WEA Sew - Sewing Skills and Employability L1

Ref: C3843923

Students will continue to use machine feet and accessories to enhance productivity of items to be made on the course.Students will learn how to choose haberdashery items to improve the overall appearannce of items when under construction and at what part of the procedure to use any embellishments or hardware. There will several more complex projects to further develop skills learned on this and the previous course with a chance to create and develop own ideas within a group setting to produce a saleable item. Students will look at how these skills can be used in the workplace and identify job roles within the sewing industry or private enterprise. 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 allow students to expand on existing skills and develop ways to use these skills in more complex projects Students will also work in groups to create and develop ideas and use team building skills to produce a saleable item

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • Students must be able to use a sewing machine and have basic knowledge of sewing skills

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

  • Identfy and use a variety of machine feet and accessories using the functions, controls and features of a sewing machine to produce a variety of small saleable items for the marketplace
  • identify potential hazards within the workplace and demonstrate safe practice individually and as part of a group
  • work as part of a team to develop a saleable product with confidence and identify why team - working is important within the workplace
  • work in a group to create and develop an idea for a saleable item and demonstrate how, as a group, you can implement this
  • identify job roles within the sewing industry or demonstrate how the skills learned on the course could be implemented in private enterprize

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
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A selection of materials will be available for samples but students will provide any materials for project work

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

WEA Sew - Sewing Skills and Employability L1

Is this course right for me? Request more information

You can only enrol in person on the course.

Please call 0300 303 3464 to enquire about enrolling on this course.


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:

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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