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Sewing Machine Skills for Beginners

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    This course is aimed at complete beginners and those who have sewn a long time ago!

    Maybe you have been inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee, fancy trying sewing, or did a little at school and want to get to grips with it. This course will introduce you to the basics of using a sewing machine. From how the thread the needle, through setting the tension, sewing inspiration to working with a simple pattern, this course will build your confidence to work on the sewing machine.
    During the course you will make a variety of simple bags, including a zippered pouch to practice your skills. You will then make some attractive decorative placemats before trying out using a simple commercial pattern.

    Each week you will need to bring a basic sewing kit.
    This will need to include
    · Sharp scissors for fabric
    · Small pair of scissors for paper
    · Pins and pin cushion
    · Hand sewing needles
    · Sewing cotton
    · Tape measure
    · Some fabric such as a couple of fat quarters/pillow case size pieces.

    Each week you will be advised of what materials you will need.

    Our tutor, Jo Teague is a popular arts and crafts tutor based in Gloucestershire, she loves working with all forms of textiles and her enthusiasm for all forms of textiles, from the making, to designers and the history of textiles can be infectious. Your creativity will be encouraged from the very beginning!

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To register your interest, please call Student Services on 0345 1 55 2020

What You Will Pay

British and European Union students

You will pay £112 for your course

Your course could be free of charge as you may be eligible for financial support to help pay your tuition fees, travel, exams, materials or childcare.

When you enrol you’ll need to pay any course fees for the first year, which you can do by direct debit, cash, debit card or credit card.

Please contact us for more information.

0345 155 2020

To register your interest, please call Student Services on 0345 1 55 2020


Why Gloucestershire College?

We guide any ambitious and motivated person on their journey through education and their career, by providing the right environment that encourages and nurtures individual talents.

Our industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching team provide our students with the skills businesses truly need.

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