Level 1 - Refresher Tote Bag Course - The Farm - 1 Day (Weekday)

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This is a great alternative course for complete beginners or for those who would like just a day course to brush-up on their skills and re-gain their confidence. You will start at the very beginning and learn how to fill up a bobbin and thread up your machine correctly. You will be taken through how to use the machine and learn and practice many basic skills needed to complete a beautifully lined shopper bag!

See below for a more detailed description.

For the course you currently have selected the dates are:


Tuesday 8th September, 10:00 – 16:00

Other dates are available: Please use the drop-down at the top of the page to view and book.


Who is the course aimed at?

This course is designed for complete beginners and for those who just need to jog their memory with how it is done. You may just be coming along as you; are interested in learning a new skill or hobby, for social reasons and to make new friends, to switch off from your day job, grab an important bit of ‘you time’ or you may just need to get over a bad sewing experience at school. There are so many reasons why people come along to sew but we are all there to learn and have some fun!

What skills will I learn?

You will learn how to fill a bobbin, thread your machine, stitch in a straight line, a curved line, hem, top stitch, turn through, construction, troubleshoot, changing a needle, insert a lining, sugar bottom corners and much more!

What will I have at the end of the course?

You will have made a stylish lined shopper bag complete with a lining. You will also leave with a wealth of knowledge and confidence to take on projects of your own and a new group of friends!

How long is the course?

The course runs for six hours with a half hour lunch break and a few vital tea breaks!

What are the course dates?

Currently, this course is being run on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 8th September, 10:00 – 16:00

Please choose your preferred dates from the drop-down above.

Where is it run?

This course is run at The Farm Stratford-upon-Avon, full details can be found here.

Who runs this course?

All courses are run by Vanessa Adams of Sew Sew Helpful who has over six years of teaching experience with both adults and children and has a lot of patience and ideas too! Find out more about Vanessa here.

How many people are in a class?

The maximum class size is six people, so you'll always the time and support needed to develop your sewing skills.

What's included?

All materials, tea and nibbles!

What do I need to bring?

Everything is provided for this course. You may wish to bring along a notepad and pen so that you can document anything you may want to recall later.

What can I do next?

Once you have completed this course you are advised to go onto the Zipped pouch workshop and the Button Back Cushion Workshop so that you can complete your beginner skills. Once you have experience with all these elements you can go on to the Beginners to Dressmaking or the Piped Zipped Cushion Workshop.

Can I bring my own machine?

Unfortunately not, as it makes the class more tricky to teach if everyone has their own machine, however, you can book in for a one-to-one if you’d prefer. Everything taught on the course will be transferrable to your machine at home, as you will be using an easy to use Janome 230DC which is one of the industry’s leading models. During the class, you will also have pointed out to you any potentially slight differences which will help you to apply to your own machine.

Important Information

Please note that classes require a minimum of three people. If in the unfortunate circumstance there are insufficient participants you will be either refunded or offered an alternative date.