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Absolute Beginners : Learn how to use a sewing machine : Day Time Course 10.30am-1.30pm : Wednesday 5th September 2018

 

This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners or for people who have not used a sewing machine for a long time.  It is an introductory workshop into using a sewing machine.  In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Make a basic tote bag
  • Set up and thread a sewing machine
  • Recognise the different parts of the machine
  • Change a sewing machine needle
  • Wind the bobbin and set it in the machine
  • Learn how to change stitch length
  • Guide the fabric when sewing
  • Sew seams accurately
  • Learn how to sew neat corners
  • Learn how to sew a basic hem
You will leave the workshop with the confidence to use your sewing machine.  You will put all you new skills together to make a basic tote bag and you will have gained the knowledge  to start making your own projects.

(All materials included) Time:  10.30am-1.30pm

6 Places Maximum

 

“Thank you very much for the class last night. I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot and some of it did come back to me! I have a Janome machine which I bought when I booked the class – not as high spec as yours but when I got home I was able to wind the bobbin and thread it really easily and practice the techniques.  I’ve booked 2 more classes.   The Sewing Stretch Fabric Top and Sewing Clothes for Children.  Can’t wait for the next class and in the meantime I’m going to try a simple pattern!”

” Loved the absolute beginners course. Had never used a sewing machine before and came out with a bag! Loved the course, great teacher and amazing studio!  Thank you Sheila and Nasseem. Will be booking again and recommending

 

 

 

 

Price: £55.00

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Absolute Beginners : Learn how to use a Sewing Machine : Evening Course 6.30pm – 9.30pm : Wednesday 5th September 2018

 

 

 

This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners or for people who have not used a sewing machine for a long time.  It is an introductory workshop into using a sewing machine.  In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Make a basic tote bag
  • Set up and thread a sewing machine
  • Recognise the different parts of the machine
  • Change a sewing machine needle
  • Wind the bobbin and set it in the machine
  • Learn how to change stitch length
  • Guide the fabric when sewing
  • Sew seams accurately
  • Learn how to sew neat corners
  • Learn how to sew a basic hem
You will leave the workshop with the confidence to use your sewing machine.  You will put all you new skills together to make a basic tote bag and you will have gained the knowledge  to start making your own projects.

(All materials included)

Maximum 6 places available

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price: £55.00

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Bikini : Learn how to Sew Swimwear, make a Bikini : 10.30am – 2.30pm : Monday 13th August 2018

 

 

Once you learn how to make your own bikini, you can make as many as you want in a short period of time.  No more having to shop for bikinis.   This course has been designed to make your bikini without the use of an overlocker.  You will only need to use a sewing machine.   On this  hour course you will learn how to:

  • Sew with lycra and swimwear fabric
  • Cut out the pattern using lycra
  • Learn how to sew swimwear elastic
  • Make a bikini top and matching pants
  • Line the bikini pants
  • Make a bikini  top and  separate  bottoms

All equipment and materials are included in this course.

 

 

Price: £85.00

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Bra Making and Lingerie Sewing Techniques : 3 Day Course : Mon/Tue/Wed, 6th/7th/8th August 2018

On this 3 day course you will learn the following all you need to know to make beautiful lingerie:

Making a bra is not as difficult as you might imagine. If you can stitch neat accurate seams you are half way there. During this course you will learn how to stitch using stretch materials such as power net, how  to apply elastic and lace edging, making bra cups, making bra straps with rings and sliders, how to insert underwires. You will make a complete bra.   You will leave with your finished sample bra to use as a reference for future projects when you make bras in different sizes.

Have you ever thought about making your own knickers?  Come along to this course and you will learn how to make knickers.  You will learn how to apply lingerie elastics onto lingerie fabrics and laces and discover how quick and easy it is to make you own.  You will leave with the pair of knickers or thongs you have made and the knowledge to make lots more.

Suspender Belts are the finishing touch to your sexy lingerie set.  On this course your will use lingerie fabrics, laces, lingerie elastics and learn everything you need to know to make a suspender belt.

Camisole tops are a lovely addition to a matching set of lingerie and can be worn under sheer tops or as an extra layer in winter.  Camisole tops are now extremely fashionable worn as outer garments. You will learn how to work with fabrics cut on the bias.  How to stitch a variety of lace edgings and lace insertions in a variety of fabrics.  You will make a camisole top.

