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Sewing basics – make a mending kit


Tuesdays 3rd, 10th, 17th October 2023
18:30 – 20:30 GMT
Space2Create, Kendal

Get started on your sewing journey with this 3-part series. Learn all the basics of hand and machine sewing and make your own mending kit!

Got a sewing machine and don’t know where to start? New to sewing or looking to refresh your skills? This is the workshop for you! Learning how to use a needle and thread and knowing your way around a sewing machine are valuable life skills that can save you money, save your clothes and reduce your impact on the environment. This series will give you the skills, confidence and inspiration you need to start making, mending, altering and upcycling clothes and textiles.

Karen will guide you through all the knowledge and skills you need and you’ll put your new skills into practice from day one to make your own mending kit. This relaxed pace, small group workshop series Is designed for beginners and will also suit anyone looking for a refresher.

Dates and times

This 3-part workshop will run on Tuesdays 3rd,10th and 17th October 23 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

You will learn:

  • the parts of a sewing machine and what they do
  • how to set up your sewing machine and prepare the threads
  • the different stitches and functions
  • basic hand sewing skills
  • decorative sewing with simple embroidery and sashiko stitches
  • how to make your own mending kit!

We will provide:

  • all sewing equipment, fabrics and threads for sampling and projects
  • sewing machines if you need to borrow one
  • organic, Fairtrade hot drinks and palm oil-free biscuits.

Please let us know in advance if you will need to borrow a machine to avoid disappointment, email info@simplyrepair.org.uk.

What to bring

  • a sewing kit if you have one: sewing needle, cotton thread, small sewing scissors, pins and safety pins.
  • a sewing machine if you have one: each machine is slightly different, so do bring your own if you can.

Concession tickets

Being accessible and inclusive to everyone is important to us at Simply Repair. If you want to join us on any of the workshops but financial circumstances prevent this, please email info@simplyrepair.org.uk so we can help. All requests are confidential, and we offer a no questions asked policy. We will do our best to accommodate, and in the event where the workshop is already full we can discuss future options.

Your workshop host

Your host for this workshop is Karen Bond, founder of My mum taught me to sew and leader of the Simply Repair Sewing Club. Karen is an experienced sewing teacher with a relaxed, fun attitude to learning and a particular skill for tapping into the creativity of her students. Find out more about Karen on Facebook or Instagram.

About Simply Repair South Lakes

Our making and mending workshops bring people together to learn or refresh a range of repair and crafting skills in a friendly, informal atmosphere led by local tutors and volunteers. All profits are used by Simply Repair to fund more repair cafes and share more repair skills.

Our aims at Simply Repair are to reduce waste, share skills, improve wellbeing and build communities. We bring together people with skills to repair and those who want to learn how. We hold repair events where you can get small electricals, clothes, furniture, toys and other household items fixed free of charge.

Covid-19 Safety

We continue to run only small groups at our workshops. The venue has plenty of space to remain socially distanced and everyone’s safety is of upmost importance to help everyone enjoy the event with confidence and comfort.

Refunds and Cancellations

Tickets will be refunded if:

  • the event is cancelled
  • the event is rescheduled, and you cannot make the new date
  • the event changes location, and you cannot attend

If you have been charged a booking fee, unfortunately this cannot be refunded.

If you are unable to attend please email as soon as possible and we will access the request on a case by case basis. Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds if:

  • you can no longer attend the event due to personal circumstances
  • you have changed your mind about attending the event

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