Sewing Machine and Upcycling Intro

    In this class you will be introduced to using a sewing machine and upcycle fabric to make a cushion cover or tote style bag.

    Sewing class

    6 hour class

    Beginners welcome

    Fabrications, E8

    What you'll learn

    This class is both an introduction to using a sewing machine (in the morning) and upcycling (in the afternoon), aimed at those who have little or no experience. Go away with new sewing machine skills, a cushion cover or tote-style bag plus you'll be inspired to 'upcycle' old clothes and items into new pieces.

    You'll be under the watchful eye of the fabrications team, who'll guide you through the whole process.

    These classes are available separately, but you get extra skills, take-away pieces and a fab discount if you book the whole day! If you would rather just book the morning intro session, click here; if you already know your way around a sewing machine and want to upcycle your very own cushion cover or bag in the afternoon class, click here.

    In this class

    Throughout the course of the day you will learn basic skills including how to thread a sewing machine and wind a bobbin, feed fabric through, sew in a straight line and turn corners. You'll come away with a personalised, functional cushion cover or tote-style bag, realised from your creative ideas. You will also have time to explore the range of features and stitches on the machine and practice sewing different types of seams, developing the confidence to progress onto making all sorts of things.

    You'll be under the watchful eye of the fabrications team, who'll guide you through the whole process.

    Now you can

    • leave feeling confident with the ins and outs of a sewing machine
    • enhance old clothes with your own design ideas
    • make all those clothes fixes and alterations you have been dreaming of - no more excuses!

    Take Home

    After a day of sewing and stitching, you'll be able to take home your handmade upcycled accessories.

    Did you know?

    The first patent for a sewing machine was given to Thomas Saint of England in 1790; Elias Howe. Howe's invention enabled machinists to sew in an hour what had previously taken 14.5 hours!

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    Class location

    Fabrications, Hackney

    7 Broadway Market, Hackney

    E8 4PH


    About your host, Fabrications

    Fabrications - an East London based creative hub!

    Fabrications is an independent gallery, shop and workshop dedicated to the best contemporary textile practice and design, with a particular interest in eco-conscious design.

    Fabrications opened in June 2000 in a refurbished derelict shop on Broadway Market in Hackney, East London. The shop's founder, Barley Massey, has spent the last 16 years finding ingenious ways to turn scraps into original fabrics and using recycled materials to create cutting-edge items. Since 2012, "The Imaginarium", a fully-fitted working studio, has hosted workshops and classes.

    Barley has been awarded as one of Kevin McCloud's (Grand Designs) Green Heroes for her minimally-processed, up-cycled products, which "demonstrate a lightness of touch backed up by a rigorous approach".

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    Flexible cancellation policy

    Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.