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General Sewing

This sewing class is designed for the beginner or intermediate sewer. It is also most suitable for HSC students and students of fashion design who wish to complement their studies for better results or better employment prospects. During the course you will learn how to read a commercial pattern and how to make garments of your own choice, that fit correctly. The course will enable you to develop your skills in operating a sewing machine and there will be a demonstration of how an overlocker is used for more advanced projects. Please bring fabric, matching thread, tape measure, glass head pins, paper cutting scissors, fabric cutting scissors and pen and paper to the first class. Depending on your pattern you may also need light weight interfacing, invisible zip, button etc. These are the notions written on your pattern.

You should choose a simple pattern or buy any branded pattern for a straight or A-line skirt or very simple top eg Buttericks, McCalls or Simplicity (please note no new Burda patterns). That way you will learn correct techniques and complete your garment during the term.
Please note: Paper patterns are not sized in the same way as clothing bought in stores. You will need to take your measurements then check the measurements on the pattern to ensure you are buying the right size. Paper patterns are sized far smaller, generally: it’s not unusual for a size 8 person to need a size 14 or 16 paper pattern. If you are purchasing a particular pattern eg Tessuti or Kwik Sew pattern please note you will have to trace the pattern onto separate pieces of tracing paper or the cheapest vilene for your correct size, as this pattern brand is designed on regular paper to be used over and over again. You will need to have washed and dried your fabric before you cut it.

The reverse of your pattern envelope will tell you how much fabric you need to buy. We recommend choosing a cotton, rayon or linen fabric for the first garment. N.B. Avoid stripes, checks, velvets and soft flimsy fabrics and fabrics with any stretch in them. Please wash and iron your fabric before the first lesson.
Please note no sewing machines or overlockers are to be brought to the first lesson, however they will be required for the following lessons. The college will have sewing machines and overlockers that are available to use during the duration of the class only. The first class will be a discussion of basic items needed for the rest of the sessions. The tutor will provide and explain this list to students. Items discussed by tutor in first lesson include scissors dressmaking 8" or 9" Paper scissors, small black scissors, flower head pins, tape measure, magnetic pin dish, pressing cloth, tailors chalk, sewing gauge, invisible zipper, foot bodkins, machine needles, bobbins, magnetic seam guide and interfacing seam ripper. You will also learn how to take a measurement and apply to the chart sizes at the back of your pattern envelope, plus each student will have an opportunity to discuss their individual pattern and choice of fabric with the tutor.

The College will provide sewing machines and overlockers during class time. Please note you do not need to have an overlocker machine for this course.

Limit of 8 students.

$290 Limited inc GST / $261
General Sewing

<p>This sewing class is designed for the beginner or intermediate sewer. It is also most suitable for HSC students and students of fashion design who wish to complement their studies for better


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Community College Annex: 1525 Pittwater Road
North Narrabeen NSW 2101
Post: NBCC Reply Paid 1966, Dee Why NSW 2099

Phone: 02 9970 1000

Registered Training Organisation Code 90113