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Basic Sewing Machine Skills

  • Ages: 18+
  • Term: Autumn, spring
  • Length: 10 weeks


This 10-week course is the perfect introduction for machine sewing. You’ll be taught the essential skills and master the techniques needed to stitch your projects to life.

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What you need to know

Autumn 2024

Tuesday 8 October – 10 December 2024 (10 Tuesday evenings, 18.00-21.00)

Spring term 2025

Tuesday 4 February – 8 April 2025 (10 Tuesday evenings, 18.00-21.00)


Suitable for adults aged 18+.


Beginners or anyone with some experience who want to refresh or develop their skills further.

Experience or qualifications required

None – this is an introductory course. We have no formal academic entry requirements for our short courses.

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or 01202 363222.


Any additional costs

You'll need to provide some sewing equipment and materials. This'll incur an additional cost if you need to purchase one for the course. See the 'What to bring to class' section below for full details.

Additional materials and resources will be provided by AUB and is included in your course fee.

  • Notebook and pens/pencils to take notes
  • Domestic sewing machine (required for all sessions) ideally with the information user-guide/manual. Your machine will be electrically PAT tested in the first session
  • Basic sewing kit: small scissors, needles, pins, threads and a tape measure

  • You'll need to supply fabric, but your tutor will advise you on this as your course progresses, so we advise you wait to purchase this.

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About this course

This is the perfect starter course if you're new to machine sewing craftsmanship. Over 10 weeks you'll learn the essential skills needed to operate your sewing machine safely and effectively and discover your creative potential at the same time.

This course covers the crucial skills required to operate a sewing machine with ease. From understanding the anatomy of a sewing machine to mastering various stitches and techniques, you'll gain the knowledge and skills needed to bring your sewing projects to life.

Through a series of tutor-led demonstrations, discussions, and practical workshops, you'll learn the essential sewing processes and ultimately prepare yourself for future sewing projects.

Designed for both complete beginners and sewing enthusiasts, you’ll take a hands-on journey that involves mastering stitches, fabric-cutting and more complex techniques such as buttonholes and gathering.

  • Introduction to sewing machines and construction
  • Machine setup and maintenance
  • Stitches and stitching techniques
  • Fabric handling and cutting
  • Basic sewing projects

At the end of the course you'll:

  • Feel confident approaching projects using your new sewing machine skills and techniques to make strong, professional garments with decorative stitching
  • Know the anatomy of a sewing machine, with independent knowledge on use and troubleshooting
  • Have a comprehensive understanding and hands-on practical experience working with various fabrics, styles, and methods
  • Share and swap your work with others in the group, per each session, to support and inspire future creative ideas
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course
  • You can request a certificate to confirm your achievements, providing you've a 100% attendance record. To request a certificate please get in touch with us at and confirm your name and the title of course you've completed

Will I be assessed?

No, there's no formal assessment. As the course progresses, your tutor will measure your overall performance and offer essential guidance and feedback so you know how you're getting on.

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Meet your tutor

Molly Alice

Molly Cheeseman

Whilst completing her masters in Fashion Design from Winchester School of Art

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This could just be the start of your creative journey! After this course, you could further your sewing skills with another short course or look to the future and explore our creative qualifications that can prepare you to further your current career, enable you to retrain to an alternative career path or prepare you for future creative arts studies.

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