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Industrial Sewing Machine Skills - Beginners

Course Description

Suitable for learners who always wanted to know how to use an industrial sewing machine. Join us for this supportive class where you will learn all the basics of sewing on an industrial sewing machine. You will cover how to set up and operate an Industrial sewing machine and produce a range of stitch samples. You will learn basic pattern language, cutting techniques and garment construction techniques. You will leave with a set of instructions and your sewing samples.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

Suitable for complete beginners, although knowledge of using a domestic sewing machine and good English is an advantage.

Course Content

This course is an introduction to sewing on an industrial sewing machine. You will learn how to use a sewing machine to a proficient level and produce a number of different sewing and finishing samples. You will also gain knowledge and understanding of fabric construction, pattern language, laying pattern pieces onto fabric and cutting them out as well as construction techniques such as, darts and pleats. You will make an invaluable range of samples and skills that can contribute to finding work in garment construction. The College provide all materials. You will practice these skills by manufacturing fully finished garments. Garments will be different each term.

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will be able to develop your skills by engaging with suitable projects determined by your existing level of experience in discussion with the tutor. Teaching is both as a whole class and an individual, one-to-one basis using demonstrations, discussion, examples, samples, handouts and other technical support material where appropriate. You will be able to negotiate individual learning goals together with the tutor. During the first session, the tutor will check your experience to date and personal goals for the course, and if it is considered that it is not the right one, you will be advised on a more suitable course. You will be working at your own pace and be given verbal feedback on your progress.


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which will outline the learning objectives for the course. You will also be invited to set your own goals. You will receive feedback against the achievement of these outcomes during the course from your tutor, and in written form at the end of the course.However, you will work with your tutor to identify your aims at the beginning of the session and will receive one to one feedback throughout as well as sharing outcomes at the end of the course.

Next Steps and Progression

Once you have completed the course, you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject in the Creative Arts department. For Art and Design courses, once you have developed a portfolio of work, you could consider applying to the Accreditted courses including L1, L2 Fashion or Illustration, or L3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design as a pathway into higher education. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700 or email

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support with course fees and you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or on benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, go to the Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572