Improvers Sewing with Barley Massey : Full Day

    This class in Hackney, London helps people make more of a sewing machine, enhance previously acquired sewing machine skills and progress further in sewing.

    Sewing class

    6 hour class

    Beginners welcome

    Fabrications, E8

    What you'll learn

    This class helps people make more of a sewing machine, enhance previously acquired sewing machine skills and is a natural follow on class to any of our ** Beginner Sewing** classes or for those who already have some basic sewing machine skills but would like to progress further.

    In this class

    In the morning you will be able to insert zips, make buttonholes and add bias binding (and also learn what that is) whilst creating your own stylish 'Utility Roll' (great keeping tidy your sewing notions, brushes, make up etc) designed by your teacher Barley Massey.

    The afternoon will put everything that you've learnt in the morning into practice and you will leave with a unique made to measure skirt or pair of shorts. Fabrications founder, Barley Massey will be guiding you through the process and has devised a few different designs to inspire your creative skirt making.

    Now you can

    • understand best way to use fabric or shirts economically and understand direction of the fabric grain
    • assemble flat fabric panels on the sewing machine to create a 3d form
    • get into the art of upcycling


    Some fabrics are provided for the afternoon session but you are welcome to bring your own or purchase some in Fabrications shop. There are different skirt designs using 1.5 - 2m of fabric.

    Did you know?

    Elias Howe, the man you invented the sewing machine, came up with the idea for the eye of the needle being at the pointed by way of a dream. In this dream Elias was being threatened by a ferocious King, under threat of death, to succeed in inventing a machine that sewed. He was given twenty four hours or he would die.

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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.