MAKE FRIENDS WITH
A SEWING MACHINE!

LEARN TO USE A SEWING MACHINE WITH CONFIDENCE

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Want to start sewing and need a helping hand with the basics?

 

This online workshop will get you comfortable and confident using a sewing machine.

Whether you’ve never touched a sewing machine before, or want to refresh the basics, our friendly and practical video lessons will take you step by step through the fundamentals:

From perfect threading to changing settings … essential stitching techniques to making an easy scarf project … fixing common issues to looking after your machine.

Make friends with a sewing machine - Learn to sew class - Beginners dressmaker online workshop

No need to travel to a class or book a date in your busy diary. With our online workshops, you can watch the video lessons on your laptop, tablet or phone. Whenever you like, as many times as you like.

Your sofa is your classroom!

Make friends with a sewing machine - Learn to sew class - Beginners dressmaker online workshop

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Module1
GET TO KNOW YOUR SEWING MACHINE
  • Tips on what to look for in a sewing machine if you don’t yet have one
  • Become familiar with your sewing machine and its main parts – both mechanical and digital models
  • Find out how to set it up, change the needle, and use the presser foot
  • Change the stitch length and type
  • Find out which essential tools we recommend
Module2
THREAD YOUR SEWING MACHINE
  • Learn to thread your machine up properly – every time
  • Find out how to wind the bobbin
  • Practise threading the spool and bobbin on both a front-loading and top-loading machine
  • Tips and tricks for threading the needle
Module3
GET TO GRIPS WITH STITCHING
  • Start sewing straight lines with confidence
  • Find out how to navigate curves and corners
  • Practise using the seam allowance guide to sew fabric together
  • Learn how to change the speed and sew backwards
Module4
SEW A SIMPLE SCARF
  • Put what you’ve learnt into practice by sewing an easy peasy project to tie around your hair, neck or bag
  • Cut, pin and sew fabric together to make your scarf
  • Learn how to neaten your seams with the iron
Module5
TROUBLESHOOT YOUR SEWING + FIX MISTAKES
  • Diagnose and solve common sewing machine issues
  • Find out how to prevent jams, knots, unthreading, snapped needles and uneven stitching
  • Learn to clean your sewing machine to keep it in tip top condition
  • Discover how to fix mistakes quickly – so you can get on with your sewing!

WHY TAKE AN ONLINE WORKSHOP?

  • #1
    STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO COURSE

    Follow an in-depth structured programme, developed from the popular, tried-n-tested classes we run in London. The video lessons give you a front row seat to watch the sewing in action.

  • #2
    24 / 7 / 365 ACCESS

    Too busy to attend a face-to-face class, or wish it went a bit faster/slower? Learn at a time that suits you, at your own pace, with no deadlines.

  • #3
    YOUR SOFA = YOUR CLASSROOM

    No need to travel – you can take the workshop from the comfort of your own home, using your own sewing machine… in your PJs if you like!

  • #4
    GREAT VALUE

    Revisit the lessons as often as you like, whenever you need a refresher. And it’s a fraction of the price of attending a face-to-face class!

WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?

NEWBIES - You’ve never touched a sewing machine before and are itching to start making things!

RETURNEES - You’ve sewn a bit in the past and fancy a refresher class to get you back into it

STRUGGLERS - You’re frustrated with your machine and want to go over the basics and troubleshooting tips

LEARNERS - You’ve attended a beginner sewing class and want a resource you can refer back to at home

IF YOU WANT TO START SEWING WITH CONFIDENCE, THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU

REGISTER NOW

WHO'S LEADING THE WORKSHOP?

Tilly Walnes is an award-winning and best-selling sewing author, teacher and founder of popular sewing pattern company Tilly and the Buttons. She has been writing about sewing for seven years, and designing and teaching courses for over a decade. Her book, Love at First Stitch, has been published in nine international editions and was named ‘Best Book’ at the British Sewing Awards 2014. Tilly’s teaching is down-to-earth, encouraging and packed full of helpful tips – she loves sewing, and wants you to love it too!Tilly Walnes is an award-winning and best-selling sewing author, teacher and founder of popular sewing pattern company Tilly and the Buttons. She has been writing about sewing for seven years, and designing and teaching courses for over a decade. Her book, Love at First Stitch, has been published in nine international editions and was named ‘Best Book’ at the British Sewing Awards 2014. Tilly’s teaching is down-to-earth, encouraging and packed full of helpful tips – she loves sewing, and wants you to love it too!Tilly Walnes is an award-winning and best-selling sewing author, teacher and founder of popular sewing pattern company Tilly and the Buttons. She has been writing about sewing for seven years, and designing and teaching courses for over a decade. Her book, Love at First Stitch, has been published in nine international editions and was named ‘Best Book’ at the British Sewing Awards 2014. Tilly’s teaching is down-to-earth, encouraging and packed full of helpful tips – she loves sewing, and wants you to love it too!

