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Style at Home’s Cassie takes on a sew­ing course

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‘i had an amaz­ing time on the course and can’t wait to put my new­found skills to the test’

Whether you’re a novice with a nee­dle and thread or a pro with a sew­ing ma­chine, sew pretty of­fers a range of cour­ses for all lev­els. The wim­ble­donbased stu­dio is the ideal place to de­velop your skills. Cassie from the Style at Home team, em­barked on a four-week soft fur­nish­ings course. here’s how she got on.

Week 1 Learning the ba­sics

After introducing our­selves, our lovely tu­tor, Rachel, didn’t waste any time get­ting started. We were taught how to wind the bob­bin and thread the sew­ing ma­chine, and spent about 30 min­utes going over the dos and don’ts of ma­chine work. After this, we were given time to get a feel for it all, then we prac­tised dif­fer­ent stitches, the ba­sic tech­nique for hem­ming, and stitch­ing in both curved and straight lines.

Week 2 Zip cush­ion cover

On the sec­ond week, we put our skills to the test and made our own cush­ion cov­ers us­ing a fab­ric of our choice. Led by Sew Pretty’s founder, Katya, we were taken through the process, from mea­sur­ing and cut­ting the ma­te­rial to fix­ing the zip into place, and given one-to-one help as we went. This is a great project to try if you’re still building up your con­fi­dence.

Week 3 pleated cur­tains

This week, we took on a big­ger project and made a lined cur­tain sam­ple. We were taught how to cal­cu­late drops and widths, ap­ply head­ings and gather up the fab­ric for a professional fin­ish. After each ses­sion, you’re emailed a set of in­struc­tions to keep.

Week 4 ro­man blinds

The group ar­rived to the fi­nal ses­sion a lit­tle ap­pre­hen­sive, but ready to tackle the most chal­leng­ing project yet. Building on the skills we’d learnt, we were shown how to mea­sure fab­ric for a Ro­man blind, and then used the sew­ing ma­chine to stitch it all to­gether and in­clude chan­nels for the rods. We then fixed the cords in place and were shown how to rig the blind pro­fes­sion­ally.

The homely gar­den stu­dio pro­vides a calm en­vi­ron­ment

Cassie tack­les her first project

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