Get to Know Your Sewing Machine

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Join us online for an expert tutorial in how to set up and start sewing with your new machine!



1 hour Class size 1 to 20     label £5

Quickly to get to grips with your new sewing machine! The workshop will have you making beautiful sewing projects in no time, with the opportunity to see how simple the machine is to set up and learn basic techniques and skills. This is a great way to build your confidence and knowledge.

This demonstration is perfect if you’re new to machine sewing and looking to get the most out of your new sewing machine. The hour session is designed for complete beginners, with lots of opportunity to ask questions.

The expert Hobbycraft Artisan will show you how to thread your machine and load a bobbin, give you a tour of all the features and accessories, and demonstrate sewing a few starter stitches.

Though there may be differences between the machine used for the demonstration and your own machine, the process will always be very similar. You may wish to refer to your manual or ask your Hobbycraft Artisan for advice.

By the end of the demonstration, you’ll walk away with a great knowledge of your machine and plenty of ideas on how to start using it!



Knowledge required
  • Perfect for beginners!

What to bring
  • Use the templates sent to you within your confirmation email as a guide if you want to craft along during the workshop
  • Scrap fabric for you to practise on (rough guide A5 or a fat quarter)
  • Fabric pen
  • Ruler

Your teacher
Hobbycraft Artisan
Hobbycraft Artisan

4.8 (15290)

Our expert Hobbycraft Artisans deliver our online workshops, each Artisan has their craft expertise and will be perfectly placed to help you start a completely new craft or advance your skills.

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Lesley Bond Jun 2022


The session was on a different machine to mine but could still understand it fully.

Abi Salami Jun 2022


I feel more confident to start using my sewing machine now. Hannah made great effort to explain patiently to me.

I highly recommend to beginners.

Abi

Claire Jackson May 2022


Very well organised and everything explained clearly. Great class and good value for money - excellent

Anne McCarthy-Hillyard May 2022


Really enjoyed the workshop, definitely feel braver playing around with my machine now. Also some handy tips. Thanks again

Angela Robinson May 2022


I am still a complete beginner… I Found this session really useful. I didn’t know how to change feet or various other things the machine can do! Now I do!
Hannah made sure we’d covered everything we needed at a nice pace and answered lots of questions and gave tips as we went along so that I can take them away to help me practice what I’ve learnt.
Thank you!

Tracey Graham Apr 2022


Hannah was extremely friendly and helpful. The advice was clear and I am more confident using my sewing machine. I had an opportunity to ask specific questions which really helped. I would highly recommend. Many thanks.

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Ruth Pollington Apr 2022


Very helpful, I’m now much less scared of my sewing machine. Thank you Hannah.

Nett Furley Apr 2022


didnt meet my requirements as I probably need a one to one face to face for someone to work through my machine with me. Its 42 years old and had few of the functions others had and difficult to manipulate machine and zoom camera at the same time

Jackie Mullard Apr 2022


Having only got my new sewing machine out of the box and looked a it., I have now threaded it up, filled the bobbin and sewn some stitches.

Very happy with my lesson!

Thank you

Onyeka Onyekwelu Mar 2022


This class was just the motivation I needed to finally start using my sewing machine. Managed to sew a straight line AND zigzag in a circle.

Rebecca Johnson Mar 2022


Would have enjoyed it a lot more if my machine played ball. The sewing tutor was fabulous and very friendly. When I’ve sorted my machine out I shall be back for another lesson. I miss half of it with teething problems! Thank you for a lovely friendly lesson though. Very good

Marilyn Gott Mar 2022


I really enjoyed the workshop, I managed to sew a buttonhole with my machine and later sewed on a button.
It was interesting and inormative, the time flew by.
Thank you

Miranda Christopher Mar 2022


After not using a sewing machine's for nearly 35 years this was a great re-introduction.

Joanna Jones Feb 2022


Having bought a new sewing machine this was exactly what I needed! The templates supplied were great, allowing me to build my confidence. Hannah was patient and knowledgeable. Small group size helped tremendously!

Karen Wallace Feb 2022


Enjoyed the class found it informative and easy to follow. Due to this I immediately signed up for another.

Natalie Mears Jan 2022


Hannah has been SUPER helpful! I'd really recommend this class for anyone who is not sure where to begin!

Yogi Appasamy Jan 2022


Good introduction from the beginning. Able to share own experience. Small group, able to ask questions and have queries answered.

Jocelyn Andersson Jan 2022


Hannah was lovely and clear and engaging.
Covered tension really well. I will look to doing more courses.

Finola Burke Jan 2022


Excellent, perfect to introduce me to using my machine. Hannah the instructor was very clear and helpful. Really enjoyed it and it was just long enough for first go.

