Learn to Sew: Total Beginners

Course Description

Join us for this one day fun and supportive class and you will learn all the basics of sewing. During the morning you’ll learn how to set up and operate a domestic sewing machine and produce a range of stitch samples including basic seams, French seams, hemming, binding and zig-zag finishing. We’ll move on to learn basic pattern language, cutting techniques and garment construction techniques such as darts and pleats. You’ll leave with a set of instructions, and your sewing samples.

Location: Camden

Course Content

This course is an introduction to machine sewing. You will learn how to use a sewing machine and produce a number of different sewing and finishing samples.

You will also gain knowledge and understanding of fabric construction, basic pattern language, how to lay pattern pieces onto fabric and cut them out as well as construction techniques such as, darts and pleats.

You will make an invaluable range of samples.

The College provide all materials.

Teaching and Learning Methods

In the first session, the teacher will check your skills and your personal goals for the course. If the course is not suitable, you will be advised on a more suitable course by the tutor in your class.

You will be working at your own pace and be given verbal and written feedback on your progress. If you have additional learning support needs, you will be signposted to support. At the end of the course, the tutor will assess your progress and advise you on the next step.

The course is taught through a series of tutor led demonstrations and workshops. You will be guided through each technique step by step and engage in a peer review at the end of the course.

Resources used within each lesson are available for learners on our online learning platform, iLearn.

Independent Learning

There is no formal homework, however, your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, gigs or websites for you to visit to enrich your study.


There is no exam or formal assessment for this 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

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team on: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team on: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk

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 provides all the basic materials and equipment you will need to complete the course. Your tutor will advise you where you can buy materials or equipment to extend your study, should you wish.

The College also provides additional financial support through the Learner Financial Support Fund (LFSF); however there are eligibility criteria that applies. Please refer to the LFSF policy which can be found at the main reception.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
Email: learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572
Email: learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk