Understanding & Using Sewing Patterns

How to Use Your Sewing Machine Online Workshop

Get the confidence to give it a go!

Live via Zoom
Over 10 people have attended this class


Have you been given a sewing machine?

Or maybe you bought a sewing machine for lockdown? #quarantinecrafts #covidcrafts #covidcrafting #coronaviruscraftproject #coronaviruscraftchallenge #covidsewing #quarantinesewing #isewlation...

Sound familiar?

One of the most common admissions we hear is "I have a sewing machine, but I haven't taken it out of the box."  So, we've created this workshop! There has been a boom in sewing machine sales and we want to make sure potential-sewing-superstars everywhere have the confidence to give it a go.

This 2-hour workshop will cover:

  • What's in the box
  • How to load a bobbin with thread
  • How to thread a sewing machine (both vertical and horizontal drop-in)
  • The settings and adjustments for straight stitching
  • Step-by-step how-to start sewing and finishing off
  • Troubleshooting tips
  • Links to simple projects

By then end of this workshop, you will have the confidence to start playing with your sewing machine. The tips and knowledge we teach you will enable you to start making simple projects.

Thread Den has access to many different machines and will be able to demonstrate steps on different machines as well as explain yours to you.

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What you will learn

  • How to avoid common frustrations when starting to sew
  • What are the things that come with the machine
  • Ideas for projects to start with

What you will get

  • A workshop teacher and a host for workshop groups with 4 or more participants
  • A detailed handout covering all you'll learn
  • Step-by-step instructions, demonstrations and the opportunity to ask questions about your machine

What to bring

  • Get ready to meet your machine! Grab a notebook and pen for all the tips and knowledge your are going to learn.

What to wear


Appropriate for

Anyone with a sewing machine but hasn't really started using it.

Thread Den

1012 Reviews

Learn to sew, craft and create with Thread Den. Workshops offered face-to-face and online.

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.

Thread Den has developed a teaching model that is supportive and nurturing, designed to make each student feel like the focus of our attention, whether you learn with us face-to-face or online.

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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4.8 (10 reviews)
13 September 2021How to Use Your Sewing Machine Online Workshop
I'm so glad I took part in this workshop, I feel confident to get back into sewing now that I understand how to use my machine. Jenni and Amy were really clear at explaining everything and even though it was online, I had no trouble following along and asking questions when I needed to. I'm looking forward to attending an in-person workshop sometime in the future. Thanks, Thread Den.
11 September 2021How to Use Your Sewing Machine Online Workshop
The teachers were very knowledgeable and patient. This class is definitely for absolute beginners. Due to the on line format the teachers weren’t able to adapt conversation to our individual experience which was a little frustrating bc I felt I didn’t get quite as much out of the class as I’d hoped. I would highly recommend for complete beginners though. It was a very thorough run through
07 January 2021How to Use Your Sewing Machine Online Workshop
Workshop was fantastic both Jen and Amy were super helpful and broke everything down really well, loved it!
Thread Den 02 February 2021

Hi Shannyn, 

Thank you for your feedback we are so happy we were able to get you feeling my confident using your machine. 

We hope to see you again soon. 


Amy & Thread Den Team

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Refund Policy

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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 - they 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 - info@threadden.com .  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 these annoying details. Here's the stuff that is often hidden behind an *asterisk* or in teeeeenie little print:

Refund Policy

  • All refunds are subject to a 25% administration fee.
  • Refunds will only be processed back to the original method of payment.
  • Refunds are processed as soon as practicable. While Thread Den’s part of the process should be undertaken within three days of notice, the combination of the bookings platform and your banking institution’s processes will also influence the exact amount of time taken for you to receive the refund.

Transferring Your Booking

  • If you wish to transfer your booking to another workshop we require at least four days notice prior to the start date of your original workshop/course booking.
  • Bookings without date changes can be transferred to another person without incurring any penalties.
  • Changes to your workshop or the commencement date (within all other terms listed here) will incur a $10 administration fee.
  • Changes to your booking date will not reset the four day notice period.

Medical Events

  • If you feel unwell, do not attend your workshop. 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. In the event of a cancellation, students will be notified two days before the scheduled start date and refunds will be provided.

This policy can be viewed on our website - https://threadden.com/about/bookings-and-cancellations-policy/

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