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An introduction to the techniques of sewing. Learn how to set up and use a sewing machine and basic stiches before putting them to practice by making a simple top or skirt.

What will you learn on this course?

This course will introduce students to the simple techniques of sewing including basic seams, darts and manipulating techniques such as pleats and gathers. The tutor will give step by step demonstrations and you will be encouraged to sew that individual step alone with additional support as required. Having completed a series of samples you will be able to apply these new skills to make a simple top or skirt from base patterns provided in standard graded sizes. The course covers the following skills:

How to sew

  • Understanding the fittings techniques used in clothes
  • Creating different fabric manipulation techniques used in clothing
  • Correctly sewing seams and darts in a piece of clothing
  • Using sewing equipment safely
  • Precision and accuracy when sewing              

On completion of this course you can expect to have produced a selection of small samples of fabric manipulation techniques, such as different seams, darts, pleats and gathers. You will also have made a finished sewn product (either a top or a skirt) that you can wear. You should feel more confident about sewing clothing in the future.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. Beginners may be completely new to sewing or may not have done it for some time and will be taught all the basics. Improvers may have previous experience of sewing but want to develop their skills further by making something that they can wear.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who can undertake practical sewing activities including operating a sewing machine and using an iron. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

Do you need to bring anything?

A selection of essential sewing equipment will be provided.

You must bring a folder to store your samples and a 2m length of coloured cotton based fabric to make your garment.

We encourage you to bring your own sewing kit consisting of hand sewing needles, thread, tape measure, stitch ripper, pins, scissors (large and small), pens, pencils, ruler, tailors chalk.

If you own a sewing machine and prefer to use it you can have it PAT tested for a cost of £5 and bring it in to use during class. Please enquire about PAT testing before you attend the session.

Are there any additional costs?

Items listed above that you do not already have must be provided at your own expense. An indication of the cost of these items is given below. These items can be purchased from fabric and haberdashery stores, Birmingham Rag market and large supermarkets. Please contact us for more information.

Folder: £1-3

Cotton fabric: £1-£3 per metre (2 metres required)

Sewing Kit

Hand sewing needles: £1

Thread: 60p-£1

Tape measure: £1-1.50

Stitch ripper: £1-1.50

Pins: £1

Scissors (large and small): £1-3

Pens/ pencils/ ruler: £1

Tailors chalk: £1-3

Who teaches this course?

Sian Riley

Dates & Times

    Introduction to Sewing