Ref: C3674664

You will begin the course if required with an induction to the sewing machine, you will be allocated a sewing machine that you will use every week. You will be required to bring your own material and sewing kit inclusive of pins, chalk, tape measure, un-picker and scissors. Not having a sewing kit will inhibit your progress, items are available locally at competitive prices. You will work on a project of your choice whether you start from scratch with a pattern or if you copy a garment you already have. You will cover a number of skills such as, pinning, cutting, laying out patterns and a variety of sewing techniques. You will learn how to use equipment safely. We will promote Health and Wellbeing and most of all engage with other students and have fun.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to work at your own pace on your chosen project with the support and guidance of the tutor. Sewing skills will be demonstrated, which can be implemented into your own projects.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Use a sewing machine safely
  • Pin and cut fabric safely
  • Use a pattern
  • Use a garment to reproduce another one
  • Discuss with tutor/group what sewing techniques have been used

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

What else do I need to know?

  • A sewing kit comprising of: Pins Tailors chalk Tape measure Fabric scissors Un-picker Thread to match fabric being used

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
  • 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

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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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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