Ministry of Crafts Clothing Alterations

Learn to sew two different types of hem (a ‘turn under’ and ‘invisible’), create darts and make your own alterations while saving money at the same time.

Sessions: 1

Tutor: Sam Moylan

Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Venue: Bamber Sewing Machines



​​​​​​​Fed up of paying someone else to take up your clothes?

Based at Bamber Sewing Machines, you’ll find like-minded classmates; expert tutors and all the fabrics, trims, patterns and sewing tools you could wish for (plus sewing machines and overlockers for those wishing to invest heavier)!

Learn to sew two different types of hem (a ‘turn under’ and ‘invisible’), create darts and make your own alterations while saving money at the same time. Practise hems and altering lengths on a trouser leg and then learn how to alter the width of shirts, tops and dresses by adding darts (using a practise fabric to sew darts).

You’ll discover the secrets of how to take perfect measurements, use common and specialist machine stitches and pick up some tricks of the trade from our seasoned alterations professional Sam Moylan. Leave with the sewing techniques to alter and finish your existing wardrobe and any new additions! 

As this is not a beginner’s workshop, you must have some experience on a sewing machine or have attended one of our Beginnersewing workshops.

Ministry of Craft customers get 10% discount on the wide range of fabrics, haberdashery and sewing patterns at Bamber Sewing Machines and there are various discounts available on their sewing machines and overlockers. Discount codes and other offers from our other crafty friends will be emailed with your booking confirmation.

If the above date is not suitable or sold out, please have a look at our alternative dates or contact us with the course name and we will get in touch if a place becomes available or when the next date goes on sale.

What to bring for Clothing Alterations 

To demonstrate the course techniques we have garments for you to practice on. Due to the length of the course you will not be able to work on your own garments but please feel free to bring an item along if you would like to ask the advice of the tutor. 

All materials and equipment are supplied for this workshop and are included in the price. 

Our sponsors, Janome, supply computerised sewing machines (CLX301) and where required overlockers (6234XL). Unfortunately, it is not possible to bring in your own machines.

Tea and coffee will be available at the workshop.

Bamber Sewing Machines Venue Information including directions and parking.


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