What is the course about?
Going back to basics, learn how to use a sewing machine. Each week you will build on your sewing skills, working towards completing an A line skirt, you will also and make various items that you can take home and keep - including a cushion cover and a zip-wallet.
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 accessories and basic garments. You will have the opportunity to develop your sewing, cutting and pressing skills, and will be guided step by step through this process by your tutor.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use the sewing machine
- Use practical sewing skills for making seams
- Practice the application of interfacing
- Put in a zip
- Create a buttonhole and sew on a button, using professional techniques
- Hand and machine hems
- Produce a range of sewing samples for future reference
- Press and finish samples
- Demonstrate sewing techniques used in the making up of accessories.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For beginners and students from basic introductory City Lit sewing courses. This is an introductory course in which students can learn the basic sewing machine skills and sewing techniques used in sewing for accessories.
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.
Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
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.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Fabric for samples and practising etc will be supplied. Additional fabric requirements for your garment or other items will be discussed in the first session.
Bring a notebook and pen to keep your notes in and a small folder or plastic sleeve for any hand outs. All equipment is provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VX343 Sewing on Sundays II
VX055 Introduction to pattern grading
VX480 Make a Kimono.
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