An intensive session where you will learn about fabrics suitable to make lingerie and learn how to make a variety of suitable seams and hems used for these different fabrics. You will discover how to apply lingerie laces and lace edgings, lace insertions, lace applique and discover how to make shoe string straps. You will make a wide variety of samples on the day to use for reference when making your own lingerie.  You will be able to use your new found skills to add lace to dresses, skirts and general dressmaking projects which is very fashionable right now.

This course is suitable for beginners who can use a sewing machine and sew an accurate seam and for more experienced dressmakers wishing to learn how to make specialist lingerie.

All equipment, materials and fittings included

Time: 10am-4pm each day

Maximum 5 places

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL

Next course starts on Wednesday 21st November

You can pay for this course in interest free  installments.  Please call or email for further information.

“I have done several courses with Sheila May who has taken me from being a complete beginner at making lingerie to being able to design and sew beautiful pieces.  It is such fun learning with Sheila, who has boundless patience and so loves to share her skills.
Highly recommended”     Naomi

“Just to say huge thank yous for the course this week, Laura and I really enjoyed it…& you’ve really got us both motivated!   Looking forward to seeing you for pattern cutting! ”     Sam

“Thank you very much for everything you have taught me over past few days it’s been brilliant …..  You are a very talented lady and should you hold any more advanced bridal courses I would very tempted to join you again.  Thank you very much for sharing some of your knowledge with me.”    Sheena.

 

Price: £349.00

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Bra Making and Lingerie Sewing Techniques : 3 Day Course : Wed/Thur/Fri, 21st/22nd/23rd November 2018

On this 3 day course you will learn the following all you need to know to make beautiful lingerie:

Making a bra is not as difficult as you might imagine. If you can stitch neat accurate seams you are half way there. During this course you will learn how to stitch using stretch materials such as power net, how  to apply elastic and lace edging, making bra cups, making bra straps with rings and sliders, how to insert underwires. You will make a complete bra.   You will leave with your finished sample bra to use as a reference for future projects when you make bras in different sizes.

Have you ever thought about making your own knickers?  Come along to this course and you will learn how to make knickers.  You will learn how to apply lingerie elastics onto lingerie fabrics and laces and discover how quick and easy it is to make you own.  You will leave with the pair of knickers or thongs you have made and the knowledge to make lots more.

Suspender Belts are the finishing touch to your sexy lingerie set.  On this course your will use lingerie fabrics, laces, lingerie elastics and learn everything you need to know to make a suspender belt.

Camisole tops are a lovely addition to a matching set of lingerie and can be worn under sheer tops or as an extra layer in winter.  Camisole tops are now extremely fashionable worn as outer garments. You will learn how to work with fabrics cut on the bias.  How to stitch a variety of lace edgings and lace insertions in a variety of fabrics.  You will make a camisole top.

An intensive session where you will learn about fabrics suitable to make lingerie and learn how to make a variety of suitable seams and hems used for these different fabrics. You will discover how to apply lingerie laces and lace edgings, lace insertions, lace applique and discover how to make shoe string straps. You will make a wide variety of samples on the day to use for reference when making your own lingerie.  You will be able to use your new found skills to add lace to dresses, skirts and general dressmaking projects which is very fashionable right now.

This course is suitable for beginners who can use a sewing machine and sew an accurate seam and for more experienced dressmakers wishing to learn how to make specialist lingerie.

All equipment, materials and fittings included

Time: 10am-4pm each day

Maximum 5 places

 

You can pay for this course in interest free  installments.  Please call or email for further information.

“I have done several courses with Sheila May who has taken me from being a complete beginner at making lingerie to being able to design and sew beautiful pieces.  It is such fun learning with Sheila, who has boundless patience and so loves to share her skills.
Highly recommended”     Naomi

“Just to say huge thank yous for the course this week, Laura and I really enjoyed it…& you’ve really got us both motivated!   Looking forward to seeing you for pattern cutting! ”     Sam

“Thank you very much for everything you have taught me over past few days it’s been brilliant …..  You are a very talented lady and should you hold any more advanced bridal courses I would very tempted to join you again.  Thank you very much for sharing some of your knowledge with me.”    Sheena.

