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Introduction to the sewing machine - Morley College, London

Introduction to the sewing machine - Morley College, London

About the Course

Set up and use a sewing machine correctly and safely, solve problems and use a range of presser feet to produce a variety of stitches. Suitable for beginners or for those who need confidence with the machine.

Being able to use a sewing machine is a useful skill to have for so many things and can open the way to the world of clothes making and garment construction. Many people would like to make their own clothes or sew their own creative projects, but find the idea of using a sewing machine too daunting. This course will help you get to grips with this vital skill by teaching you how to use a two-thread sewing machine and to overcome your fears. Learn how to set up a machine correctly, to solve problems and to use a variety of presser feet to produce a variety of stitches. The course is suitable for you if you are a beginner or you lack confidence to use a machine.

By the end of the course you will be able to
to thread a two thread machine successfully
to use the features of the machine appropriately
to produce simple seams and seam finishes
to practice simple processes
to analyse and correct simple problems
to carry out basic maintenance of a basic domestic two-thread sewing machine
Class format and activities
You will set up and thread a two-thread domestic sewing machine, practice using various features of the machine to produce a number of samples and use the machine manual throughout. The tutor will give demonstrations both to the whole class and on an individual, one-to-one basis using lecture, examples, samples, hand-outs and any other technical support material where appropriate.

Constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor will help you succeed during the class.

Entry requirements
This is a Beginners Course. All are welcome.

•Suitable for people with limited or no previous experience
•Students must be able to speak, read and write in English
•Basic numeracy is an advantage though not essential

What you need to know before you enrol
• This course is very intensive; punctuality and good attendance are necessary.
• Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control.
• The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear Building and there is wheelchair access via a stair-lift.
• Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios – no liquids at all are allowed.

What you will need for your class
• a basic sewing kit: fabric scissors, trimming scissors, tape measure, dressmaker’s pins
• sewing thread
• pen, notebook, A4 ring binder and clear plastic pockets
• you will need to purchase a small materials pack from your tutor at no more than £2
• you will need to purchase a sewing machine bobbin from your tutor for £1, refundable at the end of the course

What you can do next:
Please enquire for recommendations on continuation courses where applicable.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.


Pedro Diego at Morley College London
61 Westminster Bridge Road
Lambeth, London
Greater London
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  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users

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