people have used their children’s favourite outgrown dresses and shirts etc to make cushions for their bedroom, or personalized drawstring bags, and such like. It’s a lovely idea and a good way of up-cycling stuff!

Improvers – You may bring along any project, including pattern and fabric (or your own hand drafted body blocks if you have them) that you would like to make a start on. Once I have started the beginners off, I do intend to do a little tutorial on a different techniques each week, in the hope that  everyone will get the chance to practice a new skill at some point.

See you soon! 

Pinned pockets and patches

Well, after Lucy’s superb pocket, the Friday class had a bit

of a pocket frenzy this week! Ali made a zipped triangular pocket for her sensory play mat, Heather prepared a vent pocket on her trousers and Vicki, totally by chance, perfectly pattern matched the check on breast pocket of her ‘Factory dress’ ! I’m looking forward to seeing these projects finished! So, stitch witch of the week . . . hmm, its a difficult one . . . I think it has to go jointly to Jen and Cathie, of the Monday coven, for their masterful use of patchwork! Not bad for beginners!

Nearly sold out!

Quick sticks if you want to sign up for sewing or dressmaking classes starting in November – A great time to make those hand made seasonal gifts! There are a couple more places at the Monday night class at Holmfirth Tech and just one more at Wednesday night Dressmaking. We can fit in about three more at the Thursday night class in Marsden and 2 more at the Friday morning one.  Book here

After that the next round of courses will be in January, when dressmaking will be replaced by beginners Pattern Drafting for 6 weeks only. Book this before the end of November to benefit from the discounted price!


Classes filling up!

There are now only a couple of places left on the next Wednesday night Dressmaking course at Holmfirth Tech in November!

After that it’s the Pattern Drafting course in January, then back to Dressmaking again in March.

Still places available to book on the Pattern Drafting – a really useful skill for any dressmaker. Book here:


Sew into Christmas!

We are just 2 weeks into the new courses, and bookings are already coming in for the next round, starting w/b 5th Nov. So if you will definitely want to sew up to Christmas, and create those lovely hand made gifts and decorative festive textiles, I would advise booking sooner rather than later!
Also, don’t forget about the new Pattern Drafting course starting at Holmfirth Tech after Christmas. This will be in place of dressmaking,  just for 6 weeks. This is a great course for any dressmakers wanting to learn how to make perfectly fitting patterns. Thank you to those who have already booked. The period for discounted bookings is now extended to 30th Nov. You can book here:

Dressmaking class full.

Places on the Wednesday evening Dressmaking class at Holmfirth Tech are now all filled . Any further bookings will be allocated the following class starting in November. See the Home page at the website for details.

Sew far sew full at Marsden!

The Thursday and Friday sewing classes at Marsden Mechanics are now both SOLD OUT for September. Thank you to all those who have booked and paid. Any subsequent bookings will be allocated to the following courses starting in November. Feel free to book now for November. 


Having visited an elderly lady in Marsden today, to assist her with setting up her new Brother machine, it occurred to me that, when it comes to online booking, Sew Moore has not been inclusive of the elderly and those with limited funds. With this in mind there is now a £10 discount on ALL COURSES for a those who fit under the ‘concessions’ umbrella.  You will find a separate ‘Book this course now’ button labelled CONCESSIONS, on the home page and the courses pages, which will give you the opportunity to book a sewing or dressmaking course at the discounted price! What’s not to like? Book away folks! Only a couple of spaces left, if that, in each class! Please only those who genuinely qualify for the discount use the ‘Concessions’ booking button

Here is a photo of Ann, who won the Great British Sewing Bee aged 81.