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In 2013 The Stitching Academy was created in collaboration with Asos.com, DWP and Haringey Council to offer ABC accredited stitching skills qualification at both Level 1 and 2.

The course is taught by industry experts based at the Factory and caters for beginners who can then progress to higher qualifications, apprenticeships and job outcomes. The Stitching Academy is an ABC Showcase Center and is also Tick Accredited by Creative Skillset, the government body responsible for skills and training in the UK creative industries.

Level 1

FACTS
Course title: Stitching Academy 1
Course location: The Factory
Study level: Level 1 Award
Course days and hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm
Course length: 6 Weeks
Reference code: 500/4308/0

CONTENTS AND STRUCTURE
Stitching Academy is a six week course, where you can learn the fundamentals of using a variety of industrial sewing machines: how to set them up and use them safely, maintain the machines and identify the correct settings for the fabric. You will practice a variety of sewing techniques to produce a range of stitch samples, measuring, cutting and constructing a basic pattern, and learn to identify what is good and poor quality.

Using Industrial Sewing Machinery, 4 credits
In this unit you will develop their skills in the use of industrial sewing machinery. This includes how to identify the main parts of an over-locker and flatbed straight stitch machines, demonstrate how to thread them correctly, insert the bobbin, adjust the tension and produce a range of sewing tests.

Industrial Sewing Operations, 4 credits
In this unit you will develop skills in the use of industrial sewing machinery. This includes how to use a lockstitch machine to produce a range of seam and hem samples, join fabric with an over-locker and adjust stitch tension appropriately to achieve a suitable finish.

Inspection of Finished Sewn Products, 4 credits
In this unit you will learn about the inspection process involved when inspecting finished sewn products. You will then be required to demonstrate that you can inspect finished products.
This includes recognising what happens after a passed and failed inspection and identifying the relevant tools, machinery and documents needed during the inspection process.

ENTRY REQUIREMENT
• You should not be in full - time education.
• You should be working 16 hours or under/ unemployed in receipt of benefits.
• You should be a British citizen, if not proof that you are entitled to state funding ( e.g. proof of citizen of an EEA member state, proof of indefinite leave to remain etc).

HOW TO APPLY
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Felicity Nelson

TESTIMONIALS
"I have acquired fantastic stitching skills after completing 'The Stitching Academy' level 1 qualification, which meant I was then able to advance onto the Level 2 qualification where I am really developing my skills further with the help of our dedicated stitching technician and tutor. They have assisting me in a tremendous way to achieve my goals."
Felicity Nelson, Stitching Academy student

Level 2

FACTS
Course title: Stitching Academy 2
Course location: The Factory
Study level: Level 2
Course days and hours: Monday – Friday, 10am-2pm
Course length: 12 Weeks
Reference code: 500/5196/9

CONTENTS AND STRUCTURE
Stitching Academy 2 is a 12 week course, which provides you with the knowledge and skills to produce a range of valuable, in-demand and technical stitch samples. Our industry experts will guide and show you how to correctly use an array of different fabrics, to produce perfect collars and lapels, various pocket styles, and many other essential details with precise finish and pressing techniques.

Industrial garment construction, 5 credits
You will be introduced and taught how to identify and use specialist machinery and methods of construction and pressing, typically used in the fashion manufacturing industry. Based on this knowledge you will design and construct a jersey top, followed by a skirt with a pleat in a woven fabric.

Introduction to tailoring, 5 credits
You will gain an insight into the variety of styles for men's and women's tailoring, by using a range of machines and methods to produce samples in selected fabrics. You will be expected to research independently into the different construction methods used in the tailoring industry. You will design variations based on a tailored jacket and apply technical drawing techniques to communicate your designs.

Garment construction (Craft), 5 credits
You will use commercial patterns or blocks to produce a blouse or a shirt with sleeves, a collar, button and buttonhole fastenings and cuffs. You will explore current high street fashion trends and produce a sketchbook of fashion designs and ideas.

Relating fabrics to style and planning lays, 5 credits
You will research fibres and fabrics, apply fabric criteria to specific designs and produce lay plans. Handcraft tailoring techniques, 8 credits. You will develop handcraft technical skills and knowledge to use a range of techniques and processes to create samples including cuffs, fastenings (zips, button and button hole) and pockets. You will be shown how to select techniques appropriate to fabrics and threads this will link to the other units.

ENTRY REQUIREMENT
• You should not be in full - time education.
• You should be working 16 hours or under/ unemployed in receipt of benefits.
• You should be a British citizen, if not proof that you are entitled to state funding ( e.g. proof of citizen of an EEA member state, proof of indefinite leave to remain etc).

HOW TO APPLY
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0208 809 3311.

Rosie-Holden

TESTIMONIALS
"Stitching Academy level 2 has been fast paced, we have learnt so much in a very short space of time. So far we have learnt how to make our own lapels, shirt collars, pockets, mandarin collars, cuffs, plackets, waistbands and invisible zips....and we still have so much to come! I would recommend the course to anyone, not only is it enjoyable, but it is equipping me with the skills to make my own garments at home and in a professional environment."
Rosie Holden, Level 2 Stitching Academy student