Just a quick update on next course dates.
The next available courses will start the week beginning 17th September and run straight through to October half term. I realize we are only just into June, but I am already taking bookings for September. It’s a good idea to book early, to secure your place.
I am hoping to be running some classes, including beginners dressmaking and maybe pattern drafting, at a new venue in Holmfirth – to be revealed – so there might be an extra one or two to choose from. I will update the website as appropriate and keep all current stitch witches and wizards informed by email.
It’s all getting very interesting and exciting at Sew Moore. I don’t think I’ve seen such a variety of different types of projects going on at once! So much creativity and innovation! I love it!
The website is now updated and ready to take booking s for courses starting in September. You can book any time between now and September, but classes fill up fast! So don’t leave it too late! There may well be a change of venue for the Holmfirth Monday Coven. I’m hoping we can move into the Technical college – so still quite central. I will keep you all posted as regards this and update the website accordingly, if and when that is definite.
Those of you who know me will know how I feel about working with stretchy fabrics . . . I’ve managed to avoid it for most of my life! However, I decided I needed to get over my phobia as I needed to make some little T-shirts and body suits for Beckita Bebe (my other enterprize). I bought some lovely brightly coloured cotton jersey, so I wouldn’t feel too depressed by the process, and have been pleasantly surprised by both the ease of production and the finished outcome! This is what I have learned:
- the overlocker is essential. I have used it on all the main seams. The sleeves, I sewed in on the sewing machine first, then over-locked the seam allowance – close to the stitching.
- Stretch stitch is overrated. I wouldn’t bother with it again. It seems to stretch the fabric as I sew and uses miles of thread. For hems a twin needle would be best, but failing that, a shallow zig-zag is better to give the stitch some stretch (length 2.5 – 3; width 1)
- A fine ball-point needle is also essential
- Most of my pins are too fat, course or blunt for this fabric and are the bane of my life!
- Cotton jersey is more forgiving than most woven fabric.
- Great care is needed to avoid stretching the fabric out of shape whilst sewing.
- I have had my Brother sewing machine for over 20 years, and have only just discovered that twin needle sewing is not possible . . . only one spool pin!! So before you go buying twin needles check your machine is set up for it – unlike I did! Give me ‘muppet of the week’ award – again!
You can see more of Beckita Bebe at http://beckitabebe.com/
Bookings are already coming in for sewing courses starting in May and June! Classes are mixed ability – suitable for absolute beginners as well as those with some sewing background including self taught dressmakers wanting to improve their expertise. Class sizes are small and the atmosphere is relaxed and fun. In addition to learning new skills, sewing class is a great way to relax and unwind and escape from the pressures of work and/or family life, as well as a great opportunity to socialise and make new friends. We get all sorts of folk at Sew Moore! Places are limited, so book yours soon!
Book online here: http://www.sewmooresewing.co.uk/
Well there’s no question who gets the stitch witch award this time – although it ought to have been for last week as I know Heather had finished her fantastic cashmere coat, but didn’t bring it to show and tell!! She did fetch it along to Marsden this morning though. I’m so pleased she went with the bound buttonhole and the thread loop one on the inside. Heather has done an amazing job on this coat. She even made her own sparkly bead encrusted button! It looks so professional! We are all so very impressed! Well done Heather!
I am also awarding a beginners prize to Allie, from the Thursday class, for completing her very first garment – a short sleeved top in stretchy fabric. A challenging project for a first time dressmaker. She had to get to grips with using stretch stitch and a twin needle. She made a good job of it!
And last but not least, I am awarding a special Wizard prize to Kieran, for teaching his children, one of whom is only 3 years old, to sew! They have been making patchwork panels on the sewing machine which Kieren brought into class to show us. Fantastic! Keep up the good work our wizard!
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!
Due to high demand, we are running another Beginners Pattern Drafting course at Simply Solids in Slaithwaite on 24th & 25th March, followed by an advanced on on 5th & 6th May. Both courses are bookable at Simply Solids. Check their website for details and booking info.
Back by popular demand, THE OVERLOCKER CLINIC! Hooray!!
Are you are still scared of your overlocker, terrified of having to re-thread it, or not using it to its full potential? Or maybe you are you thinking of buying an overlocker but not sure if you need one? In which case, this is the class for you! It is a one-off 2 hour session at Marsden Mechanics Hall on 21st June starting at 7 pm. Covering everything you need to know to become a confident user of this versatile and very useful machine, this workshop is designed for both experienced and improving dressmakers and crafters.
At just £20 per person, its an opportunity not to be missed! Booking is essential to guarantee a place.
Book here: http://sewmooresewing.co.uk/courses/training-courses/