Meet the teacher



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Welcome to Needleswift


My name is Jenny, and one of my greatest passions is sewing. I’ve been sewing for nearly 20 years. I make my own clothes, and my children have a dressing up box full of great handmade costumes. I can make curtains and roman blinds, cushions, bags and clutch-frame bags. In fact, I spent five years designing, making and selling bags and accessories. I love embroidery, cross-stitch and even upholstery. If it involves a needle and thread it’s right up my street.


In recent years I have often been asked to run sewing classes, either by individuals, or by fabric shops looking for a sewing teacher. Although I taught some one-to-one classes on request, I began my first ‘formal’ sewing classes 2 years ago. This is when I set up Stitch Club – follow the link to read my blog post about teaching children to sew. I’m very passionate about the club and take great pride in designing and developing my own projects for the children. So far, the only reason anyone has left Stitch Club is because they moved on from primary school!

A year ago, I decided to take the plunge and invite adult students to learn with me in my home studio space. I have a large open plan kitchen/dining/sewing space with natural light, table space for four sewing machines, and a further large cutting table. Class sizes vary from three to four students depending on the type of sewing. For example, cutting large dressmaking patterns can take up a lot of space so dressmaking sessions are limited to three people. Small class sizes in a creative environment mean plenty of one-to-one attention for everybody, and plenty of inspiration.

The Needleswift sewing studio, all set up for a workshop…
And converted back into my home sewing zone!

I absolutely love teaching people to sew, and the best feeling is when a brand new student gains the confidence to use a sewing machine and feels inspired to tackle ever more challenging projects. I have a growing number of returning students, and several who I would even call ‘regulars’, particularly at Social Sewing on Fridays. You can read how my students feel about my classes on the Testimonials page.


Browse the classes

My regular teaching days are Thursdays and Fridays, but I can also cater for groups at other times if you have a few friends you would like to sew with. Just send your request to and we’ll take it from there.

Below is a list of classes scheduled for the coming months, in date order. All class information can be accessed via the ‘Sewing Lessons’ drop down menu at the top of the page. You can also see a more visual overview of what’s on offer here. If you’re not sure which class would suit you, feel free to contact me and let me know what your sewing level is, and what your goals are.

Thursday 23rd March

10am-12         An Introduction to using a Sewing Machine – 4 people

Friday 24th March

10am-2.30          Cushions with piped edges    – 3 people

Thursday 30th March

Private workshop date, reserved

Friday 31st March

10-12.30             Social Sewing – 3 people

Thursday 6th April

10-2.30              Tote Bag sewing workshop – 4 people

Friday 7th April

9.30-2.30          Dressmaking Day – 3 people

Thursday 27th April  

10-12.30             Clutch Bag sewing – 4 people

Friday 28th April

10-12.30            Social Sewing – 3 people

Thursday 4th May

10-1.30              Beginner Plus: sew a zipped pouch – 4 people

Friday 5th May

10-12.30            Social Sewing – 3 people

Thursday 11th May

9.30-2.30          Dressmaking Day – 3 people

Friday 12th May & Friday 19th May (double session workshop)

10-2.30              Sew a Satchel: advanced bag making – 3 people

Thursday 18th May

10-12                  Learn to sew zipped pouches: £28

Friday 26th May

10-12.30            Social Sewing – 3 people