The Edinburgh Sewcial Club, textiles teacher

The Edinburgh Sewcial Club

The Edinburgh Sewcial Club

location_on Edinburgh

local_activity classes: Sewing and EmbroideryFlower WreathMacrameFeltingTextilesFloristryPrint Making

5.0 (511)


The Edinburgh Sewcial Club first opened its doors in 2014 teaching dressmaking, sewing and other textiles crafts to people of all ages, levels of ability and experience in evening and weekend classes.

Our fun, social classes are a great way to try something new and learn a practical craft and skill!

Now, as well as dressmaking and sewing there are also a number of other textile crafts taught, beading, embroidery, upcycling & mending even fleece mermaid tail blankets! Our 'sewcial club' is a friendly environment to get creative!

Come and discover what you can do!






Classes


Beginner Sewing Course

5.0 (217)

date_range 17 Aug, 31 Aug

location_on Edinburgh

1 to 6

label £60

Miniature Landscape Embroidery Class

5.0 (18)

date_range Sun 28 Jul, 12:30pm

location_on Edinburgh

1 to 8

label £55

Six Week Garment Making Course

4.9 (52)

date_range Wed 4 Sep, 6:15pm

location_on Edinburgh

1 to 6

label £165

Beginners' Two-week Sewing Course: Evenings

4.9 (46)

date_range Wed 7 Aug, 6:15pm

location_on Edinburgh

1 to 6

label £60

Upcycling Course

4.8 (4)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Edinburgh

1 to 8

label £95

Intermediate Sewing Class - Wash Bag

4.9 (50)

date_range Sat 24 Aug, 10:30am

location_on Edinburgh

1 to 6

label £60

Intermediate Sewing Class - Wash Bag - Evening Class

date_range Wed 21 Aug, 6:15pm

location_on Edinburgh

1 to 6

label £60

Sashiko Embroidery Class

4.9 (27)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Edinburgh

6 to 8

label £55

Botanical Embroidery Class

4.9 (18)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Edinburgh

5 to 8

label £50

Macramé Workshop

5.0 (12)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Edinburgh

6 to 8

label £50

Kids Intermediate Sewing Class - Wash Bag

Adults & 9+ years

date_range Thu 1 Aug, 10:30am

location_on Edinburgh

1 to 8

label £55

Garment Making - Altering and Fitting a Garment Workshop

5.0 (1)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Edinburgh

5 to 6

label £60

Macramé Wall Hanging Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Edinburgh

5 to 6

label £55

Macramé Course

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Edinburgh

6 to 8

label £40

Sewing Class for Kids: Beginners' Cushion Covers

5.0 (10)

Adults & 8+ years

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Edinburgh

6

label £60

3 Week Garment Making Course - Daytime Class

5.0 (1)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Edinburgh

5 to 6

label £165

Kids' Embroidery Class

Adults & 8+ years

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Edinburgh

5 to 8

label £50

Intermediate Dressmaking Course

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Edinburgh

1 to 6

label £140

Needle Felting Workshop

5.0 (4)

date_range Contact for details

location_on Edinburgh

1 to 7

label £50

Garment Making - Pattern Fitting Workshop

5.0 (3)

date_range Contact for details

location_on Edinburgh

1 to 6

label £60

Beginners' Sewing Class for Teens

5.0 (2)

date_range Contact for details

location_on Edinburgh

1 to 6

label £60

Geometric Lino Printing Workshop

date_range Contact for details

location_on Edinburgh

1 to 6

label £50

Fabric Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

5.0 (41)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Edinburgh

4 to 8

label £45

Festive Macrame Workshop

5.0 (3)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Edinburgh

5 to 8

label £50

Festive Macrame Workshop - Christmas Tree

4.5 (2)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Edinburgh

5 to 7

label £50

Festive Macrame Course

date_range Contact for details

location_on Edinburgh

1 to 6

label £50

Spring Sashiko Embroidery at Home

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

1 to 25

label £35

Make a Fabric Collage at Home

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

1 to 25

label £35

Make an Embroidered Pendant at Home

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

1 to 25

label £25




Reviews

(511)


Ruth Allen Jul 2024


Esme was brilliant - so patient and relaxed and the other ladies in the class were so friendly and supportive. I’m definitely keen to go back and do more classes now! Thank you.

Shazia Masood Jul 2024


Teacher was very good, friendly, easy to understand the instructions were giving. Material provided were excellent, whole class made cushions. Yes good value for money. I liked sewing with the machine and liked learning about how to attach fabric together.

Gemma Macdonald Jul 2024


Fantastic class, really well paced and it’s the perfect place to learn how to set up and use a sewing machine. I genuinely can’t believe how good my cushion turned out!

Textiles class review by Gemma Macdonald - Edinburgh

Caitlin Guibout Jul 2024


Fantastic! Kerry was a great teacher and the class was a fantastic introduction to using a sewing machine

Yola Jones Jul 2024


The class was wonderful, the instructor was really clear and patient, the class was really easy to follow and perfect for complete beginners. I would thoroughly recommend!

Nikki Sinclair Jul 2024


My 14 year old daughter really enjoyed the teen sewing class. She liked the teacher Ceri and has come away full of confidence to do more sewing - and with a really well made cushion!

Rachel Kerr Jul 2024


My daughter really enjoyed this class and is very proud of her cushion. She's already planning her next sewing project!

Elizabeth McCarroll Jun 2024


Thoroughly enjoyed the class. It was welcoming, informative and good fun! Very pleased with the cushion I made.

Mary Hunter Jun 2024


Very fun day! great pace for group learning, teacher and venue were excellent, great choice of materials and very good value for money

Natalia Panas Jun 2024


Amazing class! I left very satisfied and so has the rest of the class. Cerri was our teacher, she was very thorough with her instructions and gave everybody 1 on 1 teaching time. If anybody needed help she was there right away to explain what the issue was and how to fix it.

Becky Jun 2024


Such a good class! Cerri's a great teacher and it was easy to follow each step of the process, and I'm so happy with my new washbag!

Caroline Connolly Jun 2024


Cerri was amazing!! So helpful and patient with all of us! Would definitely recommend to friends ????

Rose Geall Jun 2024

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Cerri was really lovey and I had a great time making my wash bag, which turned out really nice.

Katja Neumann Jun 2024


I've only ever done very basic hand-sewing before but was given a sewing machine some time ago. This class took the stress out of navigating this new tool and offered each step in the set up and control in very manageable chunks and with great support from Cerri. She made us all super welcome in the class and assured that we all came away with a beautiful cushion. I particularly loved Cerri's approach to her classroom: sewing is an art and a practice so you do you, it's your design - and of course mistakes will happen, so just be kind to yourself and take the opportunity to learn! Highly recommend!

Natalia Panas Jun 2024


All materials were prepared for the lesson when I arrived. I brought my own sewing machine with me to learn its quirks. Our teacher went through everything in detail and was there to help everybody every step of the way. Great teacher, I have signed up for the following intermediate class.

Alix Goret Jun 2024


Great teacher. It was easy to follow and to understand.
Now I have a nice cushion.
Thank you!

Catherine Baker Jun 2024


Brilliant course. You get expert advice tips and tricks to give you the skills and confidence you need to make your own garment. Great that everyone gets to choose too so not only do you get a garment you want, you can make it again at home and cement your knowledge. Also means you get to see other peoples’ work and learn from their projects too.
Emma was fantastic, so knowledgeable and friendly. The environment was relaxed and class size just right. Would recommend and will do another course after the summer to try a new challenge.

Textiles class review by Catherine Baker - Edinburgh

Teacher's response

Thankyou so much for your lovely review! We are so pleased you enjoyed this course and your dress looks fab! very well made - once you find a dress that fits well and in a style you love you just wanna recreate in every colour and pattern - and now you can!

thank you so much for signing up for the course I hope it will inspire you to sew many more garments and you are welcome back anytime if you are wanting to attempt even more difficult patterns!

All the best,

Ali
The Edinburgh Sewcial Club

Mags Easton Jun 2024


Great support from Emma. My main objective was to learn new techniques and improve my finish on dressmaking projects and both were achieved. Very down to earth and good fun too.

Annie Jun 2024


Loved, loved this course! I had never used a sewing machine before this and was able to leave with my own cushion at the end. Beth was so informative and knowledgeable. The class was a great pace. Definitely wanting to come back for the intermediate class. ️

Teacher's response

Oh I'm glad you loved this class! An yes Beth is an excellent tutor - very pleased to have her on our team!

We have lots of dates listed for the intermediate sewing class - again just 6 folks to each class and an informative, patient tutor to guide you on your way!

Hopefully see you soon.

Hop onto The Edinburgh Sewcial Club Website to check out what dates we have available and links on there fore booking too!

thanks again for coming along!

Ali
The Edinburgh Sewcial Club

Mairi Marshall Jun 2024

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Cerri is a great teacher, providing lots of help and instruction. I would highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to start sewing.

