Sewing machine and equipment

We kindly ask you to take your own equipment upstairs, so please make sure that you only bring items that you can carry to our 1st floor room.

If your sewing machine is too heavy for you to take upstairs, we strongly recommend hiring one of ours. The cost of this for the day is £4.00.

We do thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.



Skill Levels explained

Categories: A = anyone and includes patchwork virgins

                                    V =  someone with no patchwork experience

                        B = someone with some patchwork knowledge, including rotary cutting skills and ¼” seam allowance mastered

                        ADV B = someone with good patchwork skills


Reminder: - The class fee is due at the time of booking

Sewing Machines are available to hire


Patchwork/Needlework does require time and patience. It is unlikely you will always finish the project during the class and you will be given all the necessary instructions to complete it at home (Open Format and Follow on classes are also available).

We will assume that you have read and approved our T&C when booking you a class.

Terms and Conditions


If you would like to book a place on a class…

1)           Contact the shop (phone 0208 941 7075)

2)           We can not guarantee your space unless you pay for your place – bookings receive without payment will be put on waiting list and transferred to actual list once paid for.

3)           Should you wish to cancel and providing you give us a 7 day notice before the class, we will issue a CREDIT NOTE. It can be used against goods or class – no time limit on it.

However, if you do not give us a 7 day notice, we will NOT BE ABLE to offer a credit note as we would have confirmed the tutor and committed to pay her fee. We will be happy for you to find someone to take your place but we cannot take responsibility to find someone for you. We will of course consider any medical emergencies and serious family situations.

4)           Should WE cancel a class, a cash refund will be given

We will assume T&C have been read and agreed when you book on a class.


We have 6 Janome machines (DXL 603) for students to hire during classes.

The rental fee is only £4.00 per machine (for ½ or full day).

The machines are available on a first come, first serve basis.



Get to Know your Sewing Machine with Collette

  This is the opportunity to understand fully your sewing machine and what all the feet and dials are for. Collette will guide you so that you can finally get the most out of your machine and stop being scared of it! Please let us know the make and model of your machine at the time of booking. You will be making samples using all the stitches available on your machine, as well as learning how to clean and oil it.

Friday September 14th – 2.00 til 3.00pm. £40.00 one to one session

Friday September 14th – 3.00 til 4.00pm. £40.00 one to one session

Advent Calendar Demo with Collette

This demo is free to attend. Please do register with us so that we know you are coming. Collette will be showing you how to use the pre-printed Advent calendar and how to make the perfect pockets.

September 28th 2-3pm – free to attend. Please register

“Get out of the Ditch!” Quilting with the Walking Foot with Gail – Level A

Come and join Gail and spend a day learning to get the most from the walking foot. You really can do more than quilt in the ditch! You will have a relaxed day quilting, covering things like threads, feet and marking tools. Learn to be more adventurous with your quilting but still with the safety of a foot to help guide you along. You will make several samples and discuss how these can be then used in those unfinished quilts at home!!!! A great all round class for quilting enthusiasts of all levels.

Thursday 27th September - -10.30am til 4.30pm, £43.00

Click here to download the class requirements

Absolute Beginner Patchwork with Collette – Level A

This class is designed for patchwork beginners to learn the skills and techniques to make a quilt top. You will learn how to accurately prepare, measure and cut fabrics for your finished projects. You have 3 options available, please let us know which one you would like to work on.

Saturday 29th September - 10.30-4.30, £43.00 

If you want to make the quilt above (blue/white/red), please click here to download the class requirements

If you want to make the quilt above (blue/yellow/red/green) click here to download the class requirements.

If you want to make the above quilt, please click here for the class requirements


Open Format Patchwork with Sue Thornborough – Level A

Come along to sew with Sue. You can finish off projects already started or start a new one with Sue’s guidance- solve any problems you may have, and recap any techniques you need. Please state what you want to do when booking the class so Sue can be prepared.

Friday 21st September

Friday 12th October

Friday 9th November

Friday 23rd November

£43.00, 10.30am til 4.30pm

Christmas Star with Gail – Level A

Get ready for Christmas with this lovely star hanging. Once you’ve mastered the technique you’ll be hooked, making them in several colours and sizes, instructions and other uses for star will be covered on the day. Sewing machine required all skill levels welcome.

