Beginner Sewing for your Machine with Suzi Stitch

January 25th at Stiwdio 3 Cardigan
One day workshop £60
11am – 4pm

Are you a beginner in sewing? Do you want to learn how to use your sewing machine properly? Maybe you have tried sewing before and want to get back into it, maybe you just want to have a go for the first time…

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Course Description

Do you get frustrated with the fact that you don’t really understand the ‘ins and outs’ of how to adjust the machines ‘knobs and dials’ in order to improve tension, stitch length and quality of your stitching? In one day I will teach you everything you need to know to be able to use your machine with confidence once you get home!

It doesn’t matter whether you have your own machine or not, you can come and learn all you need to know on one of our machines. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never touched a machine. I promise you it’s not that hard once you know how.


I will teach you about:

• The presser foot – adding and removing different feet, zipper foot, free motion embroidery foot (get confident with your screwdriver)!

• Winding a bobbin – it makes a difference if this isn’t done properly

• Threading the machine – once you know you’ll never forget

• Thread tension – this is a ‘biggy’

• Stitch length  – stitch width settings and adjustments

• Needles – types, changing etc


We will also learn about:

• Fabric: different qualities and handle, grain lines

• Stitching seams, turning corners etc


We will make (so that you can practise what you have learned):

How to make a simple cushion pattern and go on to make an ‘envelope style’ cushion cover in a mini 8 inch size that you will be able to enlarge for any size cushion you have in your home.

“Suzi is an exceptional teacher with the patience of a saint (I was a teacher for many years and know the challenges of teaching art and craft, involving equipment, machines, multi-skills, etc. and constant demands for help.) I learned a lot and came away feeling enthusiastic, with new skills, and with much more confidence in using my machine. Suzi also had an awareness of the ‘group’, as well as each individual, and brought us all together. It is because of Suzi’s enthusiasm and vision that we are able to enjoy courses like this, which fulfil so many various needs other than practical ones. I shall return. Thank you.” – Carole

At lunch time you will be able to buy food in the Stiwdio3 cafe. There are plenty of lovely lunch choices and amazing cake too!

All materials are included in the ticket price. You are welcome to bring along your own sewing machine but we will have one here that you can use if you do not have your own machine.

Once you have come on the course, I will add you to our closed Facebook group, where you will be able to share your ideas and photos of the things you have made. Our other sewing ladies who have attended my courses share resources, books they’ve found, photos, ideas, all sorts there. We have a bit of laugh too!