The course covers basic skills and will include: -
• Threading and using a sewing machine safely.
• Using a sewing pattern.
• Choosing, preparing and cutting out fabric for a project.
• Basic machine sewing techniques such as seams, hems and darts.
• Progression to advanced machine sewing techniques, such as zips, buttonholes and using an overlocker, project depending.
• Safe working practice.
Materials & Equipment
Please note that you will need to provide all the materials for your own projects.
Week one: You can discuss ideas for your project with the tutor. Please bring a basic sewing kit and at least some scrap fabric for practice.
Materials and equipment for the following weeks, can be discussed with the tutor in class, but will include:
• If using your own machine, please bring spare machine needles, and appropriate machine accessories, such as foot attachments and screwdrivers.
• A basic sewing kit which should include scissors suitable for cutting fabric, dressmaking pins, hand sewing needles, a tape measure, tailors chalk, suitable sewing thread and a thread unpicker.
• A paper pattern for your choice of project. Some dressmaker’s pattern paper, tracing paper and tracing wheel (might be useful) as the course progresses.
• Fabrics and other materials, such as elastic or zips and interfacing, as required for the project.
• Scrap fabric for practising stiches and techniques.
• Your own stationery including a notebook, pen, pencil and rubber will also be required.
Other material and equipment might be required as projects develop, or new projects are started, these can be discussed with the tutor.
Please note, sewing patterns are available online, in some local shops and are often given away free with sewing magazines, available in most supermarkets. Sewing kit, fabrics and haberdashery items can also be purchased inexpensively from many local shops.