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Hand Stitching & Sewing Techniques

  • Overview of the course

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    This is a course for students that would like to learn hand sewing skills from basic dressmaking stitches to embroidery. You will start by learning techniques and collectively put them together in a final sampler. You will need to keep a technical file of evidence with notes. This course is designed for all levels or experience.
  • What you'll learn

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    You will cover these areas:
    • Become familiar with sewing techniques related to dressmaking, basic hem stitches, even basting, irregular basting and diagonal basting.
    • Develop basic skills and methods for hand sewing, back stitch, stab stitch, prick stitch and saddle stitch, overcast and whip stitch, tailor tacks and thread marks
    • Explore embellishment hand stitches, chain stitch, blanket stitch and buttonhole stitch, herringbone and slip stitch, a blind hem, bound hem and rolled hem, shirt buttons, hand stitched zipper, blanket stitch, french knot, straight, bullion knot, chain, long and short stitch, satin stitch, fish bone, woven wheel, lazy daisy.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will agree an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) with your tutor identifying what you want and need to gain from the course. You will build up a folder of work which shows the range of skills and knowledge you have developed. You will receive supportive feedback throughout the course and track your progress through your Individual Learning Plan.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    This course is a practical creative course. As well as working independently, you will also be working in groups. The tutor will be demonstrating and accessible for advice at all times during the session.

    A ring binder folder to keep your work organised is essential.

    You will need:
    • A basic sewing kit
    • A file and plastic wallets to keep a portfolio of evidence
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    In the first instance please send a message to
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    Use the yellow 'enrol' button to request to join this course.
    Please note: if you enrol without meeting the course entry requirements your place may be cancelled and a refund provided.
  • Groups and Times

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    Location: Deane & Derby Community Learning Centre. Group: A. First class: 25 March 2025. Last class: 03 Jun 2025
    • Tuesday : 13:00 - 16:00
  • Future opportunities

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    You can progress onto the accredited NCFE Level 1 Dressmaking course.

    Other courses available to support your learning:
     Free English and maths courses for those who have not yet attained a grade at C at GCSE (grade 4 equivalent)
     Free digital literacy courses for beginners in computing and tablets
     Free positive steps to wellbeing courses to support improved mental wellbeing, health and confidence
     A range of employability skills courses

    Information, advice and guidance is available at all Bolton College centres. Our Adult Community Learning Job Coach is available to support learners who are seeking employment
  • Course Fees

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    Tuition Fee: £75.00

    Courses fees are subject to change.
  • Additional Information

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    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, pleasecontact us via our Live Chat service available on any page of our website.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must provide evidence of their existing qualification at enrolment. Learners may not be able to enrol if this information is not provided when requested. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one applies to the exams you took):


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    Bolton College works hard to ensure that the information provided is accurate.
    All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Studying at College

    The health and safety of our learners and staff is still very important to us and so there may continue to be an element of study outside of the classroom during the, academic year. The proportion of these hours will depend on the individual qualification(s) being undertaken. You must do the work set during these times or it will impact your progress on the course and therefore your achievement.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact the Recruitment & Relations Manager at

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, a member of the Reception Team or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or via
  • Disclaimer

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    Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    13:00 - 16:00
    2.50 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    8 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane & Derby Community Learning Centre

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