Finola Burke

Lorna Kelly Jan 2022


It was really easy to understand Hannah's explanations and she showed us every step on her on machines so we could see what we were looking for. A really used beginners course!

Julie Plant Jan 2022


Maybe which stitches to use where and a bit more on tension for different materials

Julia Sanders Jan 2022


Really helpful. Much easier to see someone demonstrating than reading the manual. Lots of helpful tips. Hannah was a calm and informative teacher. Thanks.

Katherine Taylor Jan 2022


Really useful introductory class! It would have been useful to have received the templates as fabric rather than paper, so I could sew along with the instructor. Overall, a good class and I feel more prepared to begin projects!

Suzanne Holden Dec 2021


Enjoyed the course. Very informative and the teacher explained well and repeated when needed. Thank you

Shana Walker Dec 2021


Steph was really good at explaining everything and was so calm and patient with us complete beginners! I got really stuck and she was kind enough to spend extra time at the end to help me figure something out, and she fixed my problem! I can't wait for more of these workshops, thank you Steph!

Xanthe Tunley Dec 2021


Really good class! Got a sewing machine as a present a year ago, tried to teach myself and got no where - very difficult to teach yourself when you don't know basic bobbin loading/troubleshooting. This class will get you completely confident with setting up your machine and how it works. The Sewing Machine Test Drive templates they email are really helpful for practice too. I was only able to print them on paper before the class, but they are available printed on fabric from in store and apparently will be posted in later classes, but the class was too new for my session for this to be sent out. My instructor Steph was also really helpful and friendly! Made everything really clear, and was able to help troubleshoot and answer specific questions of students during class. Clearly very knowledgeable and happy to teach! I'd previous tried to attend an in store class, but with my work schedule could never find a time that worked so having an online evening class was great! Thank you very much Hobbycraft!

Kendal Fish Dec 2021


I probably was above this level, so it felt slow. Could have done more sewing, quite a lot of showing sewing tools at the end, but not so clear an explanation of how to use them.

Linda McClelland Dec 2021


I was unable to participate due to recovering from a operation. I hope to be able to see a video recording to enable me to gain the skills I missed.

Lottie Armitage Dec 2021


The class was really informative and delivered at a level suitable for a beginner. Unfortunately I struggled to get the online application working initially but managed to catch up on the missed moments. I'd recommend (but ignore the things you require listed in email to bring as it's more informative than practical)

Rebecca Dunn Dec 2021


Fantastic introduction to sewing machines with detailed guidance on how to thread. Would have liked to have seen other presser foots in action but there are other classes for those

Elena Angelaki-King Dec 2021


The lesson was very helpful and helped me understand my sewing machine and the things that come with it and i will be booking another lesson to further my knowledge!

Emer Beattie Dec 2021


The instructor was great - very clear and precise - exactly what I needed!
I would give him 5 stars.
But he went through the various equipment available in the shop for about 15 minutes - he could have just given us a list, as we're not going to need a lot of that yet as beginners. It would have been more helpful if he had taught us for the whole hour.

Patricia Fernandes Nov 2021


Started on time. Very patient and pleasant tutor. Answered all my questions. Definitely recommend to all beginners.

Julie Henry Nov 2021


Really clear with a friendly patient host. I’m feeling more confident now to use my machine. Thanks Steph.

Jasmine Hodge-Lake Oct 2021


Second time I did this class. The first time was a bit of a non starter but Hobbycraft allowed me to repeat this class. A much better experinece which I was able to enjoy & sew along. I even managed to find stuff on my sewing machine which I didn't during the class. I also repaired something after the class on my sewing machine & I am a beginner. I just need to work out how to replace my needle now as it broke during my repair LOL. The life of a sewing novice.

Helen Smith Oct 2021


Brilliant, great teacher Steph, very thorough, I’ve learnt loads of new things. Thank you.

Jo Ellerby Oct 2021


Great class for beginners like me. Showed all components of machine and how to use it

Hayley Doherty Oct 2021


Lovely lady very good. Went through alot . Good idea to check you have everything before. I started and realised the foot on my machine was missing .

Jade Ford Oct 2021


The instructor was fab! Very thorough and also recommended a few bits to get for your sewing kit. More than happy to answer questions and demonstrate again. Really really enjoyed it and looking forward to doing the next class along.

Janice Scaplehorn Oct 2021


Connected very well. It is tricky to meet everyone’s requirements, eg different machines etc, but it was dealt with quite well and kept to time. I would repeat the experience.

Jane Taylor-Collins Oct 2021


I can only say good as I disappointedly didn't get to take the class in the end but I was really looking forward to it

Kylie Coningham Oct 2021


Talked through the basics of setting up the sewing machine and other accessories. Maybe could have done with some more demonstrations of sewing techniques. Good amount of time for questions and answers.

