The course will be designed around each individuals abilities. It will however incorporate the basic sewing techniques to support garment construction, laying and cutting fabric, alterations, tailoring, soft furnishing and any sewing project requested

Course aim

The course will look at various basic sewing techniques from learning how to thread up a sewing machine to the construction of a garment. These techniques will include seams construction, inserting zips, cutting fabric and placing patterns

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

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

  • Identify one suitable fabric to use for a given project
  • Read and follow pattern instruction to cut out one pattern
  • Pin and tack the fabric using tacking stitch - identify the colour of the tacking thread that is appropriate for use - state why you would use this thread
  • Fit one garment and identify alterations, give feedback to the group stating why these alterations are necessary
  • Use sewing machine with a forward and backward stich following all safety guidelines

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
  • 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

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Sewing Course Outline

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This course is not available for online enrolment.

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • 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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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