Teacher's response

Thankyou so much for your review Mairi - pleased you enjoyed the course - and see you've signed up for the intermediate course too! - we look forward to hosting you again in the sewing studio and elevating those new found sewing skills! really hope you enjoy this class too - I know Cerri is excited to be teaching some familiar faces too!

thanks again!
Ali
The Edinburgh Sewcial Club

Mindele Campo Jun 2024


Really good class, great teacher too!
I manage to do a cushion and looks awesome!

Margaret Hart Jun 2024


This was an excellent class, Esme was so helpful and friendly. It is a very relaxed atmosphere, and, as my daughter is sometimes anxious, this really helped. We came away with our completed washbags, and a lot more knowledge than before we went in.

Teacher's response

Thanks for your lovely review Margaret I'm so pleased you both enjoyed the class and had such a positive experience.

It's important to me that my workshops are accessible to everyone and while learning new skills the atmosphere is fun and friendly.

I hope you'll both continue sewing as it's such a great skill.

Thanks again

All
The Edinburgh Sewcial Club

Susan Cornish Jun 2024


Really friendly day nice people and lots of sewing tips, the wash bag is lovely too

Louise May 2024


I came along with my teenage daughter and loved it. Ali was very patient and explained everything really well. It was a lovely, relaxed way to spend an afternoon. I finished my project at home and love it. Thanks so much Ali, my friends who got me the voucher are very impressed Can’t wait to start a new one!

Teacher's response

Louise! Thank you so much for posting a photo of your finished embroidery! I love it! - really sets the scene - I really like the blending of different colours - absolutely beautiful.

And thank you for coming along to the class - really lovely to meet you both and always a very lovely and relaxing day in the sewing studio!

I hope you keep up the embroidery - we have just listed a Sashiko embroidery class for August if that may be of interest you?

all the best - and thankyou again - really great to see folks finished work - it's really fab!

Tayla May 2024

4 ClassBento workshops attended


A really great introduction to sewing, learn all the basics of how to use the machine and came away with a great cushion that I’m very proud of. Will definitely be back for more!

Beginner Sewing Course review by Tayla - Edinburgh

Irm Saddiq May 2024


I particularly enjoyed how the class was thought out. There were 6 attendees to one tutor which made it very easy to ask questions and learn as you go. Each step was easy to understand and the teacher was very knowledgeable. From not knowing how to sew with machine I managed to make a cushion. Excited for many other classes.

Teacher's response

Hi Irm, thanks for coming along to the workshop - so pleased you enjoyed the day! I hope you are eager to learn more - we have lots of intermediate sewing classes coming up if you wish to keep going whilst its still fresh!

thanks again and hope you love your new cushion!

Ali
The Edinburgh Sewcial Club

Paulina Palka May 2024

2 ClassBento workshops attended


The studio itself is very cosy and so colourful. The class is quite small which is a massive plus cause everyone can get one on one time. Esme the teacher was very lovely, explained everything in detail and was helpful when I was struggling. Could not believe how quickly I picked it up and ended up making a lovely pillow case. Would definitely be back for the more advanced class :)

Teacher's response

Great to have you along Paulina and so pleased that you enjoyed the class - if you wish to elevate your new found sewing skills the next clas for you would be the Intermediate sewing class!

We host this class on Saturdays and also run over 2 evenings - have a look and see if there's a date that works for you - we'd love to host you again in the sewing studio!

thanks for your feedback!

Ali
The Edinburgh Sewcial Club

Jude Shirres May 2024


I took this class as a follow up to the beginners class.

It really built on the skills I learnt in the first class and I plan to book on to more classes soon.

Teacher's response

Thanks for your feedback Jude - really helpful to hear back from attendees and we are always looking to tweak and perfect how we teach, atmosphere and more so it's very useful to here back and definitely taking on board your suggestions.

Thanks also for returning! always lovely to host folks again and elevate sewing skills learned during the beginner's class. I hope you are really proud of your cushion and bag and feel that you could make more on your own at home.

We have listed some new dressmaking and garment classes - if you were looking to join again this would be the next step for you.

Again only 6 folks in the class so you get plenty tutor support and you can make whatever item of clothing you like! Thanks again Jude - your feedback very much appreciated,

All the best,

Ali
The Edinburgh Sewcial Club

Alison Notman May 2024


Booked as a chance to spend some time for uninterrupted embroidery, as a follow up to the Botanics class.
I enjoyed having more time to spend on my project, and had learned my lesson about keeping it simple this time!
Enjoyed trying different stitch lengths and colours.
Lovely way to spend a few hours.

Teacher's response

so nice to have you along in the sewing studio again Alison! Always a lovely class to teach on a Sunday - and great to book in some "you time" for relaxation and rejuvenation!

hope you keep up the embroidery and please send photos of anything you get finished!

thanks again,

Ali
The Edinburgh Sewcial Club

Samantha Waite May 2024


This was an excellent class. The instructor was friendly, patient, flexible and knowledgeable. I can’t wait to continue with my embroidery journey now!

Teacher's response

Sammy it was so lovely to meet you and and absolute please to teach you some embroidery skills!

Thanks for your feedback too!

Look forward to seeing photos of your beautiful view on isle of Arran!

We offer a few different embroidery classes - just going to list a new Sashiko sewing class and a botanical embroidery class too! - would be lovely to welcome you back sometime!

all the best,

Ali
The Edinburgh Sewcial Club

Rebecca May 2024


The 6 week dress meaking course was great. It was lovely to meet the teacher and the other students. We all chose our own patterns but learnt from each others as well as our own, with demonstrations and explanations shared with the group.

Teacher's response

I'm really pleased you enjoyed the course Rebecca! I hope you keep up the dressmaking! such a great skill to have!

thanks for coming along! and hope you can join again sometime in the future!

all the best,

Ali
The Edinburgh Sewcial Club

Philip May 2024


Great course on learning how to use a sewing machine, from the basic steps to making a full cushion by the end. Teacher was very helpful and easy to follow also providing information on potential next steps.

Teacher's response

Many thanks for attending this workshop Philip! I hope you are brimming with confidence with your new sewing machine skills!

If you would like to attend another sewing class we also offer intermediate sewing classes and garment making.

Intermediate sewing is a great stepping stone that helps build more sewing confidence before starting to make clothing.

During the class you'll learn how to fit a zip, work with interfacing and line a bag.

do you hope you can join!

thanks again,

Ali
The Edinburgh Sewcial Club

Michaella May 2024


A wonderful experience

The overall atmosphere was friendly, welcoming, and pretty chill. Our teacher, Esme, was very kind and patient (which I am so grateful for since I’m a bit slow and really bad at remembering instructions and thus kept repeating the same mistakes). I had a fun time learning the basics of a sewing machine and came out with a cute little pillow.

Thank you for the lesson

Teacher's response

Thanks fir attending this workshop and your cushion looks fab!

I'm glad you felt the class was well paced - we keep the class sizes small for exactly this reason - so it's good to hear you enjoyed the experience.

If you'd like to up-level your new found sewing skills please join one of our intermediate classes - very similar set up abd you'll get to make a gorgeous wee washbag which is lined and zip to close.

Thanks again for coming along!

Cathy Apr 2024


I did the Monday afternoon (12.30-5.30pm) class with Emma and made a simple A line skirt and a casual top. Emma was fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed all 3 classes, in fact I can't wait to do another one. Emma was really good at explaining things and was always positive and encouraging. I highly recommend this class. I came away from the classes having learnt a lot and more confident than I was before.

Textiles class review by Cathy - Edinburgh

Teacher's response

Such great feedback and so nice to hear you enjoyed the course and feeling more confident in your sewing skills too!

We'd love to have you back in the sewing studio anytime!

Thanks again!

Aurelia Pelletier Apr 2024


Lovely and warm atmosphere to learn or refresh the basics and acquire some autonomy. I am now able to do but also recognise the stitches I would need to complete a project.
I left feeling confident, motivated and energized and carried on with my embrodery projects since.

Teacher's response

Lovely to see you again Aurelia! Can't wait to see your finished projects - you have alot of beautiful and creative ideas and it's great to be able to facilitate and help you learn more stitches and techniques for you to use in your creative projects!

All the best and thanks again for coming along!

Alison Apr 2024


Small group so plenty of opportunities to ask questions or get one to one help to get out of a tangle (literally!).
Lots of inspiration from pictures and books.
Lovely to have a few hours to focus on creativity.

Teacher's response

Thanks for coming along Alison! Was such a lovely group of friendly folks - a lovely sewing Sunday - hope you'll continue with your project and I'd love to see photos!

We do have another embroidery class - the miniature landscape embroidery - during this class you learn less stitches but have much more time to work on the project.

Be lovely to see you again in the sewing studio!

All the best!

Nicky Wood Apr 2024


As before, really great teacher. Helpful, patient and clear. Will be back for more embroidery before long!