Tilly Walnes is an award-winning and best-selling sewing author, teacher and founder of popular sewing pattern company Tilly and the Buttons.

She has been writing about sewing for seven years, and designing and teaching courses for over a decade.

Her book, Love at First Stitch, has been published in nine international editions and was named ‘Best Book’ at the British Sewing Awards 2014.

Tilly’s teaching is down-to-earth, encouraging and packed full of helpful tips – she loves sewing, and wants you to love it too!

IF YOU'RE WONDERING...

I WANT IN! HOW DO I ACCESS THE WORKSHOP?

Yay! Sign up below to purchase your place. You’ll then be able to sign in to the workshop site immediately and start taking the lessons whenever you’re ready. You’ll also get an email in your inbox with a direct link – bookmark this link for later so you can come back whenever you like!

HOW MUCH IS IT IN US DOLLARS OR EUROS?

The following conversions are correct at the time of writing – please check an online currency converter for the exact price at current exchange rates:

  • Make Friends with a Sewing Machine – $32 USD or €29 Euros
  • Two Course Bundle + PDF Sewing Pattern – $77 USD or €69 Euros
  • Two Course Bundle + Printed Sewing Pattern – $90 USD or €80 Euros
HOW LONG DOES THE WORKSHOP TAKE TO COMPLETE?

That’s up to you! The course is broken down into manageable, bitesize lessons that you can take at a pace that suits you. It includes eight succinct videos, from 3 to 13 minutes long (we don’t include the boring bits!), plus extra written tuition and downloadable checklists. You may like to spread the lessons out over a few evenings, or set aside a weekend for a binge sewing session.

There’s no deadline, so you can fit it around your other commitments. And you can go back to the lessons any time you get stuck or feel like a refresher.

IS THERE A DEADLINE FOR FINISHING IT?

Nope, you can go as fast or as slow as you like, and come back to the lessons whenever you want. Just log in to the site anytime you feel like a sewing fix!

We can’t promise “lifetime access”, you know, in case of a digital apocalypse or something, but we don’t plan to take the content down any time soon. If for any reason we do decide to take the workshop down in the future, we’ll give you a few months’ notice, so you’ll have plenty of time to finish it.

I’VE BEEN TO YOUR BEGINNER SEWING CLASS IN LONDON – OR SOMETHING SIMILAR – CAN I SIGN UP FOR THIS TOO?

You’d be very welcome to! This workshop covers the same content as the Make Friends With a Sewing Machine workshop that we run in London, so it’s a helpful resource you can refer back to at home if you want a reminder of what we did. We also cover additional content that we don’t have time for in the face-to-face class – such as troubleshooting tips and how to clean your sewing machine.

HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM WATCHING TUTORIALS ON YOUTUBE?

This is a structured programme, developed by someone with over a decade’s experience designing training courses. It takes you step-by-step through everything you need to get started sewing, when you don’t necessarily know what you need to know.

The course has been developed based on the tried-n-tested workshops that we have run multiple times in London. It’s like attending a sewing class, but it’s cheaper and you can do it from home!

I’M HAVING PROBLEMS WITH MY SEWING MACHINE – IF I SIGN UP TO THIS WORKSHOP, WILL YOU FIX THEM?

There’s a lesson in the workshop on troubleshooting, which goes over various common problems that you may face with your sewing machine, quick fixes and how to stop them happening in the future. Plus we’ll also show you how to thread the machine properly – you may be surprised how often this solves the issue!

Yet while we cover a lot of ground, we can’t solve every single sewing machine problem. So just be aware that you may need still to seek advice from a sewing machine repairs specialist.

WHAT IF I BUY THE WORKSHOP AND THEN CHANGE MY MIND?

We’re happy to give you a refund or exchange within 14 days of your order, as long as you haven’t already signed in to the course site (it’s kinda hard to return a digital product!). If you’d like further details, please see our returns policy under ‘Returning digital products’.

WHAT IF I GET STUCK DURING THE WORKSHOP?

