Absolute Beginner & Refresher Classes - Browse Sewing Classes & Courses

Every class & workshop type below is suitable for Absolute Beginners i.e. brand new to sewing!  
So choose your class/course/lesson from this page if:

  • you're completely new to sewing - you've never used a sewing machine, or even picked up a needle, fabric or pins
  • you have forgotten how sew or feel nervous about machine sewing
  • you want a refresher of the basics of using a sewing machine

Types of class or course:
- In our flexible Stitch Classes you'll be in a small mixed level sewing & dressmaking class (max 5 students so lots of help & support) where totally newbie sewers join us every day! Try a single class or pre-book blocks of  'class passes' to save money then choose class days & times to suit you. Progress on to more advanced projects in these same classes. 
- All courses below are set days & times & everyone will be a beginner like you : ).
- In 1-2-1 lessons you'll have our undivided attention on any project

What to sew in classes & lessons: 
We have a 'Learn to Use a Sewing Machine Programme' of easy intro projects - cushions, bags, purses, pyjamas - which you can follow in regular Stitch Classes or One-to-one lessons - find out more here. Beginner courses below will also follow a similar programme of makes

Next steps:
Once you've completed one or two beginner classes or a course you will be considered an Improver, so could then come to any of our Improver level courses/classes or All levels classes or continue in Stitch Classes on Improver level sewing projects and upwards

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More useful info...

Pop in:
If you want to pop in and see the space and or have a chat before you book your first class call on 07958964810 or book onto one our free advice and chat sessions above

Sewing machines: 
We provide Janome 525s sewing machines* which are ideal for beginners and similar to many others in the shops so great to learn on - or bring your own if you prefer and we'll help you learn how to use it with confidence

Other beginner classes we offer at Sew In Brighton:

For all levels children's sewing classes click here
For Overlocking for beginner overlocker users click here

Here's a reminder of all our Experience Levels:

  • Beginner
    - You're brand new to sewing, never sat at a sewing machine or picked up a hand sewing needle, never pinned & cut fabric
    - You want to re-learn/refresh the machine sewing basics from scratch
  • Improver - You have used and threaded up a sewing machine before, sewn in a straight line following a seam allowance, perhaps made a small item like a bag or cushion - but may need a reminder
  • Intermediate - You've made at least 2 simple items of clothing with a sewing machine
  • Experienced - You've made 5 or more items of clothing using a sewing machine, including set in sleeves & are confident sewing unsupervised

*Sewing Machines: our in-class 'Janome 525S' sewing machines are lent to us from Janome. They are non computerised so very easy to use and are replaced every 18 months. These are sold locally at Brighton Sewing Centre & Varneys (details here) should you like them and fancy getting your own

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