The 3 levels at Handwerkstudio Leiden

We work with 3 levels so we can adjust the course program to your level. Are you not sure which level you are on? See the class overvieuw here, or scroll further down for the checklist. When in doubt, please e-mail me!!

Basic 1

For the absolute beginners who want to know how to use their machine, choose the right fabric and sew from simple patterns. Basic Sewing 1 is recommended for our other sewing courses like Clothing Collage.

Covered in Basic 1 are:

  • Working with a sewing machine
  • Thread the sewing machine
  • Difference between needles, fabrics and threads
  • Copy patterns to fabric
  • Read and understand simple patterns
  • Simple zipper
  • Button hole stitch

The projects we will be making are:

  • Pillowcase
  • Tote bag with lining
  • Pouch with zipper
  • Vest with button holes
  • You can bring your own ideas if you have another idea for i.e. buttonholes


Basis 2

For those with some experience with the machine, or a follow-up to Basic Sewing 1. We will focus on reading and adjusting patterns while expanding our technical knowlegde.

Covered in Basic 2 are:

  • Reading and understanding magazine patterns & pattern markings
  • Adjusting pattern length
  • Facing
  • Topstitching, understitching, staystitching
  • Hemming

There are no mandatory projects for Basic 2. What do you want to make? Some ideas:

  • Skirt with facing, lining and/or back vent
  • Simple dress with or without sleeves
  • Pajama pants with elastic waistband
  • Simple purse with lining and zipper
  • Etc. Etc.
  • You can use the patterns at the Studio or find patterns online. Don’t know what you want to make, or not sure if your project is the right level? Ask me!


As a follow-up course to the basic sewing course, we will take on our own projects to learn more advanced sewing skills. If the terms in the overview of Basic 1 and Basic 2 are familiar to you, you can start with the Advanced course.

You can pick a project that covers the skill you want to learn. We can cover things like:

  • Welt pockets, inseam pockets
  • Collars (lapels, standing collar, rolled collar etc.)
  • Sleeve cuffs
  • Lining in a jacket, skirt or dress
  • Pants fly, side-seam zipper, invisible zipper, lapped zipper

Some good Advanced projects would be:

  • Jacket with lapels, lining and 2-piece sleeves
  • Jeans with fly, self-facing waistband and felled seams
  • Sleeveless dress with fully lined bodice and invisible zipper
  • Baby romper with elastic bias tape and buttons
  • Bag with adjustable shoulder strap and inner pockets.
  • Etc. Etc.

What level is right for me?

Never touched a sewing machine before? You’ll start with Basic 1.

If you have worked or own a sewing machine already, but are unsure of your basic techniques, you can start at Basic 1 too. We will revisit the beginner projects so you can properly learn all basic skills like (top)stitching, zipper, and buttonholes.

If you have sewn numerous projects at home, you can essentially start with Basic 2. You can always do one or more of the beginner projects i.e. if you are more experienced in general but have never done a zipper before. The difference between Basic 2 and Advanced is how well you can read patterns and work independently. Pattern reading is covered in Basic 2.

The Advanced course is our highest level, meant for those who have worked with patterns before and are looking for more advanced guidance with their projects. If you are familiar with all terms mentioned in the overview of Advanced, then you are ready to start on this level. If not, you can join us at Basic 2.