Teacher's response

thanks Nicky - Embroidery is such a fun and relaxing class to teach and we always have great conversations too - so nice to share and be creative together.

we'd welcome you back anytime!

We have Sashiko embroidery coming up as well as a miniature landscape embroidery class too!

be great to have you along in the studio again!

All the best,
Ali
The Edinburgh Sewcial Club

Heather Apr 2024


Excellent class, I went with Mum and we both loved it. Neither of us had much experience but now we feel much more confident to tackle projects on our own

Teacher's response

so pleased your mum and you enjoyed this course and sounds like you'll be doing more dressmaking too!

thanks for coming along and you are welcome back anytime!

all the best!

Ali
The Edinburgh Sewcial Club

Aurelia Pelletier Apr 2024


This was such fun I booked an other embroidery class with them the following month.
Discovered Sashiko and I am now Obsessed. I loved how along with learning a technic the class was also the discovery of a specific esthetic, and it's history and struggles. This was really fulfilling and I have now a lot of projects flourishing in my head.

Morven Caie Apr 2024


The class was great, learned so many skills and there was enough time for the teacher to go around everyone and give them plenty of help. Looking forward to doing the garment making next

Teacher's response

Really great to hear you enjoyed this class Morven!

I hope you are able to come along to the garment making class as this will elevate your sewing skills even further!

You can make any garment you like and to match your sewing level - again class sizes are small - max. 6 folks which means you can learn at your own pace and get plenty tutor time too.

We've just listed a few new dates for the 6 week garment making course!

be lovely to have you along again in the sewing workshop!

all the best,
Ali
The Edinburgh Sewcial Club

Natalia Milne Apr 2024


I attended the intermediate sewing class to make a wash bag. The teacher was Esme and she was excellent. She demonstrated everything well and was really a helpful when I found it tricky.

Pauline Petrie Apr 2024


Another excellent day. Esme was great and very methodical making it easy to follow. Materials were good and lots of fabric to choose from.

Fiona Martin Apr 2024


My first sewing class was a great experience. The teacher was helpful and informative throughout the lesson. I'm looking forward to taking more courses.

Teacher's response

Thanks for your review Fiona and for coming along to the beginner's class! So pleased you enjoyed the day and keen to learn more too!

We've just listed new dates for both the intermediate sewing workshop and the 6 week evening class for Garment Making!

I hope you'll be able to join us again and keep building up your sewing skills!

thanks again!

Bethany Apr 2024

2 ClassBento workshops attended


I really enjoyed this class and will be booking onto the intermediate class to learn more! Kerry was super approachable & encouraging and tailored her teaching to each of our needs. I was particularly glad that I could bring my own machine along to learn on so that I have the confidence to tackle some projects at home! Would definitely recommend.

Ali Thomson Apr 2024


Totally worth doing this class. Cerri is a relaxed, inclusive teacher who made it a fun learning experience

Anita Williamson Apr 2024


Sashiko Sunday is the perfect way to spend some time stitching with a great tutor in a creative space.

Teacher's response

Thanks for your review Anita - was so lovely to meet you - I think we had such a great group of folks who came along on this workshop - such fascinating conversations!

A really lovely Sunday!

I hope you'll continue with Sashiko Embroidery - very beautiful and extremely mindful too!

All the best!

Ali
The Edinburgh Sewcial Club

Danny Wilson Apr 2024


Quiet weekend so thought I'd find something to do; have been sewing a while but normally with a machine and always liked the idea of visible mending so thought I'd give this a go. Session was very relaxed and picked up some really useful tips. Definitely a new skill set I'll be practicing more! The setup of the class allowed us all to do a sample pattern meaning I left feeling like I'd achieved something tangible but also got some great advice on a mending project I had wanted to do.

Sashiko Embroidery Class review by Danny Wilson - Edinburgh

Teacher's response

really lovely to have you along on the workshop Danny! I hope you've continued with patting your jeans - you'd made a great start!

thanks for booking on - lovely to meet you!

Patricia Nicholls Apr 2024


Ali was very welcoming and friendly. Nice balance between instruction, assistance and letting the group get on and sewcial. Enjoyed the session a lot and motivated to repair/embellish my clothes more than embroidery per se.

Teacher's response

It really was a sewcial class! I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and was great to faciliate everyone's creativity whilst having such vibrant and interesting conversations! a brilliant Sunday!

Thanks for your review and being part of a fab Sunday sewing sesssion!

All the best!
Ali

Laura Apr 2024


The class was great and held at an easy pace. Beth was so patient with us and the class size was small enough so we could each get help where required. Loved being able to take my cushion home. Will definitely be booking on to the intermediate course soon. I highly recommend, thank you!

Sophie Ryder Apr 2024


Fab course and great teacher. Will definitely be returning for another one with the sewcial

Jackie Apr 2024


A great class. Beth was very patient and helpful with lots of top tips. It was a very calm environment. The pre class info was good and the tea and snacks were appreciated. I love my new cushion. I’ll definitely book another class. Thank you.

Teacher's response

Thanks for your review Jackie and for coming along today - always great to hear folks are enjoying the workshops and feeling pleased with what they've made.

I hope you will keep up the sewing and if you do wish to elevate your skills please consider joining one of our intermediate sewing workshops and our garment.

It's a great hobby and a wonderful life skill too!

Thanks again!

Kelly Diamond Apr 2024


Another fab class!
Learned how to interface & insert a zip
Cerri was a great teacher, so patient & full of knowledge.

Teacher's response

Really pleased to hear you enjoyed this class Kelly - I love your bag and looks great photographed next to your tiles!

Thanks also for feedback - will get my thinking cap on! - watch this space!

Jordan-Louise Smith Apr 2024


Absolutely fantastic class, as expected. I had done the beginner's sewing class a few weeks prior and both classes have given me a huge amount of confidence and sense of pride when I left with my finished products. There was also a really good variety of fabric options provided so there is bound to be something to suit everyone's tastes.
Cerri taught me for both classes and she is brilliant! Very knowledgeable and attentive, and happy to answer any question, never making me feel like I was being daft (a definite plus for a complete novice like myself).
I have loved the classes so much that I have now bought my own sewing machine and have booked onto the garment making course later his month, which I am extremely excited for!

Luis Adamson Apr 2024


I really enjoyed the wash bag workshop, I learnt some new skills and left feeling inspired! Cerri is an experienced sewer and the atmosphere of the class was very supportive and relaxed, there was no pressure to be perfect or to rush anything :)

Rachel Sharpe Mar 2024

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Great class! Lots of fun, instructions were easy to follow and I've taken away some great sewing tips. And made a cute wash bag, too!

Intermediate Sewing Class - Wash Bag review by Rachel Sharpe - Edinburgh

Amina Begum Mar 2024


I really really enjoyed the class. It was so relaxed and friendly environment to learn in.

I wanted to do something and sewing is something I never tried so learning about it and trying was very Very fun and exciting to me.
I loved every bit of it and would like to do more.

Emma was very patient and a nice teacher.
All the materials were there so did not have to worry about bringing any also there was snacks and tea's all kind which was really thoughtful.
It's really worth it for the price.

You get to make a cushion cover at the end which kinda feels like your reward of the hard work.
Thank you soo much.

Teacher's response

Hi Amina

Thanks so much for coming along! Very pleased to hear you enjoyed the workshop and are keen to learn more too!

The next class is The Intermediate Sewing Class - during this class you'll learn how to sew a zip, line and item and work with interfacing and smaller pattern peices so all valuable skills to elevate your sewing - and you'll leave with a beautiful wash-bag!

After this you are welcome to join a longer class - our 6 week garment making class where you can start making your own clothes!

We look forward to welcoming you back in the studio anytime!

Please have a look on our website to see all upcoming classes and courses we offer.

www.edinburghsewingclasses.uk

Thanks again!

Jessica McClure Mar 2024


Couldn't recommend the class enough- excellent value for money! I've been wanting to improve my sewing skills and learn a bit of finesse for a while now and I 100% achieved that and more during the 6 weeks.

The class size was small enough that you weren't waiting for help from the teacher, but big enough that you could really benefit from learning some skills from your peers' projects, mistakes, ideas, etc. You definitely need to do some sewing at home between sessions to get everything done by the final class, but I expected that and finished just in time.

The teacher, Cerri, is extremely knowledgeable and was able to help, as well as give advice, in every aspect. She was also very encouraging and personable, which just made everything just that much more enjoyable!

I sewed a dress to wear to a family member's wedding and I can't WAIT to be able to tell people not only that I made it But that I made it with POCKETS

Teacher's response

Yes Jessica We love dresses with pockets Absolute winner!

Your dress looked amazing and so pleased to hear you enjoyed the course and hope you'll keep up the dressmaking!

Thanks for coming along!

