FAQs

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Where are you based and how do I get there?

All session are held at our studio based in the Design Works Annexe in Gateshead.
By car we are just off the A184, 10 mins from Newcastle city centre and 20 mins from Sunderland.
The Design Works is accessible by both bus and Metro and is just a 7min walk from the Felling Metro station.

There is lots of free parking in the Design Works car park in front of and down the side of the main building with disabled parking spaces just outside the the Annexe Building

For more information on our location please check out our find us page

 

Access & Accessibility?

We are located in the Annexe building on the ground floor in room 103, there are blue badge only bays available to our clients right by the doors to the building.

Access to the building is gained via an intercom by typing 103 and enter. We will answer, buzz you in and meet you at the next set of doors.

 

I want to learn to sew, where do I start?

For a complete beginner, a good option is our Intro to Sewing workshop. Its a 1 day workshop  which will teach you the basics of sewing with a machine and lets you dip your toes in before signing up to a longer course.

 

I want to start making my own clothes. What’s the best option for me?

Beginners Garment Construction part 1 & 2  are our beginner dressmaking courses for people who want to start making clothes. In part 1 of this course we will give you a refresher session on machine skills and we’ll teach you how to make darts, insert a zip, use interfacing, measure yourself properly, use a pattern– and lots more!

Part 2 of Beginners Garment Construction builds on the skills learned in part 1  and may be a suitable starting point if you have made a skirt before or can use a machine but feel your skills are a bit rusty.

 

What level am I?

If you’re not sure just send us an email or call and we’ll help you to work it out.

 

Do I need my own sewing machine?

No, you do not need to have a machine

If you have your own machine Great!, bring it along. we find most people prefer to learn and develop their sewing skills on their own machine as all machines have their own quirks.

If you don’t have a machine don’t worry we have a selection of machines available for beginners to use so you don’t need to invest in one until you are hooked on sewing.
Machines can also be made available for  students travelling on public transport.

Please let us know in advance if you require a machine.

 

How can I find out more about classes?

On the ‘Workshops & Classes’ page you can see the what we do by category pictured or by date on the calendar in the footer
You can go direct to our workshops and courses listings on our  ‘Sewing & Pattern Cutting Classes’
You can see our social sewing groups on our  ‘Sewing Bee’
If you want 1 to 1 or small group tuition check out our Private Tuition page

 

How can I book a place?

Please contact us by phone or email to and we will book you a place if available and send you and invoice with payment information. Your place in a session is only guaranteed once payment has been received

If a class is fully booked we can put you on a waiting list or let you know when the next one is available and hold you a spot.

 

How can I pay for my course or workshop?

You can pay by Bank Transfer, Card or Cash

We prefer payment by bank transfer when possible as it doesn’t incur any fees.
If you prefer to pay with cash or card you can pop in to check us out and pay in the studio.

Please see our terms and conditions page for further details including our refund policy

 

How many people will there be in my class?

We limit the number of students to a maximum of 9, although it is often less, so that we can give each student support.
Due to the extra space and support required some workshops & short courses will have a lower maximum number of students or will have 2 tutors in attendance.

 

Attendance

Please be on time to class, as we aim for classes to start and end right on time. If you arrive more than 15mins early we may have other clients in.
There are no makeups for missing all or part of a class.

 

Equipment & Supplies

All of our classes include the use of studio equipment, however, not all classes include student supplies, please see the specific workshop/course page for details of what is needed.

 

Private Tuition

Fees can be paid lesson by lesson or in a block of lessons. Lessons that have been purchased will not be refunded after the lesson has commenced. If you cannot attend a lesson notice must be given by 24 hours before or you will be charged for the session.

I want to buy a gift voucher for someone. Do you offer them?

Just let us know what you want to buy; course, sewing bee or private tuition and we will sort something out for you