Sewing (Basic)

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Student sewing

This series of courses has been designed for anyone interested in learning to sew or developing their existing sewing skills. Learn how to read a pattern, proper fitting and measuring techniques and even the basics of how to use a sewing machine.

Learning to construct basic garments is key to enhancing your sewing skills. In each course, you will develop clothing for yourself or others, including pants or shorts, collarless shirt or top, dressmaking, jacket making, and more. While creating each article of clothing, specific techniques and best practices will be studied.

This is also a great lead-in to the Dressmaking Certificate, which has a greater emphasis on fitting and altering patterns to achieve a professional standard and developing expertise with different fabrics and textures while constructing garments.

You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admissions & Registration tab).

Interested in taking a single course? No problem. Provided you have the appropriate prerequisites, these courses can be taken individually or as part of the full program.

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  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

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Mandatory Courses

Course Number Course Name Course Description
TEXTHC027 Sewing - Introduction Tackle a simple project and gain basic skills in operating a sewing machine. A great stepping stone for future participation in other sewing courses and the Dressmaking Certificate program. 10 hours.
TEXTHC177 Basic Sewing 1 Develop skills in pattern reading, preparing the fabric, measuring, marking, pressing and machine sewing as you make a pair of elasticized shorts or pants. Patterns and fabric suggested. 10 hours.
TEXTHC203 Basic Sewing 2 Develop new skills in measuring, easy set in sleeves, facings, interfacings and finishing details by making a simple collarless shirt or top. Patterns and fabric suggested. 10 hours.
TEXTHC322 Basic Sewing 3 Continue to develop sewing skills by constructing a sleeveless or semi-fitted dress with set in sleeves and explore new techniques for zippers, easy fitting, hem and neck finishing. Patterns and fabric suggested. 13 hours.
TEXT10023 Basic Sewing 4 Make this semi fitted jacket that has simple lines with either a short cut- on sleeve or 3/4 length sleeves which will suit anyone. This project works up quickly and will enhance your skills in measuring, layout, cutting, top stitching and construction. Pattern and fabric suggested. 13 hours.
TEXT10024 Basic Sewing 5 Challenge yourself more with new sewing skills! Enhance your wardrobe with a casual and trendy "Hoodie" jacket with either a zippered or buttoned center front. Patterns will be suggested. 13 hours.


Supplies are required for these courses and it is the responsibility of the student to bring their own materials. A list of materials required will be provided via email before the course starts. If you would like more information, or an advanced list of materials, please contact us.

Interested in a workshop?

Non-credit workshops may be offered. Visit our Workshops page for details.