Absolute Beginner sewing course Level 1


ABSOLUTE BEGINNER SEWING COURSE (18 HOUR course over the duration of 6 weeks)

Weekdays R2500.00 per course | Weekends R3000.00 per course

3 HOUR class once a week for 6 weeks

This course is created for people who have little to no sewing experience. We will equip you with the skills and language of essential sewing to enable you to understand and complete not only one but two garments. In this course you will learn how to make an elasticated half-circle (flared) skirt with hidden pockets from scratch, gaining the knowledge in creating your own pattern. After completing the skirt, students will have the opportunity to sew Pajama pants as well, learning the technique of constructing pants.

 In the introduction to sewing course for beginners, you will learn the following:

  1. Sewing machine and Overlocker
    • How to thread and operate a sewing machine.
    • The thrill of operating an Overlocker.
  2. The Theory of sewing
    • Sewing Golden rules as a dressmaker / tailor; the difference between woven and knitted fabrics; measuring, marking and cutting tools; hand sewing needles and pins; what is haberdashery; the quality of threads; stitch length & width; the importance of pressing and ironing; directional / stay stitching; under-stitching; the placing, pinning and cutting of pattern pieces onto fabric using grain lines and selvages; transfer of pattern markings; how to draft your own pattern using your measurements; how to use the various interesting features on the sewing machine; how to construct trousers; hidden pockets & elasticated waistband on a garment; how to sew straight stitches, zigzag, decorative machine stitches, and backstitching; seams; seam finishes; how to pivot a corner; how to layer / grade enclosed seams; stitching a curved hemline; buttonholes & buttons.
  3. Practical Samples
    • Straight stitching and different decorative stitches.
    • How to make a buttonhole & sew on a button with the sewing machine.
    • Seams (open Seam; closed seam).
    • Pivoting a corner.
    • Gathering.
    • Convex & Concave enclosed seams.
    • Directional / Stay-stitching.
    • Hidden pocket & Under-stitching.
    • Curved Hemline.
    • Lapped Zip.
  4. Create and construct: 
    • 1 x Half-circle (flared) skirt with an elasticated waistband & hidden Pockets.
    • 1 x PJ pants with an elasticated waistband.


  • Sewing box with all the necessary sewing equipment, to the value of R500.00.(YOURS TO KEEP)
  • Fabric, zip, & button for the sewing samples.
  • Theory manual & A4 document wallet for storage.
  • The use of our Sewing Machines.
  • Paper for drafting your pattern.
  • The use of our unisex Pajama pants pattern.


  • FABRIC, elastic and thread for the garments the student will be making.
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