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7 hours (includes 30min lunch break)


Sewing machine basics; stitches & seams; fabric terms ; simple hems and basic seam finishes; drawstring waists; and the basics of using a flat pattern. 


Over the course of the day, students will make the Margot Pyjama bottoms from Tilly & The Buttons' book Love At First Stitch.

What Do I Need to Bring?

For this Intro to Sewing class you will need:

  • A basic sewing kit - details below
  • Your chosen fabric - details below
  • A packed lunch

Do I Need My Own Sewing Machine?

Students are not required to bring their own machines to class, but are welcome to do so if they wish. The Stitchery has eight CXL301 machines available for student use, which is enough for even our biggest classes. We also sell a range of Janome sewing machines and offer discounted prices to all our students. 

 The Janome CXL301 - We have 10 of these in our studio for student use. 

The Janome CXL301 - We have 10 of these in our studio for student use. 

How Do I Pay My Balance?

If you booked your place by paying a deposit, you're balance is due no less than 14 days before the date of the workshop. For instructions on how to pay your balance please visit our balance payments page

If you are no longer able to attend the workshop, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer your place to someone on the waiting list. If you are cancelling your place, please check out the our Cancellations & Refunds Policy on the FAQs page before proceeding. 



For anyone learning to sew, we do have some of the basic tools available for use at our studio. However, we always recommend investing in your own set of basic supplies. You can buy all items separately or, alternatively find a ready made kit that includes the essentials, such as this one from IKEA costing just £10. 

 A basic sewing kit sold by IKEA for £10.

A basic sewing kit sold by IKEA for £10.

If you're purchasing kit items separately, we do have a selection for sale at our studio. We've listed the essential items below. 

  • Fabric scissors
  • Dressmaking pins
  • Thread - A colour to match your main fabric (always go slightly darker if you can't find a match).


For this Intro to Sewing Workshop you'll need:

  • 2.5metres of 100% cotton fabric
  • Thread to match your fabric - you can purchase Gütermann thread at our studio.

Cotton fabrics with different prints and some Gutterman threads of different colours.


Students are free to purchase their fabric from wherever they like. And there are a small handful of local fabric shops in Glasgow, such as MandorsRemnant Kings and John Lewis Fabric Department

But if you're looking for a little help choosing fabric types for your chosen pattern, we happily recommend The Splendid Stitch;  a fabulous online store based here in the city. The Stitchery has our own dedicated section on their site, with a handy course-by-course guide on what fabrics are suitable for each pattern. Access this by going to the sewing schools section and entering THESTITCHERY (capitalised and no space) in the box; then click 'Go'.

Note that Stitchery students can receive 10% off their first purchase at The Splendid Stitch by simply entering THESTITCHERY again in the discount code box at the checkout. And if you do wish to see any of the fabrics in person, please contact Amy at the Splendid Stitch directly. 

If you're unsure about your fabric choice, then you can always purchase a sample and arrange to bring it in to the studio for us to look at before your course begins