Zips masterclass

learn to sew with zips and insert zips into cushions, dresses, trousers and more.

This workshop should only be booked if you have already attended a Get to know your sewing machine workshop or have a similar level of knowledge. You need to be happy using your sewing machine.

Are you scared of zips? Do you avoid using them? Sewing the zips really isn’t that scary. You just need to shown the right way to do it. So, if you want to master inserting zips this is the workshop for you.

During this sewing with zips masterclass you will cover techniques applicable to both soft furnishings and dressmaking. You will be able to sew a zip in a cushion cover, dress, trousers and more.

You will learn 8 different methods for sewing with zips. These will include centred, lapped, a fly with placket, open ended and concealed amongst others. We will also look at working with continuous zipping and how to attach zip heads.

By the end of the workshop you will have samples of each technqiue to take home plus a handy purse to put them in… zippered of course!

All materials including zips are included within the cost of the workshop.

There is an online version of this workshop available.





25 Jun 2021


9:30 am - 2:30 pm

What you will need

You do not need to bring anything other than your sewing machine and your zipper foot. If you have a concealed zipper foot please bring that as well but we do have spares at the studio.

Covid precautions

Whilst we continue to live with Covid where at all possible please bring your own sewing machine and sewing kit. Resources are available on-site if necessary. Please view our Covid-19 page for the latest guidance.


Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.


During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.

Vanessa Cordell


Vanessa Cordell

Having trained and worked as an accountant, Vanessa only took up sewing once her two daughters started school. She found real joy in creating things for others. As well as dressmaking, she loves patchwork and making things for the home. (Her husband thinks there are more than enough cushions already!) Vanessa is also becoming competent at crochet, thanks to Made and Making's Sarah Brangwyn. It's a hobby that she finds far easier to take on holiday than a sewing machine!

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