Servicing & Maintaining Sewing Machines 

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An Introduction to Servicing & Maintaining Sewing Machines    £295 (per person)
This is a one day face to face course 

This course can also be run as a bespoke course. Find out more

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Dates for this course

7th February 2023, 10am - 4pm, St. Marylebone Sixth Form Site, London, W1U 4AZ
(note there's no onsite parking - see information on parking & other travel options)


21st February 2023, 10am - 4pm, Bolton School, Bolton, BL1 4PA


10th July 2023, 10am - 4pm, Coles Sewing Centre, Nottingham, NG1 1EH
(note there's no onsite parking - see information on parking & other travel options)

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Booking a place

Bookings are made via our ‘shop’ website called BoydCreate. A new window will open on BoydCreate when you click the ‘Book Now’ button above.

  1. You can book and pay online in one transaction.
  2. Purchase order bookings are also done via the ‘Book Now’ button. You will be given the option to add a purchase order number and we will invoice you with details on paying via BACs. If you are unable to book online contact us.

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  • Understanding how to carry out basic servicing and maintenance of a sewing machine
  • Consider common issues and problems when using sewing machines in education setting
  • Creating a servicing & repair programme that uses funding in the most cost effective way

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The course is designed for technicians in education settings but teachers can attend.

This course is led by Paul Boyd along with Neil Coles from Coles Sewing Centre. Hear engineer Neil from Coles Sewing Centre talk about the course content. 

  • This is an introductory course where participants learn the basics when servicing and maintaining a domestic sewing machine. This 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.
  • Learn how to keep machines at maximum efficiency through simple regular checks. 
  • Get tips from experts on managing the use of machines in a busy education setting. 
  • 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. 
  • Learn how to use machines that don’t work to repair other machines. 
  • Find out what to look for when investing in new machines and how to make money from 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 basic equipment and resources so you can get started straight away.
  • No previous experience is necessary.

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Resources participants get

Take away basic equipment and supporting resources to get started straight away on your return to your organisation:

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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:

  • This course is not a certified qualification course. Any certificate provided on the course indicates attendance at the course only. 
  • 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. The course content must also not be used in any way on a commercial basis. 
  • The course doesn’t completely replace the need for a full service programme by a qualified engineer, but the advice given 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 in education settings at key busy times. 
  • The course doesn’t include aspects of electrics, PAT testing, hydraulics or timing and calibration. 
  • Participants 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 this must be mentioned at the time of booking and no particular brand or type of machine can be guaranteed. 

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What participants say about this course: 

  • Well structured, good pace, very informative & interesting, good demonstrations 
  • 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. 
  • 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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