Sewing Machine Skills ~ Spring Term 2014


Tutor: Natalie Smith
Venue: The Sherwood Cookery Workshop, 621 Mansfield Road, NG5 2FX
Dates: Thursday 20th  March – 17th July 2014
Time: 10am -2.30pm
Duration: 10 Sessions
FEE: £157.50 Concessions £141.75) Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low-income

Essential materials

Fabrics/threads/patterns – They will be advised as to what to bring each session.

Course aims:

• To learn how to use the sewing machine including threading up and trying the different stitches.

• To develop your skills by making several items such as a bag, cushion a zip purse and a project of your choice.

• To learn specific sewing techniques including, seams and hems, button holes and inserting zips.

• To develop existing sewing skills and complete more complex projects including piping, dressmaking and bag making.

Course description:

This course will teach you how to use the sewing machine including; threading the machine and how to use the different stitches. For those who have existing sewing skills you will learn how to make more advanced sewing projects and develop your previous skills and knowledge. You will learn lovely decorative techniques including appliqué and machine embroidery. Once you have mastered the basics you will progress on to make a reversible bag, appliquéd cushion and have individual project time to develop your skills.

Any prior knowledge or entry requirements?


Course content:

Threading the machine/using the different stitches

Appliqué cushion

Reversible Tote Bag

Zip purse


Advanced sewers – piped cushion with zip/oilcloth tote bag/dressmaking project

Individual projects to develop skills from previous weeks

Teaching, learning and assessment methods:

Demonstration √ Discussion √ Individual work √

Project work √ Research √

Question and answer √  Observation √ Practical work √

How will I receive feedback on my learning progress and achievement?

We will regularly discuss your progress and highlight areas for development and how you can achieve the course aims set out at the beginning of the course.

Learning outcomes:
these are the intended outcomes and may be revised in discussion with the class. Students are encouraged to think about and identify their own individual outcomes.

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate their ability to thread up and use the sewing machine.

2. Identify different types of fabrics and how they are used for their projects.

3. Demonstrate their ability to complete a project from initial research to the finished item.

4. Express their individual creativity.

5. Demonstrate their ability to reflect upon and evaluate their work and highlight areas of strength and those for development.

Reading and information sources: Is any reading/preparation essential or desirable?

Not applicable before starting the course. Internet access, books and magazines are available throughout the course for ideas and inspiration.

Suggestions for progression to further study or for using the skills and knowledge gained:

The skills you will learn are transferable to either future textile/sewing courses where you can develop onto a course at a higher level. You can also use the skills to make items to sell if you were thinking of setting up a business to make and sell your craft items. Sewing and making items can be very economical and save people money. You can re-use and re-cycle old textiles items and turn them into something new which is very good for the environment. Many people will use their new skills to make gifts for their friends and family or items for their home therefore saving them money as they don’t have to buy them from shops.

Sound interesting?
Please contact Caroline on 0115 985 8203 or email

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s