Sew Much going on in 2020!

Thanks to everyone who has booked courses for February and beyond. Both Friday morning classes at Marsden are now fully booked for February to March. Next available course will start on 5th June and run through to 10th July. Still plenty of space at the next Monday night Dressmaking class at Holmfirth Tech, starting 24th Feb. Please book asap if you wish to join that one. Also plenty of room at the ‘Master Your Machine’ class on 29th Feb, Beginners Pattern Drafting on 28 & 29 March and the next Overlocker Masterclass on 25th April. Book online to secure your place.

Dates for your diary

Stuff in the 2020 diary so far:

Monday and Friday Dressmaking – restarting the 24th Feb @Holmfirth Tech 7 – 9 pm and 28th Feb @ Marsden Mechanics 9-11am and 11am-1 pm

Master your Sewing Machine – Sat 29th Feb @ Sew Moore 10 a.m

Beginners Pattern Drafting – Sat/Sun 29 & 29 Mar @ Sew Moore 10 am-4pm

Overlocker Masterclass – 25 April @ Sew Moore 10am – 12pm

All of the above are on the website and bookable online.

WTS for other workshops and courses coming up in the coming months!


With the addition of the new venue, i.e. the Sew Moore Sewing room, there has been some confusion over the locations of the various classes! There are still regular weekly classes running at Holmfirth Tech and Marsden Mechanics, as before. The one-off workshops and masterclasses are now being held at the home of Sew Moore in Hinchliffe Mill (Holmbridge). Check the ‘Locations’ page for addresses and the drop down menus for maps and directions.

Master Your machine

A new Sew Moore workshop. 

This is an excellent workshop for beginners and sewing enthusiasts who want to get to grips with how to use their sewing machine properly. You will learn all the things it can do, as well as all those you would rather it didn’t do, and how to troubleshoot when problems occur. No matter what the make or age of your machine, you are guaranteed to leave the session feeling confident that you can show your machine who really is the boss! There are very few machines Bex is not familiar with. She can demonstrate everything from basic setting up, threading up and bobbin loading, to how to use essential functions and attachments like the buttonhole foot for example. So if your machine has been languishing under the stairs for some time, because you are too chicken to face the challenge of threading it, or even if you have been using it for years but still don’t really understand how it works or why certain problems keep occurring, this is the workshop for you!

Next course: 29th February 2020. 10 am at the Sew Moore Sewing room. Go to the home page to book. You wont be disappointed!

Beginners Pattern Drafting

Back by popular demand, Beginners Pattern Drafting (for womens wear) will run over the weekend of 28/29 March at the Sew Moore sewing room in Holmbridge. This is an excellent course for experienced and developing dressmakers wanting to gain a better understanding of the mechanics of pattern drafting and achieve the best possible fit. All participants will leave with perfectly fitting body blocks – bodice, sleeve, skirt and/or trousers, which they can then use to produce their own patterns or adapt existing ones. (Pattern Drafting for men is a different process and therefore a separate course. If you are interested in learning pattern drafting for menswear, please get in touch.) Bookings are already coming in and places are limited, so book soon to get your course at the discount price of £160 (normally £180).


Read the whole blog to find out how to get your FREE course!!

Sew Moore has now been running sewing, dressmaking and pattern drafting classes for 5 whole years! Can you believe it? Hundreds of sewing enthusiasts have come through the various doors since its inception back in January 2015! It has also provided a great opportunity to socialise. Friendships have been formed in class and we’ve created a fabulous little community. The two Geordie Lauras from the Hot Banana coven both got pregnant shortly after starting sewing classes . . . not sure if there is any correlation, but its a nice story! They had baby girls within two weeks of each other and have remained friends ever since. Top mummies too! 2019 was the most successful and certainly the busiest year we have had in those 5 years! Lots of new and familiar stitch witches and wizards – one from as far afield as Qatar, have come along to learn or improve their skills. It has been a genuine pleasure to meet and teach such a great bunch of creative people of all ages and backgrounds, all with their own interesting lives and stories to tell. Folk who sew really are the best of folk!

Sew – in celebration of our 5 years, the next dressmaking course booked will be FREE! In other words, the entire fee will be refunded! If the next booking to come in is for Pattern Drafting, half the fee will be returned! Quick! Book online here:

Here are just a few of many happy memories from the past 5 years, going right back to those very first days at Hot Banana where we had to wear our woolly tights, vests, scarves and hats and climb over a double base and other instruments and various amps and speakers! Happy days!

Happy New Year!

Happy new Year! Looking forward to an exciting year of sewing in 2020! Both the Friday classes are already fully booked for this month. The next available Friday courses will start on 6th March.

There are still spaces at the Monday class, starting next week! If you hurry you can grab your place at the 2019 price of just £99!! Prices will go up very soon!

Don’t forget to check out the exiting new weekend workshops!