CLOTH MAKING FOR BEGINNERS African Cultural Association

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You will be building up a folder of reference materials to take home with you.

This will enable you to refer to how you completed the techniques of sewing them.

Week 1:

You will learn the Introduction to using the sewing machine:

How to use the sewing machine;

Learn to set up and thread a sewing machine;

Learn different parts of sewing machine;

learn through demonstration, discussions, practices ,one to one instruction and guidance to achieve different types of stitching techniques

Using tools and equipment in sewing.

Learn how to sew practical and decorative stitches and knowledge of sewing allowance!

Know how much seam allowance to live when joining garments.

Week 2:

Demonstration on basic properties of fabric, including:

Fabric width, length & selvedge, grain line

How to lay a pattern on fabric according to pattern instruction

Practical exercise: cutting out a pattern on paper, then onto fabric

Week 3:

Seams: seam Allowance & seam neatening, using overlocking machine, zigzag etc.

  1. Plain seam with 1cm, 1.5cm. 2cm seam allowance- why, where, how and when to use seam allowance.
  2. Plain seam with zig zag neating on raw edge
  3. French seam: this is a 2 in 1 seam & seam neatening

Week 4:

Binding seam: how to cut bias binding from fabric and bind a raw seam

Binding edge: using ready made binding

Construct sample for curved seams, corner seams

  1. Darts
  2. Round neckline Square neckline
  3. Stay stitch, e.g. around neckline
  4. Top stitch e.g. around a square patch pocket

Week 5

Top stitch - Making different type of Pockets: Techniques to follow step by step:

  1. Top stitch around a square pocket
  2. Top stitch a hem

Week 6:

Construct sample of Zips - Different type of zips - to a dress, trouser, skirts.

  1. Lapped method
  2. Edge to edge method
  3. Invisible/concealed zip

Week 7:

Making a semi –tailored pencil skirt/or dress from standard size block of your size:

  1. Laying out block or pattern on fabric, adding seams allowances appropriately
  2. Cutting out
  3. Making up skirt/dress method of assembly - step by steps guidance by qualified tutor.

Week 8 to Week 9:

Making up skirt /dress cont./ pressing techniques

Week 10:Techniques of Final Finishing Techniques and pressing techniques.

Final Finish of skirt or Dress Certificates awarded to students

Students encouraged to join the intermediate classes.

Additional entry requirements

What to bring along to Class: Note Book , Pen, Pencil, dressmakers chalk, Folder to keep hand outs and leaflets, pins, scissors for fabrics, paper scissors ,Threads , tape measure.

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London, NW4 4JX


10:00am - 12:30pm, 11:00am - 1:00pm


2 hours




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CLOTH MAKING FOR BEGINNERS (Booked online with Hotcourses)
by Neuza - December 2016

I really enjoyed my first day at the course, teachers very kind and patient, and very well directed content! I am looking forward for the next classes.

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by basira - January 2017

Great personal one on one service for the first class, and actually got to learn how to stitch .

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by Yvette - September 2016

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