Course Overview

Course Overview
This 5-week course is for those interested in using patterns for making clothes, accessories, craft items or soft furnishings for the home. Learners will work on their own projects, at their own pace with support from the tutor. You can bring your own sewing machine if you prefer (this is optional, and subject to signing the Lifelong Learning Disclaimer.) Otherwise, learners can use the sewing machines and overlockers provided. Prosp Overview
This course is suitable for the complete beginner with no previous sewing experience as well as those with experience of sewing. Functional English skills are required for reading pattern instructions, and functional Maths skills are used for measuring fabrics and seam allowances. Prosp Req
This course is not formally assessed. The tutor will give feedback during the sessions about your progress within the subject. Prosp Assess
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.
Prosp Content
The course encourages progression on to more advanced sewing projects. Explore other areas of creative art and crafts or other subjects offered by Oldham Lifelong Learning service. Your tutor will provide information, advice and guidance and discuss your next steps with you. Prosp Progression
2.00 hrs per wk
5 weeks