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Sewing extension course in Sydney.

This is an extension Sewing Essentials course. This course will encompass a variety of new machine techniques and garment finishes that can be used to create professionally made garments. As more advanced applications will be covered such as zippers, buttonholes, facings, bindings and elastic uses, a far greater range of garments will be achievable for the novice sewer.

All techniques will be practiced at each session on small fabric samples which will enable students to create a sample library that can be used for future reference.

At the end of these machine application sessions the student will have the opportunity to work on a project of their choice (beginners' level appropriate commercial pattern) or choose an option from the tutor’s range of selected patterns. (A pant option, a skirt option and a top option tbc)

Course content

During this course the intention is that the following topics will be covered, but not necessarily in the order given. Parts of the curriculum may be adapted to suit the needs of the class. Your tutor will discuss any potential changes or revisions proposed to the course agenda.

This program includes practical and theory sessions over three Saturdays.

Session 1 - Facings, binding and elastic applications

  • Various ways to finish necklines, armholes, waistlines and other edges by using facings and bindings. Students will also learn about various fusing and interlining products
  • Elastic applications for waists or sleeve openings. Also attaching a waist band

Session 2 - Buttonholes and zippers

  • Zipper applications
  • Buttonholes and roule loops and correct button placement
  • Cutting Out Project

Session 3 - Project

  • Students will work on projects of their choice that incorporate some of the above techniques already learnt

By the end of this course students will have gained greater skills in various sewing and machine techniques and have a better understanding of appropriate methods of finishing garments.

Please bring to class
  • 4 Metres of calico or plain cotton fabric of medium weight
  • 1 Metre of white light weight fusible interfacing
  • Bias binding x 12mm wide
  • 1.5 Metre of white elastic, 25mm wide
  • 2 regular nylon zippers 16-18cm long
  • Threads to match fabric
  • Scissors, clippers, tape measure and pins
  • Note book, ruler, pen and pencil to take notes

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
  • Students bringing their own machines will need to ensure that they have a zipper foot and buttonhole attachments for their machines. It is also advisable to bring machine manuals for reference.
  • Please wear closed in shoes.

Basic kits with the bare essentials are available for purchasefor $20 directly from the front office. Each kit contains:

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

Avoid disappointment. Enrol early.

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Course testimonials:

  • said: The structure of the course itself was great - focusing on technique for the first two sessions but leaving time for your own project in the last session. Ilona was kind, down to earth and clearly experienced, but also handled the varied class with great skill, sharing her time between all our individual projects fairly and effectively. Would definitely recommend.

  • said: Really enjoyed the course, instructor Ilona was great and I gained lots of skills. It was also a comfortable atmosphere and I would like to complete more courses.

  • said: Teacher is great. She is very knowlegable,patient and humorous and very helpful. I enjoyed the course very much and have learned a lot from the teacher. The venue is nice but the class needs a new ironing board desperately. I would love to do more claases if available. Thanks to Ilorna again.

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