What is the course about?
You will learn how to achieve a professional finish through making fabric samples of various methods for seams, pockets, facings and hems. You will learn how to read basic patterns so you can cut out basic samples. Skills can also be developed through practising on a basic top sample for which the tutor will supply the pattern.
What will we cover?
With individual use of a Bernina sewing machine, the tutor will guide you through how to use the sewing machine and the basic sewing techniques used in making up tops. Seams will include plain, zigzag and French. You will also produce samples of darts, pockets and hems. Pressing and finishing will also be covered. You will have the opportunity to practise on samples and make up a top sample within the class, using techniques learnt.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate basic machine sewing techniques
- Use the sewing machine with increased confidence
- Produce a range of sewing samples for future reference
- Produce a basic top
Fast learners will:
- Produce extra samples techniques on a challenging fabric.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is ideal for complete beginners to clothes making. No previous experience required. This is an introductory course in which students can learn the basic sewing machine skills and techniques used in sewing for a basic top.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and
health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through demonstrations, discussions, workshop practice, one to one instruction and guidance. Some tasks may need to be undertaken at home in order to be completed, for example cutting out samples.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring a notebook and pen or pencil and a bag for your work. Basic materials are provided and you will be advised on what other items you need to purchase between sessions or brought in. In order to complete some of the cutting out tasks at home you may need to purchase fabric scissors, pins and a tape measure.. If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
'Clothes making 2', 'Introduction to using commercial sewing pattern', 'Pattern Cutting for Beginners (Skirts)' and 'Soft furnishings: curtain making'. There are courses in textiles in which you could learn how to embroider, knit, or print as techniques which could be used to embellish garments.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details