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Beginners Patchwork and Sewing Course

Have you ever wanted to sew but lack the basic skills or confidence?


Why not join our basic beginners sewing and patchwork lessons designed with you in mind. You will be taught in a small group so as to provide individual attention from the tutors in a sociable friendly atmosphere in our dedicated studios. 


You will learn about all the features on your sewing machine, basic sewing and cutting for soft furnishings, dressmaking and patchwork and lots more. A sample programme is below. 


We can provide patchwork equipment but a sewing machine is desirable. Coffee is provided. 


Follow on courses are also available for patchwork or sewing.  At the end of the course, if you become a Guild member you will have access to handicrafts, felting, sewing bee and patchwork groups and other guild activities.  You will find reviews for this course below.


Course Fee is £80 and £60 if a member of Wiltshire Guild of Spinners Weavers and Dyers. 


So come along, be part of a lovely small group, learn to sew, chat and make friends. 


For further information and discussion contact: 


 Valerie Laverick 

 Beryl Francis




Sample Programme 


Basic Beginners Course


Week 1.     Know your sewing machine, learn to use all the features.


Week 2      How to cut, pin and stitch different materials including using                    

                  rotary cutters and rulers. 


Week 3     Button Holes and zips


Week 4.    Be confident in using colour


Follow on course may include: 

   Measuring and adjusting your pattern

   Making your first patchwork square

   Making your first garment, darts, hems  etc

   Making your first patchwork cushion


Encouraging, supportive , reassuring and welcoming.  This course met all my needs and I found a small group ideal. I was encouraged  to get to know my machine and was totally happy with the outcome.



I found it very useful to learn about my sewing machine with people who understand.  I really enjoyed the atmosphere.  Great to be able to ask lots of questions and not feel embarrassed.  Thanks.



This has been so helpful in giving me confidence to tackle my new machine.  I can't thank you enough.  The patience and calm approach really boasted my confidence and I could make mistakes and learn from them.  Thank you so much.


As a complete beginner being taught how to use  my machine was quite daunting but Val and Beryl’s  patience was just what I needed.   The course was well thought through and I was amazed at how quickly we progressed onto making things. I feel very lucky to have had Val and Beryl’s  expertise, they have been fantastic and I have lovely learning something new.   RP


Val and Beryl are very good at explaining the sewing machine and showing us what to do.  It is a very interesting course.  It gave me confidence to use the sewing machine again after such a long time.


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