Fancy learning a new skill in the new year? Then look no further than Sew Confident in the Hidden Lane, Finnieston, Glasgow. Crafts such as sewing, knitting, cake baking and decorating have come back into fashion over the past few years and this dinky studio is a modern day sewing haven.
Sew Confident, which runs classes in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen is a one stop shop for sewing classes, supplies and support for learning your new craft. The tutors are friendly and helpful. It has a great social media presence, through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and the tutors are happy to be contacted after classes if further advice is needed.
I have taken two classes here and really enjoyed them both. In the summer my Mum and I went to the Beginners Sewing Course which was held over 3 consecutive Sunday’s. My Mum had done a fair bit of hand sewing in the past and I had a little experience of using my old vintage Singer sewing machine to make 260m of bunting for our wedding (see the labour of love below), but that just requires to be able to sew in a straight line. Neither of us felt proficient in using a sewing machine though so this was the perfect class for us.
Every Sunday we bounced along to the Sew Confident studio, where we happily sewed from 10am to 3pm with our fellow classmates, with a stop for lunch, which was included in the cost and provided by the Hidden Lane Tearoom. The class size was small, with only 6 of us in it, which meant that we each got lots of attention from our great tutor Gayle. Over the 3 weeks we made make-up bags, a cushion cover with a piped edge, bunting and a tote bag. We even had time to start a project of our own. By the end of the 3 weeks we felt confident in using the sewing machine and proud of what we had achieved. During the class we were given clear instuctions as to how to make our pieces but also encouraged to take creative control over our own work. As you can see from the photo of my Mum below, everyone was very proud of their work by the end.
The second class I went to was the free motion embroidery class at the beginning of December. I fancied learning to do this as it is a nice way to embellish things like make-up bags or to make a wee picture gift on its own. This class was led by Victoria, a talented textile artist and ceramicist. Her website and shop Blueberry Blossom is well worth a look. Again the class was nice and small, and Victoria was a patient teacher. It was an evening class this time and within the 2.5 hours we were all there each member of the class produced a lovely Christmas piece to take home. I was quite pleased with my creation after only 2.5 hours of learning.
At first glance the sew confident classes may seem expensive: £150 for a course of 3 consecutive Sunday’s and £35 for a 2.5 hour evening class but they are actually great value, due to the small class size, great tutors and individual attention. The classes are great for men and women, are very sociable and the price is inclusive of lunch in full day classes and snack in evening class. They also run sew socials where you can attend to work on your own piece with like minded sewers, other classes include make do and mend (which i would love to try), quilting, dressmaking, pattern cutting, curtain making and even a class where you learn to make your own bra. So what are you waiting for, get sewing and you never know you might make all your Christmas presents for next year.