Beginner Sewing Classes

sewing school - students working in class making garments

Short Course Course Dates:

Courses are subject to sufficient student numbers. Insufficient numbers will result in cancellation (10 days prior) and students will be notified by phone and email.

If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.

Learn how to make easy professional looking garments for yourself. Our beginner sewing class are designed to teach you the skills needed to begin the journey into sewing.

You will start off learning how to use your machine, hot to control you sewing speed/ direction and curves and learn how to do simple basic techniques such as darts and seams.

After the initial exercises are completed and you are confident in your abilities, you will move through the steps to make a calico (base fabric) skirt. This skirt includes either an invisible zipper or lap zip and back split with a waistband.

When you have completed the skirt in calico you will have the opportunity to complete the skirt again in your chosen fashion fabric (supplied by you). This will help reinforce the skills learnt from making the first skirt and improve on them.

If you have the time you will be able to make another simple garment in your chosen fashion fabric and commercial pattern. If you want to you could even learn how to master basic techniques like collars, sleeves, facings, or pockets.

What if I have sewn before?

Students who already have some sewing skills/ experience are more then welcome to join the course to refresh their skills. Everyone works to their own ability. You will receive individual expert advice and pick up new skills to make your sewing more accurate and faster. If you feel your skills need extra pushing you can enrol into the Intermediate sewing class and learn more complicated techniques.

What to Bring to Class:

Equipment:

  • Notebook & Pen

You will need to purchase the fabric and notions (thread, zips, buttons and interfacing) for your own projects after completing the first skirt. We sell the basic products you will require at discounted prices to save you having to run around searching for products. We can also advise you on the best items to purchase.

  • You will be provided with calico, a regular zip and an invisible zip for your first garment (the straight skirt)
  • You will require a suitable fabric, patterns and haberdashery for the following garments that you make in class (the teacher can advise you on the correct selection).

Course Duration:

8 weeks (1 X 3hr class/week). Students must enrol per term and pay upfront for each term. No 'make-ups' are allowed for students who miss a class.

Some Frequently Asked Questions:

What do you make after the straight skirt?

After you have made the straight skirt in calico and fashion fabric, depending on your ability and time, you will be able to work on a project of your own choice from a commercial pattern, or learn different components of garments- collars, sleeves, facing, or pockets etc.

I just want to learn sewing methods...

After you have completed the first exercises and completed the skirt you may wish to learn various methods. In this case you will not b learning how to complete a whole garment but how to complete components of garments. Please tell the teacher which methods you are hoping to learn. You will make these samples up in calico which will need to be purchased. This is beneficial if you want to learn how to complete various tasks for example- collars, cuffs, plackets, different hems, sleeves etc.

Do you use Industrial or domestic machines in the sewing classes?

We use domestic machines for our sewing classes, as they are directed more towards student's wishing to learn how to make clothing for themselves. Industrial machines are generally used only in production and are therefore not necessary for students learning to sew for themselves. Students in our full time Advanced Diploma course learn on industrial sewing machines as well as domestic.

Do you teach stretch wear in the sewing lessons?

NO, we teach students to make garments on all types n woven fabric in beginners sewing as the techniques used will teach you more about sewing then stretch fabric. Stretch garments are easier to make and require less technical processes then oven garments. If you are interested in making stretch wear you may be interested in our swimwear design course.

Do you teach me how to use my sewing machine?

You may bring your own sewing machine to class if desired, but we ask that you only bring your machine if you know how to use the machine properly and it is operating correctly. Because each sewing machine make and model is different, your teacher cannot possibly know the in's and out's of every machine. For this reason we recommend going to the sewing machine dealer for lessons in how to operate your machine. In the first lesson the teacher will show students how to treat the sewing machines used in the classroom.

I don't own a sewing machine, do I need to buy one for class?

No, you don't have to purchase a sewing machine to do the course. We have sewing machines that you can use in class if you don't have your own. If you are looking to purchase a sewing machine we can advise you on the best brands and models to purchase and direct you where to go.

Next Course:

Short Course Course Dates:

Courses are subject to sufficient student numbers. Insufficient numbers will result in cancellation (10 days prior) and students will be notified by phone and email.

If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.

Course Fees

$500.00.  A $200.00 minimum non-refundable deposit is required to enrol and secure a position in the course. The balance of the course fees is due prior to the course commencement date.

 


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