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Beginner Learn to Sew Weekend

Beginner Learn to Sew Weekend

Learn to sew in one weekend!

Next Available: Sat, 10 Sep 10:00AM (AEST)
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5 hours x 2 Days
Over 20 people have attended this class



Let's really get sewing! This 2 day intensive class is for those who want to get sewing fast! it is our most popular class and they sell out very quickly!

In this workshop, bring along your machine and you will learn how to thread your machine, sew some basic stitches and sew a curved line plus hem. We will then tackle your first project, a simple tote bag, to show you construction and seam allowances.  We then move onto a basic pair of PJ shorts on the Sunday to teach you garment construction.  You will leave with both patterns and be able to work on them at home.

Skill level: Complete beginner - bring your machine in the box! 

What you will learn:

Day One

  • What all those knobs do
  • How to change your needle
  • How to thread both the bobbin and the machine
  • Sew basic straight stitches to the seam allowance and zig zag the edges

Day Two

Using PJ pants as our project you will learn:

  • How to improve those straight seams with the correct seam allowance and zig zag the edges
  • Pattern layout and jargon
  • Construction and putting the pieces together in what order
  • Trouble shoot basic machine problems

If you can't make both of these dates, you can book day one and day two separately.  

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What you will learn

  • What all those knobs do
  • How to change your needle, how to thread both the bobbin and the machine and to troubleshoot basic machine problems
  • Sew basic straight stitches to the seam allowance and zig zag the edges

What you will get

  • 10 hours over 2 days of expert tuition with only 3-6 students in the class
  • Sewing Pattern with instructions to take home
  • One spool of Gutermann quality thread
Parking Info

Venue Map here 


During the week, parking can be tricky.  It is often best to stop at our door and bring your machine in and then find a park.  

During the weekend, there is usually lots of parking on Jabez Street or Shepherd Street. 


We are serviced by the M30, 423, 426 and 428 bus.


We are approx 20min walk from Sydenham or Stanmore Station

What to bring

  • Your machine (clean with all it's power cords and the foot pedal) & your fabric scissors and sewing kit
  • Your lunch - a fridge, microwave and sandwich is available
  • Fabric - One metre of thick cotton fabric for the tote bag and one and a half metres of thin cotton fabric for the PJ short. You can purchase these from our store on the day if you like.

What to wear

Wear comfy clothes and shoes!

Appropriate for

Beginners, Adult

Usefulbox Sewing School

(78 Reviews)

Sewing classes for adults and kids in Marrickville.  Join us to begin your sewing journey or continue learning.  

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4.9 (13 reviews)
Orlarated it
23 Jul 2022
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Rosierated it
12 Jun 2022
Had a great weekend in the beginners class. Alot more confident on my machine and to start small projects. Met lovely people n my teacher Kelda is very knowledgeable n patient a delight to learn from.
Ellirated it
10 Apr 2022
Can't recommend this class highly enough. I was hesitant for the longest time because of the cost - I thought I could learn to navigate my sewing machine with the help of YouTube tutorials - but time and again I would mess up and not know what was wrong. On the first day, Caz patiently helped me untangle the thread from my machine from said past attempts, and explained every step of threading the machine and sewing. I feel so much more confident now - not only to use my machine but also because of the finished products we got to take home with us! I will be practicing at home and going back for the next class as soon as I can!
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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 2 days before class starts. Free of charge.
  • A transfer can be requested 48 days before the class starts. Free of charge.
  • A credit note can be requested 48 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

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Usefulbox Sewing School or organised by Usefulbox Sewing School 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 Usefulbox Sewing School


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

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