All machines, equipment, materials and notes are provided (unless otherwise stated)
A light lunch is included on full day workshops
A maximum of six students on most workshops
Please phone or e-mail to check if places are available
Payment secures your place and must be paid in advance
For more information contact Lorna

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Teenage Fashion class (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Thursday evenings (School term times only) (7.15pm to 8.45pm) £8
For students aged 13+ this regular Thursday evening class allows young people to learn and develop skills to make their own clothes in a relaxed environment.

Bring Your Own Project (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Saturday 18th March 2017 (10am to 4pm) £50 (Bring your own lunch)
Come along and make your own choice of project and have help on hand when you need it. Whether you are a beginner and just want to learn the basics or if you want support while you start creating or altering a special outfit I'll be there to help with sewing machines and equipment.

Sewing Machine Know How (Bambers, Manchester M30 7HY)
Saturday 25th March 2017 (10am to 1pm) £45
Learn how to get the most from your sewing machine. Even a fairly standard sewing machine will do great tasks. Bring your sewing machine along on the day and find out what it can do as it is and with specialist attachments and needles. (Bring your own machine or mention when booking if you'd like to borrow one)

Working with Difficult Fabrics (Bambers, Manchester M30 7HY)
Saturday 25th March 2017 (1.30pm to 4.30pm) £45
If you avoid working with some types of fabric because you don't know how to sew them successfully book on this workshop. Perhaps you have a length of expensive cloth that you are frightened to cut into or you are planning a special gown and want to learn more before you start. Find out how to handle and sew stretchy knits and lycra, sumptuous velvets, luxurious silk satins and fine, sheer voils and chiffons.

Bring Your Own Project (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Friday 12th May 2017 (10am to 4pm) £50 (Bring your own lunch)
Come along and make your own choice of project and have help on hand when you need it. Whether you are a beginner and just want to learn the basics or if you want support while you start creating or altering a special outfit I'll be there to help with sewing machines and equipment.

Hands on Machine Embroidery (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Wednesday 17th May 2017 (10am to 1pm) £45
Whether you want to find out how an embroidery machine works or, if you have one, want to learn some hints and tips, book on this session. You'll make a novel kitchen towel to take home with you.

Mending and Alterations (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Wednesday 24th May 2017 (10am to 1pm) £30
Save the earth and save some money by coming along to this alterations workshop to find out how to alter and mend clothes. We will discuss replacing zips, shortening trousers, and adjusting waists through a mixture of demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Make and Take a T-Shirt (Bambers, Manchester M30 7HY)
Saturday 3rd June 2017 (10am to 4pm) £70 + fabric and threads
Come and make a T-shirt and wear it to go home! Pattern provided but buy your own fabric and threads on the day.

Leggings and Yoga Pants (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Thursday 22nd June 2017 (10am to 2pm) £60 + bring lunch
Learn how to sew with stretch/Lycra knit fabric and take home a pair of leggings or yoga pants. You'll be provided with a pattern and navy or black fabric.

Beginners or Refreshers - Skirts (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (10am to 4pm) £70
Whether you are new to sewing or just want to brush up your dressmaking skills come and make a skirt. Learn about pattern symbols, cutting out, seams, waists and hems.

Zip Tips (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (2pm to 4pm) £25
All the help you need to insert zips neatly and easily. Find the techniques for sewing in standard and invisible zips. A perfect workshop for beginners or if you want to refresh your skills.

Pattern Drafting - Skirts (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (2pm to 5pm) £60
Learn the basics of pattern drafting and take home a skirt pattern that fits perfectly with information on how to adapt it to get the style you want to wear (materials included). Tea, coffee and biscuits provided but bring a sandwich to keep you going while you work.

 

 

Get to Know your Overlocker (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Wednesday 8th March 2017 (10am to 1pm) £50
Whether you have just bought one or had one for years but never got to grips with it, this session is for you. Bring your overlocker and find out how it works, what it will do and how to get the most from it. We will cover threading up, balanced stitching, rolled hems, lettuce edges, corners and more. (Contact me if you need to borrow a machine)

Advanced Overlocking (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Wednesday 8th March 2017 (2pm to 5pm) £50
I've been promising an advanced overlocking course for a while and on this session we'll be covering some practical garment construction - adding bands and cuffs - as well as some creative techniques using pretty threads. Come along with your machine and take your overlocking even further. If you want to borrow a machine please let me know when booking your place.

Bambers Overlocker Course (Bambers, Manchester M30 7HY)
Wednesday 15th March 2017 (10.00am to 3.00pm) £60 + bring your own lunch.

