Introduction to using the sewing machine

Course Dates: 21/04/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Heather Belcher

Become familiar with the sewing machine, learning how to thread up and use the machine safely and competently. Practice machine stitching different seams, hems and inserting a zip. Basic materials included.


What is the course about?

An introduction to using the sewing machine. Learn how to use the sewing machine safely and competently.
Making samples to practice your sewing skills and stitch practical seams and hems.

What will we cover?

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 use various machine feet, tools and equipment in your sewing. You will learn how to sew practical stitches, troubleshoot problems and learn general maintenance of the sewing machine.

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.
- Use the machine to stitch practical seams and hems
- Be competent in using tools and equipment
- Use different machine feet to make up 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 demonstrations, hand-outs 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?

Basic materials will be supplied for samples, handouts will be provided but a notebook and pencil would be useful for taking notes etc.

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 *Terms and conditions apply, visit

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

This course is an ideal introduction to our clothes making courses and also our creative machine stitch courses.
VX140 Introduction to clothes making
VX343 Sewing on Sundays
VX345 Fashion: beginners sewing skills
VX413 Start Sewing
VX303 Textiles: Introduction to creative machine embroidery.

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


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If you are an absolute beginner - perfect. If you haven't touched your machine for years it's a good refresher course.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/02/2019)
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Course Code: VX230

Tue, day, 21 Apr - 21 Apr '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £79.00
Concession: £79.00

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