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Improve your sewing skills while stitching up a chic, fashionable dress.
Sara Alm
Sara Alm
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Learn basic garment construction skills as you sew pajama pants that look and feel fabulous!
Nicole Vasbinder
Nicole Vasbinder
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Create the custom bedding of your dreams as you learn designer techniques for sewing decorator-quality duvet covers.
Laurie Medford
Laurie Medford
Get all the fabric and supplies you need to to complete your very first tote and dress. Plus, you can follow along with detailed video lessons in our Startup Library Sewing class!
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Getting Started
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We know from experience that a sewing box can get out of control FAST. So we took a good, hard look and determined that, aside from a sewing machine, there are really only 10 things you need to tackle most projects.
Sherri Sylvester
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Whether you're here to re-learn sewing or want to try out a fun project for the very first time, you're gonna have to thread that machine! It's confusing the first couple of times, but becomes second nature after that, so don't worry.
Sherri Sylvester
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When you sew clothes, you're probably going to use a sewing pattern. So if you're uncertain about how that all works, now is a great time to get past that. Here, we're working with a traditional printed paper pattern. But many of the same guidelines apply when you're dealing with a digital pattern too. Let's break down the essential info.
Irene Valle
Beginner Skills
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Ready to start operating your sewing machine? First, wind a bobbin, thread the machine, load the bobbin, insert a needle and attach a presser foot. Then, select a straight stitch, set the stitch length, and let 'er run as you practice stitching straight lines, pivots, curves and backstitching on no-risk paper.
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Once you've pretreated your fabric, you're ready to lay out the pattern pieces on the fabric for cutting, arranging them for the most efficient use of your cloth. Sara walks you through reading the pattern layout diagrams and aligning the all-important grain line, found on each pattern piece.
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It's important to cut the pattern pieces out smoothly and accurately. Using the tote bag class project as an example, Sara shows you how to cut with fabric shears. Then discover various techniques to trace the dart markings and transfer other key symbols from the pattern to the fabric.
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Underneath it all, interfacing supports fabric and keeps it stable in areas such as necklines and armholes. With so many varieties to choose from, Sara helps you drill down to just what you need. She even shares tips for successfully adhering fusible interfacing to fabric with a steam iron, an essential sewing skill.
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