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Sewing for beginners



What you will learn in our Sewing for Beginners

In our Sewing for beginners course you will learn how to thread and operate a sewing machine, selecting the correct stitch for each technique undertaken and complete a simple project using your newly acquired skills. You will have the choice of four  projects ranging from easy peasy to more challenging as follows:

  1. Making a fully lined and structured tote style shopper with lined pocket.
  2. Making a full-length cookery apron featuring frilled hem, curved clean finish seams, darts and faced edges.
  3. Making a quilted apron to hold all your sewing equipment, featuring three pockets, a fitted waistband, covered buttons and machine worked buttonholes.
  4. Make a lined six pocket tote bag 




simple sewing projects

Simple six pocket bag project



This workshop is repeated each month so if you’re spoiled for choice you can choose another next time to round out your sewing skills! All materials supplied.


Covid 19 Safety Measures

    • Sewing machines and equipment will have been sanitised as you enter.
    • You will be provided with a ‘Splashguard safety visor’ for use during your session. Or you may prefer to bring your own or a mask. There will be a maximum of six students in a class.
    • Hand sanitising dispenser, hand washing facilities and cleansing wipes will be available
    • You will be asked to bring what equipment you have such as scissors, pins etc. to minimise the sharing of equipment.
    • Anything you do use must be sanitised before putting away.
    • At the end of your session, you will be asked to wipe down the machine, desk and ‘Splashguard safety visor’ before leaving.

Our first beginners class at our Farington Studio!

What you will need

No need to bring, or even own a sewing machine as quality Janome DKS30 modern sewing machines are provided. Most new students are unsure of what machine to buy so trying out a class machine first is a wise move!

Our sewing machines have a speed control, in addition to the foot pedal so that students feel completely at ease and can adjust the speed to a level that they’re comfortable with. This quickly instills confidence, which is so important in developing a new skill.

General sewing equipment and haberdashery is available to purchase at the school. Pins, scissors, tape measure, unpick, sewing gauge and thread are generally all that’s needed to start with. Fabric and thread is supplied in this course.

New class sewing machine- DKS30

New class sewing machine- DKS30




Our venue and facilities

We are ideally situated just minutes from M6, M61 and M65 motorway junctions in Farington and have excellent spacious ground floor facilities and free car parking.

As well as our quality modern Janome sewing machines and overlockers, we have excellent pressing equipment from Philips and raised cutting areas to save your back!

Small classes and expert tuition ensure that you will complete your course with confidence. Join this popular workshop to start your journey on a life time of fun and creativity! To book your place, select ‘make booking’ submit your details and bank transfer details will be emailed to you.

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Bookings Policy

There is a £10.00 administration charge for booking cancellations up to seven days before start date. We are unable to refund fees for cancelled bookings after this time, however a transfer can be arranged which incurs a £30.00 surcharge.


  • Location: Modern Approach Sewing School
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  • This course runs on:
    • 16 October 2021 : 9:45 am - 4:15 pm
    • 20 November 2021 : 9:45 am - 4:15 pm
    • 18 December 2021 : 9:45 am - 4:15 pm

Date Booking Price Quantity
Beginners £95.00

There is a £10.00 administration charge for booking cancellations up to seven days before start date. We are unable to refund fees for cancelled bookings after this time, however a transfer can be arranged which incurs a £30.00 surcharge.

10 responses to “Sewing for beginners”

  1. Philippa says:

    Just wanted to say a huge thank you for a great day on the beginners sewing course. I didn’t really know what to expect since I am a complete beginner (I don’t think I’ve ever even seen a sewing machine up close and have never used a needle and thread!) but Janet was a brilliant teacher and took me through each step, at my own pace and I ended up making a really useful tote bag. I keep looking at it thinking ‘I can’t believe i made that!’. I am now dropping some big hints for a sewing machine for Christmas and feel very confident about starting some little sewing projects at home. Thanks!

  2. Jo Murray says:

    I really enjoyed the beginners sewing course. I’m not practical at all, but even I managed to make a well finished and sturdy apron. Janet manages to fit loads of techniques, hints and tricks into the day so I’d feel confident in starting my own projects at home. Well worth the course fees, once I’ve had a bit more practice I’ll be booking in again to learn how to make patterns fit!

  3. Nicola Wright says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the sewing course for beginners and was very proud to be taking home my very own shopping bag! A great sense of achievement learning a new skill in a relaxed and friendly environment. Worth every penny for the new skills I have learnt and the confidence the day has given me. Looking forward to continuing to develop my new found hobby with more classes in the future! Thank you to Janet and Louise (along with the rest of the class!) for a fantastic day! See you soon xx

  4. Kaye Hardyman says:

    I had a fantastic day on the Sewing for beginners course. It was really satisfying to be guided through making a functional garment. I felt confident with using the machine because of the great way all the processes were explained step by step. I would highly recommend the course and I can’t wait to sign up for a longer course to improve my skills.

  5. Liz Atkinson says:

    Highly recommend the course for beginners, having never used a machine before I was given the confidence to just have a go. Very satisfying to leave at the end of the day having actually made a wearable apron, now I want another go to see if I can improve on it! Would definitely recommend to anyone who has always fancied trying it but not known where/how to start. Thanks to Janet for her guidance and knowledge!

  6. Claire Gibson says:

    Had a fantastic mother and daughter day at the sewing for beginners day. A great way to introduce a complete novice like me in to how enjoyable sewing can be. And a good refresh for my mum who has been sewing for years. Highly recommended!!

  7. Caron Robinson says:

    Thank you Janet for a wonderful day yesterday ( 21st Nov 15 ) I had a fabulous time making my cooking apron and certainly intend to carry on with my new “hobby”. I will definitely be back for some more classes!
    Caron x

  8. Tess Worden says:

    Thank you so much for a fantastic sewing-for-beginners day on Saturday 23rd Jan. I thoroughly enjoyed learning what, for me, was a completely new skill, as I am ashamed to say, I had never sewn before I attended! Janet has completely inspired me to continue my mission in learning to sew and I came away feeling a huge sense of accomplishment having produced my own sewing apron. Thank you for giving me the confidence to know that anyone can have a go, even if they are a bag of nerves beforehand! Love my new apron!
    Hope to come back soon x

  9. Gini says:

    Thanks for a great day on the sewing for beginners on the 16th April. I’ve done a small amount of sewing in the past but had to pick it up as I went along so I thought it was time to learn the basics. I was little concerned when I arrived and found that the abilities were mixed in the room but there was no need. Janet moved between everyone seamlessly and seemed to know when she was needed and the others were welcoming and supportive. I left that day with a lovely bag and the basics in place. I’ve deliberately held off reviewing as I wanted to test if I’d remember anything when sat in front of my sewing machine by myself. Well, today I had a go at making a cushion cover from scratch pretty much making it up as I went along. While doing it I used the skills learned on the day but almost more importantly I used the little tips you won’t necessarily figure out yourself. Definitely worth going on this day.

  10. Penny Waller says:

    Had a wonderful day with Janet on a beginners sewing course. I went with a tiny amount of knowledge and really didn’t know what to expect. Janet helped me every step of the way and I came away with a lovely. padded apron, finished to a high standard. Such a lovely surprise to come away with a halfway decent finished product. The materials provided were of a high quality and Janet is a patient teacher. Would highly recommend her classes, and will hopefully go back for another class one day 🙂 🙂