The Thrifty Stitcher

The Thrifty Stitcher

Description

Modern, funky sewing classes in London. We offer courses for every level, from an absolute beginners day to sessions concentrating on creative alterations and customizing clothes.We can show you how to make a roman blind, or handsew a cute cup-cake pincushion.We offer classes at our studio in Stoke newington, and also offer mobile sessions- we bring the class to you and your friends.Our classes are run through the week in the daytime and at weekends.The Thrifty Stitcher is run by theatrical costumiers, with many years of professional sewing behind them.We de-mystify the art of sewing, and show you how easy and fun it can be! Sewing is no longer the dull hobby of old ladies, it is a great way to express yourself with individual creations, and save money adapting things.

Former Student Reviews
15 opinions

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Starting from Scratch Day - Intensive Beginners Sewing course in London
4.8 excellent 6 opinions
The Thrifty Stitcher
  • Course
  • London
  • Beginner
  • 1 Day

...corners and curves. Find out about seam finishes. Marking up fabric & cutting out from a simple pattern. Put together either a simple shopper bag or a simple cushion... More


£ 94
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Beginners Sewing course in London
4.9 excellent 9 opinions
The Thrifty Stitcher
  • Course
  • London
  • 1 Day

...Beginners who can already hand-sew, and anyone looking for a sewing refresher after a long break. Course review : Begin to use a sewing machine... More


£ 49
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  • Course
  • London
  • 1 Day

...and buying fabrics *Cutting out your fabrics and lining, Attaching your fabric to the lining. * Preparing rod pockets. Mark out the fold positions... More


£ 94
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  • Course
  • London
  • 1 Day

...Particularly good for people stuck on a project and needing some advice, or people thinking about investing in a sewing machine, but wanting to give it a go before... More


£ 35
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  • Course
  • London
  • Intermediate
  • 2 Days

...During the 2 consecutive saturday morning sessions you will use a pattern to make up a fabulous a line skirt You will need to let us know which size pattern... More


£ 80
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  • Course
  • London
  • 1 Day

...hatter shows some handy techniques Choose your base- a sinnamay, comb or headband Design your fascinator choosing from our selection of materials Complete... More


£ 50
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Basic Hand Sewing for Busy Mums course in London
The Thrifty Stitcher
  • Course
  • London
  • 3h

...Suitable for: Busy moms who want to learn how to make basic alterations and fix children's clothes Busy moms who want to learn how to make basic alterations... Learn about: Costume Design... More


£ 35
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Reviews on The Thrifty Stitcher (15)

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Starting from Scratch Day - Intensive Beginners Sewing

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Annonymous
5.0 25/11/2010
What I would highlight: I couldnt even sew a button on before i did this course and now i can sew buttons, use sewing machines and even made a bag! I was so excited to discover how fun and simple sewing is, once you've been shown how to. Highly recommended for beginners but also to develop and build on current sewing skills.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Starting from Scratch Day - Intensive Beginners Sewing

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kathryn slater
5.0 16/11/2010
What I would highlight: I spent a lovely Sunday at this begginners sewing class and came home inspired to get sewing again. I learnt all the basics to get me started and as there was only six of us in the class- I got lots of personal support from mentors Claire-Louise and Alex. I have already requested a sewing machine for christmas! I fully reccommend this course to all begginners.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Beginners Sewing

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Eleanor Roy
5.0 22/02/2010
What I would highlight: Gives you confidence to continue sewing outside of the course.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Starting from Scratch Day - Intensive Beginners Sewing

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Annonymous
4.0 10/02/2010
What I would highlight: I thought it was great, except for 2 small things: I was a bit cold, and it was a shame my bag project took longer than the time allowed. But definitely still worth it and would go back for more courses.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Starting from Scratch Day - Intensive Beginners Sewing

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Frances Mather
5.0 09/02/2010
What I would highlight: A really great course with excellent teachers. Very laid back friendly atmosphere. I went away feeling like i had really learnt how to use a sewing machine (miracle)and was very proud of my cushion. I did find the room a bit cold (mainly due to the concrete floor I think) so would advise very wooly socks, boots and a cardigan if going in the winter months. I will definitely be going back for more when i decide on a project.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Starting from Scratch Day - Intensive Beginners Sewing

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Gemma Fisher
5.0 08/02/2010
What I would highlight: I had a lovely sewing machine sat at home gathering dust for two years until I, along with my sewing machine went to see Claire-Louise and Alex. They answered all my questions and were happy to show me how to use and care for my machine. I made a beautiful cushion to be proud of made of quality fabric and quality stitching. Help was available all the way along and we were given lots of very useful information. I would reccomend this course to anyone and everyone. Also, I can now sit at home and confidently thread my sewing machine, wind my bobbin and lots more! It's set in a lovely relaxed and friendly environment with lots of tea/coffee and fabulous cupcakes thrown in. Alex and Claire-Louise are the nicest and most helpful and friendly teachers that you could ever ask for. My cushion now has pride of place on my couch and I can't wait to make some more with the template handed out at the end of the class, just perfect all round. Many thanks, Gem x
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Starting from Scratch Day - Intensive Beginners Sewing