Lucy Fraser Mar 2024


I would highly recommend this class to anyone looking to practice and improve their sewing and garment making skills.
Cerri was a fantastic teacher and her vast sewing knowledge and experience was evident throughout the six week class. She was extremely patient throughout the whole process and beyond helpful with all of my questions (no matter how silly). I was very happy with the outcome of my dress although I didn’t quite manage to get it finished I was very proud of what I did achieve in the time with my skill set. Definitely give it a go it’s a great environment with lovely people and a very wholesome activity to do as a group.

Susan Cole Mar 2024


Our teacher, Emma, was lovely - very patient and helpful. We each made a cushion - there were lots of gorgeous fabrics to choose from - and Emma took us through each stage as many times as we needed. Would definitely recommend.

Beginner Sewing Course review by Susan Cole - Edinburgh

Oana Colceriu Mar 2024


Emma is a wonderful teacher. The class has a nice pace and there’s plenty of opportunity for questions / practice. It was an extremely positive experience! Can’t wait for my next class :)

Stacey Taylor Mar 2024


Really good class and delivered what was expected. Was absolutely delighted with my cushion.
Our teacher, Cerri, was great - patient, funny and engaging!

Jude Shirres Mar 2024

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


I booked this class because I had bought a new sewing machine and wanted to learn the basics.

Beth was so helpful and a great teacher. She was able to help me with all the quirks of my new machine (that I brought along to the class) and I now feel very confident threading it, changing the spool and using the different stitching options.

It was really fun making the cushion and it’s inspired me to take on more sewing projects. I’ll definitely be signing up for more classes in the future.

Teacher's response

Really pleased you enjoyed the workshop! Hope you've now got the confidence to use your sewing machine with confidence!

Thanks for the feedback!

Ali
The Edinburgh Sewcial Club

Rachel Sharpe Mar 2024

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Great beginner sewing session - teacher Beth explained everything brilliantly so it was easy to follow along and I made a fab little cushion! Enjoyed it so much I've already signed up for the next class up and can't wait!

Beginner Sewing Course review by Rachel Sharpe - Edinburgh

Teacher's response

Fab! Really glad you liked the class and we look forward to welcoming you along to the next class!

Exciting

See you then!

Matthew Woodthorpe Mar 2024


Great introductory sewing machine class with Beth. The pace was really good and accessible and I've come away confident in being able to work a sewing machine and make basic projects.

Beginner Sewing Course review by Matthew Woodthorpe - Edinburgh

Teacher's response

Great cushion! Thanks for you feedback and many thanks gor coming along! So pleased you enjoyed the workshop!

Hope you'll be able to make it along to the intermediate class or garment making classes!

Thanks again!

Sharon Duncan Mar 2024


Thoroughly enjoyed this course and would highly recommend. Looking forward to trying it out at home.

Beginners' Two-week Sewing Course: Evenings review by Sharon Duncan - Edinburgh

Teacher's response

Thanks so much for booking and voting along to the course! So pleased you enjoyed!

Your cushion looks fab!

Hope you've left with confidence to make many more!

And we welcome you back for more classes to further your sewing skills!

Thanks again!

Andreea Mar 2024


I am so glad to have found this sewing class, since knowing where to start with sewing seemed like a daunting task! Esme was very insightful and patient in answering my questions and she taught a great class! The atmosphere was friendly and open, and i was glad to meet more people with an interest in learning to sew. I was so pleasantly surprised to find myself with a pillowcase of my own making in my hands at the end of the class, so i totally recommend this class to anyone wanting to gain confidence in sewing! ️ Thank you!

Teacher's response

Thanks for coming along! Your cushion looks amazing It's all about building confidence- I'm pleased you enjoyed the class and hope you'll keep up the sewing! Such a great skill!

Yasmin Mar 2024


Was a nice and cozy learning experience. I went along with my friend as we both wanted to try and we had a lot of fun trying out the different machine settings and getting to know the other people part of the class. I'm very happy with the experience and having made a pillow at the class - great to take home a physical item I made!

Teacher's response

Pleased you and your friend enjoyed the class! Hope you can now make many more cushion covers

Please join us for the intermediate sewing class if you'd like to up-level your sewing skills and make a lovely wee wash bag

Hala Al Asadi Mar 2024


Very good class to start learning sewing. Teacher was very nice, she makes me understand easly how to my first project in sewing.

Teacher's response

Thanks Hala - great to have you along in the workshop - I hope you keep up the sewing! And you are welcome to join our intermediate sewing class when you feel ready to up-level your sewing further! thanks again!

Arran Bird Mar 2024


I had a great time in this class, I now feel well armed to try it again at home and very happy with my wash bag!

Teacher's response

great to have you along in the sewing studio again Arran - pleased to see your sewing skills progressing! Thanks for coming along!

Diana Mar 2024

3 ClassBento workshops attended


Really enjoyed the class, had a lot of fun learning and making our own cushions! The pace was great and really nice class sizes, so definitely will be back to try more projects!

Teacher's response

Thanks for your review Diana -- great to have you along and pleased to hear you had fun! - If you'd like to progress your sewing skills we offer an Intermediate sewing class where you can make a gorgeous wash-bag / make-up bag - this tackles fitting a zip, lining and working with interfacing and smaller pattern pieces - it's again at a nice easy pace, taught step by step and a nice stepping stone to allow you to progress onto garment making!

Julie Mar 2024


This was a really good and enjoyable day beginner’s class we had with Cerry. She was excellent - very clear, entertaining, encouraging and patient. My aim was to remind myself how to use a sewing machine having not done since school. This more than covered that and my family are very impressed with my cushion- nice achievement.I feel inspired and ready to have a go with my machine. I will likely join another class when I have practised. I would highly recommend.

Ruth Crilly Mar 2024

3 ClassBento workshops attended


Had a great time on the beginners course day! I’m delighted with my cushion! Ceri was a wonderful teacher very kind and patient!

Beginner Sewing Course review by Ruth Crilly - Edinburgh

Teacher's response

Thanks for coming Ruth! your cushion looks fab and we are so please you had a great time!

I hope you've caught the sewing bug as it's wonderful to create and mend and make gorgeous gifts for loved ones!

If you'd like to uplevel your sewing skills we offer an Intermediate sewing class - during this class you'll make a wash-bag - fully lined and closed with azip, you'll work with smaller pattern pieces and interfacing - so lots of great learning but again taught at a gentle pace and in small groups.

Hope you'll be able to make it along sometime!

thanks again! - love the photo!

Sofia Mitropoulou Mar 2024


The experience was great Cerri was great very patient.
I am looking forward for more courses

Teacher's response

Thanks Sofia - glad you enjoyed yourself!

Yes next step would be Intermediate sewing which is a nice class to do before joining a garment making class if you'd like to learn how to make your own clothes!

Thanks for coming along!

Allison Conner Feb 2024


My friend and I did the beginner’s sewing class and so this was the next step. Our teacher Esme was lovely and patient and gave us clear instructions and answered any questions we had. All materials were provided and there was a lovely selection of fabric, coloured zips and threads to make our zipped wash/makeup bag. My friend and I loved the friendly atmosphere and chatting to the other people there doing the course, it was a nice small number of 6. Our bags turned out amazing as Esme taught us the importance of lining up seams etc, and to be as accurate as we could be. It all paid off as everyone was delighted with their results!

Teacher's response

Thanks Allison

Your feedback is very much appreciated - we definitely be working on instructions which folks can take home - great idea!

Your bag look fab! - I actually commented to Esme that yours was my favourite (although they all did look amazing!) and have since cut more of that fabric for the class as it really stood out and looked great! - don't worry because its such a big pattern each bag will still be very unique!

Thankyou to yourself and your friend for joining - if you feel ready why not join one of our garment making classes! Be great to have you along again at the sewing studio anytime!

Anonymised ClassBento student Feb 2024


Lovely atmosphere at the intermediate class. Loved the set up, choice of materials and size of class.

Teacher's response

thanks for your feedback - we will definitely be looking at making instruction sheets for folks to take home.

Hope you enjoyed your day in the sewing studio and are really proud of your wash bag!

thanks for coming along!

Anastasiia Feb 2024

3 ClassBento workshops attended


Esme is super nice and helpful. I really
enjoyed the class, all the materials are provided and it is easy to follow the instructions.

Textiles class review by Anastasiia - Edinburgh

Morag Cameron Feb 2024


Relaxed easy going class. Kerry is lovely, patient and knowledgable, made the class very enjoyable

Andrew Morton Feb 2024


Cerri was great. She took it right back to basics in how to navigate the machine in small easy bite size sections. She showed us how pulling, pushing and forcing just paper (with no thread) through affects the stitch which was really helpful to understand.

I dusted off my machine and brought it along as I thought it was not working properly, which prompted me to sign up to a class.

After leaving the first class. It has given me confidence to take up a pair of trousers and repair a bath towel.

I’m looking forward to coming along next week!

Teacher's response

Thankyou so much for coming along Andrew! - Such great feedback - I'm especially excited to hear the class has inspired you to mend and adjust a few items at home - really nice to hear this.