Wednesday 10th October, 10.30am til 4.30pm - £43.00

Click here for the requirements

English Paper Piecing for Beginners/Improvers with Valerie – Level A

Whether you are familiar with EPP or an absolute beginner, this class is the perfect environment to carry on an existing project or start a new one under Valerie’s guidance. She can suggest design options and will give you lots of technical hints and tips.


Saturday 6th October - 10.30am til 4.30pm, £43.00 per session

Saturday 1st December - 10.30am til 4.30pm, £43.00 per session

Beach Hut Quilt (2 sessions) with Collette – Level A

Everybody likes a beach hut!! Choose your own fabrics and personalise your quilt.

You will have a lot of scope for the quilting with a lot of “negative space” to play with!

Friday 5th and 26th October – 2-4pm - £29.00 for the 2 sessions

Santa Advent Calendar with Gail – Level A

What better way to get ready for Christmas than this fabulous santa hanging, designed as an advent calendar for children both young and old!!!! Easy to make, some new techniques to discover.  A fun project suitable for all levels, sewing machine required

Tuesday 16th October - 10.30am til 4.30pm, £43.00 per session – Picture to follow

Hand Embroidery with Kate, RSN teacher- New Project: Christmas Stocking with hand embroidery – Level A

Kate will prepare a fat quarter of fabric with the outline of a stocking ready for you to stitch and embellish. You can then decide to turn it into a hanging by leaving it in a hoop and to make it into a proper 3D stocking!

Saturday 13th October - 10.30am til 4.30pm, £42.00 (old rate as advertised in previous list) – Picture to follow

Teddy Bear with Collette – Level A

Choose your fabric and make this adorable soft toy with Collette’s help. We will supply the downloaded pattern (copyright Funky Friends).

Friday 19th October - 10.30am til 4.30pm, £49.00 (including the pattern)

Dresden Plate Block with Collette – Level A

Using the Sew Easy Dresden ruler, you will learn to make this traditional block by machine. This ruler allows you to choose your own size. Collette will also show various ways of finishing the block centre.

Saturday 27th October - 10.30am til 4.30pm, £43.00 (ruler NL4159 required, £9.95)

Beginner Raw Edge Fused Appliqué Quilt – Jungle Alphabet from Kids Quilt – with Collette (3 sessions)

We get asked so often to run classes on machine appliqué!! With this lovely quilt, you will learn how to position and trace your pattern on fusible, learn to position all the pieces on the background. Collette will show the best way of stitching the appliqué. You can of course change the colour scheme, it looks very effective in pastels.

Friday 2nd November

Friday 16th November

Friday 30th November


£72.00 (including pattern)

Pyramid Advent Boxes (Christmas gift box) with Gail – Level A

Come and enjoy a relaxing day making Advent tree decorations, we will be using the relaxing technique of Japanese fabric folding. Hand stitching so no need for the machine. The boxes come in various sizes so if an Advent calendar is not for you then why not just make the gift boxes? A great alternative to Christmas crackers or just lovely gifts, and then all the wonderful embellishment possibilities. Templates, and full instructions given on the day.

Saturday 3rd November - 10.30am til 4.30pm, £43.00

Table Topper/Tree Skirt with Gail – Level A

Looking for a way to use up some of your lovely fabric, or just a great excuse to get more? Then look no further. No time for another quilt? then how about having some fun with strips. Have a great day joining strips and then slicing them to makes this fun table topper.

You could make it into a lap quilt or even a tree skirt! Full instructions given on day and notes to take home for backing and quilting, this is a great project you’ll never stop at just one trust me!!!

Thursday 8th November - 10.30am til 4.30pm, £43.00

Luna Lapin (by hand) with Collette – Level A

Collette has fallen in love with this adorable rabbit toy and wants to share it with you!! During the class you will work on making the toy (by hand). The book includes a lot of clothes and accessories as well. I think we might end up with a Luna Lapin fan club and carry on having fun with this gorgeous critter!!

Saturday 10th November – 10.30am til 4.30pm

£43.00 if customer already owns book

£55.00 to include book (we insist on each student owning a copy to respect Sarah Peel’s copyright)

Child/Adult Class with Collette: Make a child’s Apron using sewing machine

Open to children 12 and above. 1 responsible adult require to assist.

You are welcome to bring your own machine or hire one of ours (£4.00).

