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Ultimate Beginners: Introduction to Sewing

4.9(60 reviews)
Want to sew but have absolutely no idea where to start? Well fear no more - we have the perfect solution!
Seven Sisters
£36 pp
Next available date:2nd July 2022
What happens in this class?

Wanted to sew but have absolutely no idea where to start? Well fear no more - we have the perfect solution!

You can now extend your thread of knowledge with this sewing workshop for beginners. Join Craig and the rest of the Fashion Box team for this two-hour class offering an introduction to domestic sewing machines.

After getting to grips with threading, you'll also have the opportunity to explore different stitching techniques and seams, all with easy techniques provided by your fashion host.

During the second half of the workshop, we will focus on quilting techniquses. You will choose…

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Things to remember

Everything is provided on the day.

Please note, latecomers of more than 15 minutes will not be allowed entry as this disrupts the rest of the class.

Latest Reviews
4.9(60 reviews)
lisa - Jun 27, 2022
Craig is a fantastic teacher. The class was well paced and fun. I feel that I’ve learnt a lot. I’ve already booked another class. Thank you.
Lora - Jun 5, 2022
Fantastic course, couldn’t recommend more highly to start anyone off on their sewing journey
Yanna - May 18, 2022
Great workshop! Craig was lovely, informative and helpful and it was a great way to spend a couple of hours. I definitely feel like I know my sewing machine basics now :) would recommend if you're just starting out
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Age Requirement

14All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

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Your Teacher

Who we are:

The Fashion Box was founded in 2013.

After graduating from Central Saint Martins, with a post-graduate degree in Advanced Innovative Pattern Cutting, Craig (Mr Fashion Box!) embarked on a kaleidoscope of successful ventures within the fashion industry.

He is a qualified University lecturer, graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University, with a Distinction in Academic Practice, teaching certificate.

During his time working in the fashion industry, he has worked alongside a huge selection of fashion houses, new designers and is a mentor to many university lecturers and fashion graduates. He is also a former Collection Manager for Qasimi…

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Class Location
The Fashion Box
Seven Sisters
Unit 4
718-722 Seven Sisters Road (Entrance on Gourley Street)
N15 5NH


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Ultimate Beginners: Introduction to Sewing


