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Sewing Class - Learning to sew (including photos above and below)
We have wanted to take a sewing class for a couple of years now and were finally able to afford one. We booked with Gillian Glad Rag Fluff-a-torium (www.gilliangladrag.co.uk), in Dorking. The class was run by Fiona Hesford from “sewgirl” and she was absolutely lovely. She writes for numerous sewing magazines and used to work in the fashion industry. She also runs classes in other areas and for other levels of skill. You can even download free sewing patterns or purchase sewing kits direct from Fiona’s website - www.sewgirl.co.uk. There are even sewing tips and how to’s on there as well.
Why go to a sewing class when you have obviously sewn before? Well, I’ll tell you…… Even though we have a sewing machine and can sew by hand, neither myself nor Kayleigh are that confident with it. I haven’t even used the sewing machine for anything and Kayleigh has only used a little. We really wanted to know if we can sew in straight lines, how to line fabric up, how to put projects together, and above all else, have hands on experience with all the parts of a sewing machine.
The class was a day long and only cost £75 per person, which included all materials and use of a sewing machine. To start with, Fiona explained to us each part of the sewing machine, winding a bobbin, loading the thread, etc and then we got to test some stitches on the machine. We had scrap pieces of fabric and completed tests with straight stitch, turning corners, using zigzag stitch and sewing a seam. Fiona also taught us about using the reverse button to sew back over stitches to lock them in, setting the speed, using a magnet to help keep your work in a straight line so that you have an even seam and how to use the zigzag stitch over the edge of the fabric to stop it fraying. Once we had s few go’s, we got straight onto our first project.
The first project was a cushion cover with an applique item on it. Fiona had already pre-cut the fabric, but we had to stencil and cut out the applique. Kayleigh and I both chose a star, which we had to iron onto some backing, cut out, peel the backing and then iron it straight onto the cushion cover. To secure it in place, we stitched around the edge of the star. We both chose to use the zigzag stitch, which is very challenging and mine came out very wonky. We progressed onto sewing the front and back together with right sides facing, pinning it in place, then straight onto the machine. We all got to learn how to create a button hole on the machine, which was so impressive that a machine can do it all for you. You need to put the button hole foot onto the machine and place your chosen button into the button sizer. You set the machine up to the button hole stitch, work out where you want the button hole and put it on the machine. Then press the foot peddle and off you go. Just wait for the machine to beep, use a seam ripper to make the hole down the middle and you are done.
The second project was a small tote bag. The fabric was pre-cut and the handles were made from the fabric, too. We had to sew a visible seam around the edge of the handles then stitched them onto the inside of the outer layer of the bag. This enabled us to sew the inner layer fabric to the outer layers, hiding the handles in between. Then we pinned the front and backs together, sewed the seams, leaving a gap down one side to turn it the right way out. Once we turned it the right way out, sewed the gap closed and the bag was done!
We had an amazing time and with such great teaching, we learnt a lot in a short space of time. We also met some great women that were on exactly the same wave length as us. The class was well worth the money and all of us that attended were really excited and inspired to start sewing as soon as we can.
Kayleigh and I went through our fabric stash and planned some projects to sew within a week of taking the class. I made a project bag, a drawstring bag and a bag with a divided section. Kayleigh made a small storage basket and a tote bag. The pictures for all of these are below.
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