• for beginners or improvers  - ​essential techniques to make your projects better

using a sewing machine

  • inserting a zip 
  • buttons and buttonholes
  • ​loops and ties
  • ​gathers and frills
  • ...more to come, watch this space!

​each of these classes can be taken separately , one hour at £25/person, 

or combined as a two and a half hour session at £55/person (up to 2 people only)



Do you know how to use a sewing machine but are not sure what to do next?

Why not look for some lovely fabric for a skirt or top and I'll help you make it. 

Maybe you'd like to learn to use a commercial pattern or you've tried but are bamboozled by the jargon.

Click here for the list of example projects. Please let me know if there is something you would like to do and I can give you an estimate of time needed (and cost) to complete your project.

Do you have a sewing machine that's gathering dust or seen some lovely fabric that would make the perfect cushion cover, but you don't know how to get started?

Book a lesson with me, Amanda, and I can help. Take a look at the options below and use the contact form or phone to book. Before you know it, you'll be running up a summer skirt or a pair of curtains over the weekend!

All classes are arranged at your home - I will come to you, anywhere within a 20 mile radius of Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, (or further if expenses paid) and classes can be for one to four people. (discount for three or four)

I can provide equipment and materials if needed but we can discuss this when booking.

Please take a look at what you could do below.

for complete beginners (or those that have just forgotten!)

learn to use your own machine or try one of mine.

you will learn to:

  • wind a bobbin and thread the machine
  • adjust the stitch length
  • sew a straight seam, finishing the ends
  • turn the corner
  • use  a zigzag stitch, adjusting stitch length and width
  • try any other stitches you might have eg buttonholes, stretch and decorative stiches

​One hour at £25 per person (£20/ person for a group of 3 or 4 )


Amanda Seaborne

Dressmaker and Textile Crafter