Sewing Machine Skills

Ref: C2339748

This course will give the student the opportunity of using various types of Sewing Machine attachments that may be required to achieve different applications when producing their sewing projects, as well as having the opportunity to use an Overlock machine to create other techniques. Students will also learn how to use cutting tools effectively and safely.

Course aim

To provide the knowledge in the correct use and maintenance of a Sewing Machine.

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 and thread a Sewing Machine correctly
  • Use correct seam allowances for their work
  • Cut fabric in an economical way without too much wastage, using a rotary cutter and mat where appropriate and scissors.
  • Sew a small project

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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?

  • Required: Sewing kit containing bobbins of cotton, tape measure, large pair of fabric scissors & small scissors, un-picking tool, tailors chalk. Ring Binder for handouts, some cotton fabrics . Sewing machines and most other equipment supplied.

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

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Sewing Machine Skills


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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