Improvers Sewing Skills

Ref: C2338349

This course will cover a range of more detailed sewing skills enabling students to work on aspects such as applique, free machine embroidery, patchwork, inserting zips through a variety of methods and bag making working on a range of styles and with different fabrics to practice the skills learnt and make a number of projects throughout the course. There will also be a number of weeks towards the end of the course when students can work on projects of their own choice to further practice the skills and take them further.

Course aim

Give students an understanding of a variety of more complex sewing skills, building upon the basics, and how these can be used across a variety of projects

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

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

  • Sew Machine Applique Techniques including Reverse Applique
  • Free Machine Embroidery
  • Make a fully lined bag with a zip top closure
  • Sew with more complex fabrics, learning how best to handle those and any special equipment required
  • Learn how to use a dressmaking pattern, understanding the markings and notions used

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • A basic sewing kit including scissors, pins, tape measure etc is required. Each week small amounts of fabric will be used which can either be used from donated supplies or be purchased new. Local charity shops are also a great resource for materials.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Improvers Sewing Skills


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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