Love your sewing machine

Course code: ICAR302P

Subject area: Homecrafts

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

10:00am - 4:00pm

Saturday

13th May 2023 - 13th May 2023

Northcourt Centre

Contact details

enquiries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

01235 555 585

A one-day introduction to using your own sewing machine and its attachments. You will gain confidence and skills in a relaxed and friendly learning environment. You will need to bring your own sewing machine along with the instruction manual. In order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to enrol at least 2 ½ weeks prior to the course starting. We will confirm course information two weeks prior to the start date.

On this workshop you will make a small Tote bag and a sampler using your sewing machine and its attachments and learn some basic sewing techniques.
· How to thread the machine and bobbin.
· How to change the needle and pressure feet.
· How to alter the thread tensions and pressure foot.
· How to use the attachments for different stitches, effects and finishes.
· Cover basic sewing techniques to produce a small Tote bag and sampler.
· Use the machine safely and its basic maintenance.

Please bring your machine, instruction manual and attachments, plus, some spare needles.

Please bring with you:
A4 lined & plain paper, pen, pencil, ruler, rubber and calculator
50cms of plain medium weight cotton
50cms of printed patterned medium weight cotton that co-ordinates with the above.
50cms of medium weight iron on interfacing
Fabric off cuts
Matching sewing thread

Basic sewing equipment:
Fabric scissors, paper scissors, embroidery scissors, rotary cutter and cutting board (if you have these). Colour-headed pins, hand sewing needles, tape measure, tailors chalk, marking pen and tacking thread. 30cm/12” ruler.

Please do not buy any materials until your course is confirmed as running.

Please bring lunch with you.
Tea/Coffee are available for you to make, with a small charge.
To reduce the use of single-use plastic water bottles/cups, there is a watercooler onsite making it easy to refill your water bottle.
Free parking.


Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

Further sewing courses.
This course is suitable for complete beginners or for those who have a little knowledge but want to start from the basics and improve their skills, knowledge and techniques.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2022 prior to starting the course.
Learners bring own materials.

Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

16 - 18 Fee


19+ Fee

Tuition Fee: £42.00
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £42.00


19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £25.20
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £25.20

As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.
Observation/demonstration, self-assessment, question & answer/reading, practical exercises and 1:1 tutor support.

As this is a non-accredited course, informal methods of assessment will be used. You will be required to complete a RARPA form which represents Recognising and Recording your Progress and Achievement.