Sewing for Beginners

Ref: C3742672

This course is open for beginners and learners who would like to refresh or improve their sewing skills. Identify and name basic sewing tools. Be able to name and work two temporary stitches, two permanent hand stitches and two decorative hand stitches. Learn about pattern markings, layout of fabric, cutting seaming and pressing. They will also be taught how to thread and operate a sewing machine. Each session will begin with group learning aided by samples and hand outs. You will learn about seam finishes and types of seams according to weight of fabric used. You will also work on a simple lined zipped pouch as a practical project and perhaps have time to start and complete an apron.

Course aim

To introduce learners to and use basic sewing tools, work functional and decorative hand stitches. Thread and operate a sewing machine with the aim to be able to sew independently.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre

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

  • Know the health and safety issues around using a sewing machine, iron and other related equipment.
  • Identify, name and explain the function of basic sewing tools.
  • Identify, name and work six hand stitches
  • Name and work 3-4 different seams
  • Make a small item e.g. a bag or an apron.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Online media - youtube videos

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
  • 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?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • 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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Sewing for Beginners

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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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