Sewing Small Projects

Ref: C3678435

This is a general sewing course of interest to beginners as well as more experienced sewers. As well as developing your general sewing skills, this course will also introduce you to some new skills and techniques. The tutor will present and demonstrate a different skill or small project each week, and you will be invited to sew along with the tutor and ask any questions as you go. Topics covered will include; learning about basic sewing equipment including how to get the most out of your sewing machine. You will be shown some hand and machine sewing techniques such as basic/useful stitches, and basic sewing techniques such as seams, inserting zips, hems and finishing off. You will be encouraged to consider the potential of finding and using upcycled and recycled fabrics for your sewing projects. There will be handouts and information available on Canvas to enable you to complete the projects in your own time.

Course aim

An online course for anyone interested in sewing and who would like to learn more about their craft, improve their skills and learn some new ones as they work on a range of small projects under the guidance of the tutor.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • You will need to have access to an electrical or mechanical sewing machine and will have to supply all your own materials; e.g. fabrics, threads and sewing equipment.

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

  • Understand and follow health and safety considerations when using sewing machines and equipment.
  • Demonstrate increased confidence in sewing by hand and with a sewing machine, using appropriate stitches and sewing techniques.
  • Learn how to select the most appropriate fabrics for different projects.
  • Be able to follow and understand sewing guidance through a variety of channels including using the internet to access video and written guidance in a variety of formats.
  • Increase awareness of the potential of upcycling and recycling when looking for and selecting materials for your projects.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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?

  • 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.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • You will be able to keep a digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, 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
  • 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?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • 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 Small Projects

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • 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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