Sewing for All

Ref: C3670429

You will learn about and practice a range of hand and machine sewing skills as you are guided and supported by the tutor whilst working on your own project. A number of sewing machines are available for student use.

Course aim

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

Who is the course for?

All welcome.

What topics will this course cover

Each week the tutor will demonstrate and teach a particular topic related to the course or student’s interests. Topics covered will include: Understanding and adhering to the health and safety considerations associated with using sewing machines and equipment. Learning about basic sewing equipment, including how to thread and use a sewing machine. Using commercial patterns, understanding the language of patterns and how to use them. Measuring accurately to ensure the pattern and finished garment fit well. Learn to identify and use a variety of hand and machine sewing techniques such as basic/useful stitches, seams and ways of making adjustments. Basic tailoring techniques such as setting in zips, hemming and finishing off. Your own notes and handouts from the course will make a useful reference for further self-directed projects. As the class sews together we will find out about the history of social sewing groups such as; sewing bees, WI make do & mend groupsand see how they have developed over time to today’s stitch and natter groups.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

Understand and adhere to the health and safety considerations associated with using sewing machines and equipment. Thread and use a sewing machine, and being able to change the machine sewing needle. Demonstrate increased confidence sewing with a sewing machine using a range of machine stitches and sewing techniques. Confidently tackle sewing projects using commercial patterns. Become aware of the social history of sewing groups and how they have developed over time to the present.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Feedback will be given individually. Verbal feedback will be given informally throughout the course with formal review at the midpoint and end of the course. Brief written feedback will be given and discussed with the student at the end of the course.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Students will need to bring their own fabric and patterns to work with plus sewing threads and basic equipment such as fabric scissors, measuring tape, pins and hand sewing needles. A range of sewing machines is available for use along with a small amount of basic equipment.

Reading and information sources

There is no requirement for reading or preparation for this course. If students wish to explore this subject further there is a well stocked library at Hive with general and specialist books as well as current crafts magazines which they can refer to as well as books, magazines and material sourced from libraries and the internet.

What could the course lead to?

Students will be informed about other courses or social groups where they will be able to practice and apply the techniques and skills learned on this course. Handouts detailing other sources of information, places to visit and inspiration for future projects will be prepared along with information about progression activities for distribution and discussion during the course.

Download full course outline

Sewing for All Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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