Lewisham Council - Adult education course details


Sewing skills - complete beginners (TFD0381BR)

If you would love to be able to sew well, but have never learned to do it before, then this short & friendly course is for you! Learn to use a sewing machine confidently- from correct threading & tension adjustment, to producing a range of stitches & the use of different machine feet. You will make a range of reference samples, including seams, hems, zip insertion & buttonholes to enable you to apply your new skills to your home sewing projects or a new course at ALL. You will also have the option to make a simple craft item such as a cushion, soft fabric shopping bag or zipped cosmetics/toileteries bag.
Brockley Rise Centre
Brockley Rise
Crofton Park
Se23 1pr
03 May 2019

24 May 2019

Number of weeks

Day of the week:

10.30am and 1.30pm

£66.00 (full), £36.00 (reduced), £36.00 (concession)

Or call 020 8314 6959 Monday to Thursday 10am–4pm. More ways to enrol.

What prior knowledge, experience and qualifications will I need?
This course is only suitable for complete beginners, no prior knowledge or experience is needed. Maths using addition, subtraction and multiplication are required on this course in order to make calculations for a variety of projects. English reading skills are essential to be able to interpret patterns and follow technical instructions. Leaners are, therefore, expected to have at least Entry Level standard in Maths and English. Before enrolling, please contact the curriculum leader if you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the course for you.
Learning Goals:
To be able to thread & use the sewing machine. To complete a range of technical samples. To use a range of equipment & materials correctly and safely. To make a basic craft item using techniques you have learned.
What teaching methods will the tutor use?
The tutor will use a range of teaching methods during the course which will include the following: Demonstration - both group and individual, one to one tuition, group work, assessment of progress, observation, discussion / question and answer sessions.
What assessment methods will the tutor use?
The course tutor will use a range of methods to assess progress on the course. These may include: Observation, completion of an Individual Learning Plan which will be updated regularly, evaluation of work samples, question and answer sessions.
Will extra work be required outside the class times?
Extra work is not essential but will enable learners to practice and reinforce the techniques learned on the course.
What materials will I need for the course and how much will they cost?
You will need to bring a Basic Sewing Kit to include dressmaking pins, needles, tape measure, fabric cutting out scissors, threads ( if you are buying these items from scratch they will cost approximately £25-30). You will also need a small quantity of fabric and trimmings to make the craft item of your choice- and your tutor will advise you on this. Please do not purchase anything until you know that the course will definitely run.
What do I need to bring to the first class?
Basic Sewing Kit (as above), pen, pencil, notebook and an A4 folder would be useful for storing samples & handouts. A phone/camera would also be useful for recording ideas and techniques.
Options when finished
The department offers a wide variety of fashion and textile courses at different levels. Information about progression courses is available through the tutor, the Curriculum Leader or the online CEL programme. There are also a range of courses at a higher level offered across London and the South East by Colleges, Community and Adult Education providers and through local craftspeople. For more information about higher level courses currently available, please speak to your tutor or the Curriculum Leader.
Additional information
The course fee includes a small charge for basic sampling materials & sundries.

For general enquiries and course availability information call 0208 314 3300. For more detailed information and guidance about the course:


Denise Darlow – Curriculum Leader
Tel: 0208 314 7309