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Sewing is the craft of fastening or attaching objects using stitches made with a needle and thread. Sewing is one of the oldest of the textile arts. For thousands of years, all sewing was done by hand. The invention of the sewing machine in the 19th century and the rise of computerization in the 20th century led to mass production and export of sewn objects, but hand sewing is still practised around the world. Fine hand sewing is a characteristic of high-quality tailoring, haute couture fashion, and custom dressmaking, and is pursued by both textile artists and hobbyists as a means of creative expression. Source: Wikipedia

If you have an interest in fashion and consider yourself to be creative, this may provide you with an introduction into the exciting world of fashion. Creating home furnishing such as curtain, cushions and tablecloths is of course another option as is upholstery making. Once you know how to sew, you are able to offer many different services from repairing garments, and designing and creating your own clothing, to creating home items such as cushions and curtains that you can then sell. Have you ever considered sewing soft toys to sell at markets?

Learn to Earn, Sewing
Learn to Earn is a skills development organisation that assists unemployed people become financially active by offering holistic training courses that provide work skills, life skills and business skills. Students are taught a range of sewing skills using industrial sewing machines. At the end of the course, graduates will have a range of sample garments as well as a workbook/portfolio of skills learnt.

Where can I learn?

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Cape Town College of Fashion Design
The College offers several courses and programmes that do not specify matric, but a grade 11 or equivalent is required.

  • Foundation Fashion Design Programme : This is a 30 week course designed as an introduction to the fundamentals of fashion design.
  • A number of short courses are also offered in garment technology, fashion design and digital fashion application.

Damelin Fashion Design and Retail Buying Certificate
Basic requirement is an NQF level 3 (grade 11 or equivalent) and mathematics at NQF level 2 (grade 10 or equivalent). This programme is designed to introduce learners to the fast growing and competitive fashion design industry. Successful learners are able to demonstrate specialised skills and techniques such as developing a design concept from conceptual stages through the process of designing, developing the patterns and producing the final garment using different finishing techniques.

Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion
This Academy offers a part-time fashion design course which is an introduction to the world of fashion design and develops practical skills for those who want to explore fashion as a career. This course aims to equip students with a basic set of fashion
design skills that they can apply in the real world. Requiremewnts are only that you are older than 18 and are proficient in english.

Fashion and dressmaking courses
Design your own fashion line, create patterns and sew your own clothes! Enrol on one of these fashion and dressmaking courses.

Heartbeat sewing dressmaking courses in Pretoria
1 day sewing course for beginners: Maybe you desire to sew and create,but you are not sure if you have enough patience for this skill, and would first try it before you buy into a sewing course, or even worse, spend a lot of money on a sewing machine you may not even use in the future. Or perhaps you own a sewing machine you bought a few years back or even inherited, hoping to learn sewing, but just did not find time to learn this skill. Why not come and enjoy a 1 day all inclusive sewing course?
Sewing for beginners: In this course you will learn the basics of sewing, and creating garments. If you have the skill of sewing, making and designing your own clothes, it means that you’ll never again arrive at an event and see someone else in the same outfit. There is no sense of greater satisfaction than holding your head up high while saying ” I made this”, when asked where you’re beautiful unique clothes came from. Sewing your own things allows you to have exactly what you want; you are not limited to in-store clothing. If you are a very creative person, re-cycling old clothes is a brilliant idea. Once you are nifty with a needle, you could transform your wardrobe over and over without ever really needing to buy more than a few basic items.
Advanced sewing course: Being able to sew at a more advanced level is empowering, entering a stage where you can understand commercial patterns on your own, make an expensive looking garment on your own, and learning to solve sewing problems on your own, is all highly satisfying.The secret to clothes looking good is fit. In this course you will learn exactly that, how to alter your pattern to get the best fit for your body type and shape. If it’s inexpensive but you’ve tailored it to fit you perfectly then you’ll look fabulous, however if it’s expensive but doesn’t fit, then you’ll look less than your best.

INTEC Dressmaking Professional Certificate
INTEC will show you how easy it is to sew for yourself and your family. Learning at home, in your own time, at your own pace. INTEC’s secret is simplicity – a carefully designed step-by-step approach. Easy-to-follow study material Our study material leads you from one stage to the next. Each study guide is fully illustrated, concise and clear. You may be able to start making things almost at once.

Would you like to earn extra money from home? Learn a new skill that will enable you to start earning money immediately? Our six week sewing course will equip you with the skills to do just that! You will learn basic sewing skills and have the opportunity to apply them by creating your own garments in class.

Intensive sewing course for beginners
Do you want to be able to sew your own clothes?
Do you want to start a small sewing or garment making business?
Do you want to be a fashion designer?
If your answer to any of the above questions is yes welcome to the world of creativity and independent thinking! Come and learn the basics of sewing, pattern making and pattern changing, dress making, alterations, curtaining etc. Sew 4 Life now offers an intensive “Sewing for Beginners” course. This innovative and customized course is offered over 8 weeks and a certificate is issued on completion. Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to sew their own clothes or engage in sewing as a business.

