Dressmaking – Learn to Sew with Confidence

Course Overview

Do you want to learn to sew with confidence? Try this Dressmaking course tailored for those seeking to develop their sewing machine skills or enhance their current skills!

We will provide a comprehensive exploration of techniques that will empower you in your sewing endeavors. We will cover the intricacies of various sewing machine feet, unlocking their functionalities and understanding their applications, also showing you the diverse stitches that sewing machines offer and their applications for different projects. The hands-on workshops will guide you through the creation of practical items, ensuring you gain valuable experience in applying your newfound skills.

By the end of the course you will have crafted a sewing machine cover complete with zipper pockets and a handle opening, as well as a large pincushion and sewing machine mat to complement your sewing space.

Elevate your sewing skills and enjoy a journey of creativity and confidence in the world of dressmaking!

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across Northern and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Blacktown, Carlingford, Chatswood, Epping, Mt Druitt, Richmond, and Ryde. Enrol now!

Learn more about this course

What you will learn

Course outline

The Learn to Sew with Confidence course involves a combination of teacher demonstration and student practical work.

It is intended that the course will cover:

  • Sewing straight lines using your guide plate and curves
  • Seam finishes
  • Variety of machine needles
  • Inserting a lap zipper
  • Changing sewing feet on your machine
  • Using different types of fabrics
  • Machine stitches on your sewing machines

Course outcome

By the end of the course, you will have the ability to confidently use your sewing machine and the knowledge of the different feet and stitches.

You will have created:

  • A sewing machine cover with zipper pockets and opening for the handle,
  • A large pincushion and sewing machine mat to complement the sewing items.

What you need to know

Entry requirements

This level is for the complete beginner and assumes no prior knowledge of sewing.

What you need to provide

You will need to bring:

  • Sewing Machine and the electrical cord, foot control and sewing feet. However if you do not have a sewing machine please contact the college as we have Janome sewing machines available for you to use during the course.
  • Notebook or plastic sleeve folder
  • Blue or Black Pen
  • Lead pencil and a sharpener
  • Tape measure
  • Light Blue Water less pencil to mark fabric
  • Berry pins
  • 30cm ruler
  • Hand sewing needles, large eye to thread
  • Fabric scissors
  • Paper scissors
  • 2 metres woven dressmaking printed fabric (no strips or checks)
  • 1 hobby fill small bag (1 only)
  • Two flat 1.5cm buttons to contracting the fabric
  • One 40cm zipper
  • Reel polyester thread to match fabric
  • 60cm iron on pellon/wadding (Available in Lyn's Fine Needlework, 2/9 Seven Hills Road Baulkham Hills. Ph. (02) 9686 2325 and The Sew Basket Newington, 5/2 Holker Street Newington NSW 2127)

Coming soon

There are currently no classes scheduled for this course.

Please check back later as classes are added regularly or get in touch for more information.

Delivery Mode

To meet the needs of our students Macquarie Community College balances delivery and engagement across permanent, regular and temporary delivery sites and offer face-to-face, remote zoom classes and self-paced learning options.

Ways to Study

  • On campus

Our college campus locations are:

    • Blacktown
    • Chatswood
    • Carlingford
    • Epping
    • Ryde
    • Mt Druitt
  • Virtual classroom
  • Complete workplace training
  • Combine ways to study


How you got questions? Please see our comprehensive FAQ page for everything you need to know about Macquarie Community College, our policies, student support, application and enrolment procedures.

How to Enrol

Step 1 - Choose Your Course

  • Select the non-accredited short course you are interested in.
  • Find a day and time that suits your schedule.

Note: Enrolment is open to anyone 18 years or older.

Step 2 - Enrol and Verify

  • Click ‘Enrol Now’ after selecting your course and schedule.
  • Enter your details on the enrolment page.
  • Verify your email through a secure link sent to your email address.
  • Complete the secure checkout and payment process.

Ensure you read the Terms and Conditions available at: Macquarie Community College Terms and Conditions. For assistance, call customer service at 1300 845 888.

Step 3 - Receive Your Enrolment Details

  • You will receive an immediate enrolment confirmation email upon successful enrolment. Check and read the attached Terms and Conditions.
  • The payer of the enrolment will receive a tax invoice immediately after processing.
  • You will receive a course reminder email a day before your class begins.
  • For Online Zoom classes, a Zoom link and password will be emailed the day before class. Use the same link and password for subsequent sessions if applicable.