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Course Syllabus

Course: HFST 1140

Division: Social and Behavioral Science
Department: Education and Family Studies
Title: Introductory Sewing

Semester Approved: Fall 2020
Five-Year Review Semester: Summer 2026
End Semester: Spring 2026

Catalog Description: This course is an introduction to sewing and is geared toward the beginning student. Individuals will use domestic sewing machines and serge machines to construct projects, including those that are designed to provide experience with service learning and sustainability. A portion of this class is individualized, allowing students to build skills from their own level of competency.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 2; Lecture: 2; Lab: 2

Prerequisites: N/A

Corequisites: N/A

Justification: Sewing is a valuable life skill. This class provides instruction on how to repair, repurpose and reuse textile items. It promotes satisfaction as a result of sewing for humanitarian aid. It gives students skills that may be transferred to entrepreneurial endeavors. It gives students an option for an elective course. This class in combination with HFST 2040 is similar to FCSE 1140 at USU.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will learn basic sewing skills by incorporating them into a project.  Evidence of completion will be seen in their finished projects. Instructor will evaluate the quality of the work.

Students will complete a Service Learning Project, which incorporates required basic sewing skills.  Students will be assessed on the completion of the project and the quality of the work.

Students will learn skills that will contribute to sustainable living and management of textile waste. They will be assessed by the completion of projects that involve mending, altering or repurposing textile items.

Because sewing skills can only be developed through practice, students will be given the opportunity to work on projects that are appropriate for their skill level, and that will contribute to their improvement. Through consultation with the instructor, projects will be selected and completed by the student. Students will be assessed by the completion and quality of their projects and the number of hours that they sew.

Demonstrations on basic sewing techniques such as seam finishes, curved seams, elastic waistband, neckline facing, buttonholes, zipper, basic hemming.Completion of student projects incorporating basic sewing techniques. Pattern selection, pattern fitting and cutting out projects.Experience mending, altering or repurposing textile items.Completion of Service Learning project.Individualized instruction as needed by students.

Key Performance Indicators:
Service Learning Project incorporating required sewing skills: 40 to 60%

Sustainable Wardrobe Project: 5 to 10%

Instructor Approved Projects:  40 to 60%

Other Assignments: 0 to 10%

Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Students are required to purchase their own supplies (i.e. fabric, thread, notions).

Pedagogy Statement:
Students will be taught using group demonstrations and individualized instruction. There are many skills that can be demonstrated using a camera and projecting the image onto a large screen TV. Points are awarded for attendance at group lecture/demonstrations.

Instructional Mediums:

Maximum Class Size: 12
Optimum Class Size: 12