I hope you enjoyed week 2 and really hope you'll be back for more classes too!

The next step would be the intermediate sewing - we have one starting this week with Cerri (Thursday) and another at the end of March on a Saturday.

This is a good stepping stone from the beginners sewing class to further build up your sewing confidence before joining a garment making class!

We'd love to have you back in the sewing studio again!

Richard Gallagher Feb 2024


Class was absolutely brilliant. Cerri is a wonderful teacher and very friendly. It’s a nice and relaxed environment and any anxiety I had about the class melted away as soon as I stepped into the room. I’ll definitely be signing up to more advanced classes in the future.

Suzanne Jeffery Feb 2024

13 ClassBento workshops attended • 12 reviews


I spent an enjoyable Sunday afternoon at this workshop. Ali supplied all the materials needed, every colour of felt was available and a nice selection of teacups. Pleased with my finished pin cushion.

Needle Felting Workshop review by Suzanne Jeffery - Edinburgh

Vivien Feb 2024


Great way to spend some time learning a new skill.
Excellent, related tuition.
Machine, materials, coffee and biscuits supplied.
and I came home with a very pretty washbag.

Intermediate Sewing Class - Wash Bag review by Vivien - Edinburgh

Lara Feb 2024

5 ClassBento workshops attended


Absolutely loved my dressmaking course with Cerri! Learned so much and can’t wait to make another garment on my own ◡̈ Thanks, Cerri (and my fellow attendees), for a brilliant 6 weeks

Carmen Feb 2024


What an amazing way to spend the dark January nights!
I really enjoyed joining this course. I have learnt to read a pattern and basic machine sewing skills that helped me to make my first ever project! Cerri was there the whole time, so patient and supportive. It would have not been possible without her!
If you are still thinking about booking this course, just do it!

Textiles class review by Carmen - Edinburgh

Alice Feb 2024


Really great class. Perfect for people who are getting more skilled at sewing and want to learn how to improve their problem solving and understand how paper patterns and fit work together. Emma was a really good teacher, patient and approachable as well as knowledgeable. I would definitely come again with another item!

Paula Lee Feb 2024


Emma was enthusiastic, skilled and knowledgeable. She taught me how to do a breast enlargement which was quite complex. I also learned few tips on making trousers fit by watching Emma help the two other attendees. The room is well-laid out and provides adequate space to alter printed patterns.

Catriona Mary Crawford Feb 2024


Emma is a great teacher with enormous knowledge, patience and a lovely manner. I looked forward to the creativity and learning every week and really enjoyed the atmosphere in the class

Laurence Di Sotto Feb 2024


Exactly what I was looking for. An expert sewer who helped me adjust my pattern to fit perfectly.

Johanna Squiban Feb 2024


This course was so amazing, I am absolutely glad I have signed up for it and can’t wait to do a next one soon! Emma is very helpful, and patient (I am a very beginner and she explained every steps so clearly! Even the most challenging steps). I also love my dress

Sarah Ryan Feb 2024


Did the course with a friend and we both loved it. Emma was such an excellent and kind teacher. You could really go at your own pace. Good number of fellow students meant you weren’t always fighting over Emma’s help! We are both really proud of what we were able to make and excited for our next projects. Thank you Emma!

Laura Thomson Feb 2024


Great class. Beth was so helpful and very approachable. We had a great time and feel ready to move to the next level.

Lidia Brocchin Feb 2024


I had the most wonderful experience today doing the beginners class, I had zero knowledge and I don't own a sewing machine, I thought our teacher Beth was incredibly good, knowledgeable and answered our many questions without ever making us feel like it was too much.
I highly recommend this class and look forward to progress in time and do more.

Textiles class review by Lidia Brocchin - Edinburgh

Kelly Diamond Feb 2024

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


What an amazing wee day I had. Beth the teacher was so lovely & knowledgeable. I love my cushion & it’s definitely spurred me on to do more & maybe even buy my own machine! Great value for money, highly recommend. Sewing Bee here I come……….

Joan McKenzie Feb 2024


I had a fabulous afternoon here. 2 people had registered for the class but I was the only participant so had undivided attention. I had taken along 4garments which no longer fitted comfortably. Gemma taught me how to adjust them and we completed 2of them I got lots of advice, hints and tips and was delighted with the afternoon. Would thoroughly recommend.
Not all that easy to find door into the building though and also not easy to find the correct room so allow a bit of extra time for that. Also wear something really warm!

Chloe Shields Feb 2024


I really enjoyed the beginner sewing class. Esme is a great teacher- very patient with sussing the different sewing machines as most people brought their own. Good quality materials provided and I’m excited to come back for more classes.

Claire Wright Feb 2024


Really enjoyed the class - small group setting, teacher gave very clear instructions and I came away with a lovely cushion cover!

Carissa Barenblat Feb 2024

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Excellent beginner course, even for a complete novice, but also for those with limited or long ago experience. Teacher was clear and well paced, and the environment was set up for everyone to be successful. Highly recommend!

Carolyn Kane Feb 2024


Attended my first Beginners sewing class today led by Esme who was great, so relaxed, patient and kind - I was thrilled she was so enthusiastic about my hand-me-down retro sewing machine. Really enjoyed chatting to some new people, having a variety of fabrics to pick from to make my little cushion cover and sharing a new experience together with others. I’m glad I went to build bit of confidence with my machine-would definitely book on another course!

Anne Millar Feb 2024


Had a great day, and it was very useful indeed! Great teacher and environment, loved it!

Emma Claus Jan 2024


Perfect introduction to build my confidence with sewing machine. Workshop was perfect size for the small group and teacher Beth was patient and helpful.

Lorna Alexander Jan 2024


Beth was excellent, very kind & patient.

Confidence builder, class pace was good. Will definitely keep practising or may take a more advanced class.

Great class for a beginner.

Ferran Perez Mena Jan 2024


My wife and I had an amazing time! The class was fantastic and very relaxing. We highly recommend it!

Kayleigh Jan 2024


Ali was the greatest teacher we could have, kind and helpful, explained everything we need to keep the project on our own. I had a great Sunday afternoon and the group was very friendly.

Ali Walker Jan 2024


Brilliant class - the teacher Ali was friendly and knowledgeable. I learned lots of skills in the class and feel inspired to be creative as a result. Highly recommended

Alex Jan 2024


Enjoyed a very relaxed and friendly couple of hours in the class.
Interesting class, good surroundings, helpful teacher and a gentle way to spend a Sunday afternoon learning something new which I’ve taken away to keep working on.

Nikki Crawford Jan 2024


Thoroughly enjoyable afternoon with Ali teaching us how to embroider a landscape. Very relaxed and friendly. As a beginner to embroidery this has whetted my appetite to carry on and experiment with different embroidery stitches and techniques. Still to finish my landscape, but very pleased with it so far!

Nicky Wood Jan 2024

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews


Really helpful, relaxed teacher
Just what I wanted
Made me want to do more classes and also keen to finish my embroidery

Pauline Petrie Jan 2024

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Really enjoyed the course. Well planned and in a logical order. Easy to remember. Didn’t expect cushion stuffing which was a bonus.

Janice Jan 2024


Excellent class for beginners or people getting back into it. The course was well paced and Beth was very knowledgeable and had a lot of good tips. Love my little cushion and I'm eager to do more sewing.

Pablo Espina Martin Jan 2024


Beth was very helpful during the course and the environnement was nice and comfortable to work.

Bernadette Oxley Jan 2024


Great class. The teacher was knowledgeable and explained things clearly. Nice, friendly and very enjoyable class.

Anne Larsen Jan 2024


Excellent teacher. Great fun. I really appreciated that i could ask questions related to anything about sewing and the teacher had time to give advice. THANKS

Jane Sanders Jan 2024


Very knowledgeable and well prepared tutor.

Liked the fact that everything was provided so no need to buy supplies for a craft I might choose not to progress with - I'm hooked though!

Good lighting.

Easily accessible by public transport - 'bus door to door. Another reason I appreciated not having to carry supplies.

Friendly small group. A very enjoyable afternoon.

Sashiko Embroidery Class review by Jane Sanders - Edinburgh

Tracy McLeod Jan 2024


I really enjoyed both the content and pace of this workshop. It was relaxed and friendly.

It would help to have a nice big sign on the door of the studio so that you feel confident that you have found the right place .

Louise Vittery Jan 2024


An amazing afternoon learning Sashiko with a very knowledgeable teacher. Sitting there switching, chatting and chilling with tea, coffee and biscuits provided. The room was light and airy, all equipment provided. The only downside for myself was I couldn't find the place. I've never been to the venue before, didn't even know it existed. My satnav did keep saying turn left but there are no signs to indicate that the work base is there just states that it's Meadowbank House. No signs that I saw indicated St. Margaret's.

Textiles class review by Louise Vittery - Edinburgh

Lisa Kennedy Jan 2024


Loved this course. Instructor was so knowledgeable and helpful. Highly recommend and I will be taking more classes in the future.

