Slow Sewing: Making Clothes by Hand

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What’s it all about?

You don’t have to know how to use a sewing machine to make clothes. After all, until the first Industrial Revolution in the eighteenth century all clothing was sewn by hand. Learn the basic hand stitching techniques required to produce a beautifully finished, durable piece of clothing.

What will we cover?

This class is suitable for both beginners and more experienced sewers. We will cover the sewing techniques you need to start creating your own clothes by hand. After some needle and thread basics, you will learn three easy, hand sewn stitches-running stitch, backstitch and hemming.

Working with these stitches, we will learn how to create strong and neat French seams, sew on bindings and take up a hem – all you need to know to start creating your own clothes by hand!

Handout notes with stitches, tips and further references will be provided along with a paper pattern and instructions for a basic sleeveless top for you to take home.

Who will be teaching?

Gaye Naismith is a lifelong sewer (machine and hand), a sometimes seamstress and as Gaye Abandon, a creator of homewares and accessories from upcycled textiles. One of her favourite materials is felted wool and she can often be found in her local Savers riffling through the jumper aisles.