Introduction to using the sewing machine

Course Dates: 13/04/21
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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.
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Course Code: VX230

Finished Tue, day, 13 Apr - 13 Apr '21

Duration: 1 session

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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.


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.

Heather Belcher Tutor Website

Heather Belcher has exhibited her textile art widely in the UK and internationally. She completed a degree and post graduate degree in Textiles at Goldsmiths, University of London, before training as a soft furnisher, working with an interior design company for a number of years. Her textile art work is in a number of public collections including the Crafts Council and the Contemporary Textile Collection at Nottingham Castle Museum. Public commissions have responded to costume and dress making collections and incorporates hand made felt, knitting, print and dress-making processes. Heather has extensive experience of teaching adults in colleges and the art gallery context. She has also completed many residencies in schools and taught textile students at degree level.

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.