Sewing Techniques for Beginners – Inserting Zips

You will know how to use the sewing machine but maybe need a refresher on this and then aim to move on to learn sewing techniques used in the making of garments and home accessories.
Following the tutors? instructions and demonstrations in class, you will recap on setting up the sewing machine and the basic straight and zig zag stitches and backstitching. You will recap on how to sew straight using the machine guide and sewing the flat seam for inserting the zip. You will be guided step by step through sewing a lapped zip and an invisible zip for skirts and dresses, using appropriate machine feet.

Course Content

With individual use of your own or a college Bernina sewing machine, the tutor will guide you through recapping on how to use the sewing machine including winding the bobbin and threading up and then the basic sewing techniques used in sewing straight lines, and the basic flat seams measuring the seam allowances. Instruction through demonstration and handouts will be given through inserting a lapped zip and an invisible zip. Pressing and finishing will also be covered. You will have the opportunity to practise on samples within the class, using techniques learnt.
There are then other Beginner Techniques courses for you to progress to.
If you are an intermediate/ advanced level sewer/ clothes maker, you should enrol on one of our Intermediate - Advanced courses to get the best learning experience.
By the end of this course you should be able to:
- Confidently use the sewing machine.
- Demonstrate correct stitch length and width for basic straight stitch and zig zag stitch
- Sew straight and secure lines using the guides and the backstitch
- Insert a lapped zip into a seam
- Sew an invisible zip and complete the seam
- Produce a range of sewing samples for future reference pressed and finished.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

First Class Requirements

Bring a notebook and pen to keep your notes in and a small folder or plastic sleeve for any handouts. Also a sewing kit with fabric scissors, tape measure, unpicker, pins and needles in. You can bring your own fabric if you like and any extra zips

Additional Information


Remote Learning:
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