Sewing for All Term 2

Ref: C3670876

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. Each week the tutor will demonstrate and teach a particular topic related to the course including; 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. As well as developing practical skills, the course will look at the social history of the domestic sewing machine with the opportunity to experience using a vintage hand sewing machine.

Course aim

A course for everyone who is interested in sewing and would like to learn about and improve their sewing skill as they work 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 adhere to the health and safety considerations associated with using sewing machines and equipment.
  • Thread and use a sewing machine including being able to change the sewing needle.
  • Demonstrate increased confidence sewing with a sewing machine using a variety of machine stitches and sewing techniques.
  • Take and use measurements accurately.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the social history of the domestic sewing machine.

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 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

What can I do next?

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Sewing for All Term 2


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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