Course Description

Course Description
Due to the current and evolving situation with Covid 19 the delivery methods of this course are subject to change. there may be times when the lessons will be held remotely, via online live video calls, use of our Moodle area, private social media groups etc. By signing up to the course you are agreeing to this wide range of teaching and learning approaches; the lessons will be held in classrooms where this is usually the case, when it is safe to do so, and may be switched to online as the need arises.


For this course you will attend lessons online working on projects at home with group tuition from your tutor. Please do not buy tools and equipment until you know that the course will run.

Join us on-line, through the Zoom app,
You will need to have the Zoom app loaded on your computer or laptop or tablet and be able to access your sewing machine whilst seeing the screen on your device. You will be expected to understand the basics of using Zoom. Please have a practice before hand and make sure you know how to join a meeting, switch between gallery view and speaker view, mute and unmute yourself and raise your hand. (All very simple once you’ve had a quick practice!)

Please do not buy tools and equipment until you know that the course will run.

Dressmaking and Machine Skills:

Join us for this relaxed class where we will cover various functions of sewing machines and overlockers. You will work on individual projects and also work on some projects as a group.
Suitable for beginners or for learners returning to classes at the centre
You will need to purchase additional materials (please see section at the end)
Prosp Description
Learners will:
• Observe appropriate health & safety requirements in their own home.
• Demonstrate an understanding of cutting fabric with a pattern
• Experiment with different machine functions e.g twin needle sewing, decorative stitching, zipper feet.
• Create at least one item using these more advanced functions

We will be building on existing skills, learning some new techniques along the way for faster, more professional project completion.
We may cover some more advance overlocker functions ( e.g.roll hemming)

Prosp Learn
suitable for beginners and those with some sewing skills. Prosp Suitable
Learners will need the following tools and equipment please do not purchase until you are sure the course will run:

Learners will need the following tools and equipment:
. working sewing machine
• Pins
• dressmaking scissors or other sharp scissors that will cut fabrics successfully
• tape measure
• ruler
• paper and pen
see additional costs for fabric details

Some of your guided learning hours will be used to set the group and individual learning targets for the course. You will then have time to revisit these targets with your tutor to assess your progress.

Prosp Anything Else

Yes! You will need to purchase fabrics for your projects. DO NOT buy any fabrics until your course has been confirmed

• You will need some scraps of fabric to sew onto and experiment with and a selection threads for sewing.
• It is helpful to have a larger piece of fabric to experiment with, maybe a freshly laundered sheet or duvet cover you no longer use, or some calico.
• You may also like to have some smaller pieces of nice fabric in case we make some group projects (a pack of fat quarters, or a half M of a nice cotton or poly-cotton)
• If you are returning to the classroom from a previous course, you may like to bring a project with you ready for week 1 – or you can join in with whatever the class is learning.

• During the course you may like to purchase a pattern and fabrics but your tutor will advise on this at the time and throughout the course for other materials you may need. You may need to print off a small paper pattern during the course but you will be advised in advance of this.

Prosp Additional Costs
Your tutor can talk to you about other subject related course available. Your progression course is Q000041A.

Medway Adult Education works with many partners locally such as UCA and the University of Kent; information about their courses can be found in our studios, café and on Moodle. Medway has an exciting and wide-range of events, exhibitions and activities to inspire and help you make further progress - please see the community noticeboards in the Rochester centre and again on Moodle. Your tutor will be able to talk through with you individual progression options.
If you wish to explore your learning, work or career options, you can speak to a fully trained careers advisor on 0800 100 900. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
If you need further advice please telephone 01634 338400.

Prosp After
In order to get the most out of your course you will need to attend as many sessions as possible. We recommend at least 90%. If you do have a holiday booked during term time please let the tutor know in advance so that we can help you catch up on missed sessions and ensure that you still achieve the course outcomes. If you are unavoidably ill or unable to attend please contact 01634 338400 so that we can let your tutor know, and so they can send you any work you may have missed Prosp Attendance
The use of research online for suppliers and designs will be encouraged. Youtube may be another good resource.

Prosp Ictskills
Health and Safety Disclaimer

By participating in the online class you accept that you understand that dressmaking involves potentially hazardous tools and equipment and that such activity carries the risk of injury. You understand that it is your responsibility to judge your motor skills and physical ability.
It is your responsibility to ensure that by participating in classes and activities from Medway Adult Education, you will not exceed your limits while performing such activity, and you will select the appropriate level of task for your skills and abilities.
You understand that this is a sewing activity and you will need to be suitably dressed, you will need protect your work surface and be mindful of the correct Health & Safety processes when working with your machine. MAE is not responsible for damage to items in your house / home or person.
The creators, owners and distributors of this site and the material available MAE are not responsible for any injuries you may experience as a result of your use of this site and the material contained here on. By remaining on this site and/or accessing and / or using any material, you are accepting that you have read, understood and agreed to follow these basic instructions.

Prosp Health

Zoom Etiquette

You will be sent an email link with the unique meeting ID for the class.
You will need this ID to join the ZOOM hosted class.
Await the invite and then join the class

We are so pleased you are joining us – but in order for all of us to have an enjoyable experience it is necessary for you to ensure that your microphone is on MUTE throughout the class, which is easily located in the bottom left hand corner of your screen.

The exception to this is at the beginning and end of the class we will all say hello with microphone on UNMUTE, so that there is a feeling of being together in the class, so we will UNMUTE on arrival and then MUTE during the class - otherwise we run the risk of hearing people’s dogs barking, telephones ringing, sound feedback etc.

If you have a question or wish to share something with the teacher, please UNMUTE and ask.

At the end of the class you will again be invited to UNMUTE – so we can say goodbye.

To join the class

Open the zoom application and select 'join a meeting'. When prompted enter the meeting ID that the tutor has sent you via email.

Please join the meeting 5-10 minutes before the class start time.
The meetings are set-up to start with participants microphones muted.

Note the quality of the picture and sound will be much better from a laptop, tablet or PC– a mobile phone may be very small and the sound quality much less.

To pin the teachers video feed to be the one in view, hover over the picture of the teacher, 3 dots will appear at the top right of the picture, click these, in the drop down menu that appears, choose 'PIN video'.

Prosp Elearn
2.50 hrs per session
10 session(s)