Heather Nesbitt Oct 2021


Great beginers class! Easy to understand and also learnt some great tips.
Thank you so much

Katie Meads Oct 2021


Steph was a great teacher and very patient, through with showing us all of the parts of the sewing machine.
One of the participants was quite demanding and Steph dealt with her really well.
Great value for money, looking forward to my next session.

Kim Sadler Sep 2021


The session was great, very imformative and I feel much more comfortable using my sewing machine.

Nicci Kimber Sep 2021


Brilliant, the workshop was very helpful and the lady, Sarah was knowledgeable and informative. Thank you!

Julie Benge Sep 2021


Very useful although I only have the basic mini stitcher it made me realise I could remember more than I thought from my youth and watching my mum

Deborah Forbes Sep 2021


Thank you so much. I feel much more confident. So helpful to have questions answered.

Diane Sellers Sep 2021


Very good class with Steph got the basics relearned and it was the same machine as mine so all made perfect sense Thankyou so much

Get to Know Your Sewing Machine review by Diane Sellers

Belinda Howell Sep 2021


Feeling much more comfortable trying out different stitches now. Also helped me get the right tension which has been holding me back a lot!

Linda Costa Sep 2021


I have had a few lessons has a beginner.

I had not had any more lessons since the start of the year and took this was a refresher. I also did learn a more things about my machine.

The teacher was quite informative and explained things as clearly as she could and had two different models of sewing machines to show people with
. The class was rather large, so there were a few people who were complete novices slightly struggled, to begin with.

However the teacher offered to check information with them and go through things. She answered questions and demonstrated on the camera. The camera itself was a little out of focus on occasions.

This was a technical cliche.

I would recommend these classes, to other people. They are a good place to springboard off to do other classes.

The price is very reasonable and good for those who are on a tight budget.

I will be doing other classes with Hobby Craft, in the very near future
Thank you

Jemma Lavelle Sep 2021


Very informative, lots of useful info and lovely presenter. Would have been good to be a bit longer.

Tracy Murden Sep 2021


A really informative session, easy to follow with a very friendly and patient tutor. Thank you

Jane Segaran Sep 2021


Brilliant ! Learnt so much. I am hoping there will be another class to the next stage. Easy to follow excellent

Kirsty Noakes Sep 2021


The presenter was very knowledgeable. I learned some helpful tips that will help my sewing.

Verna Roe Sep 2021


Very informative and useful for anyone just starting to use a sewing machine. Will be looking out for other classes

Chloe Higginbottom Sep 2021


Clear instructions. Given plenty of camera angles and time to ask questions. Will be booking onto another one for button sewing in the near future.

Angela Chacko Aug 2021


It was really good. It would be really helpful if u sent the recorded video to us for future reference.

Julie Dixon Aug 2021


Great teaching and use of cameras to show the teacher and angles of the sewing machine. Very useful for absolute beginners.

Vivienne McLachlan Aug 2021


Very good , friendly member of staff who explained things well . Learned a lot , would recommend it to others , thank you

Sara Evans Aug 2021


This workshop has given me the confidence to really get started with my new sewing machine. I have realised that the machine is actually easier to use than my 40 my year old one, although it looks more complicated. The Hobbycraft Artisan was knowledgeable, but went at a nice steady pace, so it was very easy to understand. It has inspired me to try the exercises on the practice templates and I am looking forward to joining more workshops when they are available.

Helen Shade Aug 2021


Great for very new beginners to sewing, look forward to more workshops with more details

Eurydyka Czerska Aug 2021


The host was very good, but the video recording was out of focus when doing close-ups. During the demo, every time someone made a noise as they kept the mic on, their window shows instead of the host. And I couldn't see what the host was showing.

Alyson Saunders Aug 2021


Very good workshop, Steph was lovely & very helpful. Good for absolute beginners, going through all basics. Really enjoyed it!

Samantha Sandilands Aug 2021


Really great class for beginners, as someone who had no idea what they were doing before the class I now understand the basics of how to use my machine and I can't wait to learn more! The leader of the session was really helpful and knowledgeable too.

Susan Meldon Aug 2021


Was the timing a little out, the sheets suggested we would do basic sewing which I was hoping for. But after 45 mins threading the machine was still being covered.

Frances Biggin Aug 2021


Super class which took me from knowing absolutely zero to being able to use my machine to sew using basic stitches.

Dawn Cundill Aug 2021


Great, StephyMarie was very knowledgeable, good at explaining and patient. I found it very helpful, thank you.

Charlotte Underwood Aug 2021


Really useful class and friendly tutor. She didn't rush through and was patient when people asked things she had already explained. Thank you!

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