Do I need to bring my own sewing machine?
No! We have enough sewing machines to cover a full workshop. We are very pleased to say that we have partnered with Janome and use their fantastic 230DC machines, which are excellent for both beginners and those more advanced. If you would like to bring your own sewing machine, you are fine to do so, however please be aware that if something goes wrong with it, the tutor teaching the workshop will be unfamiliar with its workings and might not be able to rectify it.
How many people are in a class?
Our workshops have a maximum class size of 6. Since moving to our amazing new workshop space, we have enough room to now enable one table per person as well as having extra space for several pressing stations so no queuing for the iron! We also have an overlocker permanently set up on a separate table for finishing.
Do full day courses include lunch?
Unfortunately not, however tea, coffee and cake will be provided. Mirfield has an abundance of places where you can grab something for lunch so don't worry if the thought of a packed lunch doesn't excite you!
Where can I park?
Opposite the shop near the Co-op is a council run car park, where you can park for free for 3 hours. Alternatively, there is on street parking in the side streets around the town centre, however please note that there are often parking restrictions so make sure you check before leaving your car. We are firm advocates of using public transport to reduce the amount of traffic. The train station is a 5 minute walk from the shop and there is a bus stop outside the shop providing links to Huddersfield, Leeds and beyond. However, if you are really desperate and travelling a fair distance, we have an agreement with Mirfield Constitutional Club to use their car park, which you will need a fob to enter. If you need to use this, then we will require your car registration number and we will provide you details on how to access the car park on request.
I've read somewhere that fabric should be pre-washed before using it, is this right?
Ah, there are no flies on you are there! Yes, you're absolutely right! This is to make sure that it doesn't shrink when you wash it after you’ve spent all that time making something. Can you think of anything worse?! That's why we ask that if you are bringing your own fabric to make sure you pre-wash and iron it before you come to the course. If fabric is included in the cost of your workshop, we will prewash it for you so it's ready for you. However, if you are required to cut out your pattern first at home then you will be required to prewash it yourself.
Are you wheelchair accessible?
Unfortunately due to building constraints, access to the workshop is only available via a flight of stairs. If you are able to climb stairs but don't like the thought of going up and down them all day, fear not! We have made sure that the workshop has its own toilet and kitchen facilities, so once you're up there, you can stay there all day if you want!
Can children attend the workshops?
Unless the workshops are specifically advertised for children, we are only able to accommodate people aged 14 and over.