Intro to Servicing & Maintaining Sewing Machines 

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Intro to servicing & maintaining sewing machines

This course is designed for technicians but teachers are also welcome to attend. Although this course is targeted at technicians in schools it may be also be suitable for non education delegates to attend. See information below for more details.

This course is led by Paul Boyd along with Neil Coles from Coles Sewing CentreNottingham, NG1 1EH 

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6th July 2021 
10.00am - 4.00pm 


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What are the course objectives?

  • Understanding how to carry out a basic service of a sewing machine, along with carrying out basic repairs
  • Reviewing the use of sewing machines in a D&T department and identifying common issues & problems
  • Creating a servicing & repair programme to enable machines to be maintained in order to maximise funding

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About this course

Hear Neil from Coles Sewing Centre, the engineer who works with us to deliver this course, talk about the course content. 

  • Learn the fundamentals when servicing and maintaining a domestic sewing machine which can significantly reduce costs and downtime for machines at busy times.
  • Find out about fault finding and diagnosing common problems on a range of machines keeping downtime to a minimum. 
  • Learn how to keep machines at maximum efficiency and output through some simple and easy regular checks, and tips from the experts, for example, have you ever spent ages changing needles, threads and the tension trying to work out why a machine is skipping stitches? Did you know that if the metal surface of the hook where the bobbin sits inside your sewing machine is even slightly scratched it can prevent stitches forming correctly?
  • Understand how thread and needle choices impact on the quality of stitch. 
  • Find out about key oiling and lubrication points that keep your machines running. 
  • Advice on creating a servicing and maintenance plan for your organisation in order to reduce costs and make workload manageable. 
  • Delegates will bring along a machine from their department which they will service meaning they can apply their learning from the day to their personal context (it may be possible to borrow a machine but this must be arranged beforehand). They will also see other brands of machine being serviced. 
  • Learn how to use machines that don’t work to repair other machines. 
  • What to look for when investing in new machines and how to make money out of ones that no longer work. 
  • Health and safety issues to consider when using and maintaining sewing machines, including risk assessment guidance to enable organisations to create their own risk assessment documents. 
  • Take away the basic equipment and supporting resources to get started straight away on your return to your organisation. 
  • No previous experience is necessary.
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Who is the course for?

  • This course is designed for D&T technicians working in a school or college environment. The content targets this group and has specific information and guidance for this context. This course is always a popular one and priority will be given to bookings from education settings. 
  • Some users of domestic sewing machines in other contexts might find the course useful e.g. small business owners who make textiles products on a small scale using domestic sewing machines, small organisations and charities such as theatre & dance companies, scouts and brownies, home users. Whilst the content is relevant to non school or college based participants they should note many references and resources will be linked to the ways schools and colleges work. Delegates outside of education who are applying for the course may be asked about the nature of their business to ensure it is appropriate for them to attend the course. 
  • Note the content of this course is designed for personal use only within the participants organisation and must not be used in any way on a commercial basis. 
  • The course content is only suitable to support participants to do basic servicing and maintenance of their own machines and it doesn’t qualify delegates to be able to teach others how to service and maintain machines, nor does it qualify participants to service and maintain machines for other people. 
  • We can also run an in-house courses for groups of schools.  Contact us for more information. 
  • IMPORTANT NOTE FOR DELEGATES - delegates will service a sewing machine during the day and are asked to bring a machine with them typcial of the ones they have. A small number of machines are available to borrow but it is essential this request is made at the time of booking and no particular brand or type of machine can be guaranteed. 

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What resources do I get on the course?

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  • A servicing toolkit consisting of key equipment for servicing a sewing machine. 
  • Resources that support the day and which act as a reminder for key points, including short videos and instruction sheets that can be printed out or viewed electronically. 
  • Servicing & maintenance log.
  • Risk assessment guidance that can be used to develop risk assessment documents personalised to an organisation. 
  • A point of contact for queries linked to the course. 

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These points might help you identify if this is the best course to meet your needs:

  • Delegates will service a sewing machine during the day and are asked to bring a machine with them typcial of the ones they have. A small number of machines are available to borrow but it is essential this request is made at the time of booking and no particular brand or type of machine can be guaranteed. 
  • This course doesn’t completely replace the need for a full service programme by a qualified engineer, but the advice given on the course has the potential to significantly reduce the frequency and cost of servicing. It will also help reduce the amount of downtime for machines, which is particularly important for D&T departments at key busy times. 
  • The course doesn’t include aspects of electrics, PAT testing, hydraulics or timing and calibration. 
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What delegates say about this course: 

Well structured course, good pace, very informative & interesting, good demonstrations with advice

The practical strip down of the machines was very useful as this showed me how I can fix and service machines at our school in a comprehensive way

I found all of the sessions useful as I had very limited knowledge to begin with

I have more confidence and know how to carry out basic servicing of a sewing machine. I am looking forward to putting this into practice in my school. 

I feel confident that I can maintain the school sewing machines to a much higher standard than I previously could, and I am happy that I will be able to repair some currently broken machines. 

I feel more confident with the technical aspects of maintaining the sewing machines for my faculty and being able to create and follow a service schedule, as well as being able to advise textiles teachers and my HOF about requirements for servicing including more educated future purchase advice. 

A well thought out day full of advice and learning catering for all levels of previous knowledge.

Teaching staff were very knowledgeable.

I found the course to be excellent, relevant and very enjoyable.  Bringing a school machine meant that I was able to hit the ground running when I got back to school. 

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What’s different about our course? Why should your school release you?

  • Past delegates feedback on the significant savings this course can make for a department, along with a reduction in downtime of machines at busy times. 
  • Resources delegates take away can be used straight away and provide longer term support in the workplace. 
  • Tips from our expert engineer on simple things that make a big difference to your everyday routines e.g. did you know the presser foot should always be lifted when threading the needle to make the thread sit correctly between the tension dials making it less likely there’ll be a bird’s nest of clogged thread at the beginning of your sewing?
  • Our courses are known for their focus on real solutions for real classrooms with practical applications that really work and which don’t increase workload. 
  • Content is developed by Paul Boyd and Julie Boyd who have significant experience of working with and supporting D&T technicians in schools. The content of the day itself is delivered by Paul Boyd and Neil Coles, an engineer with extensive experience servicing and maintaining sewing machines in schools.  
  • Follow up email support is available after courses to help ensure delegates can apply their learning. 
  • Click here for more information on what makes our courses different to those of other trainers, along with tips on persuading your school to release you
  • For more information about this course email us

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