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Sewing Skills – Part 1

The Sewing Skills for Beginners course is split into two separate parts. During this practical course you will learn basic sewing machine skills and techniques for clothing and textile projects.

Part 1 (September or January): Sewing Skills part 1 is intended to give confidence in using a sewing machine and a set of skills to equip you to experiment at home and transition to further courses such as creative fashion and Sewing Skills part 2. You will complete a series of technical samples of seams, zips, buttonholes and frills; experiment with textile surface pattern with free machine embroidery, appliqué and reverse appliqué. These skills will then be put to use to create a cushion.

Part 2 (April): Sewing Skills Part 2 will utilise skills previously learnt in Part 1 and build upon them. Make your first garment with technical assistance and guidance. You will be guided through the use of a domestic sewing pattern of your choice with advice in pattern and fabric choice as well as items needed to finish your project. Along with technical demonstrations and assistance with pattern instructions and necessary pattern alterations to aid garment completion. We recommend that you complete Part 1 prior to attending Part 2.


We are currently confirming times and dates for this course. Please register your interest below or contact us for more information.

What topics are covered?

Machine stitch skills, seam finishes, fastenings (zips and buttons), surface manipulation (tucks, pleats, applique, reverse applique), domestic patterns for clothing, basic sewing for fashion, collars, sleeves, and facings. This course does not cover hand stitching or embroidery.

Who is the course aimed at?

Suitable for beginners and anyone wishing to refresh their knowledge of using a sewing machine.

Who will be my tutor?

Debra Counsell

How will I learn?

You will learn through demonstrations, practical tasks, and experimentation.

What can I do after this course?

Creative Fashion

Are there any additional costs?

You will need to provide your own choice of fabrics, zips, buttons and threads.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Creative Arts and Enterprise

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

Fabric scissors, notepad, and pen. In later weeks, you will need fabrics and fastenings – your tutor will advise.

What else do I need to know?

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.

The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.

10 reviews for Sewing Skills – Part 1

  1. familyfleet@hotmail.com

    5 out of 5

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. Debbie Counsell’s skills and expertise are wide. I was anxious before starting this course but I feel I have gained confidence for which I am grateful!

  2. marie_delaroche@outlook.fr

    5 out of 5

    I had no clue I would be able to do what (I hope) I am now! Next week I’ll be starting my own dress on my own, thanks to the knowledge we’ve acquired here!

  3. neave16416@gmail.com

    5 out of 5

    A very good course with a good base to begin with sewing. It covered everything needed to make a cushion. Good teacher, and it gave me confidence to use my machine at home to its full capability.

  4. noe.valletta29@gmail.com

    (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Debby is a great teacher. I had the chance to learn the very basics of sewing and I’ve been followed by her through each step. I will definitely do the second part. I’m very happy about the course and Debby overall.
    (I would just suggest to do more lessons split in shorter hours.)

  5. christinaowen1@hotmail.co.uk

    (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Really enjoyed it! I had a great time.

  6. badger_cheese@hotmail.com

    5 out of 5

    I’ve really enjoyed this course – have signed up for part 2. Debbie is very patient & a great teacher.
    The studio space is great too.

  7. jabeenmohammed31@gmail.com

    4 out of 5

    Thoroughly enjoyed the course, not scared of my sewing machine any longer!

  8. turianna94@gmail.com

    5 out of 5

    I had an amazing time, our teacher was kind, friendly and very helpful. I did really enjoy this course.

  9. alexwheelerprice@gmail.com

    5 out of 5

    Our tutor Belinda was enthusiastic and patient with a good sense of humour. We got straight into it and I found the course very helpful to cover the basics and all the ‘essentials’ as it promises. Belinda created a relaxed and informal yet hard working environment. It was a pleasure to be her student for the term.

  10. lindsay@western-star.co.uk

    4 out of 5

    Loved this course, meeting the other students, and found the instructor Belinda really lovely and personable. My only complaint is the lack of a sensible follow-on course (a complaint expressed by my fellow students as well).

    • charles.rawlinson@bathcollege.ac.uk

      Dear Lindsay, thank you for your review and in response to requests for a follow-on course you will find Part 2 (S93SEW1-BEL1B1718) is now available.

      Anna Dawson
      Love2learn Co-ordinator

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