Sewing Machine Skills Level 1

Ref: C3843559

During this course you will gain a recognised level 1 qualification in fashion Sewing Skills, you will follow the syllabus/course guide to produce samples in clean and tidy order. Each sample will be documented with supporting evidence. You will produce your samples in an organised manner, by portfolio or similar.

Course aim

To provide the learner with the practical skills and knowledge needed to make stitched samples using a sewing machine and its accessories

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • You will need to talk to a member of staff and do a short activity to make sure the course is right for you. For more information and to book an appointment please call 0300 303 3464
  • English language skills to a minimum of entry level 3 will be required

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

  • Identify Health & Safety regulations and risks relating to tools and equipment
  • Select appropriate tools and equipment to create Sewing Skills fashion samples
  • Cut templates and fabric accurately, for example inserting and making the zip sample
  • Demonstrate your practical sewing skills by producing a range of presentation samples

How will I be taught?

  • Demonstrations Questions & Answers Observation Activities may include tutor presentation, small group work , class discussions, short tasks and research.

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 assessed in class by observation Your portfolio will be assessed against the course syllabus criteria internally and externally

What else do I need to know?

  • You will need to support your skills by bringing a selection of fabrics samples, zips etc theses can be from recycled items. A list of materials required will be provided at the start of your course. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of the class

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • For every hour in class work you will be expected to do 1-hour research

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Sewing Machine Skills Level 1

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This course is funded by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. You must be a resident of Greater Manchester in order to attend this course. Click here to learn more about government funding changes. If you don't know whether you are a resident of Greater Manchester, you can check your postcode here:

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

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