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Sewing Machine Techniques (Crafts)

Course Level: 

College Certificate

Overview of the course: 

Lorna King, has taught for many years in Further Education, with families, and in one to one sessions. She enjoys helping people to create, develop confidence and skills using textiles, hand and machine stitch, rag rugs, knitting, papers, paint, folding, manipulating and much more. She now has the pleasure of teaching workshops for East Durham College where you will all be able to take home a personal piece of work that you have designed and made.
Her workshops aim to be creative and fun. Beginners, intermediate and confident abilities, all are welcome. A lot of her personal work is made with recycled materials and objects but you may use your own personal stash!
A favourite for many is sewing machine skills where you will learn how to use your own machine, maintenance, all the stitches and feet that you may never have tried before creating a range of stitch samples for reference. These can then be further developed into fashion items, children’s clothes, toys, soft furnishings, home accessories, textile accessories and art textiles.

Entry requirements: 

No entry requirements


Learn to use your own sewing machine, all those strange feet that came with it and you have never been brave enough to try. Play with stitch length and width, how to sew a straight line, curves and corners, create a range of samples for your personal reference. Learn which needles to use with different fabrics. How to clean, maintain, change needles as well as the light bulb.
Once you have the confidence these techniques will serve you well and can be developed into dressmaking, including (costume, bridal, children`s outfits), toys, patchwork, art textiles (machine embroidery) some of these will be covered in later workshops.
Requirements for this workshop include:
Your own sewing machine with booklet, basic sewing kit containing needles, pins, scissors, seam ripper, tape measure, threads. There will be plenty of fabrics available for you to use.

How is the course assessed?: 

No assessment

Length of the course: 

1 day 10 am to 3 pm


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

Friday 16th February 2018

More important information about this course:


£40 per person including some materials
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (18 Jul 2018 11:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

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