Also on Wednesday 12th April, Saturday 20th May and Wednesday 14th June 2017

Each student is provided with a four thread overlocker (Bernina 800) to work on. The course is designed to provide you with a thorough knowledge of overlockers and give you confidence to use any overlocker to its full potential. You will produce a sample booklet during the session to take home and refer to. Techniques include: adjusting tensions; rolled hemming; flat locking; sewing corners and more.

Sewing Machine Know How (Bambers, Manchester M30 7HY)
Saturday 25th March 2017 (10am to 1pm) £45
Learn how to get the most from your sewing machine. Even a fairly standard sewing machine will do great tasks. Bring your sewing machine along on the day and find out what it can do as it is and with specialist attachments and needles. (Bring your own machine or mention when booking if you'd like to borrow one)

PE Design with Tricia (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Friday 28th April 2017 (10am to 4pm) £50
Learn about the Brother machine embroidery software. Book your place on this workshop and find out how to use Brother embroidery software and create your own designs. This is a series of classes which will run bi-monthly. For more information contact Lorna (07970 345620)

Get to Know your Overlocker (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Thursday 4th May 2017 (10am to 1pm) £50
Whether you are thinking about buying one; have just bought one or had one for years but never got to grips with it, this overlocking workshop is for you. We will look at maintenance, threading, tension adjustments and achieving balanced stitches. Also: rolled hems, lettuce edges and corners. (Contact me if you need to borrow a machine)

Advanced Overlocking (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Thursday 4th May 2017 (2pm to 5pm) £50
I've been promising an advanced overlocking course for a while and on this session we'll be covering some practical garment construction - adding bands and cuffs - as well as some creative techniques using pretty threads. Come along with your machine and take your overlocking even further. If you want to borrow a machine please let me know when booking your place.

Hands on Machine Embroidery (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Wednesday 17th May 2017 (10am to 1pm) £45
Whether you want to find out how an embroidery machine works or, if you have one, want to learn some hints and tips, book on this session. You'll make a novel kitchen towel to take home with you.

Get to Know your Overlocker (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Saturday 1st July 2017 (10am to 1pm) £50
Whether you are thinking about buying one; have just bought one or had one for years but never got to grips with it, this overlocking workshop is for you. We will look at maintenance, threading, tension adjustments and achieving balanced stitches. Also: rolled hems, lettuce edges and corners. (Contact me if you need to borrow a machine)

Overlocker - Garment Techniques (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (10.00am to 1.00pm) £45
Bring along your overlocker and learn techniques to make garments quickly with a manufactured finish. Hems, cuffs, bands and sleeves are all included. (Contact me if you need to borrow a machine)

Brother Machine Embroidery Workshop
If you own a Brother embroidery machine but feel you are not getting as much from it as you'd like to, bring it along and find out more. Whatever the model, learn to create and retrieve designs; combine and arrange patterns and text and produce a sewn-in-the-hoop project to take home.

 

'Just to say thank you for Thursday's course - what a lovely day and lovely people!' J.Hinchliffe (Sept 2015)


Speed Tailoring (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Saturday 27th May 2017 (10am to 4.30pm) £85
Traditional tailoring can be difficult and time consuming so why not fill your wardrobe with clothes made with the Terry Fox Combination Tailoring method? This uses a new generation of woven interfacings which are fused in place with no need for pad stitching and hand sewing. You will learn the full anatomy of a jacket and make up half a jacket sample with interfacings, a notched collar, set in sleeves and sleeve wrap.

Perfect Fit (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Wednesday 12th July 2107 (10am to 4.00pm) £85
Using a commercial pattern you will make up a toile and adjust as necessary to fit your body. When all the necessary alterations are made you will have a well-fitting pattern to use in all weights of fabric and will know how to alter other paper patterns in the future.

Trouser Tricks (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Wednesday 19th July 2017 (10am to 4pm) £85
All the tips you need to make a perfect pair of trousers including measuring, fitting and alterations. You will make a full standard size pair of trousers with taped pockets, and easy zip insertion, two-piece waistband and hem.

 

 

Couture Boned Bodice (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (10am to 4.00pm) £85
This day is for anyone planning to make a special gown. We use a formula suitable for fine silks to rich velvets and eliminate the problems of wrinkling, less than perfect seams and problems with boning. We also cover interlining, contouring canvas, linings, zips, piping and waist stays.

Couture Finishes (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (10.00am to 4.00pm) £85
After this workshop you will be certain that your clothes will never look homemade again.  Samples will be made of a zip that cannot go wrong; tailored hems with no visible stitches; beautifully smooth tailored darts; bound buttonhole, Hong Kong finish; cuffs and silk covered press studs.