Sandra Jan 2024

2 ClassBento workshops attended


I loved this class, it was exactly what i wanted and expected. The teacher was kind, funny and patient - again, just what i was looking for. The venue is an old, rundown office block, a very cool, and quirky use for the space. The materials provided were excellent, everything you need and a lovely choice of fabric to make the cushion cover. The value for money was good, you pay for what you get and the level of experience of the teacher, and quality of materials and support were spot on. I loved learning to work my own sewing machine (after it spent years in a cupboard unused) and making a lovely simple cushion to take home.

Kirstie Jan 2024


Really great beginner class. Good pace and covered everything you would need to know to be able to have a go at home too. Cerri was an excellent teacher - very approachable, helpful and patient!

Abigail Davidson Jan 2024


From start to finish a fun and informative class!
Cerri was very welcoming and was extremely helpful and patient.
Looking forward to booking another sewing session soon :)

Fiona Devoy Dec 2023


It was very helpful to have a knowledgeable person to guide us and it gave me the courage to try things I was scared to do. Great bringing my own machine to use. Beth was very methodical in her approach.

Barbara Macgregor Dec 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


I hadn't sewn anything since school, 40+ years ago, when I was terrible and hated it. I wanted to see if I could overcome this, and make an item on a sewing machine.
The machines were good, and easy to understand. I'm not good at remembering visual things, but Beth, the tutor was patient and happy to show me things more than once when I forgot.
The other people in my class of six were really friendly and nice, and very supportive.
We all each made a lovely cushion cover, and were given a pad to fill it and take away.
I thought the class was great fun and excellent value for money. I might even consider buying a sewing machine if I saw one second hand.
The class wasn't that warm, but it was December, and it was snowing outside

If you're a beginner and are thinking of trying this class - just do it :-)

Textiles class review by Barbara Macgregor - Edinburgh

Jo Ellis Dec 2023


The teacher was excellent - I learnt loads and the course really increased my confidence in dressmaking. It made SUCH a difference to have somebody keeping me right (much less unpicking!) and it was lovely to come away with a finished garment that actually fitted me

Rebecca Anderson Dec 2023


Brilliant class, very therapeutic and great to come away with a beautiful wreath!
Ali was very patient, knowledgeable and really helpful. Really made the class run smoothly and was great at giving help when needed.
Highly recommend!

Megan McHaney Dec 2023


This was such a good class and excellent value for money. The teacher (Emma) was fantastic, and so gracious about sharing her stories/experiences of not getting everything right first time, and for giving us space to try, show options and go with the flow. I learned to read patterns, sew a zipper and put pockets in a dress, all new for me. As a cautious and timid sewer this class was amazing for giving me more confidence. As I was sick for one week during the class, I didn't quite finish my project, but I feel like I've got enough skills, knowledge and confidence to finish it and tackle the next one. Will definitely be looking out for future classes.

Amanda Hogg Dec 2023


Teacher was lovely and very accommodating when we had to change the date. All materials were supplied so great value for money, and the wreaths are gorgeous and will last for years. Highly recommend.

Elaine Smith Dec 2023


Jodi was so patient, helpful and encouraging throughout the day. We all struggled at first but were delightfully surprised to be able to make our macrame trees. I would recommend one of her classes to anyone

Textiles class review by Elaine Smith - Edinburgh

Sarah Dec 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


what a great way to spend an afternoon. Well set up and taught by Ali with lots of support. Would really recommend this class. I am so pleased with the end result and am already planning to make another one. Thank you so much

Susan Duncan Dec 2023


Jodie was an excellent teacher. She explained things well and was always on hand to help you. There were seven of us in the class which was a good size. There was some confusion at the beginning as three members of the class had been offered an alternative colour and the rest of us had not. The venue was fine for the numbers and the temperature was good. The materials provided were fine. I really enjoyed learning this new skill and would recommend this class. Thank you

Caitlin Harkins Dec 2023


Good fun class,
Impossible to make a bad one.
Very creative and worth the money.

Susan Stewart Dec 2023


A fabulous session with Ali who demonstrated really well how to make the wreath. An amazing selection of fabrics and accessories to choose from. Refreshments on hand as well to keep folks going

Fabric Christmas Wreath Making Workshop review by Susan Stewart - Edinburgh

Anonymised ClassBento student Dec 2023


Teacher was very friendly, small group class, so we all get enough 1-2-1 time. Venue was a little tricky to find, but instruction email was very helpful.

The festive wreath making class was very good, we all left with great product and feeling proud of our creation.

Fabric Christmas Wreath Making Workshop review by Anonymised ClassBento student - Edinburgh

Vivien McKau Dec 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Great fun, and pretty pleased with my wreath.
I have done a couple of classes here now , and would very much recommend.

Sandie Dickson Dec 2023


Great experience! Super teacher, plenty of materials, enough time to complete the wreath. Very relaxing and enjoyable afternoon and lovely to have the finished wreath to take away. Good value for money if you consider the cost of shop bought wreaths. Main plus for me was being able to create a wreath using exactly the right colours to coordinate with the colour of my furnishings. Would definitely recommend this workshop to anyone regardless of creative ability as this is an achievable craft for all.

Diana Baker Dec 2023


My daughter and I had such a great time Sitting down together and making time to do a craft together is exactly what we needed after a long year And even though my daughter is only 12yrs the teacher was amazing with her, she made us feel welcome and was very very patient with us. Can’t recommend it enough

Anna Lee Dec 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


We enjoyed our first half of our beginner's sewing course, our teacher Cerri was both laid back and helpful. We are looking forward to our next lesson.

Caroline Dec 2023


Great teacher. Very patient. Loved the end result. Nice people attended so it was a lovely experience.

Deannah Meehan Dec 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Had a really fun time with Cerri, instructions were clear and easy to follow. Very helpful when things weren't working as they should.

Jen Nov 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Friendly, relaxed, informative, inspirational and fun. And with cups of tea, coffee and snacks. Thank you

Floristry class review by Jen - Edinburgh

Niamh O Connor Nov 2023


Esme is such a lovely teacher, she was really attentive to everyone and guided the class in a really clear and calming way. As a complete beginner, I no longer feel so daunted about starting my sewing journey!

Anastasiia Tabalova Nov 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended


Esme was great, very helpful and kind. I also liked the venue, warm room, coffee, tea and snacks. I learned a lot and really
enjoyed my time! I made a pillow:)

Textiles class review by Anastasiia Tabalova - Edinburgh

Anna Nov 2023


Cerri was very knowledgeable and helpful. The classes were fun and relaxed. I had a really good time :)

Louise Whyte Nov 2023


A fun afternoon with an inspirational instructor who provided a terrific choice of fabrics for us all to create wreaths we were proud of.
I’d recommend this experience.

Mairi Printie Nov 2023


Ali is a fabulous teacher, very knowledgeable whilst being patient with beginners. I loved spending my Sunday afternoon in her class learning a new skill.
My piece isn’t finished yet but I am so pleased with how it looks so far.

Textiles class review by Mairi Printie - Edinburgh

Anonymised ClassBento student Nov 2023


Had absolutely wonderful beginners sewing class with Beth, really clear instructions and help with my own sewing machine.

Lesley Scott Nov 2023


Lovely relaxed atmosphere. Ali was an excellent teacher who put us at our ease, had clear instructions and encouraged and praised us as we attempted our designs.
Tea and snacks were provided. An enjoyable afternoon.

Caroline Nov 2023


Such a great introduction to sewing. Our teacher, Beth, took us step by step through everything and it was paced just right. I arrived with no clue how to use a machine and I left feeling like a sewer! I’m so glad I booked myself onto this

Ian Murray Nov 2023


Ideal beginner course. Everything needed was available, everything worked, the tutor explained and demonstrated everything very well. Nice people on thé course and a useful cushion to take home

Textiles class review by Ian Murray - Edinburgh

Gabriela Macpherson Nov 2023


Amazing course and I would highly recommend it. Emma was great, very patient, full of good tips and encouragement. This workshop delivers what it promises: good chat and lots of sewing.
Six weeks seems a short period, but I couldn’t believe when I left the last class with a dress made. Perfect size course.
I’m definitely doing another one to keep improving my skills.

Kirsty Marshall Nov 2023


Emma was a calm and relaxed teacher.
always helpful and managed to get around the class well.
There was a week when we did not have a full class as the othere where on holiday and i must say it being four of us in the class was really nice.
i know this would not be cost effective! But maybe people could pay more for a smaler class? However it was great and we managed with six students also.
The email going out before the class was so imformative.
thanks

Svenja Moser Nov 2023


I’ve recently completed the 6 week dressmaking course and it was fantastic. Emma is such a lovely and helpful instructor who makes you feel at ease and makes this class a really fun experience. I had a fantastic time learning more about sewing and improving my skills. I can highly recommend this course if you’re keen to learn a new skill in a very relaxed and comforting environment and like to make your own clothes. 5 stars from me.

