This course has concessions available

Sewing Machine Masterclass – Online

These masterclasses, three each term, are designed for people who can already use a sewing machine but may need to brush up on their skills. It is a very good add-on class for students attending our other fashion and textile courses. We will cover all sorts of techniques; zips, darts, gathers, waistbands, facings, pockets, sleeves and more. After this course you will be able to confidently apply the different techniques you have learnt to all those projects you want to make.

Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle. The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

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Who is this course for

These courses are perfect for experienced and intermediate sewers. Spend a day brushing up on advanced sewing techniques and elements of garment construction.
Some course have course material packs available to be sent out, if you sign up within 2 weeks of a course starting.

What does this course cover

You will learn a selection of techniques needed to be able to make your own clothes. There are nine titles in the series for you to explore over the three terms. Skills will be developed as you practice on half scale bodice and skirt samplers or a small project. Students will be sent instructions on how to prepare for their course. With the guidance of the tutor you will work your way through a selection of sewing techniques learning the different methods used in the creation of a garment. So that you are fully prepared you will need a selection of materials and equipment for the classes. Please see next page for a full list of requirements.

Masterclass 1, 07.11.2020 - Six types of hem, six seam finishes
Masterclass 2, 21.11.2020 - De-mystify facings, interfacing. Interlinings and linings
Masterclass 3, 12.12.2020 - Darts, tucks, pleats and gathers
Masterclass 4, 13.02.2021 - Zips - centred, lapped and concealed
Masterclass 5, 27.02.2021 - Pockets - side and welt
Masterclass 6, 13.03.2021 - Waistbands - Straight, shaped and elastic
Masterclass 7, 22.05.2021 - Fastenings - inc. buttons, hooks, Rouleau, studs, Velcro
Masterclass 8, 19.06.2021 - Putting in Sleeves - shirt and gathered
Masterclass 9, 10.07.2021 - Collars - Shirt and blouse

By the end of these courses you will be able to:
- Demonstrate a selection of 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 supported by diagramatical 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

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

There will be a short introduction to explain which buttons to use during our zoom course. Each week we will watch a series of small videos showing the new techniques. This will be a hands-on practical activity and you will be working from a set of instructions in the form of diagrammatic handouts which will be given out on the day. We will have a lunch breaks with tea breaks mid-morning and afternoon, Q & A and discussion times are built into the day.
So that you are fully prepared you will need the following materials/equipment for each class. Some classes may need other items - we will let you know.

Sewing machine
1 to 2 metres of cotton fabric for each class (lightweight calico is good)
Pencils, pens
30cm Ruler
Fabric scissors
Hand sewing needles
Sewing thread white - strong and fine, similar to Gutermann sew all thread.
Small sharp pointed scissors and stitch ripper or quick-unpick
Plenty of 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 Beginners Dressmaking, Clothes-making, Clothes Pattern Cutting, Upcycling & Alterations. 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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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

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