Sewing MachinEase

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

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?

  • Or 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?

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!!

The Details

When: Join the waitlist for 2024 dates

Time: 10am to 4pm

Where: The Chiltern Open Air Museum

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

Maximum places: 4

What to Bring

  • Your sewing machine and accessories

  • There will be an hour's 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 4 places available so book now to avoid disappointment

What they've 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!


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 Thame Vicarage which is on the village green. 

Normally set up as a Victorian School room we convert it to a lovely, airy, fully equipped sewing room and it’s where I host the Volunteer Sewing Workshops for the Chiltern Open Air Museum.

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 4.

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

Let me know and I’ll add you to my priority list for early bird access to future sewing classes.

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

Let me know and I’ll add you to my priority list for early bird access to future sewing classes.

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

I'm a costume creator and love to share the sewing knowledge that I've gained over the years and help budding garment and costume makers sew catwalk-ready creations they love and their friends envy.

As a child, I was always making clothes for my dolls.

Making stuff was the norm in my family.

When I reached my teens, I didn’t have the money to buy the clothes I wanted, so I started using my mum’s sewing machine to make my own - out of old sheets that I dyed!

My parents competed in ballroom dance competitions all over England every weekend and as my sewing skills improved, mum asked me if I would make a ballroom dance dress for her.

I jumped at the chance

I studied her other dance dresses and replicated the structure, painstakingly adorning it with thousands of beautiful diamante and sequins (think Strictly Come Dancing!).

She loved it and as I continue to make many more for her I was soon getting commissions to create similar dresses for other dancers.

When a friend let me make her wedding dress, I added bridal gowns to my repertoire too.

Sadly though I was discouraged from pursuing a career in sewing and it wasn’t until 2018 that my passion was truly reignited.

Passion Reignited

My local theatre group, Rickmansworth Players, needed a costume designer for their production of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and I excitedly volunteered.

After 6 manic months of sourcing, repurposing, designing, sewing and altering with help of the wardrobe team, we had created 120 costumes for a cast of 52.

I was awarded the Margaret Tabor cup for outstanding contribution.

The show itself also won the Flame Award for ‘inspirational contribution to the pursuit of excellence in theatre’.

I've since costumed other award wining shows including Sunset Boulevard, Addams Family and Nell Gwynn.

I also lead costume making for the Chiltern Open Air Museum's Inhabited Houses project where we are creating historical costumes for volunteer interpreters to wear in the different period houses that the museum has.

My Mission to get everyone sewing

Sewing is a lot of fun, brilliant activity for mindfulness and so rewarding and satisfying when a garment comes together and is admired by others.

Now I’m on a mission to get everyone sewing and for garment making to be the norm, like it was 50+ years ago.

I want for you to sew garments that look stunning, fit and feel great to wear, so that when family and friends ask, what shop did you get that, they gasp in amazement when you tell them proudly you made it.

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

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