Sewing MachinEase

Sewing MachinEase

For Sewing Machine Owners who want to unlock their genius and master their machine like a Pro!

  • Do you have a sewing machine shoved away in a cupboard that you keep looking at and long to use?

  • Have you been inspired by the BBC programme The Great British Sewing Bee and itching to start stitching?

  • Perhaps you used to love making your own clothes
  • Or it’s something that you did when you were younger and it's been so long since you stitched anything that you don’t even remember how to thread your machine?

Sewing MachinEase

Then listen up, I think you're going to love this...

Sewing MachinEase

1-day Interactive Sewing Machine Mastery Workshop at the Chiltern Open Air Museum

For beginners who want to conquer your fear of your sewing machine and become a confident sewist.


What's covered

  • Discover the secrets of threading your machine with ease, so you can start sewing your dream projects without getting tangled or frustrated!

  • Master the art of adjusting your machine's dials, buttons, and knobs, and achieve perfect results every time - no more wonky seams or uneven stitches!

  • Create a practical and stylish apron project under my expert guidance, and leave with a useful garment you made yourself - a beautiful reminder of your newfound sewing skills and an enjoyable day in the charming grounds of the Chiltern Open Air Museum!!

Sewing MachinEase

The Details

When: Choice of 2 dates: 4 May 2024 or 6 July

Time: 10am to 4pm

Where: The Chiltern Open Air Museum

Address: Newland Park Drive, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks HP8 4AB

Maximum places: 6

What to Bring

  • Your sewing machine and accessories

  • There will be A 30 minute lunch break, so please bring your own packed lunch or purchase a light lunch in the Museum's Village Kitchen

Your Investment


£125 (Includes Materials For Apron Project, Unlimited Tea/Coffee)

There is a maximum of 6 places available so book now to avoid disappointment

What they said

Camelia (wearing the apron she made during the Sewing MachinEase workshop) tells us that before this workshop, she had never touched a sewing machine before.

Camelia loved the day and is now planning to buy her first sewing machine.

Roxy has sewn a little before and was delighted with all the new sewing machine skills she learnt at Sewing MachinEase workshop.

Roxy highly recommends the workshop even if you do have some experience sewing.

Jon had been given his mother's sewing machine but didn't know how to use it.

Linda H had bought her new machine but wasn't sure how to use it.

Linda P bought her new machine 6 years ago and hadn't even taken it out of the box!

They all went away confident in how to thread and use their sewing machines.


Is Sewing MachinEase suitable for rank beginners?

The Sewing MachinEase Workshop is specifically designed for beginners and I will provide personalised attention and guidance to help you feel confident and comfortable with your sewing machine.

During the workshop, you'll learn all the essential skills needed to operate your machine, including threading, stitching, and troubleshooting common issues. 

I’ll share my secrets to perfect stitching and provide tips and techniques to help you achieve professional-quality results.

I already know how to thread my machine and adjust the dials, buttons, and knobs, so will Sewing MachinEase still be suitable for me?

Even if you already know how to thread your machine and adjust the dials, my Sewing MachinEase Workshop will provide you with a comprehensive overview of essential sewing skills, including troubleshooting common issues and achieving perfect results every time.

I will provide personalised attention and feedback to help you improve your technique and achieve even better results. 

You'll be able to ask questions and receive guidance on specific projects you may be working on.

You'll have the opportunity to learn from your fellow attendees, share tips and tricks, and receive feedback and encouragement from others who are passionate about sewing.

Do I need to bring my sewing machine/will there be sewing machines to use?

If you have your own machine, it's best to bring it, so you can practise on your specific machine and get familiar with what it can do. 

However, if you don’t have your own sewing machine yet, I have a limited number of sewing machines available for rental on a first-come, first-served basis for an additional fee of £20 (let me know in advance). 

These machines are high-quality and easy to use, and I'll show you how to operate them to achieve perfect results.

Alternatively, you could borrow a machine from a friend or family member for the day.

Will I get a chance to sew or will I just be watching?

Sewing MachinEase is a hands-on interactive workshop where you will be practising the skills I show you so that you walk away with the confidence to use your sewing machine on your own.

You will also get to practise your new skills on a practical and useful apron project which will be a beautiful reminder of the skills you’ll acquire during the workshop. 

You will have the satisfaction of creating something with your own hands, which can be a rewarding experience in itself.

Is the venue wheelchair accessible?


Wheelchairs and electric scooters are welcome at the Chiltern Open Air Museum, where the workshop will take place. 

Our building, Thame, where the workshop will be held, has a ramp to enter, making it easy to access. 

And there are designated disabled spaces close to the Museum entrance as well as accessible toilets.

What are the lunch arrangements/I have dietary requirements?

You can bring your own pack lunch - there are lots of picnic benches on site.

Or you can buy food at the Village Kitchen where there is a wide selection of healthy (and slightly naughtier) treats.

They cater for a wide range of diets with lots of allergen and vegan friendly options.

Where in the museum will Sewing MachinEase take place?

We will be in NEW Elliott Workshop which is where the old tea shop used to be at the very end of the site. 

I live far away, is there somewhere to stay overnight?

Yes, there are lots of local hotels and B&Bs nearby - just ask Google.

How many in the class?

Class size is limited to a maximum of 6.

I can’t make the date, will you run it again?

Join my priority list for early bird access to future sewing classes.

Siobhan sewing for the first time

Your Investment


£125 (Includes Materials For Apron Project, Unlimited Tea/Coffee)

There is a maximum of 4 places available so book now to avoid disappointment


About Vee Tanner

Hi, I'm Vee Tanner

Vee Tanner Sewing Teacher

I've been sewing since childhood, making dolls clothes and then my own wardrobe as a teen.

Over the years I've created competition ballgowns, wedding dresses, prom gowns, and theatre costumes, some which have won awards.

I teach sewing classes through community groups, colleges, and online programs.

My goal is to spread the joy of sewing and make it an accessible skill again like it was 50 years ago.

I love seeing the smiles when people create something for the first time and realise how rewarding sewing can be.

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