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Sewing Extension

<p>Sewing extension course in Sydney.</p><p>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

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Course description

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 5-12mm wide
  • 1 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.
Student Feedback

"Very knowledgable and ready to help in any way. The tutor was willing to take time for each student’s individual questions and needs. Great location, easy to get to, and inspiring space."

"She was incredibly knowledgeable, and went out of her way to explain some of the pattern specific issues I ran into."

"Very patient and giving with her knowledge, making course was very worthwhile. Ilona planned the course really well – we covered so much content and everything was clearly planned to maximise our knowledge. Ilona is extremely generous with her time and advice and is a lot of fun too. She also prepared good notes for us too to help us get the most out of the experience."

"The room was a good size and everything we needed was on hand. Also Rozelle is very easy for parking and has good facilities including tea making options. The tutor is an excellent teacher – her knowledge and
practical skills are the best I have experienced. Her time management is spot on – so we never ran out of time and completed all of the tasks. Her passion for the subject really comes through, so that you also become really interested in the subject."

"The tutor’s depth of knowledge is impressive and she has a lovely, approachable manner. She is attentive and very knowledgable.

"The tutor was terrifically patient and helpful to all in the class. I admire her patience. It was a super course."

"We were all concentrating and deep in the enjoyment of creating a project for ourselves."

"Really good at explaining things and gave us great tips on different sewing techniques."

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Course testimonials:

  • Nina said: A really wonderful teacher, such patience, efficiency and kindness, which really helped in learning the new skills and made it all a really enjoyable experience.

  • Carol 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.

  • Annette said: A great teacher and is unflappable amongst the competing demand of the students. I look forward to more of these courses in the future.