Sewing Basics and Beyond

Sewing Basics and Beyond

This course has no current classes. Please join the waiting list. Click here

Sewing Basics and Beyond - Sydney Course

Learn to sew or build on your existing skills in a class designed for the absolute beginner, those with basic sewing skills or the more advanced sewer. Master sewing basics and how to use your sewing machine, expand your sewing knowledge and skills, finish those unfinished items, have assistance with fitting or just enjoy the opportunity to sew with help at hand if needed. Students will be taught how to sew an item/s of their choice using commercial patterns. This course includes pattern selection, alterations, layout, cutting, construction methods and sewing machine operation. More experienced sewers will be guided through the construction of garments of their own choice and will be encouraged to explore new techniques. Participants should be able to complete a basic garment or item by the end of the course.

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across North and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Carlingford, Eastwood, Chatswood, Richmond and many more. Enrol online today or call us to have a chat about your options.

Course Outline

  • During this course the intention is that the following techniques will be covered, but not necessarily in the order given. Parts of the course may be adapted to suit the needs of the class.

Lesson 1

  • Choosing a pattern to enhance your body shape.
  • Taking body measurements.
  • Choosing pattern size and fabric.
  • Use and care of the sewing machine
  • Seams and seam finishes
  • Requirements for lesson 2.

Lessons 2 to 8

  • Students will work on their own choice of project, at their own pace. Skills learnt, depending on the needs of the student, may include:
  • Understanding a commercial paper pattern.
  • Altering patterns to fit.
  • Layout and garment cutting.
  • Marking fabric e.g. darts, seams, tailor tacks, tacking.
  • Pressing techniques.
  • Zipper insertion.
  • Buttons and buttonholes.
  • Hem finishes.
  • Garment fitting
  • Additional techniques as required by students

Course Outcome

  • By the completion of this course students should be able to construct a garment or item using basic sewing techniques.

What to Bring


  • Please bring a sewing machine
  • sewing machine manual, 50 cm x approximately 115cm wide broadcloth, poplin or calico (for samples)
  • thread
  • pen
  • basic sewing kit (see below) to the first lesson. A pattern and fabric etc will be required for week 2.

More Experienced Sewers:

  • Please bring a sewing machine, sewing machine manual, a pattern and fabric etc of your own choice, thread and basic sewing kit (see below) to the first lesson.

Additional Information

Suggested Basic Sewing Kit:

  • Scissors
  • Thread clippers or small scissors
  • Pins
  • Needles
  • Quick Unpick or seam ripper
  • Marking chalk
  • Tape measure
  • Scotch brand magic transparent tape 12mm wide
  • Lead pencil
  • Ruler (a 30cm ruler is fine)

Prerequisite: Desirable

  • This level is for the complete beginner and assumes no prior knowledge of sewing. It is also suitable for those who have some of sewing skills.

Delivery Mode

  • The class is delivered in a classroom.