Check calendar below for Dates! Other dates and times are available on request (minimum 2 students).
Note: Due to Covid-19 I have had to make a few changes. Every measure has been taken to try and ensure your safety however, please keep up to date with current government guidelines. Workshops are being run in smaller groups than usual to allow adequate distance between each student. All equipment and surfaces are cleaned thoroughly before and after each workshop. Hand Sanitizers are placed at entrance and at each work station.
Beginners Sewing
Always wanted to learn how to sew but just don’t know where to start? Then this four-week course is for you.
You will learn how to: Identify sewing machine parts and basic maintenance, thread up a machine and fill a bobbin, pin and cut out a basic pattern, seams (plain/French), insert a zip,  and hem a raw edge.
This course is intended for complete beginners who have never used a sewing machine before.
On this 4 day course you will have the opportunity to make four fabric items: face mask, cosmetic bag, tote bag and cushion.
What to bring: All materials and equipment are provided but if you have your own sewing kit you are welcome to bring it along. Refreshments are provided.
It’s never too late to learn a new skill and using a machine is a lot easier than you might think. 
Duration: 3.5 hours x 4 lessons Evening classes available on request (minimum 2 students)
Price: £170  
“If your not sure what to do with your kids this summer then why not introduce them to a new hobby.”
Sewing teaches children a valuable life skill. It’s relaxing, therefore can reduce stress and anxiety. Creates a sense of achievement and self-worth.
On this 2 hour Introduction to Machine Sewing class they will learn how to: Use a sewing machine safely. Thread a machine and fill a bobbin. Sew straight lines, curves and corners. Make a small fabric item.
Who are the classes for: Children aged 8-14 years ( I am A PVG (Disclosure Scotland) scheme member.
Price: £20 (All fabric and equipment provided)

Kids Cushion Class

Come along and make a cute pom pom cushion to impress your friends and family. All fabric and equipment provided. This class is intended for any child that has completed the Introduction to Machine Sewing class or has some experience of using a sewing machine. 8-14 years.
Duration: 2 Hours
Price: £20

 

Lampshade Making
If you like your interior furnishings to match or prefer a more eclectic look then this is the workshop for you.
Learn how to make a beautiful 30cm drum lampshade for your home or as a gift to a professional standard.
 What you need to bring: Fabric of your choice (105cm x 30cm).
All other materials and equipment are provided.
A kit will be ordered for you on booking.
Duration 2 Hours.
 Price: £30
Scrapheap Challenge
If like me you have a pile of scrap fabric then why not recycle them to create unique new items. On this workshop you will be shown three techniques (Crashing, Patchwork & Free Motion Stitching) to transform your fabric waste into new fabric. You will have the opportunity to experiment with each technique and all you need to bring is your fabric scraps.  All other materials and equipment are provided.
Crashing is a technique used to create beautiful textured effects which is great  for making bags, cushions, collages and clothing.
What to Bring: scraps of fabric, wool, threads, ribbons (no matter how small)
Duration: 2.5 hours
Price £25
Alterations
If you have ever been frustrated by your clothes not fitting properly then alteration classes will help you achieve a perfect fit.
 After all nobody is a perfect size.
This class will concentrate on how to shorten a pair of trousers.
What to bring: your trousers you wish to alter and matching thread (no jeans or stretch fabric). Refreshments are provided.
Skills: you need to be able to use a sewing machine and carry out basic hand stitching.
What you will learn: Different hemming techniques. How to measure a hem accurately. Appropriate edge finishes.
Duration: 2 hours
Price: £20
Zipped Bag
Make this lovely zipped bag for yourself or as a gift for someone special.
This versatile bag is fully lined with a contrasting zip. Ideal for storing makeup, sewing supplies and any other bits and bobs.
You will learn: how to insert a zip, top stitch and attach a lining
What to bring: All material and equipment are provided but if you have your own sewing kit you are welcome to bring it along. Refreshments are provided.
Duration: 3 Hours
Price: £35
Dressmaking
This workshop is intended for anyone who wants to learn the art of dressmaking.
You will learn how to: use commercial pattern symbols, construction skills and how to make adjustments. On this 3 day course you will learn to make a lovely pair of pyjama bottoms and vest top. 
Maximum of two students per class.
To attend this course you need to be able to use a sewing machine.
A commercial pattern (Simplicity PJs and loungewear 1563) will be purchased for you on booking which you can take home and use over and over again. The pattern comes in a range of sizes and styles XS-XL. 
What to bring: For the Pyjama bottoms you will need 2.5 metres of cotton, brushed cotton or flannel fabric. For the vest top you need 1 metre of stretch fabric. Stretch fabric can be difficult to sew but you will be shown how to use an Overlocker for the top.
Tip! cotton sheeting is very inexpensive and comes in  extra wide widths ideal for practicing on. If your not sure what fabric to buy please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
All other materials are provided but if you have your own sewing kit you are welcome to bring it along.
Refreshments are provided.
Duration: 4 hours x 3 Lessons
Price: £140
Thimbleberry Club
If you’re looking for a place to “sewcialize” with fellow crafters and enjoy some paisley banter over a cuppa then this club is for you!
Bring along any project you are working on and you can use any of the sewing machines, overlockers and cutting table.
If your looking for some inspiration I have a selection of crafting and dressmaking patterns you can use while you are here. Help is at hand if needed.
Covid-19 Restrictions in place.
This club is for Thimbleberry customers only. Booking required.
What to bring: Your project your are working on (optional).
Duration: 2 hours
Price: £15

Booking/Payment

All classes must be booked in advance via email and a £10 deposit is required by bank transfer to secure a place. As class numbers have been reduced please book early to avoid disappointment. Full payment would be preferred a week before class/course commences. 
email: thimbleberrysewing@yahoo.com phone:07920146489 Location: Main Road, Elderslie, Johnstone, PA5 9BA.