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Look — and feel — good when you work out! Serge your own activewear wardrobe that’s tailored just for you.
Melissa Fehr
Melissa Fehr
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Start sewing as you learn to adjust stitch type, stitch length and stitch width for horizontal and vertical seams with different amounts of stretch. See how to sew smooth darts in knits, and get Ann's tips for pressing knits as you sew (yes, knits need pressing too!).
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Stabilizing shoulder seams is an essential technique for successful knit garments. In this lesson, explore the concept of flat construction as you insert a sleeve with both bodice and sleeve flat. Then, discover an easy yet professional neckline binding to use on a variety of knit tops and dresses.
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Meet sewing expert Ann Steeves and start class with a deep dive into the differences between knit and woven fabrics. Ann explains what kind of knit fabrics are best for beginners, and how to choose patterns for knits.
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Ann shows you how to lay out your fabric and pattern and cut accurate pieces with scissors or a rotary cutter. Then she shares methods for transferring pattern markings to knit fabrics, including her favorite: the quick tailor's tack made with a hand-sewing needle.
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The perfect pucker-free hem on a knit may seem elusive, but Ann shows you the way to achieve it! In this lesson, learn how to make a flattering, bulk-free elastic waistband for knit skirts or pants. Plus get tips on choosing closure options, including hook-and-loop tape or grommets for lacing, inserting zippers and making buttonholes.
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Sometimes stretchy knit garments still need fit adjustments, and the most common is the full bust adjustment (FBA). Ann ends class by walking you through a no-dart FBA, and offers smart tips for next-level styles and other knits to try.
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Sew fashion details with your serger, coverstitch and combo machines.
Linda Lee
Linda Lee
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Now, get ready for flatlocking as Linda goes over the guidelines for loosening tension successfully with flatlock stitches. See how to use them for overlapped seams, faggotting and decorative techniques such as ribbon-weaving through a ladder stitch.
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Find out how to work with fashion fabrics using a coverstitch machine, or the coverstitch feature on your combo machine. You'll create seams and hems that go beyond the basics, making the most of both chain and cover stitches.
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