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Sew Need a Drink

Location: Derbyshire 
Contact: Lou


About Sew Need a Drink (and Lou!)


I am a local mum of two and sewing has been a constant love in my life! 


I am a qualified FE teacher (literacy) who specialised in family learning and teaching teenagers helping me to develop lots of patience.  When I was given the chance to change careers, I decided to merge my two passions - teaching and sewing.  I have been ‘officially’ teaching sewing since 2015.


I know that many of you (like me!) are running around helping other family members to do what they want which means that often you don't get a chance to sit, chat and try something new yourself.


My aim is to make it as easy as possible for you to do this - there is no homework and no materials to buy beforehand.......just turn up, drink coffee, eat cake, chat, create and leave with a something you can show off to the family!


My little studio is based in the historic Via Gellia Mills (where Viyella originates) in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales countryside.  In quiet moments, you can hear the birds tweeting outside!


What I offer

  • Absolute beginner, intermediate, more experienced and family learning workshops.  

  • Time to learn how to use a sewing machine.

  • Individual project workshops (evening and daytime), one-to-one tuition and party hire.

  • Group size of no more than 8 so that you receive lots of attention.

  • A prepared kit for each advertised workshop containing everything you need (fabrics usually already cut out)

  • Use of a Janome 230DC sewing machine each

  • Lots of homemade cake and refreshments.

  • Original projects including giftware, homeware or accessories - great if you want to try out patchwork techniques, free motion embroidery or new materials such as cork or faux leather.


For more information and class booking information visit or my booking page here.


Contact us:


Call: 07812178269


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Straight Curves

Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire  
Contact: Karen Rogers or Roz Vincent


Straight Curves offers a range of award-winning art & craft workshops and courses for children and adults from our fully accessible building on Saltergate in Chesterfield. Our sessions happen at all times of day – including daytimes, after school and in the evenings – 7 days a week. We also offer children’s parties, 1-to-1 tuition, host social crafting sessions several times a week, and stock a range of original art, prints, crafty gifts and cards from a selection of local artists and craftspeople – and we have just been voted as Leisure Retailer of the Year at the 2016 Chesterfield Retail Awards!


All of our sewing courses and workshops, like everything we do, are designed to suit people of all ages and abilities – there really is something for everybody! Whether you’re a complete beginner who has never touched a sewing machine before, an advanced sewer looking to use our large cutting tables at a Sew Social session, or have been inspired by The Great British Sewing Bee to have a go at making your own clothes, there really is something for you at StraightCurves!

If you would like some help picking which course or workshop to try first, our friendly staff are always on hand to offer advice – just give us a call or pop into the studio and see us!


Courses Offered:
Beginner’s Sewing Machine Skills (3 x 3.25hr course)
Young Sewing Machine Skills (5 x 1.5hr course suitable for ages 8-18)
Pattern Cutting (5 x 2.5hr course or 1 x 2.5hr workshop)
Dressmaking (5 x 2.5hr course)
Overlockers (2 hour workshop or 1:1 tuition)
Inserting Zips (2 hour workshop)
Free Machine Embroidery (full day workshop)
Sewn Bunny or Bear (6 hour workshop or 2 x 3hr course)
Sewn & Stuffed Owl (6 hour workshop or 2 x 3hr course)
Sew Social (2.5 hour untutored session)
Plus many more courses and workshops in different arts & crafts!

Telephone: 01246 807575 or 07976 845 662 (answer phone outside office hours)

Office Hours: Mon, Tue, Thurs & Fri 10am – 3pm; Wed  10am – 9pm;  Sat  10am-1pm - but our courses and workshops take place between 10am and 9pm 7 days a week!

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