A machine sewing course in Brighton for beginners and ideal for those who have completed the tote bag / cushion cover course.


Take your sewing skills further and learn how to insert a zip!


On this machine sewing course, you will create your own zip purse or bag.


Perfect for those thinking about taking one of our longer sewing courses. Bring your own sewing machine or use one of ours.


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DURATION: Half day

TIME:  1.30pm-4.30pm


DAY: Saturday

Autumn: 19 January

WHERE: Brighton Junction

COURSE FEE: £25 / £15 / £15


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






This course aims to:

Improve your sewing skills by learning how to insert a zip to make a purse or bag (lined or unlined).


Who this course is for?

Beginners or improvers with little or no experience.


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

  • ‘Read’ and understand a basic pattern
  • Prepare fabric for cutting and cut out fabric
  • Transfer pattern markings to the fabric
  • How to thread up a machine
  • How to wind a bobbin
  • How to sew and neaten seams using different stitches – straight and zig zag
  • Insert a zip
  • Know how to select and change a zip foot
  • Make a lining for your purse/bag (optional)


What materials will I need for the course?

30cm of woven fabric (i.e. not stretch)

30cm lining fabric (optional)

15cm (6”) zip to match. Note: We do have a zips for sale in a variety of colours

Thread to match. Note: it is best to buy a good brand like Coats or Gutermann, the cheaper ones tend to break; Moon thread is a good option.


Patterns for both the purse and bag will be provided.


Basic sewing kit

We have lots of equipment in class but if you have your own please bring with you the following:

Fabric scissors, paper scissors, threads, chalk or other marking tool, pins, hand sewing needles, quick unpick tool, tape measure,

Sewing machine

There are machines at the centre but you can bring your own if you wish – It is important that you have your own machine at home to continue working on your garment. We have a range of Janome and Bernina machines to use.


Roughly how much will they cost?

Simple sewing kit can be from £1 depending on shop/quality of items

Fabric costs from about £1 per metre.

Zips from around 60p depending on size.



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 courses – at Friends Centre

Dressmaking for Beginners and Improvers – Fridays 10am-12.30pm OR 1-3.30pm

Dressmaking for Beginners and Improvers – Thursdays 6.30-9pm

City & Guilds Certificate in Fashion & Dressmaking Level 1 or 2


Saturday 19 January 2019
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Sessions: 1

Full price: £25
Concession rate (if available): £15
Please note that concessions are not available online.
Click here for information on fees and concessions.

Brighton Junction


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