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An Introduction to Sewing

Learn sewing machine basics with tutors Sue and John. From understanding your sewing machine, to overlocking and understanding fabrics and seams.

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our history

Made in Bermondsey

We are a legacy of the Made in Bermondsey project (MIB). MIB is a community campaign led by Blue Bermondsey BID with local charity Big Local Works and Community Opportunity was successful in securing the £2m capital funding from the Mayor of London’s LEAP Good Growth Fund, supported by Southwark Council. 

Meet Our Lead Instructors

John has worked as a professional in the fashion industry for over 30 years; with a vast experience of designing and developing men’s and ladies clothes for a variety of clients and companies in many different fashion markets. John is comfortable working in all areas associated with garment development and construction, including tailoring, dress making, pattern cutting, designing and fitting. He celebrates each of these disciplines, appreciating the importance of passing them on.
John Llewelyn
From London, UK
Sue started her career by studying Theatre Costume 25 years ago and is a freelance seamstress of vast experience in many areas.
I worked in dancewear for many years then went on to work with some London designers and Couture houses. The last 10 years I have produced a lot of costumes for Tv production and worked in various wardrobe teams. I have also taught sewing classes for a sewing school in London. I have worked on different areas of sewing from construction, fitting, pattern cutting to pattern development. My career was all started by the love of clothes and being able to create something different.
Sue Suma
From London, UK

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