💚ADULTS | Sewing 1: Machine Basics

💚ADULTS | Sewing 1: Machine Basics

Ages 18+ | Level 1 - Absolute Beginner | 2.5 hrs


  • Skill Level 1 - Absolute Beginner: No previous sewing experience required

This class is an introduction to using a sewing machine, it's the perfect place to start when you're learning how to sew. Learn the ins and outs of using a sewing machine - the power tool of sewing.

Learn how to thread up the machine, how to sew straight lines, turn corners and sew curved lines.

Understand different stitch types and what the dials on your machine do.


  • Event format: 
    • Single 2.5-hour class
  • Tickets/Bookings: 
    • Bookings for the class closes 3 days before start date
    • Book 3 weeks early for a discount
  • Maximum attendees: 5
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What you will learn

  • Wind a bobbin & thread a sewing machine
  • Stitch settings and what they mean
  • Sew accurate and straight seam, corners and curves

What you will get

  • Reference handout to take home
  • Materials for practising new skills & techniques
  • (Optional) Hire a sewing machine - select appropriate ticket
Parking Info

The studio is located at a private suburban residence, East of Norris Road.

Street address is included in the confirmation email once attendees have booked.


On-street parking is available 


🔗Click here for bus stops and bus routes to use.🔗

What to bring

  • Sewing machine & accessories
  • Sewing machine manual booklet
  • Alternatively, hire a sewing machine - select appropriate ticket

What to wear

Enclosed shoes must be worn throughout the event

Appropriate for

ADULTS | Suitable for absolute beginners with little or no previous sewing experience.

Bringing Your Own Sewing Machine?

Bernina, Brother, Elna, Husqvarna, Janome, Pfaff, Singer machines are welcome. No mini, toy & handheld. Otherwise,  contact before booking.

Make It Nifty holds sewing and dressmaking classes in Bracken Ridge 30 minutes North of Brisbane CBD. 

At Make It Nifty students are taught sewing techniques and knowledge while having a good time.

Students are encouraged to “give it a go”; progress is better than perfection. Students should leave class feeling happy that they have tried something new; proud that they made something with their own two hands and skill, and confident they could do it again.

Make It Nifty is a (very) small private business that was started in 2015 on Vanessa’s dining table.

Make It Nifty is now located in a studio space on the ground floor of Vanessa’s home in Bracken Ridge.

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5.0 (4 reviews)
Lucyrated it
26 Aug 2023
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Make It Nifty - Beginner & Garment Sewing Classes 11 Sep 2023

Hi Lucy,
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a 5-star rating. Your support is greatly appreciated. I'm thrilled you had a great experience.
Hope to see you back in the studio in future.
- Vanessa

Lindarated it
01 Jun 2023
I had such a lovely time at this class! The machine I brought turned out to have something wrong but Vanessa was so lovely and let me rent one of her machines. Her instructions were clear and the booklet we got was so very detailed, I appreciated how much work went into it. I never felt stupid and had all my questions answered. Highly recommend!
Make It Nifty - Beginner & Garment Sewing Classes 03 Jun 2023


Thank you for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed the class. All questions are important ☺️

Happy sewing,


Oliviarated it
28 Apr 2023
5 Star Class - Absolutely loved it!!! Vanessa had so much patience teaching me as a beginner. Great class overview of sewing basics. I feel more confident now using my machine. Can't wait to get started on my sewing projects. Many thanks Vanessa
Make It Nifty - Beginner & Garment Sewing Classes 28 Apr 2023

Thanks you for your review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the class and you are feeling more confident using your sewing machine.
Looking forward to seeing you in the studio again.

Happy sewing,

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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

  • A refund can be requested 15 days before class starts. An admin fee of AU$35.00 applies.
  • A credit note can be requested 8 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$10.00 applies.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Make It Nifty or organised by Make It Nifty must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Make It Nifty

By registering for a class/event, Students/Attendees and Parents/Guardians agree to release and hold harmless Make It Nifty, its representatives and employees, for any accident that may occur to a Students/Attendees while attending any activities held by Make It Nifty.

  • Activities at Make It nifty include risks that may lead to injury. 
  • Sewing includes the use of machines, needles, scissors, irons and other tools and substances that may cause property damage, injury, death or other harm.
  • Students/Attendees must behave in a safe and sensible manner.
  • If Students/Attendees behave in a way that endagers themselves or others they will be removed from the class/event.
  • If Students/Attendees are removed due to their behaviour their class/event fee is forfeited.
  • If Young Students/Attendees are removed from a class/event their Parent/Guardian will be contacted to collect them immediately.


By registering for a class/event, Students/Attendees and Parents/Guardians give permission for first aid and/or medical treatment to be given to the Students/Attendees they have registered if the need arises, and to the pay costs that are associated with said first aid and/or medical treatment.


I agree to give Make It Nifty unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Make It Nifty  classes and events or on Make It Nifty premises. (For use of Make It Nifty marketing materials).

  • Make It Nifty may take photos and/or videos of Students/Attendees and their projects during a class/event.
  • These photos, video and sound may be used online and in printed or digital marketing and/or social media platforms.
  • By registering for a class/event, Students/Attendees and Parents/Guardians are agreeing to the picture and/or sound of Students/Attendees being used by Make It Nifty without granting additional permissions and without compensation.


  • Classes/events begin at the scheduled start time. 
  • Students/Attendees are expected to arrive between 10 and 5 minutes before the start time so they are ready for the scheduled start time.
  • To avoid disruptions to the class/event, Students/Attendees are no longer permitted to join the class/event 15 minutes after the scheduled start time.
    • If Students/Attendees arrive more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or don’t attend at all, they forfeit their class/event fee.
  • Students/Attendees are not given refunds or credit if they miss part of a class/event or an entire class/event in a series of class/events.
  • Make It Nifty endeavours for classes/events to finish at the scheduled end time. 
    • However, class/event times are just an indication only, you may finish before or after the finishing time.
  • Parents/Guardians are required to pick up their child/ward promptly at the end of a class/event as there is no after-hours care for Youth Students/Attendees.
    • If Youth Students have not been collected within 10 minutes of class/event scheduled end time Parents/Guardians will be billed for the time elapsed since the scheduled end time for the class/event, at the rate of $2.50 per minute.


  • Rescheduling/postponing are not included as part of each booking/ticket.
  • When an attendee will not or does not attend an event they've booked, it's a cancellation of their booking.
  • Refer to the Cancellation/Refund Policy for details regarding cancellation notice periods, compensation options & processing fees.
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