Beginners Learn to Sew - One Day Workshop St George & Sutherland Community College

Beginners Learn to Sew - One Day Workshop

The get to know your new sewing machine class is designed for beginner sewers to enable them to operate their machine safely and correctly. There is a lot to know when you first set up your new machine, therefore it is important to do it right as errors can take place if you are not doing it correctly. Learning the foundation set up skills makes sewing enjoyable and allows it to run smoothly.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction to the sewing machine, safety and equipment that comes with your machine
  • Threading your machine and bobbin
  • Correct threads that are specific for your machine
  • The different dials and components of your machine and what they do
  • Foundation stitches and different seam types
  • What stitch is suitable for what technique and why
  • Tips and tricks for successful sewing
  • Suggested projects for the beginner sewer
  • Choosing the correct pattern for your sewing level
  • Troubleshooting

Learning outcomes:

  • For students to be able to thread their machine correctly with the right tension and correct threads
  • For students to wind a bobbin correctly with even tension
  • For students to develop knowledge on different seam finishes and which type to use where
  • For students to feel comfortable using their machine on their own
  • For students to be able to troubleshoot any issues that arise and to know why it happened in the first place

What to bring:

If you have your own sewing machine please bring it with you and all the accessories that came with that machine including your manual. It is very important that you have a copy of your instructional manual for you to refer to and add to in class. If you can’t locate your manual please download it online. If you haven’t got your own machine you do not need to go out and buy one as you can use one of the college machines and learn what all the different features available are before you purchase your own machine. Also bring one spool of polyester Gutermann thread (no birch threads please), an empty bobbin that belongs to your machine, glass head pins, scissors, a notepad and pen. Please make sure you bring foot pedal and power cord.

About the Tutor:

'I have accumulated over 25 years of extensive experience in the field of sewing. Teaching individuals of all skill levels brings me immense satisfaction, whether they are beginners taking their first steps in the world of sewing or advanced students seeking to enhance their skills further. I also enjoy teaching children’s classes and providing guidance to HSC students as they embark on their final textiles projects. My journey has been enriched by owning and operating my own sewing store. This venture has allowed me to access specialized training and delve into unique sewing skills and techniques while continuously pursuing training on various sewing machine brands and overlockers.

I am devoted and recognize the importance of staying up-to-date with the latest sewing trends, techniques, and advancements in machinery. I constantly make a commitment to ongoing training and professional development that enables me to offer the most relevant and up-to-date knowledge to my students. Furthermore, I am a happy, fun, caring tutor that’s driven by the desire to preserve and invigorate the sewing industry for future generations to enjoy. My extensive experience, passion for teaching, constant pursuit of knowledge, and dedication to the sewing industry positions me as a reliable and enthusiastic guide on your sewing journey. Join me, Claudia, as we embark on a rewarding and fulfilling sewing adventure.' Claudia

Tutor Qualifications:

  • Certificate III in applied Fashion Design & Technology – Ultimo TAFE
  • Statement of attainment Screen printing – St George TAFE
  • NSW TEXStyle Teachers training Certificate – Technology Educators Association
  • Statement of attainment in History of fashion – Ultimo Tafe
  • Sewing Machine mechanic training level 1 and 2 – Husqvarna Viking
  • Overlockers Mechanic Technical training – Husqvarna Viking
  • SVP Technical Electronic Certificate – Husqvarna Viking
  • TCF Fashion Growth workshop – St George & Sutherland shire Business enterprise centre
  • Bachelor of Arts Components -UWS
  • Specialist workplace training Disabilities Category 1 – First Contact
  • Sign Language and the Deaf Community – Auslan 1

Other Information:

  • To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.
  • All courses need a minimum number of students to run ("we try our hardest to get those") . If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled before the commencement and you will be informed.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.