What skills will I learn?
This free class is being run in conjunction with the Tweeddale Youth Action as part of the Climate Challenge Fund. Our aim will be to encourage young people to think about textile waste and the environmental impact of textile production. We aim to explore ways of reusing / restyling existing garments, or reclaiming fabrics to make new garments or usable items. In doing so we hope to encourage young people to adopt low carbon behaviour and prevent good textile fabrics from going to landfill. Participants will gain an understanding of the sewing machine, and all the basic sewing competencies which they can take forward as life skills. We will cover many topics and sewing skills, including:
How to use the sewing machine –
- Bobbin and shuttle
- Threading sequence
- Tension regulation and when to adjust
- Stitch regulation, length, width, balance
- How to use different presser feet
- Finishing your raw edges
- Bindings, trimmings etc
- Using an overlocker/serger machine
- How to insert a zip
What will I make?
This is a chance to use your imagination and get creative! Express a bit of yourself – what you make is your own choice! Participants will bring along textiles and ideas, and learn the skills to transform, refashion and upcycle into something new and wearable or usable.
What do I need to bring?
The Youth Action group will be collecting textiles for upcycling, or bring along your own garments and ideas for alteration.
How will I be taught?
You will be given lots of tuition to become confident in using a sewing machine, some basic hand stitching, and garment or accessory construction and alteration techniques to complete your projects. Then you can get going on your own projects with lots of input and advice on how best to achieve your vision!. You may decide to make garments, bags, cushions, hats etc. There will be lots of fun developing new skills while helping to reduce waste, reuse and recycle fabrics .
Terms and Conditions for class bookings
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