Making a garment with a sewing machine is one step but the process using an overlocker requires a different sequence and skill You will be able to gain these skills and put together some lovely pieces either to wear or adorn your home. You can build up your own resources, we have patterns to copy and use to continue at home once you have the skill and knowledge to do so

Course aim

This course will introduce new and experienced students to sewing techniques using an overlocking machine to create professional garments either for themselves or the community

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:

  • Complete 1 personal project using the sewing machine and overlocking machine
  • Change the threads on the overlocking machine for your own project
  • Finish a sewing project using 2 different types of seams
  • Research other projects that are of your own culture and interest and share with the class
  • Adhere to health and safety instructions when using machinery

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
  • Once discussed with the tutor home activities tacking or pressing the garment or unpicking if mistakes need rectified can save time in class

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
  • A camera is used to take an image of the garment on, we can discuss fit and alterations Photograph projects as they evolve for a mini slide show at the end of the term students can be in the photograph or just the project the choice is theirs

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
  • we have some material to practice with but you will need all the materials and trimming for you own individual project Paper patterns are there to copy and use to help build your own resources

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
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Students can alter clothing for their families and communities, make garments and gifts to a professional standard which could help them with employment, or to make a profit through selling sewing projects

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As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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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