Allison Conner Nov 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Had a great time with a friend at the Beginner’s class. Taught by Esme who was patient and attentive, we learned how to thread the sewing machine and then after some practise on paper and canvas, we went on to finish an actual cushion! Could not believe we learned so much in a day and left with a finished product. So satisfying. Thank you Esme!
The studio is a lovely cosy creative space. Material was provided but you could bring your own and there was tea, coffee and snacks provided. Class size was small so there was plenty opportunity for questions and most importantly, help. Good to chat to the others in the class too and find out what inspired them to learn.
Will definitely be going to the Intermediate class next after such a positive experience.

Brigitte Oct 2023


What a great class! Cerri was an excellent teacher, really friendly, helpful and patient. I've been inspired to take up sewing. The class size was perfect and so relaxed. I would highly recommend this class.

Leah Dickson Oct 2023


I really loved the class and have never even so much a sewn on a button before, yet I managed to make a lovely cushion. I was really impressed with Kerry the teacher - warm and welcoming and ever so patient with the group and individuals.
The group was lovely. A day well spent and very much worth the money. Already booked onto a dress making class for beginners so looking forward to that!

Beginner Sewing Course review by Leah Dickson - Edinburgh

Leonie Longstaff Oct 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Cerri was great to work with. I learned such a lot. I hope to try another class soon

Rachel Ferguson Oct 2023


This was the second time I've done the class and enjoyed it just as much as the first. Reason for doing it again is because I wanted to get reacquainted with my sewing machine and to get a snazzy cushion out of it too.

Really love the classroom / space. Class was a perfect size and the teacher was very patient and engaging. Lovely way to spend a Saturday!

Usama Al Kindi Oct 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


This was such a brilliant class. Cerri was warm and friendly. She gave us clear instructions along with plenty of helpful tips along the way. This class has a relaxed atmosphere where you meet like minded folk, learn a new skill and take home your first creation! I left feeling confident with using my sewing machine (I’ve never sewn before). I shall return for the dress making course soon! Highly recommend

Zoé Chauveau Oct 2023


Excellent class, great teacher, great atmosphere, so satisfying to be able to use the sewing machine at the end

Mégane Revil Baudard Oct 2023


Great workshop ! I finally understood how a sewing machine works. Workshop really well organized with a time to train with the machine before to work on the pillow case. The teacher (Beth) gave very good explanations and was nice and patient. Highly recommanded !

Corinne Vesin Mekherbeche Oct 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


I love those classes, always learning a lot, very good atmosphere, happy to meet people with the same passion and great teachers. I will book again for sure. Thanks a lot for organizing this.

Kate Flory Oct 2023


The teacher, Ally was very helpful and patient with us and took her time to explain the basics, as well as some of the more intricate parts of the course. We all had different patterns and material, so even if we weren't making the same garment we also benefited from hearing how to do it in the future.

There was enough time to make an outfit in the 6 weeks, with some extra work at home at times. I was very proud of what I had made and am already planning on making my next dress!

Textiles class review by Kate Flory - Edinburgh

Carlton Kane Oct 2023


Esme was great. I basically went from knowing nothing to sewing my own cushion. The following day I used what I learnt to alter the waists on various pairs of jeans I own. I didn't think I would be able to do that as soon as I have, so I have Esme and the class to thank for that. I've already saved what I would have otherwise spent at the tailors by taking this class, so would absolutely recommend.

Sneha Pednekar Oct 2023


I had a great day learning how to use a sewing machine and putting together a pillow. The teacher was great and the other students were really friendly. I really recommend this to class to everyone :)

Beginner Sewing Course review by Sneha Pednekar - Edinburgh

Martine Robertson Oct 2023


This was areally good session with Esme our tutor. I was at the learning to thread the bobbins stage and I definitely came away [with my cushion] feeling I would want to go further. The venue was great for me coming in on the 26 bus. I enjoyed the set-up in the room [with reservations about the chairs] The session was well paced, and without pressure and fun. With 5 people working it felt like a good atmosphere without too many people needing help. I really enjoyed the other sewers, it was a friendly helpful atmosphere. Yes I enjoyed it. Martine Robertson

Textiles class review by Martine Robertson - Edinburgh

Teacher's response

Hi Martine

I'm so pleased you enjoyed the class on Saturday - Esma has sent photos of everyone's cushions and they all look fab!

Apologies that you were uncomfortable during the class - I've not had that feedback regarding the chairs before - I will take it on board - I hope you were offered cushions etc. to make you more comfortable.

And I hope this didn't impact you too much throughout the day - I do appreciate your review.

Many thanks for attending and hope you continue with sewing!

all the best,
Ali
The Edinburgh Sewcial Club

Aurora Sanchez Diaz Sep 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


This is my second time attending a class at Edinburgh Sewcial club and I loved it! Super informative without being intimidating. I would highly recommend to anyone else interested in crafts :)

Claire Cosgrove Sep 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Room for activities was well set up and the size of class worked well (6 people). Adequate time for the task plus ro ask questions.

Textiles class review by Claire Cosgrove - Edinburgh

Hayley Sep 2023


I adored this class! As a complete beginner (never touched a sewing machine in my life), I really felt like I got a lot out of this course. Beth was a wonderful teacher and was very instructive/patient with my level. I also feel like the fabric provided was appropriate for first time sewers like myself!

Izabela Kathiravel Sep 2023


Absolutely amazing class. Very informative, Beth was attentive and helpful. That’s exactly what I needed to boost my confidence!

Textiles class review by Izabela Kathiravel - Edinburgh

Maddy Bramley Sep 2023


Long sessions which provided lots of time to work on projects. Helpful, friendly and experienced teacher Step by step guidance feel alot more confident in using patterns.
Thank you

Claudia Willunat Sep 2023


It was a great course, the teacher had great tips on how to make dressing making or in my case a quilted Giles much easer and user friendly. This was my first garment I made from a pattern. She was really friendly and super helpful.
The venue was good, easy to park as I had to drive 45 minutes to the venue. I am looking forward to the next course.

Textiles class review by Claudia Willunat - Edinburgh

Corrine Fulford Sep 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


I highly recommend the 6-week dressmaking class. I learnt a lot in a short space of time and I’m a much more confident at sewing with a machine and reading patterns. Emma, our teacher was fantastic - a huge thank you to her! I’m looking forward to tackling my next sewing project!

Anonymised ClassBento student Sep 2023


Esme is a good teacher. Lots of insider tips, patient and supportive. Lovely that the class is small so lots of opportunities to ask questions and get help. My cushion has pride of place in the sofa already!

Felicity Cameron Sep 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Esme was great - really helpful and we learnt a lot. Looking forward to the intermediate class next!

Beginner Sewing Course review by Felicity Cameron - Edinburgh

Jo Petty Sep 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


My daughter and I had a great day learning how to make a wash bag and feel really proud of ourselves! Esme is a very calm, patient and friendly teacher who explains the steps really clearly. The location is good and the room feels a very creative place to be. The range of patterns and colours given is wide meaning you create something that feels yours. We were so inspired we went to a fabric shop immediately and have started making more at home with our new skills.

Anonymised ClassBento student Sep 2023


Enjoyed the class and learned a lot about Sashiko beyond just the stitching. The symbolism and history was a great touch. Appreciated the preprinted patterns, but that felt more robotic and the cloth wasn't pleasant to touch. Perhaps starting off, we could have used a stencil and made our own white marks to practice stitch length. That would have felt more engaging at the beginning. Loved he flexibility to work on our own design.

Mandy Parr-Burman Sep 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Nice and relaxed class and Esme was a great instructor. Thank you Esme.
Also lovely choice of materials to choose from

Anne Morrison Sep 2023


Although the venue is not the easiest place to find, the instructions with the class details were very clear and helpful. The class space is lovely and inspiring and the teacher very helpful, encouraging and knowledgeable

Sandra Sep 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended


Lovely afternoon led by Ali , learning about the history of sashiko, and giving it a go.

Liz Sep 2023


Had a brilliant afternoon, learning about Sashiko and quietly practising the stitches. Everything was explained thoroughly and the whole atmosphere was very relaxing and friendly. It was inspiring to be within the artist studio, surrounded by various textiles projects. There was plenty of opportunity to talk to the other participants, whilst we were stitching and that was a very welcome and enjoyable aspect of the course. The four hours flew by and now I’m looking forward to developing my skills and understanding at home. This course was really super value for money, considering the expertise of the teacher and the fact that everything was provided for us!

Caitlin Hynes Sep 2023


Well, I had the most fantastic class I could have ever imagined with Esme. Esme was truly golden and an incredible, warm, patient, kind and thoroughly knowledgeable teacher. Esme explained things so concisely and gave so many handy and useful tips and I am blown away with how much I learnt in such a short space of time. I can't believe I made a whole cushion cover!
Would return to a class by Esme in a heartbeat. What a wonderful person and teacher!

