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Private Lessons & Sewing Sessions

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The Sewing Depot has offered a range of workshops for various skill levels, although recently we have simplified our offering to accommodate shop and staff changes. We have been teaching sewing workshops since 2010 (as The Fashion Workshop) and have had more than 350 clients over that time.

We are no longer offering group or evening classes.



Private lessons are a great way to get focused attention and all your specific questions answered.

We offer Private Lessons on Thursdays and Fridays between 10.30am and 4pm.

You can use our sewing machines and/or overlockers or bring your own.


$40 per hour
$25 per half hour

Please contact us to book a Private Lesson.


Freestyle sessions allow you to bring in any project you want to start or are currently working on. You'll be able to work on your project, self-directed and at your own pace, with expert help on hand as you need it. 

We have sewing machines and overlockers for you to use, or bring your own. 

If you have never sewn before please book a Private Lesson first.

Please note we are currently not offering Freestyle sessions.


$20 for a 1.5 hour session
$30 for a 3 hour session

Please contact us to book a Freestyle Session.


Do you have a project to finish or some mending to do? Is your machine out of action or just don't have one? We offer use of our sewing machines in store so you can get those sewing tasks done!

Our sewing machines are wonderfully quiet and smooth electronic machines with a fantastic range of utility, decorative and embroidery stitches. They also have automatic 1-step buttonholes, auto-cutters, and auto-threaders. Or if you prefer you may use one of our mechanical machines.

Overlockers are also available for 3-thread, 4-thread or roll hem sewing.

PRICES: $10 per hour (charged per half hour after the first hour).

Price includes use of:

  • Sewing Machine (bobbins must be purchased separately - 60 cents each)
  • Overlocker (includes use of black, white, grey or beige thread)
  • Sewing Tools (scissors, snips, tape measures, pins, chalk)
Staff are available for technical questions about the machines but generally not for sewing advice. If you would like advice or tutoring on your project please book a Private Lesson instead.
Machine Hire is not available on Saturdays - Only Monday - Friday. Please note that machine hire is also not available during busy shop times, special events or scheduled lessons. Please call ahead or book in advance to avoid disappointment. Sorry we currently only hire machines for use in store.
Machine Hire is NOT available on Saturdays - Only Monday - Friday.