There’s a discussion area in many of the lessons, where you can ask questions, share photos of your sewing, and chat to other budding stitchers. We’ll drop in every so often to answer questions and join in the discussion. If you’re having a technical issue accessing the class, you can email us and we’ll be happy to help.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
  • Sewing machine – don’t worry if you don’t yet have one, there’s a lesson covering what to look for when buying a machine. We cover both mechanical and digital, front-loading and top-loading models
  • Scrap fabric to practice stitching on, and nice fabric to make a scarf (130cm/50in X 15cm/6in)
  • Basic sewing toolkit – a supplies list is included in the workshop
  • Computer / tablet / smart phone and an internet connection to stream the videos from

START SEWING WITH CONFIDENCE TODAY!

MAKE FRIENDS WITH A SEWING MACHINE
£25

Approx $32 USD / €29 EUR

  • INSTANT ACCESS TO THE WORKSHOP
  • 8 VIDEO LESSONS
  • EXTRA WRITTEN TUITION + DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
  • 24/7/365 AVAILABILITY
SIGN UP
TWO COURSE BUNDLE
+ PDF PATTERN
£60

Approx $77 USD / €69 EUR

  • FULL ACCESS TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH A SEWING MACHINE
  • PLUS FOLLOW UP WORKSHOP – LEARN TO SEW SKIRTS – WORTH £45
  • INCLUDES DOMINIQUE SKIRT PDF SEWING PATTERN – to download, print and assemble at home
  • 19 VIDEO LESSONS
  • WRITTEN TUITION + DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
  • GREAT VALUE – SAVE £10

Choose this option if you already have the Dominique pattern or want to print your own at home

SIGN UP
TWO COURSE BUNDLE
+ PRINTED PATTERN
£70

Approx $90 USD / €80 EUR

  • FULL ACCESS TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH A SEWING MACHINE
  • PLUS FOLLOW UP WORKSHOP – LEARN TO SEW SKIRTS – WORTH £55 (incl printed pattern)
  • INCLUDES DOMINIQUE SKIRT PRINTED SEWING PATTERN – we’ll post you a beautiful printed pattern with colour booklet (price includes shipping)
  • 19 VIDEO LESSONS
  • WRITTEN TUITION + DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
  • GREAT VALUE – SAVE £12.50 + shipping costs

Choose this option if you want us to send you a beautiful printed sewing pattern in the post

SIGN UP

WHAT WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING...

"As a complete beginner, I had no idea where to start with my sewing machine. The workshops are perfectly structured and so much fun! Thank you Tilly for taking me through the first steps of my sewing journey - who knew that just a few months later I would be making beautiful dresses and skirts!"

"There is a lot included in this course – any question I had as a complete beginner was answered as I worked through the lessons. I especially liked how the videos and downloads meant that I could take my time with each step and build confidence."

"The video tutorials were a great confidence boost. Tilly's knowledge shone through and put me at complete ease. I thought, 'I could do that' and it turned out I could. I'm so happy I took this workshop!"

SIGN UP TODAY

MAKE FRIENDS WITH A SEWING MACHINE
£25

Approx $32 USD / €29 EUR

  • INSTANT ACCESS TO THE WORKSHOP
  • 8 VIDEO LESSONS
  • EXTRA WRITTEN TUITION + DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
  • 24/7/365 AVAILABILITY
SIGN UP
TWO COURSE BUNDLE
+ PDF PATTERN
£60

Approx $77 USD / €69 EUR

  • FULL ACCESS TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH A SEWING MACHINE
  • PLUS FOLLOW UP WORKSHOP – LEARN TO SEW SKIRTS – WORTH £45
  • INCLUDES DOMINIQUE SKIRT PDF SEWING PATTERN – to download, print and assemble at home
  • 19 VIDEO LESSONS
  • WRITTEN TUITION + DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
  • GREAT VALUE – SAVE £10

Choose this option if you already have the Dominique pattern or want to print your own at home

SIGN UP
TWO COURSE BUNDLE
+ PRINTED PATTERN
£70

Approx $90 USD / €80 EUR

  • FULL ACCESS TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH A SEWING MACHINE
  • PLUS FOLLOW UP WORKSHOP – LEARN TO SEW SKIRTS – WORTH £55 (incl printed pattern)
  • INCLUDES DOMINIQUE SKIRT PRINTED SEWING PATTERN – we’ll post you a beautiful printed pattern with colour booklet (price includes shipping)
  • 19 VIDEO LESSONS
  • WRITTEN TUITION + DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
  • GREAT VALUE – SAVE £12.50 + shipping costs

Choose this option if you want us to send you a beautiful printed sewing pattern in the post

SIGN UP