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This course will teach you how to sew, further your knowledge of how to use a sewing machine and how to follow a commercial pattern to make a basic garment. You will learn how to choose a pattern, select and prepare the material before cutting it and taking body measurements. Bring your own machine (please ensure it is in working condition) or use the Berninas available. There may be a mixture of skills in the class but the tutor will cater for individual levels where possible.
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After leaving school, Carolyn attended the Home Science School at Otago University specialising in clothing. From there, she attended the Home Economics Division of Training College in Christchurch. She has taught both Foods and Clothing at several schools in Christchurch through the years and has taught Dressmaking related classes at Risingholme Community Centre for well over 20 years. In September 2017 Carolyn was awarded a certificate for “Exceptional Adult Educator” for her services to Adult Education.
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All courses need a minimum number to go ahead. If your course does not have enough enrolments, we regret that we will have to cancel and will let you know either by email or text. Please check your emails regularly. Courses are usually confirmed or cancelled 2-3 working days prior to the scheduled start date.
We may, regretfully, have to cancel courses if we do not receive enough enrolments, in which case you will get a full refund.
We may choose to close a course if there is a high level of non-attendance or withdrawals, in which case a proportional refund may be made.
Wherever possible, we will offer replacement or extended sessions to make up for sessions cancelled due to extreme weather, tutor illness or other unforeseen reason.
If you need to withdraw from a course and you inform us in writing, at least a week before the course is due to start, you will be eligible for a refund minus a $20 administration charge.
If you withdraw from a course at any other time, you will not be eligible for a refund. No refunds are given after commencement of a course to ensure course viability.