Sewing Machine Introduction
Spend a day getting to know the sewing machine and how to use it more effectively. Once you have completed this course you can sign up to one of our longer sewing courses to develop your skills.
If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: MWEnquiries@marywardcentre.ac.uk or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu
Who is this course for
Spend a day getting to know the sewing machine and how to use it more effectively. This course is suitable for students who do not have any previous experience or people with limited skills that they want to improve. It would also be beneficial to people who have a sewing machine that they don't know how to use. This is an excellent one day course to do if you are thinking of doing the Clothes-making course or the Award in Pattern Cutting (you will progress faster). There is also a six week Sewing Machine Skills follow up course to this.
What does this course cover
This one day course will support students to become familiar with the sewing machine.
By the end of the course students will be able to:
- Name the parts of a sewing machine
- Wind a bobbin and thread the sewing machine
- Select needles and threads suitable for different fabric types
- Identifying basic foot attachments and know how to use them
- Demonstrate how to sew basic seams and finishes used in garment construction
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:
Pencils and pen
Small pieces of fabric for sampling
Small sharp pointed scissors
Stitch ripper or quick-unpick
Fine steel pins
Metric tape measure
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. The student could 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 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 your tutor.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: www.learndirect.co.uk tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites: floodlight.co.uk; hotcourses.com
I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.MWC student
This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
Contact The Departmental Administrator.
Why choose Mary Ward?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course
Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’