Sewing & Garment Making-Beginners & Improvers
This course guides beginners to start making garments and accessories using a sewing machine. You will be introduced to different techniques starting with simple projects and clothes and helping you to build your confidence as you go. Improvers will be encouraged to make more complex garments and to develop their sewing skills or pattern cutting.
What will we cover?
Beginners will be shown sewing techniques by making simple projects that show you how to place a pattern on fabric, how to join the fabric using a sewing machine and a variety of seam finishes. We will then build on these skills and learn how to insert a standard zip, sew a curve and create button holes, pattern match and construct waistbands. Improvers will be guided to choose a suitable pattern, take your own measurements and be able to fit the pattern and make adjustments to suit you. You will be able to finish off your garments and even accessorise them.
For those with sewing experience, this is an opportunity to challenge yourself and to make more complex garments whilst making sure your basic sewing skills are sound.
Your tutor will be on hand to provide one to one help.
Who is this course for? Is there anything I need to know before joining?
This course is aimed at beginners and improvers – anyone wanting to learn good sewing skills from scratch.
As our courses are taught in English, please contact us if you have any concerns about your level of English.
What do I need to bring to the first class? Will there be any extra costs?
You will need a basic sewing kit consisting of: fabric scissors and paper scissors, pins, needles, tape measure, tailors chalk and a seam ripper A notebook and pen would also be useful.
Beginners – Please bring half a meter of cotton fabric and a reel of ‘All Purpose Thread’ (any colour, preferably made by Gutterman or Coates).
Improvers - bring magazine cuttings of potential garments to make or a pattern that you would like. If you purchase fabric please ensure it is pre-washed and ironed prior to the class.
The tutor will bring a large selection of dressmaking patterns that you can borrow if you are unsure of what to make.
Any other items such as patterns and fabric for specific projects that you will need to purchase, will be discussed during the first lesson.
If you have any queries please email the tutor at
What can I do when I finish the course?
To continue with Surrey Adult Learning follow on courses offered throughout the year, and to enrol on one of the Saturday classes or other Needlecraft classes. Please visit our website – information
We welcome learners with additional needs and disabilities. When you enrol please let us know if you would like to discuss your extra support needs with a member of the Supported Learning Team who will then contact you as soon as possible. If you are enrolling within 10 days of the course start date, we may not be able to contact you before your first class. Surrey Adult Learning values and supports equality and diversity by promoting fairness and respect at all times.
Outcome / Qualification etc.
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