FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS !
We have put together a list of the most common questions , but if you can't find your answer here please feel free to contact us using the tab above.
QUESTION : DO YOU PROVIDE SEWING MACHINES ?
We do not provide sewing machines , The main reason being that there is no point learning to use a machine in class , and then another at home , every machine works slightly differently and works at different speeds etc.
We recommend the IKEA SY , SINGER 8280/1507 , Brother LS14 or John Lewis larger coloured machines (Janome) as beginner - intermediate machines. (Click the model numbers above to visit local suppliers websites)
MINI size machines are not suitable for day to day sewing and are designed as repair machines only. We welcome machines of any age , as long as they have two the squares on the label (meaning it is double insulated) if you are unsure pop us a message with your model number.
QUESTION : IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED ?
We recommend you bring the following basic kit to your lesson as shown in the photo below ,
FABRIC SCISSORS , PAPER SCISSORS , PINS , SAFETY PINS , GREASEPROOF PAPER , CHALK PENCILS OR VANISHING INK PEN , RULER , SPARE MACHINE NEEDLES , BOBBINS , THREAD , SEAM RIPPER , MEASURING TAPE.
During wet weather we don't allow wet coats or shoes into the classroom - please bring a pair of slippers or a change of footwear !
QUESTION : ARE THERE ANY REFRESHMENTS ?
Yes ! We provide Tea & coffee and you are welcome to bring a mug and snacks.
QUESTION : HOW MUCH ARE LESSONS ?
Each course is payable up front and the prices for each one can be found in our webshop or under courses on the tab above.
All class prices are already subsidised by grants and sponsors.
QUESTION : WHAT DO WE MAKE ?
In the beginners crash course we cover - How to switch the thing on - what the bobbin is and how it works - How to make a basic pattern and make a cushion cover to take home.
All other classes have a full list of what is covered on the courses tab above.
We do cover a huge range of sewing techniques from dressmaking to free motion quilting... however not all courses are available all of the time. Our workshops are ever changing so if you don't find what you are looking for , pop us a message to be added to our newsletter list or check back again in a few weeks. We are sadly limited to the availability of our classroom at the centre .
QUESTION : ARE THE LESSONS FORMAL ?
Not at all ! Occasionally when we are learning about a particular technique that needs demonstrating etc we will have 10-15 minutes of teaching as a class , the majority of our classes are step by step with teacher guidance , we do love to chatter and swap tips !
QUESTION : I'M NOT A WEEKLY STUDENT CAN I STILL DO THE INTENSIVE COURSES ?
YES ! You sure can ! Intensive courses are designed for everyone , from beginner to advanced and are aimed at those that cannot commit to weekly courses or just want to learn a particular skill , These are bookable in the webshop.
QUESTION : WHAT AGE DO YOU HAVE TO BE ? ARE THERE KIDS SESSIONS ?
All Stitch Bridgend Kids Club sessions are suitable for age 4+ , Teenagers age 11+
Evening classes & workshops are aimed at age 16+ unless stated on the class poster.
QUESTION : WHERE ARE YOU ?
Our Adult classes are currently based at Brackla Community Centre , Bridgend
Our Teenagers & Children's club are based at Westward Community Centre , Cefn Glas.
QUESTION : DO YOU DO CLOTHING ALTERATIONS ?
We no longer offer this service.
*Please note we do not do wedding dress alterations*
QUESTION : WHAT HAPPENS IF A CLASS IS CANCELLED ?
In the last few years we have only ever had to to cancel classes once. If a class is cancelled or changed you will receive an email , text message and where possible phone call plus all social media will be updated to reflect this ahead of time. Usually the class will resume on a different day ( depending on centre availability ) or hours will be added to the end of the following class , if this is not suitable for you a part refund for the missed class will be issued.
QUESTION : DO YOU REPAIR MACHINES ?
We do not at this time repair or service machines , we highly recommend CLIFFORDS SWANSEA as a registered retailer.