Sewing – Mixed Ability

Sewing – Mixed Ability

Duration: 10 weeks
Start Date: Monday 19 September 2022
Day and time: Monday, 9.30-11.30am OR 1-3pm OR 4-6pm OR 6.30-8.30pm
Course fees: £80
Enrolment information: For information on how to apply, please call 01482 615 349 / 616 580 or email:

Course Aims

To enable both beginner sewists, and those with more experience, to develop their knowledge and understanding of sewing techniques and processes, whilst improving practical ability using sewing equipment and machinery to create a sewn textile item a level which meets individual needs.


Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for both beginners and those with prior knowledge and practical experience of the subject who wish to further develop their skills and understanding.

How to apply

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

Course Content

The course comprises classroom-based workshop-style learning with some supporting online content.

You will learn practical sewing skills and techniques whilst working on a self-chosen sewing project making a sewn item suitable for your level of skill and ability.

Your project is your choice and to start may be a simple project such as a pin cushion or peg bag, or you may choose a more difficult garment construction using a commercial pattern.  Your tutor will discuss your ideas with you at induction.

During the course you will observe tutor demonstrations and explanation of techniques and processes integral to the construction of a sewn textile item.

Some of the areas covered:

  • using the controls and functions on a sewing machine
  • understanding and using seam allowance, grainlines, pattern markings, neatening methods.
  • construction techniques

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 advance to a higher level course, then on to an accredited course such as Entry Level 3 Garment Making, eventually to a Level 1 Fashion/Textile course. Further progression may be towards Level 2 and 3 courses, and perhaps on to a degree course in Fashion/Textiles.

We also offer a range of courses in the practical arts 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.

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