Sewing for the home
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VX435
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
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 include.
What will we cover?
There will be samples to inspire you to refresh your home and start making. Sewing projects are perfect for
beginners as well as those with some experience and can be made pretty quickly. We will cover how to plan,
choose fabric and calculate quantities, how to cut out and construct your chosen project using simple construction
methods including inserting a zip. We will look at how you can get your own inspiration and adapt a design to suit
you. Sample ideas for you to make will include: cushion cover, table and bed runners and sample-sized basic curtains.
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 and complete small projects for the home
As a beginner:
- you will learn how to set up and use the Bernina sewing machine confidently to make basic seams and hems and
other practical stitches.
- you will learn how to choose suitable fabrics and calculate quantities for your project
- plan and complete a small project for the home
As an intermediate student:
- you will explore a range of stitches on the sewing machine and use various machine feet, tools and equipment in
your sewing. You will learn how to select a project and adapt a design to your own choice.
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. Your tutor will advise you on what fabrics you should buy to complete a small project.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course is an ideal introduction to our clothes making courses
VX140 Introduction to clothes making
VX343 Sewing on Sundays
VX480 Make a Kimono
VX Introduction to clothes making
VX303 Textiles: Introduction to creative machine embroidery.
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.