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This course allows new learners to explore the basic techniques of hand and machine stitching, whilst enabling learners with some skills to further enhance their knowledge of the subject and increase confidence and progress. In this course we will be giving special attention to hem finishes and how to achieve a professional finish depending on different weights of fabrics used, and how to deal with straight or curved hems, how to measure a hem, reduce bulk within the hem by trimming seam allowances to get a smoother hem at the seamlines. How to treat uncovered and folded hem edges and the variation of hand stitches to secure the hem. In addition Learners will work on their individual practical work according to their ability level which may include an apron or a garment.

Course aim

To provide opportunities for learners to acquire basic to advance sewing skills enabling them to work independently when making or repairing clothes and household items for themselves or their families.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for people with little spoken English
  • 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:

  • Learn about Health and safety related to the sewing class.
  • How to level and measure a hem.
  • How to work a hem on heavy and medium weight fabrics.
  • How to finish a hem on sheer fabrics
  • Make an item of their personal choice.

How will I be taught?

  • 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
  • Most of the work is carried out in class through discussion and demonstrations. Shared learning is encouraged as it prevents learners hanging around if the tutor is busy helping others.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • 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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • 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?

Download full course information sheet

Sewing

Is this course right for me? Request more information

Due to face to face teaching being suspended unfortunately this course is not currently available for enrolment.

We are launching a range of online courses shortly that may be of interest to you so sign up here to hear more.

Conditions

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 2019
  • 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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