Vivien McKau Sep 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Great class, really friendly group and tutor for our full day beginners class.
Wrll tought and some great tips given.
I made a cushion, very proud if myself !
Totally recommend

Beginner Sewing Course review by Vivien McKau - Edinburgh

Maeve Stang-Ryan Sep 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Loved the pace, great teacher, gorgeous cushion to take home afterwards as well. All in all great value!

Vaila Macfarlane Aug 2023


Beth was a wonderful teacher and so patient and knowledgeable. I enjoyed learning and brought my own machine and Beth came over to show me how it worked. I enjoyed the process and the cushion was excellent. I enjoyed having a finished product at the end.

Lynne Aug 2023


Great course. Very informative, everything shown and described very clearly. Looking forward to moving into the next class.

Rachel Aug 2023


Brilliant course with lovely teacher. The machines look quite intimidating at first with all the different settings and wheels and levers, but by end of course we were all happily winding bobbins and re-setting the machines up with no bother! Love my little cushion also :) excited to try the intermediate course!

Ivan Acosta Aug 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


very good class and very good and friendly teacher, I'm excited for the second class

Allan Pilcher Aug 2023


I'm so glad I took this class, Beth was a very good tutor, she broke down the task into smaller easy to master chunks.

I found the venue to be a bit of a rabbit warren, but the directions in the welcome email are very good.

I hadn't touched a sewing machine before the class, and left with a cushion I had made, and feeling confident enough to use a sewing machine to make small repairs/projects.

I would recommend this class to anyone thinking of learning how to use a sewing machine.

I plan on taking the intermediate class once I've got used to some of the different stitches.

Beginner Sewing Course review by Allan Pilcher - Edinburgh

Helen Richee Aug 2023


Esme, our teacher, led a very informative class - taught course the basics of threading bobbin and machine and practised stitching in a straight and then curved line - initially on paper and then on fabric. Enjoyed the whole relaxed experience.

Liz Cornall Aug 2023


Esme was a fantastic teacher, really knowledgable about dressmaking fabrics etc with a great sense of humour. It was really lovely having a real life human being helping me rather than Youtube!
St Margrets house is easy to access by car with a dedciated car park and on several bus routes so easy to access.
I really enjoyed having some company while sewing and made my disasters (like making two right sleeves!) a bit of a laugh rather than a give-up moment. Esme was also fantastic at helping me fix mistakes and showing me the best ways to work with my fabrics.
Although at first glance the course seems a little expensive its great value for money as the classes are small (there was only 5 in mine!) and the teacher is able to give everyone lots of one on one time to help them through their projects.

I would thoroughly reccommend to anyone looking to boost their confidence in dress making!

Susan Stewart Aug 2023

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews


I learned so much every week from Esme who was a fantastic teacher. So much patience and incredibly helpful. Encouraged everyone in the class to have a go and was always on hand with tips and advice.

Mandy Parr-Burman Aug 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


A lovely friendly and relaxed class. Beth made me feel comfortable and explained all the basic sewing machine skills clearly and calmly. There was a good choice of fabrics to choose from to make our cushion covers and I was delighted to come home with something I had made.

Corrine Fulford Aug 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Great class, Esme was a fantastic teacher, very patient and helpful. A good follow on from the beginners class, would recommend

Charlie Mills Jul 2023


I really enjoyed this beginner class, led by Esme. The group was a nice size - we were 5, but I think the max is 6. The 5 hours felt relaxed but went by quickly. We learnt how to set up the sewing machine and had an opportunity to practise and experiment with different stitches. After a lunch break we made a simple pillowcase - there was a nice selection of pre-cut fabric to choose from. We learnt by watching Esme’s demonstration. I think everyone was proud of their finished products! I would recommend this course - it’s great to get hands on help and to learn alongside others: something online videos can’t give you!

Rebecca Gracher Jul 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Really great class and lovely atmosphere. Esme was very knowledgeable and patient. I'm very keen to do another course here and learn more

Textiles class review by Rebecca Gracher - Edinburgh

Ivana Russo Jul 2023


Really enjoyed the class. Esme kept the perfect pace throughout, and made the experience very enjoyable. Will definitely book another class with her.

Brigid Murphy Jul 2023


Our teacher Emma was excellent. She gave use lots of useful tips. She made sure everyone was included and kept an eye on us all. Everyone seemed to get a lot out of the classes and accomplished the tasks they wanted to.
I think the venue needs modernising. The room we were in was small and the college seemed run down and scruffy especially the lifts.
I’ve given 4 * not 5* due to the state of the venue.
I think the course was value for money.

Vanessa Meikle Jul 2023


I enjoyed the classes very much. I was immediately impressed by Emma's wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise. I learned a lot from watching her and listening. She was cheerful, calm, patient and encouraging. She enabled each person in the class to go at their own pace and got the balance just right between helping them when they asked for help, and giving them space to work things out for themselves. The atmosphere was positive and the soft music in the background was lovely.
I learnt new skills and learnt about myself also.
I would highly recommend these classes.

Yueyue Jul 2023


The teacher was very knowledgeable and helpful. The whole lesson was well structured and ran in a relaxed atmosphere. The materials provided were beautiful and easy to use, even for beginners. By the end of the lesson, we each made a cushion! For a complete beginner, that’s a very productive lesson. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

Vaishnavi Gopinath Jul 2023


Thank you for the course. Felt contented that I have learnt something creative and useful

Kara Bohn Jul 2023


Beth was lovely! Super friendly and helpful. I liked the small class size because we were all able to get help and attention. Everyone was super nice and friendly. I’m quite proud of my cushion! It looks professional! Absolutely would take another class.

Joyce Learmonth Jul 2023


Beth was lovely and a really good teacher. The course was good fun and informative.

Corrine Fulford Jul 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Brilliant course, the teacher Beth was great - very personable and led the class at a good pace. The venue is easy to get to and all materials for the class are provided which is very handy. Thank you!

Moira Patience Jul 2023


Jodi was so lovely and it was such a relaxed way to spend a few hours with my colleagues. We loved the 2 items we came home with too!

Vikki Reilly Jul 2023


Exactly what I needed to get back into sewing again after a very long time.

'tosin Ajetunmobi Jul 2023


Today's lesson has resolved an issue in my use of a sewing machine I got a few years ago. The training method was effective and practical (thank you Esme!). I am glad that I enrolled on the course and eagerly look forward to the next class.

Sumaiya Khan Jul 2023


It was a friendly and very useful class as me and my child got to know how to thread the machine and wind the bobin, our teacher Emma was supportive and helped through the way

Annie Rankine Jul 2023


Really enjoyed our day with Sewcial. Emma was really encouraging and supportive. I never thought I’d be able to make a cushion but it turned out so well. Delighted with the experience overall. Thank you!

Isabel Garden Jul 2023


Great class. Esme the tutor was really good, sensitive to the different needs of the class and went at a good pace. She kept a close eye on what we were doing without being overbearing. Lovely choice of materials. I would definitely recommend the class.

Monique Lockhart Jul 2023


I really enjoyed attending this course. As someone who can sew but had lost confidence in making items for myself, I really gained a lot from the six weeks. It was nice to share tips with the other attendees, who were of different levels of expertise, and different ages. Everyone was friendly and chatted in between the working. Esme the teacher was lovely, a quiet but reassuring presence always willing to help and share her experience. There were plenty of machines and all the extra items you needed provided. I am delighted by finished dress and will definitely carry on making things for myself. Would recommend for both beginners and experienced sewers.

Lara Olszenka Jul 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended


Absolutely loved it! Esme was brilliant and so patient - I haven’t stopped sewing since and can’t wait to attend another course ◡̈

Ruth Flynn Jul 2023


Great class, good pace of learning. Good communication before the class to find the venue.
Esme was a great teacher, very patient and keen to help.

Helen Campbell Jul 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Enjoyed the class!
The teacher (Esme) was great!
Loads of sewing tips and learned lots - measuring, cutting patterns and sewing etc

Will be booking on to another 6 week course. Thank you

Katie Goodfellow Jun 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Great class and perfect for my first dressmaking class. Esme was amazing at supporting us through the process and encouraging us to have the confidence to make our garment. I made a pattern from a garment I had and this is a great skill I will take in to other projects now. Thanks Esme - and thanks for your patience!

Eleanor Powell Jun 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Had a really lovely time and learned a lot. Would definitely recommend and will be back for another class!

Dominic Karczewski Jun 2023


Clear instruction on the basics of setting up a sewing machine, and on some simple techniques with same. All materials provided, attentive instruction, a cup of tea, and a cushion to take home!

Luna Thoresen Jun 2023


Just finished the beginners sewing class. I brought my own machine so I could get to know it’s quirks better, and I am so glad I did. It was great fun, the information was really well explained and everyone got 1to1 time.

Couldn’t recommend it enough

Richard Harries Jun 2023