Sunday 25th November – 12.30-3.30pm, £39.00 includes fabric (just bring basic sewing kit with you)

Make and Take with Collette on Friday 7th December - Christmas Cushion

Make and Take with Collette on Friday 7th December

10.30am til 1pm: Christmas Cushion (Five Red Baubles Cushion Kit) - £32.00 all included (kit and machine)

Make and Take with Collette on Friday 7th December Christmas Bunting

1.45-4.45pm: Christmas Bunting Kit (as per our shop sample – 9 flag bunting) - £37.95  all included (kit and machine)

Make a Wreath (Christmas or not!) with Gail – Level A

Come and enjoy a lovely relaxed day making a wreath for Christmas. If Christmas is not for you then why not make one for Easter or even for a new arrival. Suitable for all levels, sewing machine required to make the characters. An addictive technique that you will never stop at one!!! Complete pattern supplied on the day.

Saturday 8th December - 10.30am til 4.30pm, £43.00

Child/Adult Class with Collette: Christmas Decorations for the tree

Open to children 12 and above. 1 responsible adult require to assist.

You are welcome to bring your own machine or hire one of ours (£4.00).

Sunday 9th December – 12.30-3.30pm, £39.00 includes fabric (just bring basic sewing kit with you) – picture to follow

Collette’s Quilt Along

Open to all levels 

Similar in format to Val’s Open Format (but with Collette!), these sessions will run for 3 hours. This is the perfect class for those of you who can’t commit to our 6 hour classes. Collette will be on hand to help you with your project, whether you started it with her or not. If you need a guiding hand to start something, please let us know!


Friday 10.30am til 1.30pm:

September 14th and 28th

October 5th and 26th

November 2nd, 16th and 30th

December 14th

 £22.00 per session

Wed Evenings with Val 6-9pm

Open to all levels

Do you want some “me-sewing-time”? Want to finish a project and never find the time to do it at home? Can’t commit to an all-day class? Then these evening sessions are perfect for you!

Val will be on hand to guide you through your project and the shop remains open during that time.


Run from 6pm til 9pm

September 26th

October 24th

November 14th

December 12th

If your sewing machine is too heavy for you to take upstairs, we strongly recommend hiring one of ours. The cost of this for the day is £4.00.

£22.00 per session

Open Format/Beginner Patchwork classes with Val

10.30am til 4.30pm

At the shop (upstairs)

Open to all – especially patchwork virgins. Val has been teaching patchwork for many years and what she doesn’t know about that subject isn’t worth knowing! She will be on hand to guide through your own project or help you choose your new one! Please let us know what you will be working on at the time of booking.

All levels welcome, relaxed and friendly atmosphere!

Sewing machines are available to rent for £4.00 per class; (they are Janome DXL603). Cutting mat, rulers and cutters can be borrowed on a first come, first served basis.


September 19th

October 3rd and 17th

November 7th and 21st

December 5th

£43.00 per session

10.30am til 4.30pm

If your sewing machine is too heavy for you to take upstairs, we strongly recommend hiring one of ours. The cost of this for the day is £4.00.

Classes at Our Lady of Lourdes

Hampton Court Way, Surrey KT7 0LP

Open Patchwork dates with Val – level: anyone

Same concept as the Wednesday Open Format at the shop this Val, with more room to spread and lunch and refreshments taken care of for you! Free parking and no steps.

If you find something in a magazine that you would like to work on, please discuss with Val before the class.

Saturday, 10am til 5pm:

September 22nd

October 6th

November 10th

December 15th (finishes at 4pm)

£51.00 per session, the class fee includes vegetarian lunch and light refreshments during the day. Please advise us/remind us of any special dietary needs.

Free Motion Quilting For the Terrified with Paula Doyle – Level A

Too many quilt tops waiting in the “to be quilted” pile? Not sure where to begin? Come along to this class to get to grips with how to use your sewing machine to do beautiful free motion machine quilting ! In just one day you will learn all of the basics of FMQ while making a lovely calico cushion cover. Lots of tips, techniques, and tools  for stress free quilting are provided during the workshop.

You have the option of purchasing a kit for this class (£12.00). This will save you having to prepare and baste wadding and calico. Otherwise, please make sure you follow the class requirements prior to the class.

Saturday 29th September– 10am til 4pm, £50.00

Click here to download the class requirements