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Sewing - Beginners and Improvers

Day of week:
Tonbridge Adult Education Centre, Tonbridge
Level 1
19:30 - 21:30
11 weeks

This course is currently full and online booking is not possible. Please call 03000 41 22 22* to put your name on a waiting list and register your interest. We will then contact you directly if we can accommodate you.

This course will be held at Tonbridge Adult Education Centre.

You will learn how to use a sewing machine and make seams, hems, buttons and zips as well as other dressmaking techniques whilst working on a project of your own choice using a pattern.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

Know how to thread up and use the sewing machine.
Demonstrate a range of hand and machine sewing skills
Produce a range of sewing samples for future reference of seams, hems, zips, machine applique
Press and finish all the samples you have made.
Work on a personal project based on prior experience.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Tracy James

Tracy James is a fully qualified costumier and has worked in the West End on Lion King, Starlight Express and Beauty and the Beast, as well as the Royal Opera House for the Royal Ballet. Her work has taken her to Paris and Monte Carlo, working at their opera houses. She also has worked for Fortnum and Masons, Liberty and Selfridges on their specialised christmas windows. She is continually working on youth productions in the local area, as well as abroad in Dubai, whilst also making curtains, wedding dresses and alterations throughout the year.

View all courses taught by Tracy James here

How will I be taught?

This course will be taught using a variety of teaching methods including demonstrations, instruction, one to one guidance, and group discussions. In addition to this you will receive one to one support and feedback during each lesson. Your Individual Learning Plan (ILP) will outline goals and objectives to ensure that you are making progress or achieving learning outcomes.

What do I need to bring with me?

A well equipped sewing kit to include large and small scissors, hand and machine needles, seam ripper, tape measure, pins, threads. Paper scissors, ruler, notebook, pencil and rubber. As the course continues you will need to buy paper patterns, fabric and haberdashery. The tutor will give advice on these at the first session.

Please note that with all our craft courses, specialist equipment can be costly. Please do not buy anything until you are sure the course is running.

What can I do next?

Further dressmaking/sewing/soft furnishing courses to develop skills further. Your Tutor will be able to advise.

What do I need to join the course

This course is suitable for all levels, all are welcome and everyone will be encouraged to achieve their full potential working on a project suitable for their previous experience. If you have complete the first course the tutor will work with you to devise projects to develop your skills further. You are welcome to bring your own sewing machine or use one at the centre.

For our craft courses, good manual dexterity is needed.

Getting to your course

Find us

Tonbridge Adult Education Centre
Avebury Avenue

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code TON/109444/K/NC.