It doesn’t really matter where you are, sewing is the same for all.
Being a Londoner, however, with all of the opportunities found in the capital, you may have that advantage over other hobbyists in that you could have access to more courses and have many more occasions to use the skill in your profession (i.e. the multitude of industries and businesses that are located in this busy city).
You may be a complete beginner at sewing or you might be an intermediate seamstress, but you can benefit from some extra help or inspiration all the same.
So, whether you are picking up a needle and thread for the very first time or you already have a smart sewing machine and sewing supplies at home which you use on many a garment, below you will find all you need to know about finding sewing courses in London.
Find out about sewing courses in London. Photo on Visual hunt
First off, I don’t think it’s right for anyone to walk into a sewing class for beginners without even knowing some of the fundamentals of basic sewing. All this will do is hold everyone back! Be sure to spend a bit of time on the Internet taking a look at sewing tips for beginners, watching sewing tutorials, brushing up on sewing terms and just generally looking at what can be done with this textile art.
You should understand that hand sewing, like hand embroidery, is a skill that continues to be used across the world today, and how sewing by hand differs to using machinery (i.e. computerized technology now allows us to do machine quilting in a fraction of the time). For instance, do you know what the purpose of hand sewing is in this day and age and do you know what your limitations are with a sewing machine? Does one piece of equipment fit all and perform all sewing processes? These are just some of the questions you should naturally be asking yourself if you are truly interested in the craft.
If you have never used a sewing machine before and find it hard sew in a straight line, why not get yourself a mini sewing machine to practice with at home – but be sure to brush up on the safety of using fast-moving equipment containing sharp objects as you don’t want any accidents! Furthermore, with a miniature sewing kit, you can work on your needlework and gain confidence with hand stitching and doing things like measuring up and even attempting a blind stitch!
As we have mentioned, possibly one of the easiest ways to learn to sew is to use the Internet. We use the term ‘easiest’ loosely because we are aware that a skill that requires this much attention to detail can be hard to master by simply reading written instructions, looking at 2d images or watching pre-recorded videos with no opportunity to stop and ask the demonstrator questions.
However, it is possible to find some really great tutorials on places like YouTube and Instagram. Basically, the Internet is a huge, free to access resource that covers almost any subject you can think of! Just think of it as your free, digital sewing school!
But if you would prefer to be taught by a personal guide rather than to self-teach methods you just aren’t comfortable enough with, then you could opt for workshops or looking for a real-life tutor.
At Superprof, you can find a variety of individuals with experience in textiles who are just raring to pass on their knowledge, tips, and tricks concerning the craft. In London alone, Superprof counts more than half a dozen tutors starting from just £10 an hour. Your first lesson or consultation is automatically free of charge to cover you if you find that the private tutor is not able to offer what you expected.
Be sure to check what sewing projects your guide has planned for you and what sewing equipment you will need for your lessons (i.e. a fat quarter, scissors, thread, wool, rulers, etc) as you don’t want to waste any valuable one-to-one time.
A Superprof tutor may be able to teach you more about the needles and threads you need for different crafts. Photo on Visual hunt
You can filter the results according to your level or your personal interests; for instance, you might like to consider those who are qualified in the fashion industry if you are keen to learn about dressmaking and tailoring. It is important to note that with expertise comes the ability to charge more for their time, so don’t be scared off by tutors charging a higher hourly rate. It just means they’re really good at what they do!
If you think about it, you might pay more initially for a more experienced instructor but then find that the lessons are so good that you don’t need as many sessions as if you had picked a tutor who isn’t as accomplished or as used to teaching others.
The truth is that what will be covered by your chosen teacher will all depend on what that individual specialises in and what you’ve signed up for. For example, if you have enrolled on a course relating to patchwork, then it’s unlikely that you’ll be taught much in the way of tailoring, and vice-versa. But that doesn’t mean to say that what you do learn won’t be transferable and relevant to the other areas of this craft.
One of the main things that you will gain from a course or a sequence of lessons with an expert in the field is confidence and how to approach your tasks with a positive mindset. Even though you might already think you are quite confident because you are willing to try even if you fail, your teacher will most likely teach you so much more about the subject than you could ever have imagined and thus make it so that you don’t fail, full stop.
If you have attended courses related to textiles but feel like you need to focus your attention on one specific area in order to enter the profession you want, then a tutor can be a great way of bridging that gap between education and profession.
This company offers a range of sewing classes in London, adapted for all different levels: Beginners, Advanced Beginners, and Intermediate Dressmaking. As a beginner, you might find introductory courses like how to sew a tote bag, how to sew a pyjama set, how to use a sewing machine, and other general taster sessions introducing you to the art of sewing.
Advanced beginners, however, may discover how to make alterations, how to sew with jersey fabrics, how to sew lingerie and an introduction to dressmaking.
Meanwhile, intermediate dressmaking students will explore pattern cutting, how to sew cigarette pants, how to sew the perfect fit and how to copy your existing clothes and fashions.
All of the classes, which have excellent reviews from previous students as can be seen on the website, are very affordably priced with most coming in at less than £100.
Learning to become an excellent tailor requires being taught the ropes by a tailor with high-standards. Photo on VisualHunt
The Savile Row Academy is a renowned tailoring school which was founded by Andrew Ramroop OBE, Master Tailor and Director of Maurice Sedwell. Their objective when opening the academy was to protect, enhance and develop the value of bespoke tailoring by passing on their high standards to new trainees.
The academy, which can be found on the famous Savile Row, officially opened in January 2008 and continues, to this date, to provide a unique opportunity for those wanting to acquire the high level knowledge, skills and experience needed for employment in established tailoring houses around the world or with a view to establish their own businesses within this field.
Below is just one example of the valuable courses on offer for aspiring tailors:
Men’s Pattern Cutting and Fitting SRA Certificate Course – 23 July 2018 to 24 Aug 2018:
Course modules: Men’s Pattern Drafting, Block pattern, Cutting, Fitting, Remarking and Master patterns.
PLEASE NOTE: There are only twelve places on this course.
You can enrol in this course by downloading and completing the form found on their website. Here, you can also find out more about the price of this intensive workshop.
If you are interested in finding out more about the many sewing courses on offer near you in the big smoke, then why not take a look online and see for yourself what is out there. As a Londoner, I’m sure you are aware that there are so many colleges and academies across the capital that can accommodate students either full or part-time, depending on their needs and the flexibility of the course being offered.
However, if it’s one-off, independent sewing classes or workshops that you are keen to discover, then you may find it beneficial to use directories like Timeout London, which lists a variety of sewing or fashion-related courses on offer in the city.
Furthermore, Hot Courses lists more than 30 relevant courses or workshops in London, which means that there is a likelihood that at least one will suit your fancy! Their picks are clearly categorised and display the price visibly, making it known when a discount or saving has been applied.
Did you find all that you need? We hope sew!