Inside Secrets(The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (2pm to 5pm) £45
This seminar/workshop informs you how to combine fabrics, linings and interlinings for the very best results. Eliminate limp bodices, floppy collars, heavy hems, seam ridges, see-through dresses, seating and creasing. You will compile a picture dictionary with fabric swatches and samples to take home and refer to.

Make your own Body Double (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (10am to 4pm) £85
If you own a tailor's dress form but would like it to be more like you, bring it along and make it your shape. We will use foam and wadding along with calico and a basic dress pattern. Future fitting will be easy after this session. (Adjustable tailor's dress forms are on sale at the studio, please ask)

Pattern Drafting - Skirts (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (10am to 2.00pm) £60
Learn the basics of pattern drafting and take home a skirt pattern that fits perfectly with information on how to adapt it to get the style you want to wear (materials included). Tea, coffee and biscuits provided but bring a sandwich to keep you going while you work.

Chanel-Style Jacket (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (10.00am to 4.00pm) £85
A Chanel jacket is not made with the usual interfacings and canvases of a tailored jacket. It is a fascinating method of construction and relatively quick to create. Come along and make half a jacket to learn the techniques involved then use it as a sample to help when making your very own Chanel-style jacket at home.

 


Lingerie (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Thursday 11th May 2017 (10.00am to 4.00pm) £85
Learn how to work with lingerie fabrics including soft silky fabrics and stretchy cotton/Lycra. Find out how to attach laces and elastics and have a go at some decorative heirloom stitching techniques. All you need to know to create your own delightful nightwear, swimwear and lingerie.

Bra Making (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (10.00am to 4.00pm) £85
This day introduces you to drafting a basic bra pattern and allows you to see how they are constructed. You will learn the techniques involved in bra making and sew up a standard size, under-wired bra from a commercial pattern. The workshop gives you the opportunity to decide whether to spend time developing a perfect bra pattern when you get home or to work with a commercially produced pattern.

Pattern Drafting for French Knickers and Briefs (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (10am to 4pm) £85
You'll create the patterns and then make yourself French knickers in light weight silky fabric and a pair of stretchy bikini briefs. This gives you the chance to learn new techniques and take something home too.

 

 

'Your Sewing Academy is a lovely place and I am now feeling quite inspired.' M.Faulder (July 2015)

 

 

   

Bags of Fun (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Tuesday 21st March 2017 (1.30pm to 5pm) £30 + materials
After some brief instruction in pattern making and construction ideas, make a hand bag, hold-all or shopping bag of your own design to take home. Bring your own materials for the bag but everything else will be provided.

Hands on Machine Embroidery (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Wednesday 17th May 2017 (10am to 1pm) £45
Whether you want to find out how an embroidery machine works or, if you have one, want to learn some hints and tips, book on this session. You'll make a novel kitchen towel to take home with you.

Textile Art workshop with Anne Davies (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Saturday 1st April 2017 (10.30am to 4.30pm) £60
The lovely Anne Davies has kindly agreed to run more Textile Art workshops for us in 2017. This session is called 'Translucent Stitched Design' and I can't wait to see the beautiful work she and the students produce.

Sewing Together Children's Class - Name Cushion (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Thursday 13th April 2017 (10am to 1pm) £15
Make a cushion with letter tiles sewn on. For children aged 8 to12 with an accompanying adult. Booking essential for this session so that letters can be prepared in advance.

Mending and Alterations (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Wednesday 24th May 2017 (10am to 1pm) £30
Save the earth and save some money by coming along to this alterations workshop to find out how to alter and mend clothes. We will discuss replacing zips, shortening trousers, and adjusting waists through a mixture of demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Make and Take a T-Shirt (Bambers, Manchester M30 7HY)
Saturday 3rd June 2017 (10am to 4pm) £70 + fabric and threads
Come and make a T-shirt and wear it to go home! Pattern provided but buy your own fabric and threads on the day.

Leggings and Yoga Pants (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Thursday 22nd June 2017 (10am to 2pm) £60 + bring lunch
Learn how to sew with stretch/Lycra knit fabric and take home a pair of leggings or yoga pants. You'll be provided with a pattern and navy or black fabric.

Lined Curtains (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Saturday 1st July 2017 (2pm to 5pm) £45
This half day workshop explains how to create traditional lined curtains in the most straight forward manner. You will make a mini curtain sample and learn how to measure up, cut out and choose and sew on tapes.

Basic Curtains (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (10am to 1pm) £45
This workshop is for people who would like to make their own curtains but don't know how to go about it. You'll make a sample to refer to every time you make curtains when you get home.

Cushion Making (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (10am to 1pm) £45
Make and take a cushion. Learn about seams and piping to kick start or refresh your sewing skills. Materials and equipment provided in this half day workshop.