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Sewing - Workshop - Sewing Stretch Fabrics - Using Overlocker

Course code: ICKU204P

Subject area: Homecrafts

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

Course time:

10:00 - 16:00

Days of week:


Course date:

15th Mar 2025 - 15th Mar 2025

Course location:

Gosford Hill School

Contact details


01235 555 585

If you have an overlock or serger machine and are not sure how to use it, then this course is for you. It will build on your existing sewing skills and increase your confidence on the use of this type of machine. You will need to bring your own sewing machine.

In order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to enrol at least 2½ weeks prior to the course starting. We will confirm course information two weeks prior to the start date.

Introduction to the skills needed to use an overlocker/serger effectively. You will learn how to thread and change the threads.How to adjust tensions and use different threads to create stitches for different uses. How to disengage the knife and how to use different attachments that are normally extra additions to your machine.

Please note you will need to bring your machine along with the manual/attachments/lead and foot peddle. (please ensure it is in good working order prior to the workshop)

Please bring an assortment of knitted and woven fabrics for practice: -You will need around 12 pieces of fabric about A4 size consisting of: medium weight woven cotton, cotton lawn, single jersey, double jersey, fleece, rib type fabric or similar, organza (or similar), satin, crepe or similar. NB. Some woven fabrics now have stretch(elastane) woven into them.

You will need to bring you sewing equipment.A4 file along with 15 plastic sleeves.

There are no refreshments available on site. Please bring lunch and refreshments with you.Free parking.

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

What next?
Oxfordshire Adult Learning offer a wide-range of sewing courses including: Dressmaking for Improvers, Quilting and Patchwork for Beginners, Roman Blind or Creative Cushions and Bags workshops
Entry criteria
Learners with sewing skills who have made at least a skirt or a blouse.Bring your own machine along with manual, attachments, lead, and foot peddle

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2024 prior to starting the course.

Fee information
Learners bring own materials.

Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

Course fees

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £57.60

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £57.60

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £28.80

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £28.80

Qualifications received
As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.
Learning & method assessment
Demonstrations/Observation. Practical exercises/samples.
Discussion, Q&A, Self-assessment,
1:1 tutor support tutor.
To track your progress and achievement you will be required to complete a short document.