 

Price: £349.00

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Bra Making Course : Learn How to Make an Underwired Bra : Wednesday 21st November 2018

 

Making a bra is not as difficult as you might imagine. If you can stitch neat accurate seams you are half way there. During this one day workshop you will learn how to stitch using stretch materials such as power net, how  to apply elastic and lace edging, making bra cups, making bra straps with rings and sliders, how to insert underwires. You will make a complete bra.   You will leave with your finished underwired sample bra to use as a reference for future projects when you make bras in different sizes.

This course is suitable for beginners who can use a sewing machine and sew an accurate seam.

(All materials included)

Maximum 6 people

 

 

 

 

 

Price: £125.00

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Child’s shirred summer dress course : 10.30am-1.30pm : Thursday 12th July 2018

On this course you will learn how to sew shirring.   Shirring is an easy technique to gather fabric.  It can be used on adults maxi  dresses, skirts and sleeves as well as children’s clothing.  On the course you will make a dress for a child, learn how to calculate how much fabric you need and whilst learning how to sew the elastic, seams and rouleau straps.  When you have made one you will have the knowledge to make lots before the summer holidays and so much cheaper than buying them!  All equipment, materials and fabric are included in the course.

This course is suitable for a beginner who can already use a sewing machine.

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL

Price: £55.00

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Learn how to make Tee Shirts : Men’s, Women’s or Children’s : Monday 23rd July 2018 : 6.30-9.30pm

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Have you always wanted to be able to sew tee shirts, perhaps for yourself, for a child, men’s t shirts, women’s ee shirts?  You choose.  Come along on this 3 hour course and you will make a tee shirt.  You will learn how to hem, how to sew a professional neckline, how to insert the sleeves. In industry tee shirts are made using overlockers.  If you don’t have an overlocker, no need to worry, I will teach you all the techniques you need to make a tee shirt using a sewing machine.

Patterns will be supplied for men’s, women’s and children’s tee shirts.  You will leave with the Tee shirt you have made, as well as having learned all the techniques you need to make your own tee shirt projects at home.

All materials, equipment and fabrics included.

Price: £59.00

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Memory Bear and Teddy Bear Sewing Course : 10.30am-1.30pm : Wednesday 5th September 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a course for adults to learn how to make a simple Memory Bear.  A great course for beginners and also for more advanced sewers. Perfect as a gift or keep it yourself. Simplified pattern pieces are used in order for you to be able to complete a teddy bear in this 3 hour course. You will make the bear and learn how to fit safety eyes.  Bring items of clothing that you want to make your bear in. All equipment, safety eyes and stuffing will be supplied.   We will supply fabric for those of you who do not want to make a memory bear and prefer to make the teddy bear. You will leave with the confidence and knowledge to make up further teddy bear projects when you return home. You will take home your beautiful bear and all for only £55.00,

All equipment, materials, fabric, safety eyes and stuffing provided (Bring your own garments to make your memory bear with).

5 places available

Price: £55.00

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More Advanced Lingerie Techniques : 10am-4pm : Monday and Tuesday 29th and 30th October 2018

This 2 day course will take you to the next level up from the 3 day Lingerie course.  It is a great course for those of you who want to learn to design lingerie as well as to  make your own lingerie and for people who want to start their own lingerie business.  You will learn how to draft your own patterns for knickers, briefs and thongs, even support knickers!    You will learn about the different types of lace.  You will  also work with stretch lace and draft patterns and sew bralets using stretch lace, either in your own size, or a size of your choice.  Samples will be made in a variety of techniques including neck and hem finishes, lace applique, lace inserts, straps.  Lots of design ideas will be given.  If you have already attended the 3 day lingerie course and want to learn more then this course is especially for you.

You must have attended the 3 day Lingerie Course in order to attend this advanced one

A deposit will secure your place on this course and you can pay the balance by instalments (interest free).
Please email for further information: sheilamay@birminghamschoolofsewing.co.uk

 

All equipment and materials are provided.