SEWAFRICA offers a number of options for individuals wanting to enter into the fashion industry. All of our courses are accredited by City and Guilds of London and the centre is registered with the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing SETA. SEWAFRICA have all the equipment and machinery needed to start a business from home.Statistically, 5% of graduating learners enrol in HE Courses at tertiary institutions around Gauteng, 73 % start their own businesses and 7% find employment in the formal sector. The two year full time course awards successful students with a City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Fashion Design. If a student leaves after the first year they can be awarded a Level 1 Certificate in Fashion Design. At the end of each year students participate in a Fashion Show at the Pyramid Conference Centre to showcase their work. First year students, design, make the patterns and model their own garments and second year students design a range and have models on the ramp.

SewEasy, Lyttelton
Looking for a new way to make an income? Want to know how to make your own clothes? Looking for a hobby? Come and join us for the BEGINNERS CLASS …. No experience necessary. What will you need? Only your creative talents and the enthusiasm to learn Your own sewing machine (We do sell machines too) IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A MACHINE – We do have machines you can use When is Class ? Classes available – (Option is yours) : Saturday Mornings – 8.30am to 11.30am Wednesday Evenings : 6 pm to 9pm Thursday Mornings – 9am – Noon How Long is the Course ? The Course runs for a 30 hour period You attend 3 hour sessions You can attend 1, 2 or 3 classes a week – until you achieve your 30 hours.

We are a boutique needle-arts studio, specialising in enrichment courses for adult beginners to advanced level students ​in sewing, pattern making & various other apparel arts related topics. THE SEW MUCH FUN STUDIO are proud to say we have been offering our 20 weeks Intensive dressmaking & our 12 weeks Absolute Beginners sewing courses for almost 6 years. We specialise in absolute beginners. Make sure you sign up with the right studio!

Sewing classes in Johannesburg
Sewing is not only a practical skill to know, it can also be an enjoyable hobby where you could design your own clothing and tailor it specifically for you, create your own bags, curtains, cushions or even fix your family’s clothing that has been damaged, saving money and stress caused by going clothes shopping for children frequently. Good sewing courses are hard to find and we can help you, since our users are able to review and rate instructors. You can be sure you will find great classes in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South-Africa.

Sewing courses in Johannesburg
Courses listed include: Design and construction, sewing classes from beginner to advanced and introduction to tailoring.

Stadio: Faculty of Arts & Design
Stadio offer a number of short courses covering aspects of sewing and fashion design. The short courses entrance requirements do not include successful completion of matric. When clicking on the link to Stadio given above, scroll down to their ‘Short courses’ section.

Stitch-it Sewing Centre
We are offering basic as well as drafting, designing and sewing classes. We especially cater for women who want to learn quick and easy ways of sewing simple garments, were patterns are provided.

Truly Truly Sewing
The Truly Truly Sewing School is a unique sewing school as it caters for anyone who wants to learn to sew. Whether it is to make your own bespoke clothing, or to simply hem a pair of pants or sew on a button.
Our courses are designed to teach sewing skills right from the basics through to advanced levels, progressively building sewing skills. The courses are hands-on where sewers learn by ‘doing’.

Uberglam School of Fashion Design

Fashion design, patternmaking and sewing sound like crafts that need advanced skills, but at ÜberGlam we bring out the artist and skill in any aspiring designer. We provide a relaxed and friendly, yet professional atmosphere with the focus on skills development and preparing students practically for those who want to start their own business or those who simply want to learn a new hobby or skill.  Courses on offer include:

  • Design & Construction
  • Fashion Illustration
  • 3-D Design & Handbags

Villioti Fashion Institute 

The Villoti Institute offers a numbef of short courses in the fashion dersign field, including the following:

  • Beginners & Advanced Garment Construction
  • Beginners & Advanced Pattern Engineering
  • Fashion Design
  • Styling

They also offer an online fashion design course and an online styling course.

Xela College of Design
Xela College offers  a two year, full-time Fashion Design Qualification.



Craft Academy videos
Our Sewing Craft Academy videos are all about togetherness, inspiration and creativity, catering for those looking to further their sewing skills. Featuring a whole host of video tutorials, you’ll find a wealth of information extensively covering all you need to know to advance in your favourite craft. Our ever-popular sewing experts and presenters aim to take your sewing to another level with detailed how-to projects, introductions to first-rate sewing supplies and technique walkthroughs. There’s truly no better way to increase your crafting repertoire! has free sew, quilt and craft projects, learn to sew articles, the SEW-lutions blog, Guidelines education articles and  My Sewing and Craft Room — a place to share your creative space! Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to receive notice of our monthly updates… and a great sewing article too!

We’re here to make it as easy and affordable as possible for you to start sewing or to continue improving your skills. Discover everything you need for your next project, with fantastic offers and exciting new products including great deals on sewing machines and fabric bundles, as well as project inspiration and over 100 free sewing patterns available to download online.

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Old Mutual Foundation
We have a hybrid funding approach which combines grant funding from the Old Mutual Foundation and loan funding from the Masisizane Fund, to maximise the impact of our investments, and increase access to finance and development support to these SMMEs operating in target sectors.Our primary goals are to:

  • Fund enterprises that will create permanent sustainable jobs
  • Benefit a broad group of black beneficiaries, as opposed to individual benefit
  • Develop rural, peri- urban and township communities

Masisizane Fund
We strive to contribute measurably to job creation that in turn contributes to poverty eradication in South Africa.  This is achieved through enterprise financing, encouraging entrepreneurship and capacity development thereby contributing to the sustainability of micro, small and medium enterprises.


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