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Available for booking by leaders of community groups/organisations who can help to cascade the skills they learn at this workshop to an even wider audience! Interested in this opportunity? Contact [email protected] with details of the group/organisation you support.

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our Crowdfunder supporters we’re able to offer this workshop FREE of charge to train you in how to make Bordersbags so you’ll be able to pass these skills on to the communities you work with.

This workshop is based on Sewing Machine Basics – ReTweed’s most popular sell-out workshop. Each time we run this session it sells out within days.

Feel the Fear and Sew Anyway

This workshop demystifies the inner workings of a sewing machine, holding first-time or novice sewers by the hand and showing the easiest ways to get the most from their machine.

Become part of the growing “Make Your Own” culture.

With the resurrection of ‘make do and mend’ culture, interest in learning how to master a sewing machine has soared. Although 100s more sewing machines are sold each week – a lot of them are gathering dust as folk seem to be terrified of the technology!! This workshop, hosted by the women setting up their own creative textiles business in ReTweed’s Business Incubator, will provide a hands-on guide for beginners. Each of our Business Incubator participants have completed ReTweed’s advanced training course and gained extensive sewing experience prior to launching their own businesses.

What will you learn on the day

This workshop starts with an essential overview of the sewing machine, learning how to thread it and wind bobbins, understanding tension, which threads to use, which needles sizes and which feet to choose along with troubleshooting common problems. There’s some guidance on the basic sewing kit you should have, plus advice on which fabrics to choose and basics of cutting out. The workshop includes making your own Bordersbag and take-home handouts. Participants in this workshop are free to bring along their own sewing machines if they prefer – please let us know in advance if you’d like to do that.

Experience Level: Beginners

This course will run on from 10:30 am – 3:45 pm at our shop premises at 26 High Street, Eyemouth (opp. Rialto.)

All materials, refreshments and cake included