About Suffolk Sewing School

I have been sewing for as long as I can remember. Fortunately, my lovely Mum had loads of patience with me through my early days and would encourage me to try to sew anything.

During my teenage years, I managed to find a Saturday job in a sewing machine shop – again as a result of my Mum constantly being in there! This is where I became passionate about sewing and everything to do with sewing. I learnt many useful techniques with sewing machines and overlockers and stayed working in this little shop in Leamington Spa for 5 years until I left school to follow a career in nursing.

Sadly my nursing career came to an abrupt halt after just 2 years of my training due to illness. It was at this time I returned to the retail environment, but this time working for an organisation of 4 sewing machine shops in the London area. Here I acquired a huge amount of knowledge and by this time I was making my entire wardrobe and most of my partners as well.

I left the retail world in 1988 after the birth of my first son and started to do some consultancy instead. Over the years I have provided a make up service for curtains and other soft furnishings but during the recent ‘credit crunch’ set up the Suffolk Sewing School to provide tuition to enable others to make their own items. So with 40 years of sewing experience to share with you and a passion for all things sewing I feel that I have finally found my niche!


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10 thoughts on “About Suffolk Sewing School

  1. Patricia Hardy

    Hi I saw your ad in Popular Patchwork Please can I have details of courses available and your location .

    I tried to find details on your website but failed. Have I missed something?

    I am in Norfolk so Suffolk is an easy drive………….

    Tricia Hardy

  2. Jackie Sugden

    Hello there, I brought my own sewing machine about 2 years ago on the basis that I was going to help my friend with her designer pillowcase business. I was then offered some land and started my own pig business (I realise how utterly random this sounds!) and well, the machine came out of the box but has never been used. Although I got the top marks etc at senior school and I know that the instruction booklet explains an awful lot, I am terrified of this machine. I can’t remember much and have these visions of a needle going through my hands. Is there any chance of having some lessons? I am fabric crazy and would just love to be able to make beautiful tactile things. I can easily travel to Hartest, no problem at all.
    Kind thanks for your attention
    Jackie Sugden

  3. Margaret Horrocks

    I am interested in taking lessons in dressmaking. I live in Rickinghall, Diss. Please can you give me an idea of where you are located and ball park price for lessons?
    Kind Regards

  4. Molly Carter

    Hello Suffolk Sewing School. I have been trying to find a dressmaking class in north Suffolk for over two years. The one I finally found a couple of months ago is now finishing. Any tips.

  5. Phyllida

    Hi, I was interested in taking some sewing lessons but wondered if you were still active?
    Many thanks,

  6. Lynne

    I am moving to Suffolk in the summer and would like to start at the beginning at learning to sew/make my wardrobe. I have only made the odd garment on my late mother’s singer sewing machine which has loads of different attachments buy doesn’t do zig-zag. Unfortunately I lack enough knowledge to be able to sew on a regular basis, so then my sewing machine always needs to be serviced before I attempt to make anything. I would like to change this and learn everything I can about sewing, learning about the machines and the dressmaking jargon and progress to making my own wardrobe including coats and lingerie – the lot. I am in my 50’s however and a little disabled but I’m sure my brain is still functioning okay. Lynne

  7. Lesley Sheldon

    Would you send me details of your soft furnishing and dress making course please.

    Thank you.

    11 Gloucester Way
    CO10 1LW

  8. joh


    Could you let me know if you are doing any courses at the moment? I am local and need to tidy up my sewing skills.

    Many thanks, Johanna


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