Sewing skills

Ref: C3671757

The course will cover the basics sewing skils, you will use a sewing machine and overlocker safely, You can either produce a garment of your choice or utilise the skills you are shown to apply to another sewing project, such as repairs, alterations or crafts. Each week a demonstration will be shown of a sewing techniques which will enable you to build a resources file to reflect on. You will have the opportunity to produce a sample each week to accompany the handouts. You will be supported with individual advice and encouragement from the tutor, one to one demonstrations and/or group discussion if required..

Additional information about this course


Course aim

To build confidence in sewing skills.

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:

  • Use the sewing machine, overlocker and iron safely and explain how and why I have done this.
  • Demonstrate various sewing skills in a sample file or personal project and explain how and why I have done this.
  • work confidently when working on personal sewing projects and explain why I have done this.
  • Join in discussion during demonstrations and explain why I have done so.
  • Treat everyone equally and with respect and explain how and why I have done so.

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Sewing kit: Pins, Chalk, Thread, Scissors, Un-picker, Hand sewing needles. Patterns, fabrics and notions for personal projects.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Students can continue with the sewing classes to build confidence and progress with their sewing skills. Confident machinists could find factory or hand finishing work, alternatively students can set up a small home business.

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Sewing skills


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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