Machine Sewing for Beginners

Ref: C2346163

Have you received a sewing machine as a present but not sure how to use it? Maybe you would like to learn how to make clothes for yourself or your family or just do your own clothing alterations? Learn how to use a sewing machine with confidence to save money, while experiencing the satisfaction and fulfilment of creating your own sewing projects. Understand sewing terms and jargon. This online course will use Zoom video conferencing and WEA's virtual learning platform, Canvas.

Course aim

An introduction to machine sewing for beginners. Learn how to use a sewing machine with confidence for a variety of projects. Understand sewing jargon and basic sewing techniques, types of stitches and how to make clothing alterations.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Prepare for sewing: choosing fabrics, basic tools and understanding sewing terms and jargon.
  • Discover how to thread a sewing machine, perform basic cleaning/maintenance and know how to troubleshoot problems.
  • Use and demonstrate basic stitches: straight, zigzag, overlock, blind hem, stretch stitch, button hole etc. Adjusting stitch width and length.
  • Calculate measurements and cut out patterns, determine seam allowances etc.
  • Create a sewing project. (Create a simple item of clothing or craft item).

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

A sewing machine and basic sewing kit (scissors, pins, chalk or none permanent marker, tape measure).

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Machine Sewing for Beginners


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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