Maximum 5 places available

 

What the students say

I loved it, such a valuable course, I wish there was an ‘advanced advanced course’!! It really inspired me to put the time and effort afterwards. I never thought I’d be able to create my own patterns 🙂   

“What a fantastic course, I never thought I’d be able to create my own lingerie at patterns. Sheila is so thorough and very patient! So many skills and techniques were packed into the course, it’s impossible not to be creative! Definitely the most valuable course I’ve been on and the most talented and inspirational teacher. Highly recommended”.

 

Price: £240.00

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Pattern Cutting/Pattern Drafting : 5 day intensive course for Beginners : Monday 16th – Friday 20th July 2018

5 day Pattern Cutting Course in Birmingham (3)   5 day Pattern Cutting Course in Birmingham (1)   Intensive 5 day pattern cutting course for beginnersStitch Clever Dress Pattern

This is a 5 day course suitable for people who want  to learn how to make your own patterns or for people in business who want to design and make for their clients.   This is an ideal opportunity to learn how to make patterns, using your own or standard  body measurements.  You will learn how to draft a basic skirt block, bodice block, dress block, sleeve block .  (Blocks are also known as slopers).  Make toiles (mock ups of each)  to check for accurate fit.   You will learn the basics of how to adapt these basic blocks into a variety of styles by moving darts into seams and style lines, make gathers, pleats, collars and more.  Even if you do not want to make each pattern from the scratch, attending this course will help you to understand how to adapt commercial patterns to your own styles and designs. You may wish to purchase  items  prior to attending this workshop, information will be given on booking.

(All materials included)

A deposit will secure your place on this course and you can pay the balance by instalments (interest free).

Tea/coffee provided.  You may wish to bring a packed lunch

Maximum 4 places available on this course.

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL

 

 

 

 

A fabulous week! Just need to put everything I’ve learned into practice!

Perfect size of group with only 4 people

Thanks Sheila, it’s been a lot, but fun! Always great value and we have your number

………Feel like I’ve gained a lot more confidence………. thank you Sheila-May.

Price: £599.00

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Pattern Cutting/Pattern Drafting : 5 day intensive course for Beginners : Monday 26th – Friday 30th November 2018

5 day Pattern Cutting Course in Birmingham (3)   5 day Pattern Cutting Course in Birmingham (1)   Intensive 5 day pattern cutting course for beginnersStitch Clever Dress Pattern

This is a 5 day course suitable for people who want  to learn how to make your own patterns or for people in business who want to design and make for their clients.   This is an ideal opportunity to learn how to make patterns, using your own or standard  body measurements.  You will learn how to draft a basic skirt block, bodice block, dress block, sleeve block .  (Blocks are also known as slopers).  Make toiles (mock ups of each)  to check for accurate fit.   You will learn the basics of how to adapt these basic blocks into a variety of styles by moving darts into seams and style lines, make gathers, pleats, collars and more.  Even if you do not want to make each pattern from the scratch, attending this course will help you to understand how to adapt commercial patterns to your own styles and designs. You may wish to purchase  items  prior to attending this workshop, information will be given on booking.

(All materials included)

A deposit will secure your place on this course and you can pay the balance by instalments (interest free).

Tea/coffee provided.  You may wish to bring a packed lunch

Maximum 4 places available on this course.

3 places remaining

 

 

 

 

 

A fabulous week! Just need to put everything I’ve learned into practice!

Perfect size of group with only 4 people

Thanks Sheila, it’s been a lot, but fun! Always great value and we have your number

………Feel like I’ve gained a lot more confidence………. thank you Sheila-May.

Price: £599.00

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Sew a Child’s skirt and applique a matching top : 10.30am-1.30pm : Thursday 2nd August 2018

 

 

 

 

 

On this course you learn how to cut out the skirt using a paper pattern, how to sew the skirt and how to applique a design onto a t-shirt using some of the skirt fabric to create a matching outfit.  This course is suitable for beginners, however you do need to be able to use a sewing machine.  If you have never used a sewing machine you may wish to book on to one of our Absolute Beginners courses.

You will leave the course with your skirt and t-shirt.  You can make your outfit from age 2 years to 7 years.  All equipment, materials, patterns, fabrics and T-shirts are included.

There are 4 places available on this course.

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL

Price: £55.00

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