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Natalie Atkins - Sewing


"I started clothes making classes at Merton Adult Education about 5 years ago which came about as a consequence of my adult daughter making a passing comment one evening that I was always working hard and really needed to make time for myself to pursue a hobby in order to help me relax and be creative. I had always enjoyed clothes making at school and continued with this hobby as a young adult, but as I grew older found it more difficult to find the time to be creative and make time to sew.

Attending the classes has allowed me to learn new techniques in my sewing and also develop more confidence in my sewing techniques. I have successfully made at least five dresses and three formal jackets with my very experienced teacher who has a wealth of knowledge and patience. I have learnt to use an overlocking machine and gained the confidence to make and apply lining material to my dresses and jackets, together with learning some couture techniques.

I have looked forward to socialising with other women on a regular basis who also love to sew."


Use various machine techniques to decorate a bag or cushion cover. Use a variety of stitches on a sewing machine and overlocker including applique and couching technique on fabric.

By the end of the course learners will be able to make a bag or cushion cover using their own design.


The tutor will provide all materials at a small cost of £2 each.

Entry Requirements

No experience is required for this course.

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