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To discount or not to discount?

A few months ago I was the lucky recipient of a (faintly disguised) sales call from one of those big group discounting/voucher companies.  When the very chatty man finally got to the point – that they would like me on their website in return for me offering discounts on my classes that they could take a slice of – I told him that I didn’t do discounts.  There was a short, not very chatty silence before the sales man asked why not, couldn’t understand why I didn’t discount and actually asked me how I get customers if I dont?!

I’ve been mulling over that conversation on and off since.  It’s that time of year where we’re bombarded with sales on the high street as all the big high street multiples seem to have given up on summer ever arriving and everyone loves a bargain, including me.  However, some bargains come at a cost which isn’t always  obvious.

I spend time methodically calculating my prices and they represent the true cost of running the class or workshop, plus a profit.  They’re fair, they’re not based on other people’s prices and there’s no room for a third party to take a cut.  I’m aware of the “market” price for classes obviously, and I know that I’m not the cheapest, but neither am I the most expensive.

I never discount my goods or services and I never will do.  It’s not part of my business model.  If you come to a class, workshop, hire session or one-to-one class with me, there is one price advertised and it’s the price that everyone pays.

I know how annoyed I would be if I had booked a workshop that I really wanted to do weeks in advance, to then find myself sitting next to someone who got it half price because they saw it on a discount website.  I don’t think that would be fair and that’s just how I like to do business.

New Sunday workshop dates with Wendy Ward at MIY Workshop

I’ve finished planning my Sunday workshops covering July to December and here they are!  There’s some popular workshops that I’m repeating and a couple of brand new ones.

Email me at miyworkshop[at]gmail.com or ring me on 01273 693451 or 775951 to book a place.

Sunday 1st July – Skirt Making Workshop                                                   Want to learn to sew?  Fancy a new skirt?  Want to make a present for a friend?  Come to this one day intensive workshop and learn some sewing basics whilst making an A-line skirt.  This workshop will teach you the basics of reading a pattern (pattern provided, no need to buy one!) and using a sewing machine.  Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm.
  • £45

Sunday 15th July – How to use your Sewing Machine                      Another date for this popular workshop.  The day is aimed at beginners to find your way around a sewing machine including; different stitches, changing the tension, the different settings, cleaning, changing needles, changing feet, threads, using different fabrics and of course threading and sewing!

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 3pm.
  • £35

Sunday 5th August – Sewing Workshop                                                       Want to come to a sewing class but can’t commit to a weekly session?            Come to this Sunday workshop and sew away to your heart’s content. Suitable for absolute beginners who want a kick start to their new sewing habit or more experienced sewers who want a bit more time to focus on a specific project.   Bring along a project you’re working on or would like to start and we’ll take it from there.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40

Sunday 19th August – Sewing with Knits                                                            A combination of the winter and summer versions of this workshop depending on what you want to make!  Sewing with stretchy jersey fabrics can be tricky on a domestic sewing machine, so at this workshop I’ll show you the best ways to cut and sew knitted fabrics.  I’ll provide you with a choice of winter and summer patterns specifically designed for jersey fabrics for you to whip up something to wear by the end of the day. All you need to bring is some jersey fabric of your choice and matching thread.                                                                                         This workshop is not suitable for complete beginners.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm.
  • £45

Sunday 16th September – Pattern Cutting Workshop                              Not sure if pattern cutting is for you?  Try this one day intensive workshop, suitable for beginners and students who have previously drafted skirt or trouser patterns.  At this workshop beginners will draft a skirt block and pattern and make a skirt toile (sample).  Students who have done some pattern cutting before will draft a trouser block and make a trouser toile.  Students who have previously drafted a trouser block with me will draft a one-piece dress block.

  • Class size limited to 4 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40

Sunday 30th September – How to use your Sewing Machine       Another date for this popular workshop.  The day is aimed at beginners to find your way around a sewing machine including; different stitches, changing the tension, the different settings, cleaning, changing needles, changing feet, threads, using different fabrics and of course threading and sewing!

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 3pm.
  • £35

 Sunday 14th October – **NEW WORKSHOP** How to use an Overlocker                                                                                                                   Have you bought an overlocker that’s still living in its box?!  Are you thinking about buying an overlocker?  A day aimed at people confident in using a sewing machine and new to overlockers.  We’ll cover the basics of; threading, balancing the tensions, sewing techniques for overlockers and using different fabrics.  There is an overlocker to rent at MIY Workshop and that can be used in the weekly sewing classes – you must have completed this workshop before being let loose on it!

  • Class size limited to 4 people.
  • 11am to 3.30pm.
  • £45

Sunday 28th October – **NEW WORKSHOP** Perfecting the Details Want to know how to sew the perfect pocket or make a beautiful bound buttonhole?  Getting the details right can be the difference between your sewing looking home-made or professional.  At this workshop we’ll focus on making beautiful samples of – bound buttonholes, welt pockets, jet pockets, collars and zips.                                                                                                                                    This workshop is not suitable for complete beginners.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40

Sunday 11th November – Sewing with Knits                                                      A combination of the winter and summer versions of this workshop depending on what you want to make!  Sewing with stretchy jersey fabrics can be tricky on a domestic sewing machine, so at this workshop I’ll show you the best ways to cut and sew knitted fabrics.  I’ll provide you with a choice of winter and summer patterns specifically designed for jersey fabrics for you to whip up something to wear by the end of the day. All you need to bring is some jersey fabric of your choice and matching thread.                                                                                         This workshop is not suitable for complete beginners.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm.
  • £45

Sunday 18th November – **NEW WORKSHOP** Sewing for Babies & Children                                                                                                                        Want to make clothes for your kids?  Want to make a gift for a new baby?  Choosing what to make for babies and kids can be tricky – small clothes often means tricky details.  At this workshop I’ll have a selection of simple patterns for clothes and accessories suitable for babies from birth to 18m and for kids from 2-6y.  All you need to bring is your fabric and thread.                                            This workshop is not suitable for complete beginners.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm.
  • £45

Sunday 9th December – Cool Cushions                                                 Cushions don’t have to be boring!  Cushion covers can be a great first project for beginner sewers and provide a blank canvas for more experienced sewers to explore new techniques.  At this workshop you’ll learn the basics of cushion making and we’ll move on to ways of making them a bit more interesting by adding piping, using recycled fabrics and customising with easy appliqué (I’ll provide you with some stencils to use) and pompoms.  Great for presents or to add a splash of colour to your own place.                                                           Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.


  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40

Sunday 16th December – Sewing Workshop                                              Want to come to a sewing class but can’t commit to a weekly session?            Come to this Sunday workshop and sew away to your heart’s content. Suitable for absolute beginners who want a kick start to their new sewing habit or more experienced sewers who want a bit more time to focus on a specific project.  Bring along a project you’re working on or would like to start and we’ll take it from there.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40

Student in the window – Lisa

I’m having a rotating display of student work in the window of MIY Workshop.  The best advert for my classes is the work that my students produce and it’s a nice way for them to feel proud of their creations and appreciate the skills they’ve learnt.

Here’s my first “student in the window”; Lisa.

Lisa had never used a sewing machine when she started classes last September.  After 4 classes she’d made this skirt.  Next came this top and she’s just finished a dress.  She’s addicted!