This course has concessions available

Sewing Machine Masterclasses

Spend a day brushing up on advanced sewing techniques and elements of garment construction.
Suitable for intermediate advanced students who want to spend a day focusing on specialist areas.

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Who is this course for

The Sewing Machine Masterclasses are for people who have been inspired by the latest trend in home sewing, with an interest in clothes-making and a desire to learn. This is an intermediate course ideal for students who can already use a sewing machine and want to spend a day brushing up on advanced sewing techniques and elements of garment construction. Below is a list of items that you will need to bring to each class.

What does this course cover

You will learn a selection of skills needed to be able to make your own clothes. There are six titles in the series for you to explore over six Saturday's. Skills will be developed through practicing on half scale bodice and skirt samplers for which the tutor will supply the pattern. With the guidance of the tutor you'll work your way through a selection of sewing samples learning the different methods used in the creation of a garment.

Masterclass 1 - 20/10/2018 - Zips - centred, lapped and concealed
Masterclass 2 - 03/11/2018 - Darts, Tucks, Pleats and Gathers
Masterclass 3 - 16/02/2019 - Waistbands - Straight, shaped and elastic
Masterclass 4 - 16/03/2019 - Facings, interfacing, interlinings and linings
Masterclass 5 - 18/052019 - Pockets - patch, in seam, side and welt
Masterclass 6 - 06/07/2019 - Sleeves - eased, gathered and shirt

By the end of these courses you will be able to:
- Demonstrate basic machine sewing techniques
- Use the sewing machine with increased confidence
- Produce a range of sewing samples for future reference
All courses will include:
- Laying and cutting
- Marking up
- Pressing and finishing

What will it be like

Learning will be facilitated by individual guidance and support from the tutor as well as peer centred learning. Skills and knowledge will be learned initially through visual demonstrations and verbal descriptions then students will work independently with one to one tutor advice and assistance. This will be supported by hand-outs. Students will be encouraged to comment about each other's work (peer centred learning).
Your progress is monitored by tutor feedback and end of course self-assessment. Individual advice is always available and verbal feedback, support and encouragement is given to you throughout the course.
- Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
- Practical work produced is evidence of learning.
- At the end of the course we will review and assess the work.

What else do you need to buy or do

So that you are fully prepared you will need to bring the following materials/equipment to the first class.
1 or 2 metres of cotton fabric for each class
Pencils and pen
Fabric scissors
Hand sewing needles
Sewing thread white - Fine, similar to Gutermann sew all thread.
Small sharp pointed scissors or stitch ripper or quick-unpick
Fine steel pins
Metric tape measure
Tailors chalk

What this course could lead to

This course could lead to other sewing and textile courses at the Mary Ward Centre or another further education college. It would be the ideal course to do if you are thinking of doing the Clothes-making, Beginners Dressmaking, Award in Pattern Cutting or Soft Furnishings courses. Students can take a follow up short course or a longer term or year-long course. It could also inspire self-initiated projects.
There is detailed information in Reception about all of our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask a member of reception staff, and a half-hour guidance interview can be arranged for you.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: tel: 0800 101 901

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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