Bits and Bobs

For the benefit of the newbies, starting next month, here is what will 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 a selection of  bits of woven cotton fabric in complimentary designs 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 like 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! 

All Sewn Up For Summer!

Today saw the last session of the term! What a great time we’ve had! All sorts of fantastic projects have been begun and completed including clothes, bags, cushions, purses and stuffed animals! As usual, many of the stitch witches will be returning for more in September! They just can’t get enough! They’re sew into stitch witchcraft! Everybody has worked hard, and this week especially has seen some marvellous results conjured up. Penny finished her apron today – which was the first thing she’s made using a pattern and only the 3rd textile product she has ever made!  Heather completed not one, but two beautiful blouses! Top class job as usual Heather! Last night young Martha (aged 14) finished her patchwork cushion cover and is going to make a whole bunch more to scatter around at home, and Natalie finished her super make-up bag with special brushes compartment, which was a bit of a puzzle for both of us! But Natalie is noting if not tenacious! Perseverance and determination paid off, and the result is great! Superb job for a complete beginner! So Natalie gets this weeks Stitch Witch of the Week award. Well done Natalie, and well done everyone! My work here is done, at least for the Summer! It has been an absolute delight! See you all in September!

Additional Tutor required

Sew Moore would like to appoint an extra part time tutor, initially for one two hour session per week (term time only) and to cover sickness and holidays. This could become a more responsible role  for the right candidate. The ideal person would have several years of relevant experience in Fashion and Textiles, in education and/or industry. An appropriate degree or higher level qualification is essential. Prior experience of teaching adults is desirable.  This role would ideally suit a supply teacher, retired teacher, Fashion & Textiles graduate or NQT, or someone already working in adult education.

Please email CV and brief covering letter to

Classes Selling out!

Thursday night Dressmaking and Friday morning sewing courses are now fully booked for September. We can squeeze in one, maybe two more more at the Wednesday night Dressmaking class in Holmfirth and there are still spaces at the Monday night Sewing class.

New! Thursday Night Dressmaking class!

Due to the high demand for dressmaking classes, as from September, the Thursday evening mixed ability sewing course at Marsden Mechanics will become an additional Dressmaking course. The emphasis will be on learning how to use commercial patterns to make clothes, how to achieve a good fit and all the skills required to produce top quality garments.

Mixed ability general sewing classes will still be available on Mondays at Holmfirth and Friday mornings at Marsden.

A couple of the Wednesday dressmakers have swapped to the Thursday class, which has freed up some space at the Wednesday one.

The courses will re-commnece on 18th and 19th September. Book soon to avoid disappointment!


Stitch Witches Adele and Shirley

We are a stitch Witch award down as it didn’t happen last week, even though I had one in mind! So this week there are two! Firstly, Adele of the Marsden Thursday coven, for her super music themed circle skirt and matching clutch! Adele created the pattern for the skirt herself, after much deliberation over the correct use of PI to get the waist size correct. It has a ‘grown on’ elastic waistband which she overlocked on all by herself! She will be rock & rolling in that this weekend I reckon! The second award goes to Shirley for the Holmfirth Monday coven, for making super progress, having completed a fully lined skirt as her very first project. (photo please Shirley) She has since made two pairs of pyjama bottoms in super quick time, whizzing them up on the overlocker! Well done to both!

Sew into September

Classes are already fulling up fast for September! Thank you to all those who have already signed up. Class sizes are small so book in good time to secure your place! The next round will commence the week beginning 16th September and run for 6 consecutive weeks.

Polite reminder – Please make sure you can attend all the classes in the course before you book as refunds, partial or full cannot be given. Many Thanks.

Beginners Pattern Drafting Course

Great news! The beginners Pattern Drafting course at Holmfirth tech has been re-scheduled for 21st & 22nd September! This is a fantastic course for all you dressmakers wanting to learn how to create your own perfectly fitting body blocks! Everyone who has completed the course so far has found it very useful, especially as regards de-mystifying the mechanics and understanding how to make patterns fit! You can book here:


Stitch Witch Penny

There has been some super projects this week, all deserving of a Stitch Witch award! Karen’s second hat is spectacular and Katie’s hoodie is ace! But for sheer determination and the most significant progress (in spite of persistent needle threading issues) I am awarding this weeks prize to Penny of the Thursday coven for completing her patchwork cushion and bunting. I know she was well out of her comfort zone when she started, but I reckon Penny has surprised herself with what she has achieved in such a short time, and how many skills she has learned. Well done penny! Looking forward to the next project!