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Sewing Essentials

April 17 @ 6:00 pm - May 22 @ 9:00 pm £399

Sewing Essentials is the essential course for anyone wishing to learn to sew. This comprehensive course covers machine set-up, maintenance of equipment and trouble shooting, how to control your machine and get to know its stitch capabilities. You will also learn about different seams and finishes, pattern cutting and by the end of the course you will have made a complete garment using all the skills you have learnt.

This course will have you well on the way to altering, repairing and producing beautiful garments for yourself and your family. You will find this course very enjoyable whilst learning a worthwhile skill for life. Once you have made your first garment this course will have you addicted to sewing!

If you want to learn Sewing in Sydney, then this course is for you.

Course content
  • Machine set-up and maintenance
  • Basic sewing and pattern cutting
  • Machine techniques and applications
  • Sewing a complete garment

Lesson 1 – Get to know your machine

  • Safe sewing tips
  • Learn about different machine parts and how they work
  • Machine set-up and adjusting thread tension
  • Machine maintenance, clean and oil
  • Stitch capabilities of machine, zigzag, stitch length etc.
  • Practice controlling speed, stopping and starting and practicing on calico with thread

Lesson 2 – Different seams and finishes

  • Sewing a flat seam, an open seam and a French seam and learn when it is appropriate to use each seam for different fabrics
  • Sewing a stitched hem, a double turned hem. Other hem finishes

Lesson 3 – Learn about patterns and cutting

  • Discuss a commercial pattern and get to know the terminology on the pattern and what all the various markings are
  • Fabric selection and spend some time learning about the perfect fabric/pattern design marriage
  • Cutting efficiently and learning about why some fabrics must be cut a certain way i.e. stretch fabrics, velvets, cords and one-way prints

Lesson 4 – Machine techniques

  • Various machine techniques will be covered in this lesson, like gathering, pleats, pockets and various other applications

Lesson 5-6 – Individual project work

  • You will have a choice of a range of simple garments which will be discussed at the beginning of the course

By the end of this course you will have:

  • learned how to maintain and make adjustments to machines
  • learned basic sewing and pattern cutting skills
  • made a complete garment
Please bring to class

The following items must be supplied by students and will be needed on the first night:

  • 2 meters of calico (120cm width)
  • Clear plastic Janome bobbins x 1 pkt of two
  • Pins and hand sewing needles
  • 1 reel of white and 1 reel of dark coloured sewing thread
  • 1 pair of fabric cutting scissors
  • 1 pair of small thread cutting scissors or clippers
  • Measuring tape
  • Notebook, ruler, pen and pencil to take notes
  • You are welcome to bring along your own machine (if portable) if you would prefer to learn on it
  • MACHINE NEEDLES: The machines on campus take standard domestic sewing machine needles. They will have 130/705 H on the packaging somewhere to tell you they are domestic type, which is different from the code for the size of the needle (an 80 or 90 size needle is best for use with sew-all thread).
  • BOBBINS: They must be plastic, not metal. They must be designed for TOP LOADING or “Drop In” machines. The best bet is to buy a pack that says it’s suitable for Singer Drop In machines or Janome Drop In machines (either one will work on both machines). Avoid “universal” bobbins as there is no one-size-fits-all bobbin.
  • THREAD: a quality thread brand is recommended. Some of the more common household brands are Gutermann, Rasant, Mettler, Aurifil.
Other information

Basic kits with the bare essentials are available for purchase directly from the tutor for $20 (cash only). Each kit contains:

  • Glass head pins
  • White sewing thread
  • A tape measure
  • Thread clippers
  • A cream zipper
  • 2 x clear plastic bobbins

Please note: Additional fabric will need to be purchased for the various projects of your choice. The tutor will advise you of what you will need to buy.

  • Please wear closed in shoes.

All our sewing courses are limited to 12 places which enables the tutor to give each student plenty of one-to-one guidance and instruction.


April 17 @ 6:00 pm
May 22 @ 9:00 pm
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2a Gordon Street
Rozelle, Sydney, NSW 2039 Australia
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(02) 8752 7517