Sewing Lessons

Maria offers private sewing lessons for beginners or capable sewers in her tranquil sewing studio in Montpelier.

These lessons are suitable for all ages from 8+ and can be booked for 1 or 2 people.

Private sewing lessons are available on weekdays (daytime or evening) & at weekends (daytime).

Please use the pop up Enquiries & Bookings button below or click this link to the diary for up-to-date availability & to make an instant reservation.

For Beginners

I invite you to learn the basics of using a sewing machine in a relaxed & friendly environment – you can even bring your own sewing machine if you like.

I supply all the materials you will need for your first few lessons, so it’s a great way to give it a try before spending any money on tools & materials. My machines are modern & simple Toyota RS2000 models.

I recommend a 2 hour lesson to get you started. This gives you time to get familiar with the setting up of a machine before starting to have fun with the different stitches to create something! That may be all you wish to do before experimenting on your own at home.

If you decide you would like to continue learning this way we can work through a number of small projects that get you trying different techniques to build up your set of skills. We can then progress to your own projects whether they be dressmaking, quilting or home furnishings.

For inspiration I have created a Project Gallery so that you can pick & choose the projects to suit your sewing aspirations. Please take a look at this page to see photos & brief details of what each project covers. In a lot of cases I supply all the materials you will need.

To give you an idea, we typically start with an appliquéd pin cushion and follow this up with a drawstring bag or zipped purse.

If you are keen to learn how to make your own clothes I would love to help you! I can usually get most non-sewers to making a simple pair of PJ shorts on lesson 3 or 4. We tend to follow this with an a-line skirt & a simple woven top before moving to more complex garments such as trousers, dresses & anything made from stretch or jersey fabric. Please see the Project Gallery for more details & links to my suggestions for patterns for these early makes.

We can of course chat this all through during your first lesson to come up with the best plan for you.

Available as 2 or 3 hour lessons for one or two people.

Individual lessons are £20 per hour, Sew with a Friend lessons are £30 per hour.

Discounts of 15-20% are given if you book a series of lessons. This can bring the cost down to £12 per person per hour if you book 8 or more hours with a friend. Full details of the discounts will be provided at your first lesson or if you send me an email.

For Capable & Competent Sewers

If you’ve grasped the basics of using a sewing machine & would like to develop your skills, have some help on a specific project or simply get some fresh inspiration then please take a look at the Project Gallery for  lots of possible lesson ideas.

These lessons are for one or two people.

Individual lessons are £20 per hour, Sew with a Friend lessons are £30 per hour.

Discounts of 15-20% are given if you book a series of lessons. This can bring the cost down to £12 per person per hour if you book 8 or more hours with a friend. Full details of the discounts will be provided at your first lesson or if you send me an email.

If you are looking to get 3 to 4 friends together then I also offer Sewing Get-TogethersThese are ideal for friends who can all sew but are looking for inspiration or to learn new skills. You choose from the same Project Gallery but need to allow a bit longer to complete the project – please see the Sewing Get-Togethers page for more details.

Bookings & Enquiries

Please use the pop up Enquiries button below or click this link to the diary for up-to-date availability & to make an instant reservation. You can also send an enquiry or email me at maria@cafesewciety.co.uk if you have any questions or would like me to give you a call to chat through any specific requirements.

Gift Vouchers

These sewing lessons would also make a great present for anyone you know who is keen to start sewing or would just enjoy some crafty me-time! Gift vouchers can be purchased here.