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.

Beginners & Refreshers (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Thursday 26th July (10am to 1pm) £25
All about choosing fabrics, reading and using patterns and sewing seams and hems. Once you know the basics you'll be able to make so much more on your own. All materials and equipment provided.

Bring Your Own Project (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Thursday 9th August 2018 (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.

Bring Your Own Project (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Wednesday 15th August 2018 (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.

Machine Embroidery - Sweet Pea Coaster (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Tuesday 4th September 2018 (2.00pm to 4.00pm) £25
Come along and learn how to create an in-the-hoop design and make a flower coaster. Bring some 100% cotton print fabric and we will provide the Sweet Pea design. Bring a memory stick so you can copy the file and make more when you get home.

PE Design with Tricia (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Friday 28th September 2018 (10am to 4pm) £50 (Bring your own lunch)
Software training for machine embroidery by our expert tutor, Tricia. This is a beginners session.

Working with Difficult Fabrics (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Tuesday 2nd October 2018 (2pm to 5pm) £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.

Presser Feet Coffe Morning (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Wednesday 10th October 2018 (10.00am to 12.00pm) £10
Enjoy coffee and biscuits while you watch how specialist attachments can improve your sewing results and receive a voucher worth £10 to put towards any Brother feet you buy on the day.

Make a Cushion Cover with a Concealed Zip (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Thursday 11th October 2018 (10am to 12 noon) £25
This popular session is ideal for those who want to learn either how to make a cushion or insert concealed zips and is suitable for beginners and intermediate sewers/sewists. Materials and equipment are provided on this session including a choice of cushion fabric to suit your decor at home, however, please supply your own cushion pad 16"/40cm. At the end of the day you'll take home a completed cushion cover along with some new skills and inspiration to make many more.

Bring Your Own Project (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Friday 19th October 2018 (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.

Bring Your Own Project (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Friday 20th October 2018 (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.

Pattern Drafting - Skirts (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Saturday 10th November 2018 (10am to 2pm) £50
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.

PE Design with Tricia (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Friday 30th November 2018 (10am to 4pm) £50 (Bring your own lunch)
Software training for machine embroidery and Scan N Cut by our expert tutor, Tricia.

Christmas Sewing Session (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Saturday 1st December 2018
Get in the festive mood and come with friends to enjoy Christmas sewing. Projects will be announced nearer the time but put it in your diary so you don't forget.

Christmas Sewing Session (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Saturday 8th December 2018
Another chance to get in the festive mood and come with friends to enjoy Christmas sewing if you couldn't make it on the 1st December. Projects will be announced nearer the time but put it in your diary so you don't forget.

Christmas Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Friday 14th December 2018 (2pm to 4pm) £25 + fabrics
Come along and learn how to create an in-the-hoop design and make a Rudolf placemat for Christmas. Bring some 100% cotton Christmas print fabric (or buy it when you get here) and we will provide the Sweet Pea design. Bring a memory stick so you can copy the file and make more when you get home.

Christmas Bring your own Project (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Saturday 15th December 2018 (10am to 4pm) £50 (Bring your own lunch)
Whether you want to make yourself something special to wear or you have some Christmas projects you haven't yet finished join us on the 15th for a day of sewing.

Beginner's Workshop - Make a Cushion (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (10am to 1pm) £45
For beginners and refreshers or people just looking to enjoy a creative morning. Learn how to sew seams and hems, insert piping and create applique on this half day workshop and take home a cushion cover along with the skills to sew so much more.

Curtains (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (10am to 1pm) £45
Learn how to make basic lined curtains. On this short workshop you will make up a sample of a small curtain with a fixed lining and header tape, to use as an aide memoire when you make your own curtains at home. We will discuss measuring, matching pattern, hems, tapes and alternative styles.

Hands on Machine Embroidery (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (9am to 12 noon) £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.

Make a Skirt (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (10am to 4pm) £70 + fabric
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. Bring your own fabric - pattern, thread and zip provided. (If you would prefer to choose fabric from our studio on the day please arrive a little early to allow time to choose. Cotton prints and denims from £6.40/m)

Mending and Alterations (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (10am to 1pm) £45
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.

Leggings (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (10am to 2pm) £60 + lunch
Learn how to sew with stretch/Lycra knit fabric and take home a pair of leggings. Fee includes pattern and navy or black fabric.

Zip Tips (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (10am to 12 noon) £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.

