We learnt a few basics, beginning by sewing straight lines in paper and then curved lines. I have A LOT of improving to do on the curves, I just couldn't get to grips with it.
Then we learnt how to thread a sewing machine, something I needed refreshing upon; and then how to add thread to your bobbin when it runs out.
We practiced running stitches using the guides on the machine which help you to sew straight and overlocking stitches which prevent fraying.
An overlock stitch
At the end we just had some time to try out sewing a dart. Darts allow you to take in a small amount of fabric to accentuate curves, providing a close fit.
It was a great taster session and the three hours flew by. To be honest I didn't realise how difficult it would be and I will be practising lots on my sewing machine with scraps of fabric before I touch any of my vintage clothes! I keep looking at all the types of stitching and techinques on all of my garments now, it definitely gives you a new appreciation for clothes making.