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Want to give old clothes a new lease of life? - sign up for free basic sewing skills courses

24 January 2013

Essex residents who would like to repair and revamp their old clothes are invited to attend a series of free one day courses taking place during February and March.

The basic sewing skills courses have been organised by Essex County Council, to encourage more residents to reuse their unwanted household items instead of throwing them away.

Courses are taking place at Adult Community Learning centres in Basildon, Braintree, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping, Harlow, Maldon and Rochford. For further details and to book a place visit (click on events and training), email or call 0845 603 7625.

Those who attend the courses will learn valuable skills such as repairing hems, collars and pockets, and replacing buttons. Practical advice and feedback will be offered by the course tutor.

County Councillor Kevin Bentley, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Waste & Recycling, said: “These free courses will be ideal for anyone who wants to learn to learn some basic sewing skills, so they can repair their clothes rather than throwing them away. We all need to think about reusing as much as we can, as it prevents items from going to landfill and helps us to save money.”

For more information and advice on Reuse, visit

Full dates and Adult Community Learning centre venues for the classes are as follows:
Saturday 16th February 10:00 -13:00 Harlow, Nothbrooks
Saturday 16th February 10:00 -13:00 Rochford, Rocheway
Tuesday 26th February 10:00 -13:00 Braintree/Witham, Spinks lane
Saturday 2nd March 10:00 -13:00 Chelmsford, Beeches Close
Tuesday 12th March 10:00 -13:00 Maldon, Carmelite Way
Saturday 16th March 10:00 -13:00 Basildon, Churchill Avenue
Saturday 16th March 10:30 -13:30 Brentwood, Bishops Hill
Saturday 23rd March 10:00 -13:00 Colchester. Barrack Street
Tuesday 26th March 12:30 -15:30 Epping, Ongar