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A machine sewing course for absolute beginners in Brighton.

Learn how to make a cushion cover, tote bag and/or pyjama trousers while you get to grips with your sewing machine: how to thread it, wind a bobbin, change and use different stitches.

Perfect for those thinking about taking one of our longer sewing courses.

Bring your own machine or use one of ours.


Scroll down for further course details or for more information on our other fashion, sewing and textile courses in Brighton, head to our courses page via the main menu.




DAY: Saturday

TIME:  10.30pm – 4.30pm


Autumn: 12 October

WHERE: Brighton Junction

COURSE FEE: £50 Full Fee / £30 Concessions / £15 Better Living Through Learning


Please see further information on fees and concessions online or in our brochure.

Please not that concession cannot be booked online






This course aims to: 

Teach learners how to use a sewing machine and to create simple gifts and items for the home.  Projects will include making a cushion cover, tote bag, and / or pyjama trousers. The tutor will discuss projects with you and will be guided by your decision on which projects would be preferable.


Who this course is for?

People who have little or no experience of sewing by machine.


What will I be able to do by the end of this course?

  • Thread a machine
  • Wind a bobbin
  • Change a needle
  • Understand different stitch lengths their uses
  • Adjust the tension on the machine
  • Understand different stitches and their uses
  • Use a sewing machine with confidence
  • Troubleshoot problems when they occur.


What materials will I need for the course?

50 – 75cm of woven fabric (i.e. not stretch) to make a cushion cover cotton, denim are ideal – please also bring a cushion to cover.


50 – 75cm of woven fabric to make a tote bag

2m cotton webbing tape


2-2.5m (depending on width) of woven fabric to make pyjama trousers


Thread to match your fabric. Note: it is best to buy a good brand like Coats or Gutermann, the cheaper ones tend to break.


Roughly how much will they cost?

£ 5-10


How will I know I am making progress?

Weekly assessments of progress will be made with 1-1 feedback.


Is there any extra study outside the class?

Projects can be finished off at home if not completed in class.


Who is the course tutor?

Jo Bunner spent 10 years as Fashion Designer/Pattern Cutter, specialising in ladies tailoring and outerwear: coats, suits and jackets following her graduation from the London College of Fashion.  She is now a qualified Personal Image Consultant as well as teaching sewing and pattern cutting skills at local sewing schools. She has found that in helping others understand their own body characteristics it greatly enhances their sewing satisfaction.


What next?

Further dressmaking and sewing courses – at Friends Centre

City & Guilds Level 1 Fashion at Friends Centre



Saturday 12 October 2019
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Sessions: 1

Full price: £50.00
Concession rate (if available): £30.00
Please note that concessions are not available online.
Click here for information on fees and concessions.

Brighton Junction


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