How To Use A Sewing Machine

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 67 Conc £26 Full £111 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00 2 MAC 21/09/2019 28/09/2019 CS1680
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00 2 MAC 07/03/2020 14/03/2020 CS2680

What will the course cover?

This 2 day course aims to introduce you to the domestic sewing machine, how to thread and use it’s different functions. Also to be able to identify and avoid common faults that can occur. You will learn different stitches and when to use them. You will also make a useful item to show off your new skills.

Who is the course for?

Anyone with an interest in dressmaking, fashion, soft furnishings or other areas that involve the use of sewing machines. Or for those who would like to see if they get on with the subject.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

None needed, this is for complete beginners upwards.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Demonstrate the ability to apply Health and Safety procedures in a sewing room. Thread and use a domestic sewing machine safely and accurately. Make examples of straight, zig-zag and decorative stitches. Stitch a straight seam sample. Identify needles and their uses. Identify correct tension. Make a small item using skills learnt.

How is the course organised?

Demonstrations, practical work. Question and answer sessions.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

None. Bring your questions along to the session.

How will my progress be assessed?

Short course workshop course documentation and group tuition and individual support.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Clothes making or Soft furnishings courses.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

Please bring scissors an un-picker and 2 different coloured spools of thread with at least 100m of thread on them.

What support is available?

Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.