Green Sewing with Your Machine

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Green Sewing with Your Machine

26 March, 2022, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm


With Karen Odinga

Green Sewing with Your Machine – Mending, Re-purposing & Upcycling Sale, Charity & Vintage Finds or Your Own Pieces (Needing some TLC)

Learn basic sewing and design techniques to give some TLC or upcycle your own well-loved pieces or vintage finds to extend its life or give a unique twist to a garment. Participants can bring along an item for advice and starting on its make-over with the skills learned in the session. Through demos and making your own reference samples, you will learn:

  • How to make a dart to shape a garment. (Make a sample)
  • Adding zips (demo).
  • Fabric inserts to create flounces/godets (Make a sample)
  • Darning/embroidery stitches for holes.
  • Making a ruffle (Make a sample).
  • Adding layers for length (demo)
  • Essential supplies to have on hand for making design changes.


What to bring to the session:

  • Sewing machine with its accessories, leads and manual. Please note that participants will be required to have a basic working knowledge of their particular model.
  • Dressmaking scissors
  • Dressmaking pins
  • Tape measure
  • General all-purpose thread (just bring what you have)
  • General sewing needles
  • Any other interesting threads, scraps of fabric, lace, ribbon, trims etc. you may have in your stash. Don’t buy anything, just bring what you have. I will have a bag of bits and pieces as well.

If you have any queries regarding anything in the session, materials etc., feel free to e-mail at

    Register your interest:

    Thank you for registering your interest in one of our workshops. Our admin team will be in touch when we have more details to offer. In the meantime, if you have any further questions feel free to contact us by email at or telephone 01376 323280.


    26 March, 2022
    10:30 am - 3:30 pm
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    Karen Odinga


    Braintree Community Centre
    19-21 Bocking End
    Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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    Click here to view our regular weekly leisure classes, including art, crafts, languages and more!

    Information for Students

    Some parking is available to the rear of the Centre. If you have equipment to bring in, you can access the building directly into the main hall through the doors in the car park. If the doors aren’t open, please inform the office you have arrived and the doors will be opened for you.

    If you think you may have access difficulties please let us know in advance, as we have accessible facilities available. Accessible toilets are available on the ground floor. Wheelchair access is through the door on the front of the Centre.

    Free tea & coffee will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your lunch or you can choose to visit one of the many cafes and takeaways in town.

    Please wear suitable clothing, and if you’re bringing any electrical equipment please ensure that it is in good working order with a solid plug and undamaged wiring – check it before you come!


    Class fees should be paid in advance by card (which can be done over the phone- 01376 323280).

    We will also accept cheques, which will be cashed two weeks before the date of the class once we are sure the class will run, and should be made payable to Braintree & Bocking Community Association.

    There may be an additional cost for appropriate materials, which if applicable, should be paid to the tutor on the day of the class – please check the class details.

    Cancellation policy

    Fees are non-refundable from two weeks before the class unless we can sell the space to another student (subject to a minimum of six students booked). Fees may be transferable at our discretion.

    Please understand that the Centre cannot afford to run classes at a loss, since we are a charity. As such, classes may be cancelled if we are unable to achieve a minimum number of students. If this is the case, you will be informed two weeks before the date of the class and your fee will be refunded.