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Gemma Fisher
5.0 08/02/2010
What I would highlight: I had a lovely sewing machine sat at home gathering dust for two years until I, along with my sewing machine went to see Claire-Louise and Alex. They answered all my questions and were happy to show me how to use and care for my machine. I made a beautiful cushion to be proud of made of quality fabric and quality stitching. Help was available all the way along and we were given lots of very useful information. I would reccomend this course to anyone and everyone. Also, I can now sit at home and confidently thread my sewing machine, wind my bobbin and lots more! It's set in a lovely relaxed and friendly environment with lots of tea/coffee and fabulous cupcakes thrown in. They are the nicest and most helpful and friendly teachers that you could ever ask for. My cushion now has pride of place on my couch and I can't wait to make some more with the template handed out at the end of the class, just perfect all round.
What could be improved: --
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Beginners Sewing

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Annonymous
5.0 07/02/2010
What I would highlight: The tutors were great - really enthusiastic and great fun. I really enjoyed the day and learnt loads - plus came away with a gorgeous cushion! thank you x
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Beginners Sewing

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Sarah Calver
5.0 20/01/2010
What I would highlight: I went along because I've had a sewing machine sat in my cupboard for 4 years which my mum bought me as a birthday present. I'd been too scared to touch it! However, the half day session I attended was really inspiring - I was shown all the basics of setting up the machine and simple sticthes, hems etc. Then I made a cushion. It was a lovely morning - the teachers were very friendly and patient and really knew their stuff. The first thing I did when I got home was to drag out my old sewing machine and give it a go - and it worked! So now no stray scrap of fabric is safe around me...
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

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JANE KEOGH
5.0 19/01/2010
What I would highlight: Would highly recommend. Teachers have a wealth of knowledge and are very friendly and encouraging. I did the half day class and got back home and altered a pair of trousers which I wore out that evening! Plan to go and do another session soon.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Beginners Sewing

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Kate Houlden
5.0 17/01/2010
What I would highlight: This course was exactly what I was hoping for... a supportive and practical environment in which to build my confidence with a sewing machine, gain some useful tips and spur me on to try some new projects.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Beginners Sewing

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Charlotte Gruen
5.0 13/01/2010
What I would highlight: A brilliant course for anyone wanting to learn how to use a sewing mashine for the very first time! The course is well structured and fun. The teachers are extremely friendly, very helpful and take their time to explain everything in detail one on one. I have had a wonderful time learning how to sew a cushion and was delighted to take it home with me at the end of the course! An overall fab day!
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Beginners Sewing

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kayi ho
5.0 13/01/2010
What I would highlight: was an amazing course. cannot recomment enough. tutors had a wealth of knowledge, were super attentive and really nice ladies. materials were top quality and machines really easy to use. they even followed up the course with an email containing lots of handy info on fabric suppliers to allow us to continue to use our new found skills. i will definitely take away what i learnt to make other things and will hopefully pay the thriftystitchers another visit, once i get my life in order! thanks so much!
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Beginners Sewing

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kayi ho
4.5 13/01/2010
What I would highlight: It was an amazing course. I cannot recomment it enough. The tutors had a wealth of knowledge, were super attentive and really nice. Materials were top quality and machines really easy to use. They even followed up the course with an email containing lots of handy info on fabric suppliers to allow us to continue to use our new found skills.
What could be improved: --
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Beginners Sewing

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Charlotte Gruen
5.0 13/01/2010
What I would highlight: A brilliant course for anyone wanting to learn how to use a sewing mashine for the very first time! The course is well structured and fun. The teachers are extremely friendly, very helpful and take their time to explain everything in detail one on one. I have had a wonderful time learning how to sew a cushion and was delighted to take it home with me at the end of the course!
What could be improved: Nothing
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)
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Teachers and trainers (3)

Alex Watherston
Alex Watherston
Co-director/founder of The Thrifty Stitcher

Alex has worked as a professional costumier for many years in London. She also runs a bespoke soft furnishing company, and can offer students both clothing advice and help students to begin making their own cushions,blinds and home accessories. She is currently re- mounting the successful production of Peter Pan in preparation for a transfer to America

Claire-louise  Hardie
Claire-louise Hardie
Co-director/ founder of the thrifty stitcher

Claire-louise has spent many years as a Theatrical Costumier, & Wardrobe Mistress. She has make costumes that have graced the national theatre, welsh national opera and regent's park to name a few. Some of Claire-Louise's costumes have been exhibited at the Theatre Museum in London. CL began sewing at a young age, and has a lot of experience both making clothes, and fixing them. Having travelled around the world with the Royal Shakespeare Company Cl was responsible for the day to day repairs of all the costumes in the shows, and has become an expert at fixing things on the spot backstage.

Paula Eastman
Paula Eastman
Milliner and bespoke shoe designer

Runs feather fancies- vintage inspired unique head wear and masks. Paula is also a Theatrical Costumier working in the West end. Paula is a fully trained bespoke shoe maker offering shoe repairs across the West end.

History

We are professional theatrical costumiers. Our skills range from costume construction and alterations to soft furnishings. We know lots of trivial information about a huge range of subjects, gleaned from years of listening backstage and in dressing rooms.

Advantages of studying here

We are a flexible company, and will tailor sessions according to the needs of our students. We offer stand alone workshops, that allow people to dip into sewing as a hobby without being tied to a long course. At most of our workshops all materials are included, along with the use of our custom built cutting area, and every student has a machine to themselves. CL and Alex are professional Costumiers. We bring a wealth of experience to every class, guiding you to cheap suppliers, and showing you lost of handy tips and tricks of the trade. Our classes are relaxed and sociable, we supply you with tea and coffee throughout every class. On our full day classes we offer scrummy cup-cakes to overcome the afternoon lull

Areas of specialisation

Basic sewing instruction.Garment construction.Soft furnishingsAlterationsRe-cycling old clothes into new items