Beginner / Intermediate Sewing Classes

sewing school - students working in class making garments

Short Course Course Dates:

  • Gold Coast: Wednesday the 5th of October 2016: 6:00PM - 9:00PM

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 create professionally finished garments for yourself. Our beginner/intermediate sewing classes are designed to teach student's the tricks of the trade to creating beautifully finished garments for themselves.

Students will start off making a straight skirt in calico and then will make the skirt again in a good quality fabric to reinforce the skills learnt. This makes sure we cover some important basic techniques such as darts and invisible zips. Students work at their own pace and the teacher attends to each student along each step of the way.

What if I have sewn before?

Students who already have some sewing experience/skill are more than welcome to join the course as you can work on your own projects and at your own pace. 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.

What to Bring to Class:

We provide all the sewing equipment required. You will need to purchase the fabric for your own projects after completing the first skirt. We sell the basic products you will require at discounted prices (lower than or equal to Spotlight) 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 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, you will make it again in a fabric of your choice to reinforce the skills learnt (darts, the invisible zip and waistbands for example). After completing the two skirts you will make a bolero jacket. Depending on the student’s ability, if additional time is available, you will be able to work on projects of your own choice from commercial patterns where extra sewing techniques will be taught.

I just want to learn sewing methods...

After you have made the first skirt you may select to learn various sewing methods. In this case you will not be learning how to make a finished garment, but how to make parts of garments. This is only recommended for people who already know how to construct a garment from start to finish and want to learn how to do various methods correctly. Please tell the teacher which methods you are hoping to learn. You will most likely make these methods up on some calico which you can purchase from us if required.

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?

Yes and No, We teach students to make garments of all types. Generally if you are learning to sew, learning how to sew more structured (non-stretch) garments will teach you more about sewing than stretch wear, as stretch garments are easier to make and require less fitting than non-stretch garments. If you are interested in making stretch wear you may be interested in our Swimwear Design Course.

I have a favourite pair of pants at home that I want to copy...

If you are wanting to make a copy of an item of clothing you have at home this can be done, BUT you will need a pattern! You can either enrol in our 'Pattern Making' course to learn to make patterns from your block size and take patterns from existing garments or you can pay one of our pattern makers to have the pattern copied for you. The price of the pattern will depend on how much work is involved in the garment. Show your teacher the garment for a closer estimate of price. (Patterns will usually take between one - two weeks).

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:

  • Gold Coast: Wednesday the 5th of October 2016: 6:00PM - 9:00PM

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

$400.00.  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 on the course commencement date.


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