Sewing for Beginners

Ref: C3126796

With guidance from your tutor you will learn how to read a paper pattern to enable you to make a garment or item of soft furnishing that will be unique to you. You will gain confidence on the sewing machine and explore a range of hand and machine stitches and technical techniques to help you achieve your sewing challenge.

Course aim

Learn how to sew, or continue to improve on your sewing skills, with the aim of creating a unique garment or an item of soft furnishing of your choice.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Demonstrate how to accurately translate instructions from a paper pattern
  • Demonstrate a high level of confidence on the sewing machine
  • Select and demonstrate a variety of new construction techniques relevant to your chosen project
  • Assemble a unique garment or item of soft furnishing

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring a paper pattern and fabric/s for your sewing project, basic sewing equipment, thread, hand and machines needles, fabric and paper scissors and seam ripper. Sewing machines provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.

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 for Beginners


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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