Thread Den - Sewing Lessons Melbourne Special Offer
from AU$199.00

Sewing Basics 3 Week Course for Beginners

Learn to sew from the very beginning

Next Available: Wed, 25 Oct 6:00PM (AEDT)
(+9 more dates)(Private Dates Available)
3 hours x 3 Weeks
Over 1000 people have attended this class


Enjoy nine hours of tuition where you learn to sew from the very beginning - no experience necessary!  We'll take you through all the basics of sewing; understanding the sewing machine, sewing technique and how to troubleshoot problems at the machine yourself.  

We'll introduce you to terminology, tools, patterns, fabric anatomy, cutting technique and achieving professional results. You'll get to know what you want in a sewing machine if you haven't yet purchased one. 

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Sewing Basics for Beginners ➟ click here.
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  • Purchase a supplies kit with everything required - designs currently available ➟ click here.


Workshop 1:

  • Identifying the  parts of the sewing machine
  • Learn to thread and set up the sewing machine
  • Learn essential techniques including; feeding and guiding the fabric, straight stitching, backstitching, basting, pivoting, zig-zag stitching, applique and sewing at seam allowances
  • Hemming and finishing with pinking shears
  • Pressing and getting professional results
  • Starting to use patterns while making a fabric wallet

Workshop 2:

  • Fabric anatomy and how that relates to the pattern markings
  • Pinning fabrics, tracing patterns and cutting technique
  • Types of interfacing and how to use
  • Types of zips, their uses and tools/feet required
  • Inserting a regular centred zip in a toiletries case
  • Boxing out corners

Workshop 3:

  • Understanding more pattern markings
  • Assembling a bag with a full lining
  • How to sew darts
  • Middle pinning and manipulating fabric 
  • Bagging out

AND you'll make three projects - a handy wallet, a toiletries case and a bag!

Purchase a supplies kit with everything required - designs currently available ➟ click here.

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What you will learn

  • Week 1: At the end of this session students will be able to thread a sewing machine, setup and make adjustments for straight sewing and zigzag stitching, and will make a handy wallet.
  • Week 2: Students will know about fabric anatomy, interfacing and zips. They will know how to fuse interfacing, change feet accessories, insert a centred zip and make a toiletries case.
  • Week 3: Students will be able to independently thread, setup and adjust a sewing machine. With limited supervision; fold fabrics, trace and cut out. Make a lined bag with instructions.

What you will get

  • Experienced and friendly teachers to take you through everything step-by-step
  • Detailed handouts in each weekly workshop
  • 3 projects made by you; a handy fabric wallet, toiletries case and a lined bag
Parking Info
  • Level 1, 329 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Look for the red door.
  • Most Brunswick St parking is ticketed & max' 2hrs. However, longer time parking is available in the paid Coles Car Park.
  • Public Transport is the ideal way to get here - jump on the 11 tram & get off at Johnston St.

What to bring

  • Week 1: a piece of craft felt at least 17cm x 27cm, sewing machine thread & a piece woven cotton fabric at least 45cm x 35cm
  • Week 2: sewing machine thread, a 25cm closed end chunky plastic zip & .5metre woven cotton fabric
  • Week 3: sewing machine thread, two pieces of woven cotton fabric both half a metre
  • A list of supplies is included in your confirmation email

What to wear


Appropriate for

No experience necessary. Adults in this course should be keen to learn all the basics of sewing!  We'll give you an understanding of the sewing machine - including; threading it up, how to adjust settings, machine sewing techniques and starting to trouble shoot problems yourself.  We’ll introduce you to basic terminology, loads of tools, simple patterns, fabric selection, cutting technique and achieving professional results with stable woven fabrics. Even if you have sewn some stuff, but aren't sure about stitch width or length, or you keep getting a bird's nest of threads, and/or you don't yet know about seam allowance/guides - we think you'll love the "aha" moments in this course.

Supplies Kit

During checkout you can add a supplies kit to your booking (link to designs ⬆ in class description).

Thread Den

(1568 Reviews)

Learn to sew, craft and create with Thread Den

Located on Melbourne's vibrant Brunswick Street, in Fitzroy. At Thread Den you can start at the very beginning, take your skills to the next level, and find your own unique style.

At Thread Den it's just like a friend (a super nice clever one) teaching you and a few friends to sew, craft and create. When you come in; take advantage of having all the equipment on hand, lovely big cutting tables, smooth running Janomes with plenty of feet accessories, inspiring resources, and friendly people to chat to.  

Your teachers have years of experience, their own labels and businesses, and the desire to share their skills and craftsmanship with you.

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4.9 (441 reviews)
Sandrarated it
26 Sep 2023
Great course and loads of fun. I couldn’t believe what I was able to learn and make in such a short space time. Arlie the instructor was fantastic, full of very practical tips and attentive to everyone’s needs. She made sure we all understood everything and that our sewing was perfect! 5 stars for the instructor too!
Lesleyrated it
24 Sep 2023
I thought I knew a little bit about sewing but I learnt so much more with handy hints and tips along the way. Danielle was very patient and caring with her instructions. Fantastic to walk away after each session with a small completed project. Will look to do another course now.
Walescarated it
18 Sep 2023
I had a great time at the Sewing Basics class. It was rewarding finishing every class with a completed project.
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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 1 day before class starts. An admin fee of AU$35.00 applies.
  • A transfer can be requested 4 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$10.00 applies.
  • A credit note can be requested 4 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

Taking part in a workshop at Thread Den is fun and we love teaching people our craft, but here we have to get serious for a moment:

It is your responsibility to clear your diary for the booking you've made - especially if there are multiple sessions in your course. If you want to finish your project(s), you need to attend all workshops. You'll also need to arrive on time. We can't start again because it just isn't fair to your fellow participants. 

Allow us this indulgence for a second, our workshops and courses - are usually sold out weeks in advance. It isn't a quick switch to pop you into another workshop. If we have an appropriate session where you can attend to keep going, we will try to offer you a discounted space. If that isn't possible, you will need to book a private lesson to stay on track (the minimum cost is NM -$144 or M -$119.52). 

We also won't follow you up to check that you are coming along to class and/or that you have the right supplies for your class. Almost every workshop will require you to bring along your supplies, for some workshops we sell a supplies kit at an additional cost - but not for all. If you are unsure about what you need, just shoot us an email - .  We also want you to learn and love what you make as much as possible, please carefully consider the fabrics we recommend that you use. If you choose a fabric that is suited to a more advanced level you aren't going to enjoy your experience.

We've tried to answer any questions you could have in the workshop description, but again, don't hesitate to email us for any further details or with any queries. We loooove to see that fabric you are thinking of using and sending you off to some of our favourite fabric and habby suppliers. 

Thanks for sticking with us and reading through those annoying details. 

The details of our refund policy appear during the booking process.

Medical Events

  • If you are required to isolate, with the supply of a medical certificate or COVID-19 testing referral covering the date of your workshop, you will be able to transfer your booking without incurring any penalties.
  • Your safety is our priority, we reserve the right to make decisions if necessary to preserve the safety of all. 
  • In the event of a medical emergency, we may have to seek ambulance services on your behalf and at your expense.

Course Cancellations 

  • Classes are subject to sufficient enrolment numbers (usually this is 3 participants).
  • We reserve the right to cancel any scheduled course.

This policy can be viewed on our website -

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