Sewing for All

Ref: C3675726

This is a general sewing course of interest to beginners as well as more experienced sewers. As well as developing your general sewing skills this course will also look at some of the specialised sills and techniques involved in creating you own home furnishings and accessories such as cushions and curtains. Each week the tutor will demonstrate and teach a particular topic related to the course; topics covered will include; learning about basic sewing equipment, including how to thread and use a sewing machine, hand and machine sewing techniques such as basic/useful stitches, and basic sewing techniques such as seams, inserting zips, hems and finishing off. Your own notes and handouts from the course will make a useful reference for projects you complete yourself after the course.

Course aim

A course for everyone who is interested in sewing and would like to learn more about sewing and improve their sewing skills as they work on their own projects under the guidance of the tutor.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand and follow health and safety considerations when using sewing machines and equipment.
  • Correctly thread and use a sewing machine including changing the needle.
  • Demonstrate increased confidence sewing with a sewing machine using appropriate machine stitches and sewing techniques.
  • Use a range of traditional hand sewing techniques and stitches.
  • Awareness of some of the specialised skills and techniques used in creating your own home furnishings and accessories.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Some basic equipment will be provided and there is a range of sewing machines available for use. Students are encouraged to bring their own projects to work on and should bring their own fabric and patterns to work with. Notebooks & pens will be useful for taking notes during the course.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

Sewing for All


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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