lisa - Jun 27, 2022
Craig is a fantastic teacher. The class was well paced and fun. I feel that I’ve learnt a lot. I’ve already booked another class. Thank you.
Lora - Jun 5, 2022
Fantastic course, couldn’t recommend more highly to start anyone off on their sewing journey
Yanna - May 18, 2022
Great workshop! Craig was lovely, informative and helpful and it was a great way to spend a couple of hours. I definitely feel like I know my sewing machine basics now :) would recommend if you're just starting out
Dovile - May 2, 2022
Craig was such a patient and thorough tutor. He explains the content in a really easy to digest way and breaks the actions into manageable chunks. I had never touched a sewing machine before coming and was very pleasantly surprised with how much i could do (with Craigs professional guidance!). Will be coming back for more classes and would highly recommend for anyone trying to dip their toes into a potential new hobby!
Cass - Apr 4, 2022
Fantastic class. Craig is an excellent teacher, taking you every step and getting you to do each step before moving on. I was able to use my Singer machine at soon as I got home after the class.
faduma isgoowe - Nov 21, 2021
I had an amazing experience with obby fashion, learned and giant confidant with sewing machine in short time absolutely happy with my experience
Preeti Rosario - Oct 20, 2021
It was an excellent learning experience. Craig was great. The lesson was very informative.
Betty - Jun 27, 2021
Craig was amazing really enjoyed the session and will definitely be attending more
Sophie McVeigh - Jun 16, 2021
I really enjoyed the class and will definitely sign up for another. Craig is a really good teacher - relaxed and clear, which helps when you're a bit of a nervous beginner. I felt like I learnt loads in the two hours and I'm looking forward to the next one!
Tracey Anderson - Jun 14, 2021
For a novice like myself this class is perfect as you learn your way around a sewing machine, with lots of hands on practice. Craig is very supportive and attentive so have already booked on a few more beginner classes. I would definitely recommend this class. Thanks Craig !!!!
Shabby - May 15, 2021
Craig is a brilliant teacher. Very calm and patient. Craig explains each step clearly and spends a good amount of time with each person in the class making sure they are progressing well. I'd highly recommend this class.
Sylvia Wachtendorff - May 4, 2021
An awesome afternoon, learnt everything I needed to know as an ultimate beginner with a sewing machine. I definitely feel inspired to continue my new learnt skill
Glenny - Sep 6, 2020
I really enjoyed the class. The teacher esplained everything in detail and was easy to follow the instructions.
Jo - Aug 26, 2020
Great teacher, awesome studio, very thorough and useful information and a great intro to sewing machines. I would highly recommend and would definitely go back for more courses.
Vanessa - Aug 21, 2020
The session went very smoothly was well explaned and structured. Also I have appreciated that the differents steps were clearly and progressively demonstrated then practiced before movin on to the next one. Will come back !
Anasuya - Mar 17, 2020
Really excellent workshop - great pace that kept it constantly interesting without feeling like you were struggling to keep up. Craig had clearly given this workshop many times before so moved things smoothly between quick demonstrations and trying things out individually. I liked that the focus really was on learning to sew rather than on simply having a fun time (unlike the the "BYOB and craft" workshops you see a lot of, which are fun but where the emphasis is not so much on mastering the craft).
Erin - Sep 17, 2019
We learnt some good skills, including how to thread up the machine, different stitches, how to make seams, and ended with making a small makeup bag with an invisible zip.
Sonia - Sep 8, 2019
I loved this workshop! Lindsay was very supportive and helpful and showed us how to set up our machines and practice different stitches until we were ready to sew our bags. I can’t wait to book onto my next course and am grabbing my mum’s sewing machine to practice in the meantime. Thanks so much!
Florencia - Aug 12, 2019
The workshop was great! Craig is super knowledgeable and patient with everyone, I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn the sewing basics. Will definitely come back , for the dress, kimono or pattern workshop... :)
Alix - Aug 5, 2019
I LOVED this class! Brilliant teacher and really relaxed setting. I am a complete novice but was able to successfully make a little makeup bag. The teacher shows you a stage, you go to your machine and give it a go- and if you need help the teacher is on hand, is patient and doesn’t make you feel silly for asking for help! Will be doing this class again to build confidence and get a little more practice in ready for the next class up. I can’t recommend it enough - give it a go!
Kathrin - Jul 22, 2019
I went to the beginner‘s sewing class and really enjoyed it. We were a group of 5 and Lindsey was a wonderful teacher. I am planning to book more workshops very soon. The atmosphere was great, the location close to the tube station. I loved it!
Carlos - Jul 4, 2019
I really enjoyed the sewing tutorial and the fact that we were able to take our own knitted item home was a nice touch. No need to be so judgmental on latecomers especially when only 2-3 minutes late.
bal - Jul 3, 2019
Great three hours... on the hottest day of this year!
Cleide - Jul 1, 2019
I really enjoyed! The istructor was really good, funny and calm. My group was small and it seems we all had a great learning experience! Will continue with the other courses they offer!
Zoe - May 26, 2019
Learnt more than expected. A lot to take in over a few hours so didn't feel like I quite enough time to take it all in, but still managed to finish the job by end of class, and was great! Definitely looking into doing more sewing workshops.
Noemi - May 4, 2019
Loved it!! Craig was great !
Amy - May 1, 2019
Amazing. Craig the teacher was patient and had so much knowledge. I went with my sister both of us had never even sewn on a button let alone work a sewing machine. We both came out with a little pouch with an invisible zip. Definitely worth doing.
Regan - Apr 23, 2019
Really enjoyed this class! I was a bit nervous as I hadn't used a sewing machine in 20 years but the instructions were very clear and helpful and I learned so much! I feel much more confident about the basics after this class and look forward to taking further classes. The teacher was obviously a pro but was able to simplify explanations for complete beginners.
Michael - Apr 20, 2019
Excellent tutor, good class
Jean - Mar 30, 2019
relaxed atmosphere and fun class. highly recommended!
Florence - Mar 29, 2019
This was a good intro to sewing for complete beginners or people wishing to refresh their ability to do the basics. It could have been 30 minutes longer, though to give the slower ones a bit of breathing space.
Jane - Mar 26, 2019
A really great class everything was set up and ready to go. I’m not a complete beginner but the pace was just right- Craig went through all the machine basics and we made a bag with an invisible zip which was a nice achievement. Excellent value for money too. I’ve signed up for another full day class 😀
