Sewing Skills and Employability Level 1

Ref: C3843841

This course will provide students with an overview of how to use machine accessories, feet, needles & haberdashery items to enhance sewing performance. Students will learn techniques then embed these skills into project work. There will be several projects in this course using all the core skills learned on the course with an insight of how students can recognise key factors that would enhance employability. Students will work in groups to create & develop a project & identify why working as part of a team is important in the workplace, they will also identify different job roles within the sewing industry using the skills learned on the course. Students will need a comprehensive sewing kit although some resources will be provided. If you feel that you may struggle to purchase this kit & this would prevent you from attending the course there is a fund that students can apply for to cover the cost. Do discuss this with your tutor or indicate this during telephone & online enrolment

Course aim

to give students the opportunity to learn about machine accessories and how to use them in future project work Students will also work in groups to create and develop a small project using team building skills and identify job roles in industry

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:

  • identify and use a variety of machine feet and accessories using the functions, controls and features of a sewing machine to make a variety of small projects
  • Work safely and effectively in the workroom as part of a group and identify potential hazards in the workplace
  • work as part of a team to develop confidence and identify why team - working is important in the workplace
  • Work in a group to create and develop an idea using the skills learned on the course
  • identify job roles within the sewing industry that you could use the skills learned on the course

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?

  • 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
  • You will be provided with materials and equipment for samples but students will be expected to provide their own materials for project work

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Sewing Skills and Employability Level 1

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This course is not available for online enrolment.


This course is funded by the Liverpool Combined Authority. You must be a resident of Liverpool 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 Liverpool, you can check your postcode here:

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  • 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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