Basic Sewing Course


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Are you a beginner or advanced sewer who just received their own sewing machine, or do you already have experience but find yourself stuck on advanced projects? Join a sewing course at Handwerkstudio Leiden!

During the six-week sewing course you learn everything about working with the sewing machine, crossing patterns and following pattern instructions. New sewers follow the beginner program where we make a bag, a pillowcase and a pouch to practice stitching, buttonholes and zippers. Advanced sewers can bring their own project to class, i.e. a Simplicity or Burda pattern. In short you will always sew on your level in a mixed group.

Special note from Mardie to non-Dutch speakers & expats:

I am experienced in both Dutch and English sewing terminology and I have taught mixed Dutch/English courses for the duration of my time with the Studio since 2015. However I feel like I can no longer give everyone the quality course they deserve due to me constantly having to switch between languages. Starting September 2019 there will be 1 fully English group and the others will be fully Dutch.

If you are unsure about your Dutch abilities (i.e. you are comfortable in daily life but unsure about learning sewing terminology) please send me an email! 🙂

Course information

Location: Handwerkstudio Leiden, Telderskade 46, Leiden
Course leader: Mardie Feikens
Course: 6 weeks x 2 hour classes. You can make up 1 missed class.

Next course starts in September 2019.

More information & FAQ (pdf) (English translation coming soon)

Course leader: Mardie Feikens


Hi, I am Mardie and I’ve been sewing since I was 15 years old. When I first started out I mainly sewed small things and costumes for my friends to attend Renaissance Fairs. During college I was approached to teach 1 evening class at Handwerkstudio Leiden. I ended up taking on the entire studio with 2 colleagues and I’ve been teaching how to sew ever since!

I am definitely not an old-fashioned seamstress and I work with modern techniques and natural lines. Sewing class is about gaining confidence in your work and learning to tackle problems in creative ways. Together we will work on your techniques and habits to be able to sew better.

See you in sewing class!

~ Mardie