Yumiko - Feb 5, 2019
This 3hr workshop was the perfect introduction to sewing. Our teacher Craig was great at explaining everything and was also incredibly aware of potential ‘things that could go wrong’ and so explained how to fix or avoid these potential mishaps. I will be recommending this workshop to everyone I know as it was fun, I met other great like minded people and of course I can now sew with confidence as I know what I am doing! Many thanks again Craig!
Lisa - Dec 16, 2018
Really good course. Very enjoyable and learnt some new skills.
Elsa - Oct 6, 2018
What a great introduction to sewing! I didn't realise you could fit some much in 3 hours with multiple students but we learned so much.. from setting up the machine itself, learning all it's functions, to how to correctly stitch.. I didn't even know I wasn't supposed to keep my eye on the needle when sewing, no wonder why my home attempts were so shabby! :) Great new hobby or for those serious about sewing garments at home.. can't wait to go to the make a dress class xx
sarah - Sep 30, 2018
I really enjoyed this course and found it very informative. Learned how to do an invisible zip, plus a French seam, with lots of time to practice getting to grips with threading and setting up the machine and changing feet etc. I am no longer afraid to start using my recently purchased machine.
Tiago - Sep 25, 2018
The trainer was lovely and the training at a good pace
Carmen - Sep 24, 2018
I really enjoyed this class. I found the instructor Frank so patient ( which was really helpful as I forgot all of the instructions as soon as I sat down at my machine)and helpful and Incredibly good at teaching. Beginners. I am now able to use a sewing machine confidently, work out how to troubleshoot, sew in an invisible zip and French hem all for £25! I will definitely be booking my next lesson very soon.
Lilian - Sep 24, 2018
Fashion box introduction to sewing was really good. Very well structured. Host was attentive and patient with all the learners. Will recommend fashion box to any one interested in learning to sew. I will be booking other classes with them.
Lilian - Sep 24, 2018
Fashion box introduction to sewing was really good. Very well structured. Host was attentive and patient with all the learners. Will recommend fashion box to any one interested in learning to sew. I will be booking other classes with them.
Matt - Jul 31, 2018
Great class and great tutors, 5 stars all around
Sam - Jul 29, 2018
The 3 hours passed very quickly with clear explanations throughout and I learnt to sew a zip and a French seam as well as develop confidence with the machine overall. Would definitely recommend for the novice as a first step into sewing !
Yasmin - Jul 14, 2018
Such an informative class. Didn’t expect to learn so much within 3 hours! Will be booking another class soon :)
Roberta - Jun 26, 2018
The workshop is very thorough for beginners, the tasks are simple and easy to follow. It definitely helps to build confidence on the sewing machine especially it is your first time using it.
Priscillia - Jun 25, 2018
Loved every minutes of it!
Paola - Jun 3, 2018
It's a very complete class. After a few hours I gained the knowledge and confidence to use my own sewing machine.
CLAIRE - May 8, 2018
Very good introduction class! I was completely new to sewing and this fulfilled my expectations. Although I found the pace quite quick sometime I was really pleased with everything the class covered. Couldn't expect better introduction!
Martyna - May 7, 2018
I really enjoyed the class, Craig was very helpful and took time to explain and show things we didn't understand. Answered all the questions about sewing and let us understand all the ways and techniques to use a sewing machine. Class was fun, interesting and not boring at all! Can't wait to continue learning more steps to improve my sewing skills!
Sia - Apr 22, 2018
This workshop was excellent! Highly recommended. It was well equipped- each individual had a machine. Our instructor, Francis, was so patient with questions and people like me who lagged behind the faster learners in the group. The lesson was well structured, there was enough time to complete the learning exercises. We learned a lot fir a three hour session. It was worth the money and I really enjoyed it and had fun! Thank you Fashion Box :)
Ramatu - Apr 22, 2018
Let us know your opinion about the workshop. (optional) It was great and beyond my expectation.
Sue - Apr 10, 2018
I thought the workshop was fab. Craig was a patient enthusiastic tutor too!. I’ll be booking more classes with The Fashion Box. Thanks Craig! 😁👌🏻
A'Ishah - Apr 4, 2018
It was great!
Victoria - Apr 4, 2018
At the end of this session you will know how to set-up your sewing machine, understand its settings and attachments, how to sew seams and insert an invisible zip. Similar courses seem to cover the same content over a longer period of time and charge considerably more. This is a nice, concise course at a great price with a friendly, patient tutor and a Dolly Parton soundtrack. Excellent value.
Kafeelat - Feb 11, 2018
The class was cancelled
Jennifer - Feb 4, 2018
The teacher was thorough, and managed the class time appropriately. He was clear in his instructions and there was sufficient time to get through the lessons as well as to practice. He was great with my daughter, even answering questions that she had about other sewing interests. Thank you!
Michelle - Feb 3, 2018
Fantastic class! Francis was very knowledgeable and went at a good pace for everyone. He explained the processes in a very clear way, easy to follow. We learned how to thread a machine, how to do a French seam and a hidden zip. I'll be back for sure!
Claire - Jan 15, 2018
I haven’t been able to stay until the end but I really enjoy the workshop. It was really well explained and in a good atmosphere. I’ve been able to reproduce at home without any problem all that I’ve been explained. I recommend the class for beginners and will not hesitate to go back to another class with the fashion box.
Dian - Nov 20, 2017
The teacher (Jason? Sorry, I cannot remember his name) was excellent and despite the confusion with some people turning up at the wrong session and being quite a big class, he kept calm and managed to get through all the material. He was happy to give additional tips to those more advanced and was extremely patient with those of us who are new to machine sewing. He managed to help everyone and answer all questions despite the time constraints! He used great analogies and metaphors and made sure to remind us not to be intimidated. I highly recommend this class to anyone who has never touched a sewing machine, but other in the class who have sewed using a machine also said they learnt a lot, especially as he goes through alternative methods and little tips and tricks. We learnt how to do a hidden zip, which I seriously thought was advanced, but he made it so easy :)
Kaveri - Oct 24, 2017
I had a great time - 5 stars!
Tolu - Sep 12, 2017
Very informative. Found it useful and our tutor s Francis was quite knowledgable