Introduction to using the sewing machine

Course Dates: 21/04/24
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
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Ideal for beginners, you will learn how to use a sewing machine, its different components, how to troubleshoot and look after your machine. You will also learn different sewing techniques to complement your journey into the world of sewing.
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Introduction to using the sewing machine
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  • Course Code: VJ134
  • Dates: 21/04/24 - 21/04/24
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Sun, Daytime
  • Duration: 1 session
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Rachel Selormey

Course Code: VJ134

Full Sun, day, 21 Apr - 21 Apr '24

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

Individual use of a Bernina sewing machine will allow you to practice and build confidence in sewing. You will learn how to set up and, thread the sewing machine and, how to use the specialist feet to create different finishes for fashion and soft furnishings.

What will we cover?

You will learn how to sew practical stitches, troubleshoot problems, learn general maintenance of the sewing machine and learn different surface effects that can be created on the machine such as ruching, shirring and pin tuck.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Demonstrate competence in setting up and use of the sewing machine.
- Apply your learning working with the machine to stitch practical seams and hems
- Be competent in using tools and equipment safely
- Identify and use different machine feet to create samples
- Produce a range of sewing samples for future reference
- Be able to undertake basic machine maintenance.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

For beginners or those who wish to improve their basic sewing machine skills. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support your learning and, for 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. All work can be completed during the class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Access to basic materials and resources are available as part of this course
You may wish to bring a notebook/ folder to record your learning and collate your samples.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can develop your skills further by enrolling onto the popular Introduction to Clothesmaking course, Sewing on Sundays or, an Introductory Textiles course.
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Rachel Selormey

Rachel has BA degree in Fashion Design from the University of East London specialising in Womenswear, but has a keen interest children's and menswear. She currently works as a freelance pattern cutter with experience working in all areas of the industry from the high street brands like ASOS to the designer high end and Bridal. Whether its casual tees or evening gowns Rachel has done it all. Rachel enjoys sharing these skills with others and believes in more making and mending their own clothes and just finding a fun creative outlet through fashion.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.