Sewing Machine Know How (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (10am to 1pm) £50* (*£45 if you bought a machine from us)
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)

 

Brother Machine Embroidery Workshop
Tuesday 21st August 2018 (10am to 1pm) £50*
This workshop is for people who already own a Brother embroidery machine or for those who are interested in learning more before they buy one. Learn to select and retrieve designs; combine and arrange patterns and text and produce a project to take home. (* only £45 if you have bought an embroidery machine from us)

Get to Know your Overlocker (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Wednesday 26th September 2018 (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) (* only £45 if you have bought an overlocker from us)

Get to Know your Overlocker (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Tuesday 16th October 2018 (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) (* only £45 if you have bought an overlocker from us)

Advanced Overlocking (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Thursday 15th November 2018 (2pm to 5pm) £50*
I sometimes run a Garment Techniques session and one on Decorative Overlocking but I have combined the best bits of these to form an Advanced Overlocking workshop. You'll learn how to speed up your construction when making sleeves, cuffs and bands and also use interesting threads and cords for decorative effects. A great way to take your overlocking to the next level! (* only £45 if you have bought an overlocker from us)

 

'Dear Lorna,
Thank you so much for a very full & informative day learning to master the overlocker! I feel I’ve learnt so much, conquered my anxiety about it and am excited about what I can do with all I’ve learnt! 
Again, many thanks.'
Annie M (Nov 2017)

 

This workshop was fantastic(shirtmaking). I learned so much and really built my confidence. Thank you Lorna
Helen A (Nov 2017)


Inside Secrets(The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Thursday 7th June 2018  (10am to 1pm) £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.

Couture Finishes (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Saturday 9th June 2018 (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.

Jeans Techniques (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Wednesday 18th July 2018 (10.00am to 4.00pm) £85
Find out how to make good fitting jeans and learn all the techniques to make jeans so recognisable: flat fell seams, great looking top stitching, front fly zip, side and patch pockets and of course, tips on sewing and 'distressing' denim.

Perfect Fit (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Tuesday 14th August 2018 (10.00am to 4.00pm) £85
Are you fed up making clothes that don't fit as well as you'd like them to? Come along and learn the principles of adapting a commercial pattern to fit your figure and make a toile to fine tune the fit. The fee includes a commercial pattern and calico to make up your toile as well as lunch and refreshments. After the session you can make up the pattern in your own choice of fabric and use the fitting techniques for adapting all other patterns. Note, you might consider coming along on the Bring your own Project workshop on the 15th August to make up your newly fitted pattern and have help on hand if you need it.

 

 

Perfect Fit (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Wednesday 31st October 2018 (10.00am to 4.00pm) £85
Are you fed up making clothes that don't fit as well as you'd like them to? Come along and learn the principles of adapting a commercial pattern to fit your figure and make a toile to fine tune the fit. The fee includes a commercial pattern and calico to make up your toile as well as lunch and refreshments. After the session you can make up the pattern in your own choice of fabric and use the fitting techniques for adapting all other patterns. Note, you might consider coming along on the Bring your own Project workshop on the 15th August to make up your newly fitted pattern and have help on hand if you need it.

Trouser Tricks (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Friday 2nd November 2018 (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.

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.

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.

Jacket Fitting (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (10.00am to 4.00pm) £85
If you are planning to make a jacket and want a great fit, this is the chance to bring along your chosen pattern and make a toile to get it right first. Whether you need to extend the shoulders, adjust the bust or shorten the length you'll learn the techniques you need for perfectly fitting clothes.

Shirt Making (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (10am to 4.00pm) £85
This workshop takes you through the process required to make a shirt or blouse. It includes details on how to get a perfect yoke, collar, cuffs and seams enabling you to use these skills to make gents tailored shirts or softer ladies blouses or dresses after the course.

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. Take a break from Christmas and learn this useful technique for your special garments in 2018.

Speed Tailoring (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (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.

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)

 


Lingerie (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Saturday 29th September 2018 (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)
Saturday 27th October 2018 (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.

 

 

'I love my Brother overlocker, even more so after attending your overlocker workshop, learnt so much Thank You' Claire W (January 2018)

 

 

   

Christmas Sewing Session (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Saturday 1st December 2018
Get in the festive mood and come with friends to enjoy Christmas sewing. Projects will be announced nearer the time but put it in your diary so you don't forget.

Christmas Sewing Session (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Saturday 8th December 2018
Another chance to get in the festive mood and come with friends to enjoy Christmas sewing if you couldn't make it on the 1st December. Projects will be announced nearer the time but put it in your diary so you don't forget.

Christmas Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Friday 14th December 2018 (2pm to 4pm) £25 + fabrics
Come along and learn how to create an in-the-hoop design and make a Rudolf placemat for Christmas. Bring some 100% cotton Christmas print fabric (or buy it when you get here) and we will provide the Sweet Pea design. Bring a memory stick so you can copy the file and make more when you get home.

Machine Embroidery - Sweet Pea Waterlily Clutch Bag (The Lorna Knight Sewing Academy, ST13 7NX)
Date to be arranged (10am to 3pm) £50 + bring your own lunch
Come along and learn how to create an in-the-hoop design and make a bag. Materials and design will be provided and you will take home your completed bag. Bring a memory stick so you can copy the file and make more when you get home.