All classes are run from my home in Elderslie. I offer a wide range of classes through out the year and cater for all skill levels. I can be flexible with dates and times so please get in touch if you can’t find a date/time that suits (minimum of 2 students). Free refreshments are provided in all my classes. Check calendar below for Dates!
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 day/evening course could be the answer.
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 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
Price: £170  
If you are looking for a new hobby for your children then this could be the answer.”
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 Sewing Club

If your child has attended the Introduction class or has some experience using a sewing machine then they can attend this club. Each week they will learn a new sewing skill and produce a fabric item. All fabric and equipment are provided. 
Age: 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 class 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
Cushion Making
If you enjoy decorating your home or Interior design then why not learn how to make your own cushions. On this class you will learn to make a patchwork Bolster cushion with drawstring detail.  All fabric and a cushion insert are included in the Price.
You will learn how to: position a pattern using grain lines, make your own piping using bias binding and cord, insert piping into a seam and make a ribbon casing.
Duration: 4 Hours
Price:£55
Alteration
If you are spending a fortune getting your clothes altered then alteration classes could be the answer.
This class will concentrate on how to shorten a pair of trousers.
What to bring: your trousers you wish to alter and matching thread.
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
 
 
Dressmaking
If you are frustrated with your clothes not fitting you properly then why not make your own and achieve a perfect fit. 
On this 2 day/evening course you will learn everything you need to know to start your journey into dressmaking.
You will learn how to: use commercial pattern symbols, follow grain lines, make pattern adjustments and carry out  a range of construction techniques. You will  make a lovely pair of pyjama bottoms to take home and impress your family and friends.
To attend this course you need to be able to use a sewing machine.
A commercial pattern 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 from XS-XL. 
What to bring: For the Pyjama bottoms you will need 2.5 metres of cotton, brushed cotton or flannel fabric.
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 2 Lessons
Price: £90
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.