Sewing Bee (classroom-based) *new learners only*

Sewing Bee (classroom-based) *new learners only*

Duration: 11 weeks
Start Date: To be confirmed
Day and time: Wednesday, 9.30-11.30am
Course fees: £55 / FREE (fee remissions available)
Enrolment information: For information on how to apply, please call 01482 615 349 / 616 580 or email:

Course Aims

This course aims to develop your knowledge, understanding and fundamental practical skills required in the construction of sewn textile items and is suitable for beginners.

This course is available for learners new to Hull Training and Adult Education only.  Learners who have previously enrolled on any course with Hull Training and Adult Education will not be eligible.

Entry Requirements

No entry requirements, no prior experience or knowledge is required.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please call 01482 615 349 / 616 580 or email:

Course Content

This is a classroom-based, workshop-style course and you will develop your sewing skills week on week by working on a range of textile projects.

Starting with a simple hand sewn item, and progressing steadily through more demanding projects, such as machine sewn pin cushion, scissor holder, tote bag, your confidence and practical ability will develop as techniques and processes are learnt.

You will:

  • develop understanding of the controls and functions of the sewing machine
  • develop understanding of basic techniques to improve the accuracy and neatness your work
  • develop knowledge of a range techniques and processes integral to sewing such as buttonholes, hems

During the course you will observe tutor demonstrations and explanations of techniques and processes

Some of the areas covered will include:

  • hand sewing skills
  • basic sewing machine skills
  • basic over locker machine skills to neaten raw edges
  • sewing techniques such as seam allowance, reducing bulk, understitching, buttonholes
  • construction processes, techniques and methods requested by learners

You must provide your own fabric, patterns, threads and notions.

At the centre there are sewing machines and some sewing equipment for your use.

If you wish to bring your own sewing machinery it must hold a current PAT test certificate that the tutor will need to see on the first day of the course.

Assessment Method

This course uses RARPA as its method of assessment.

RARPA stands for Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement which is the process of assessment for non-accredited learning. It is a means of validating the outcomes of programmes which do not result in qualifications. RARPA is a five stage process which measures and records learners’ progress, achievements and attendance.

Where can it lead?

After this course you may wish to eventually advance to an accredited course such as Entry Level 3 or Level 1 Fashion/Textile courses. Further progression may be to Level 2 and 3 courses, and on to a degree course in Fashion/Textiles

We also offer a range of courses which can assist you in discovering something for yourself that can develop your own skills and interests.

As a Hull Training and Adult Education learner you have access to our Careers Advice Service. Our advisers are on hand to guide you through options and support you to achieve your full potential. Ask your tutor to refer you, if required.

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