An Introduction to Sewing

Learn The Fundamentals of Using a Sewing Machine!

2.5 hours 1 to 3 label $85 - $90 ($90 per person when you book for 1 student, $85 pp for 2+ students)

In this workshop you will learn the basics of setting up a sewing machine. You will learn about the different stitches and when best to use them. Once you've had a practice run on some scrap material, we'll put your new skills to good use by creating a simple square cushion cover. You will be working on a beginners sewing machine that is extremely easy and functional to use.

- How to measure, mark and cut your fabric for the cushion cover
- Use different tools for a cleaner finish
- Learn how to sew in a straight line
- Learn how to set up a simple sewing machine, wind the bobbin and thread the machine
- Use different stitches such as straight and zig zag
- Hem edges to create a neat finish
- Learn how to secure raw edges from fraying without needing an expensive Overlocker

- Expert guidance from a qualified Textile Designer
- All materials to create your cushion cover
- Full use of our sewing machines - no need to bring your own
- Access to the members-only section on our website
- Invitation to join our VIP Facebook group for further tips, advice and free patterns

Throughout the session, Sophie will share her knowledge and tips with you to help make the process run as smoothly and enjoyable as possible.

The sessions are held at Sophie's art studio in Redfern. The building is occupied by talented artists, exhibitions and co-working spaces. If you are the only participant, the class is likely to finish around the 2 hour mark. Full classes finish closer to the 3 hour mark.

You will leave the class with your new sewing skills, a fab cushion cover and access to the members-only area on our website where you can access a PDF handout of the class.

Option to purchase an insert for your cushion cover on the day.

Knowledge Required

No previous knowledge required. This class is for absolute beginners and not suitable for those with previous sewing experience.

What to bring

All machinery, fabric and tools are provided. Cushion insert not included in price, option to purchase one on the day for $10.


107 Redfern Street, Redfern NSW

Your teacher
Sydney Creative
Sydney Creative

BA (hons) in Textile Design. Mixed media artist and lover of all things creative.

5.0 (15)

Sydney Creative was launched in 2019 by Textile Designer Sophie Parry.

Creativity is, and always has been, the driving force in Sophie's life. From an early age she would always swap the dolls and toys for a pen and notepad. She never minded being left to her own devices while her parents needed to go shopping. With a colouring-in book to hand Sophie happily sat quietly either scribbling away or patiently filling in each tiny hole in the fabric of her red tights – the latter much to their frustration.

Sophie's creativity and passion for art led to an interest in fabrics, sewing and textiles. It was at university where Sophie found her feet in the textiles profession, developing the skills and techniques that would guide her on her own journey in textile design. During this time, Sophie won several awards for her textile work and was chosen to exhibit her final third year project at the prestigious New Designers exhibition in London.

Upon graduating, Sophie left her hometown in Wales to experience different cultures around the world. She settled in Sydney and decided to launch her Handmade Baby Boutique brand Scribble & Sew. In 2018 Sophie introduced sewing workshops through Scribble & Sew and later re-branded as Sydney Creative.

Sydney Creative currently offer unique and flexible sewing workshops for busy Sydneysiders. Sophie understands that not everyone has a full day to spend learning how to sew, which is why she launched the Introduction To Sewing workshop. In the future, Sophie plans to offer more creative workshops such as painting, punch needling and social sewing.

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• Aug 2019

I was lucky enough to get a one on one workshop with Sophie. It has been over 25 years since I last sewed. But it's just like riding a bike! Sophie is patient & knowlegable. And will answer any question you put to her. I recommend this workshop to any beginner or those looking for a refresher.

• Aug 2019

Great class with Sophie, very much enjoyed learning how to make the cushion, Sophie is very patient and provides clear instructions.
Location is great too. I recommend this class for any beginner!

• Aug 2019

I have some self taught sewing skills and Sophie was able to help me with a few techniques I will use with any project. I now have a new cushion a friend has already tried to claim! I truly appreciated the help and guidance I got, I would never have thought I could learn so much from making a cushion. I left feeling quite proud of my efforts.

Sewing and textiles workshop review by Catherine Bird

• Aug 2019

I had a lot of fun and learnt a lot from Sophie. She is very patient which is what a beginner like me needed. The one on one arranged at a mutually convenient time and with all the equipment, materials and guidance given is good value for money.

• Jul 2019

Hi this was a really good course with a very patient teacher. As there were only 3 students per class u get lots of attention * can go at your own pace. Good materials. We all made a lovely cushion

• Jul 2019

Sophie and the class itself was great. It’s simple, straight forward and rewarding for beginner level. Sophie was very helpful and patient too. I brought my own machine and Sophie was very accomodating. She let me have the flexibility to use my machine and hers, at the same time she helped me get familiar with my own machine. Thanks again Sophie!

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• Jul 2019

I really enjoyed this class and it gave me a good foundation for sewing.. I was so lucky to have Sofie ( teacher) to myself..

• Jul 2019

Sophie was lovely, the class was easy to follow & I love the cushion that I made - there were lots of different fabrics to choose from

An Introduction to Sewing review by Peta Neilson

• Jun 2019

Excellent workshop, I learned a lot ! Good material and a wide choice of fabrics. I highly recommend for those who wish to start sewing !

• Jun 2019

Sophie was fantastic
She was really friendly and informative and detailed.
She guided me through every step with such precision.
She was played back and relaxed and allowed us to have time to practice different techniques and the ins and outs of a sewing machine usage.
We had a few laughs and she really focused it on getting the technique right so that our end result was perfect.
Her tips and trick where very helpful. Even though space was small it was tidy showing she had much love for her craft.

Sewing and textiles workshop review by Anna Alexandratos Sydney

• May 2019

I really enjoyed this class! Highly recommend it to anyone who wants to start off their sewing journey. Sophie did an amazing job explaining the basics, allowing enough to practice, answered all the silly questions and helped me sew a beautiful cushion cover.

• Apr 2019

Sophie was very patient and supportive during the class and her explanation was quite thorough. The venue on the 2nd level of the building is spacious and facing a beautiful garden balcony.

• Jan 2019

Excellent class! Learnt the basics of working with a sewing machine and handling fabric. The instructor was very patient and knowledgeable and always eager to help. Great for anyone who wants to start sewing.

• Dec 2018

Great class, Sophia is a great teacher, I couldn’t be more satisfied for my results, she explained every step clearly and always with a lot of patience.

• Oct 2018

Sophie was so friendly, patient and helpful. I had a great time and was so excited and proud of my finished product!
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