Sewing Diploma Course

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What will you learn?

With this Online Sewing Course, you'll learn basic and advanced sewing techniques, a range of machine and hand stitching types, the equipment you need and how to use it, how to measure correctly and choose the right fabrics, how to follow commercial patterns and create your own, and how to build your own dressmaking or seamstress business. You’ll even put your new-found skills to practice in 8 guided projects to get your portfolio started off.

For some, the most off-putting part of learning to sew is getting to grips with the sewing machine itself. The Sewing Diploma Course begins by removing all trepidation, teaching you the basic parts and functions of your sewing machine, no matter which brand you have. You will quickly learn how to operate a sewing machine, including how to thread the bobbin and thread your sewing machine, and even gain the confidence to troubleshoot any minor problems that may arise, and understand how to care for your machine.

Another area that may at first seem baffling, is the array of tools available to the sewer. The course introduces you to the basic tools and accessories that you need to have in your sewing basket and outlines what each does.

Before working on a garment for yourself or a client, it is important to take accurate measurements. You will learn how to correctly measure women and men and the importance of rechecking measurements as years go by, to allow for changes in weight or body shape.

Although the Sewing Course will teach you how to create your own custom-made projects, a great way to learn the basic principles of garment creation is by following commercial patterns. A skill every good sewer should possess, following commercial patterns, offers hands-on practice of the sewing techniques that you will use in with your own designs. This course shows you how to understand and follow commercial patterns.

Choosing a fabric for your project is an important step, as choosing incorrectly can ruin the look and feel of what you had envisaged. This course reviews natural and man-made fabrics, explaining the characteristics of various types of each and the ways in which they should be prepared for a project.

The Sewing Course provides practical instruction on basic and advanced sewing techniques including pressing, pinning, cutting, and marking fabric, how to insert a zipper, make buttonholes, and how to sew closures, such as hooks-and-eyes and snaps.

Basic hand and sewing machine stitches are covered comprehensively. Although sewing machines can sew many types of stitch, it is still important to learn how to make very basic hand stitches, as there are instances when machine sewing would be too aggressive for the fabric type or more difficult to use. You will learn how to employ a variety of hand and machine stitches and gain an understanding of when each should be used.

Whether you think you can draw or not, sketching is the quickest and most effective way of getting your ideas down and finessing them, making it an important skill to develop. You will learn the simple steps to getting an idea out of your mind and onto pattern paper, ready to be made.

The course takes all the skills you have learned and combines them into several projects for you to follow, all of which will help you to develop the various techniques you have learnt. Each project gives you a summary of the item that you will make, the materials you’ll need, and the skills you’ll develop, before giving you step-by-step guidance on how to create the piece. The fully-guided projects included in the course are:

  • Small Decorative Pillow
  • Placemat
  • Patchwork Table runner
  • Headband
  • Fashion Scarf
  • Pouch
  • Pin Cushion
  • Infinity Scarf

With your new skill set in place, the online Sewing Course provides you with advice on setting up a business selling your items and services. You will learn how to find your niche, devise a business plan and create goals, track expenses and sales, and advertise and market your business.

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Sewing Machine Basics
  • Part 2: Basic Sewing Machine Parts
  • Part 3: The Basic Sewing Machine
  • Part 4: Setting Up a Sewing Station
  • Part 5: Troubleshooting Your Sewing Machine
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Essential Items for Successful Sewing
  • Part 2: Essential Items for Marking and Cutting
  • Part 3: Essential Items for Measuring and Pressing
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Precise and Accurate Measurements
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Many Types of Commercial Patterns
  • Part 2: Cutting Pattern Pieces
  • Part 3: Selvage and Grain
  • Part 4: Interfacing and Lining
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Types of Fabric
  • Part 2: Man-Made Fibres
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Techniques
  • Part 2: Pinning and Cutting your Pattern
  • Part 3: Cutting and Marking Lining
  • Part 4: Ironing Interface and Lining
  • Part 5: Attaching Lining to Material
  • Part 6: Stitching Pivot Points
  • Part 7: Top Stitching Panels
  • Part 8: Joining Seams
  • Part 9: Attaching Belt Loops
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Hand Sewing Techniques
  • Part 2: Creating Back Stitches
  • Part 3: Sewing Machine Techniques
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Circles, Curves and Fasteners
  • Part 2: Pleats and Darts
  • Part 3: Buttonholes and Buttons
  • Part 4: Snaps and Hooks and Eyes
  • Part 5: Sewing a Zip into a Cushion
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Simple Sketching and Pattern Making
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Making a Basic Pillowcase
  • Decorative Pillow
  • Patchwork Placemat
  • Patchwork Table Runner
  • Headband
  • Fashion Neck Scarf
  • Pouch
  • Pin Cushion
  • Infinity Scarf
  • Part 1: Finding Your Sewing Niche
  • Part 2: Business Bullet Points
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 18 Assessment
Who would benefit from the course?

This comprehensive and exciting Sewing course will teach you everything that you need to know in order to make your own unique creations. The course takes you from a complete beginner in sewing right through to being confident enough to get going with lots of exciting projects.

This course will benefit you if you want to begin a career as a seamstress or tailor and need a solid foundation to build upon or if you have already learnt to sew but want to brush up on your skills and make a profit from your talents with your own sewing business.

Cotton reels, wool, buttons, and fabrics strewn across a blue tabletop
Accreditations

The Sewing Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £25).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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In this sewing course, you will learn the fundamental principles and techniques of sewing, including how to choose fabrics, use patterns, and sew different types of stitches. You will also learn how to operate a sewing machine and perform basic alterations, as well as how to create your own clothing and accessories. You will develop the necessary skills to produce high-quality sewing projects, from simple repairs to advanced designs.

Yes! The Sewing Diploma Course is an accredited Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points. Upon completion of your course assessments, you’ll receive 2 certificates: a certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

Unfortunately, due to the subject of this course, we are unable to provide an audio-only version.

We have various other courses relating to sewing, including:

We also have a great variety of hobby and craft courses on offer.

The sewing machine was invented by French tailor Barthélemy Thimonnier in 1830. His early design used a single thread and a hooked needle to create a chain stitch, which was used for sewing clothes.  Later designs by other inventors added more features, such as the ability to create multiple types of stitches and to work with different fabrics.

Interfacing is a material that is added to a fabric to provide additional structure and support. It is typically used in areas such as collars, cuffs, and waistbands to prevent them from collapsing or stretching out of shape. It comes in different weights and can be made from various materials, including woven, non-woven, and knit fabrics.

In sewing, “nap” refers to the texture or direction of the fibres on a fabric's surface. Fabrics with a nap, such as velvet, have a noticeable difference in colour and texture depending on the direction in which they are cut. This can affect the appearance of a finished garment and may require special handling when cutting and sewing.

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