When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Alice Holloway
  • Course Code W22FASA05A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Many people would like to make clothes using stretch fabrics or overlock the clothes they make in a professional way, but find the idea of using a multi-thread machine too daunting. Conquer these challenges and many more areas of clothes making will become available to you. This course will help you get to grips with this challenging machinery and to overcome your fears. You will learn how to set up and use this type of machine correctly and safely, how to solve problems and use a range of machine functions while you cut and construct a simple sweatshirt. Suitable for both women and men, you must be competent on a two-thread sewing machine to benefit from this course.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • to lay out and cut an active wear pattern in stretch fabric
  • to set up and thread a multi-thread machine successfully
  • to use chainstitch, test and adjust stitch settings
  • to make seams, cuffs and neckline and hems
  • to produce a simple sweatshirt using this kind of machine


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Teaching is both as a whole class and on an individual, one-to-one basis using lecture, demonstration, examples, samples, handouts and any other technical support material where appropriate.

    Entry requirements

    This is a Beginners Course. All are welcome.•Suitable for people with limited or no previous experience•Students must be able to speak, read and write in English.•Basic numeracy is an advantage though not essential.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    •This course is very intensive; punctuality and good attendance are necessary.•Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control.•The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear Building and there is wheelchair access via a stair-lift. Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios – no liquids at all are allowed.

    What you need

    •a sewing kit: sharp fabric scissors, trimming scissors, tape measure, dressmaker’s pins.•1.5m of mid-weight cotton lycra (2-way stretch)•4 x polyester sewing threads of matching colour•1m x 5cm wide waistband elastic,•pen, notebook, A4 ring binder and clear plastic pockets.•pattern paper and card are available for use in the studio.

    What you can do next

    Our Clothesmaking, Pattern Cutting & Bra Making & Underwear courses may also be of interest, plus we have a range of specialised weekend courses. Please consult the website for further details.