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When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Deborah Andrews
  • Course Code W22FASF03B
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Using a two-thread sewing machine is a useful skill to have for so many things but if you are interested in clothes making, soft furnishing, etc. it is absolutely vital. This course will help you get to grips with the intricacies of your machine and to overcome your fears. Learn how to set up a machine correctly, to solve problems and to produce a variety of samples using available stitches. Suitable for beginners or those who need to develop confidence with the machine.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • use the features of your machine appropriately
  • produce simple seams and seam finishes, and practice simple processes
  • use the machine manual for support
  • use the features of the machine appropriately (depending on machine type)
  • independently practice a variety of sewing techniques
  • successfully troubleshoot common errors of using the sewing machine
  • discuss sewing techniques/methods using the correct terminology and sewing vocabulary


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    You will set up and thread a two-thread domestic sewing machine, practice using various features of the machine to produce a number of samples and use the machine manual throughout. Teaching is done through demonstrations, observation, discussions, peer support, questions and answers and handouts. Attendance and punctuality is crucial. You will not achieve the desired learning outcomes if you cannot attend fully. Please inform your tutor regarding any lateness or absences.

    Entry requirements

    This is a beginner’s course. All are welcome, suitable for people with limited or no previous experience. Students must be able to communicate in English, and basic numeracy is an advantage.

    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 Sear Building. • There is wheelchair access to the fashion studios the via a lift and a stair-lift to the second floor (Textiles). • Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios – no liquids at all are allowed. • Please see this link for Covid safety guidance: This will be updated according to any changes in Government guidance.

    What you need

    • a basic sewing kit: fabric scissors, trimming scissors, tape measure, dressmaker’s pins • sewing thread, pen, notebook, A4 ring binder and clear plastic pockets • you will need to purchase a small materials pack from your tutor at no more than £2 • you will need to purchase a sewing machine bobbin from your tutor for £1, refundable at the end of the course

    What you can do next

    Once you can use the sewing machine, many other courses become available to you depending on your interests. We run a wide range of courses suitable for beginners including: clothes making, pattern cutting, working with stretch fabrics, millinery and bag making, etc. Please consult the website.