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Sewing Essentials is a basic sewing skills course for anyone wishing to learn to sew. These comprehensive sewing classes will teach you machine set-up, maintenance of equipment and troubleshooting, how to control your machine and get to know its stitch capabilities. You will also learn about different seams and finishes, pattern cutting and by the end of the course, you will have made a complete garment using all the skills you have learned.

This sewing course will teach you the sewing basics and have you well on the way to altering, repairing, and producing beautiful garments for yourself and your family. You will find this course very enjoyable whilst learning a worthwhile skill for life. Once you have made your first garment this course will have you addicted to sewing!

Learning outcomes

By the end of these sewing classes, you should have:

  • learned how to maintain and make adjustments to machines
  • learned basic sewing and pattern cutting skills
  • made a complete garment
  • completed a beginner sewing project

After finishing this course, you might like to enrol in Sewing Extension

What will be covered in this sewing course?

  • Machine set-up and maintenance
  • Basic sewing and pattern cutting
  • Machine techniques and applications
  • Sewing a complete garment

Lesson 1: Get to know your machine

  • Safe sewing tips
  • Learn about different machine parts and how they work
  • Machine set-up and adjusting thread tension
  • Machine maintenance, clean and oil
  • Stitch capabilities of the machine, zigzag, stitch length, etc.
  • Practice controlling speed, stopping and starting, and practising on calico with thread

Lesson 2: Different seams and finishes

  • Sewing a flat seam, an open seam, and a French seam and learn when it is appropriate to use each seam for different fabrics.
  • Sewing a stitched hem, a double turned hem. Other hem finishes.

Lesson 3: Learn about patterns and cutting

  • Discuss a commercial pattern and get to know the terminology on the pattern and what all the various markings are.
  • Fabric selection and spend some time learning about the perfect fabric/pattern design marriage.
  • Cutting efficiently and learning about why some fabrics must be cut a certain way i.e. stretch fabrics, velvets, cords, and one-way prints.

Lesson 4: Machine techniques

  • Various machine techniques will be covered in this lesson, like gathering, pleats, pockets, and various other applications.

Lesson 5 & 6: Individual project work

  • You will have a choice of a range of simple garments that will be discussed at the beginning of the course.

Who is this sewing course for?

  • Anyone wanting to learn to sew
  • Anyone wanting to brush up on basic sewing skills

Course venue

Rozelle Campus

2A Gordon Street, Rozelle NSW 2039 (corner of Gordon St & Victoria Rd in the grounds of St. Joseph's Church)

If driving, there is no entry into Gordon Street from Victoria Road. Last block on your right before Victoria Road. Pedestrian access is opposite Prince Street.

What to bring to class

The following items must be supplied by students and will be needed on the first night:

  • 2 meters of calico (120cm width)
  • Clear plastic Singer bobbins × 1 packet of two
  • Pins and hand sewing needles
  • 1 reel of white and 1 reel of dark coloured sewing thread
  • 1 pair of fabric cutting scissors
  • 1 pair of small thread cutting scissors or clippers
  • Measuring tape
  • Notebook, ruler, pen, and pencil to take notes
  • You are welcome to bring along your own machine (if portable) if you would prefer to learn on it
  • Machine 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.

Additional information

  • Please note: Additional fabric will need to be purchased for the various projects of your choice. The tutor will advise you of what you will need to buy.
  • Please wear closed-in shoes.

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<p>Learn sewing for beginners with our <a href="https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/courses/arts/sewing">sewing short courses</a> in Sydney!</p>

<p>Sewing Essentials is a basic sewing skills

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$399 Limited inc GST / $299 / $319.20 / $359.10
Limited spaces are available.
Sewing Essentials Course

<p>Learn sewing for beginners with our <a href="https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/courses/arts/sewing">sewing short courses</a> in Sydney!</p>

<p>Sewing Essentials is a basic sewing skills

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$449 Limited inc GST / $337 / $359.20 / $404.10
Sewing Essentials Course

<p>Learn sewing for beginners with our <a href="https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/courses/arts/sewing">sewing short courses</a> in Sydney!</p>

<p>Sewing Essentials is a basic sewing skills

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$399 Limited inc GST / $299 / $319.20 / $359.10
Sewing Essentials Course

<p>Learn sewing for beginners with our <a href="https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/courses/arts/sewing">sewing short courses</a> in Sydney!</p>

<p>Sewing Essentials is a basic sewing skills

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$449 Limited inc GST / $337 / $359.20 / $404.10

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Course testimonials:

  • said: I absolutely loved the course! I just wish it was a longer course!! Sylvia was amazing, after only two sessions I was able to make a pillowcase, fitted sheet and quilt cover (using the concepts she taught us) for my daughter.

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  • said: Great teacher and I have come away from Sewing Essentials with a good foundation to sewing...

  • said: Started with zero experience but could see improvement with each session. At completion of this course I went home with a beautiful apron that covered all the techniques we learnt. I surprised myself with the end product and look forward to my next sewing projects..

  • said: Sewing essential course consists of 5 lessons total but I wish you guys could extend their course a bit longer as I got a lot more that I want to learn from our amazing instructor. Kelda was really positive, caring, knowledge and professional.

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