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Sew...The Garment-Making Book of Knowledge

Hand-Sewing Techniques for Garment Sewists

The World’s Easiest Custom-Fit Knit Skirt

 

Hand-Sewing Techniques for Garment Sewists

From Sew . . . The Garment-Making Book of Knowledge

By Barbara Emodi

  

Class Description:

This relaxing mini-class is for sewists of any level of experience, including very new garment makers who would like to learn the hand-sewing skills so useful in clothing construction. No previous experience with hand sewing is required.

 

In this class students will learn these essential basic skills:

 

  1. How to make a tailor tack to transfer pattern marking to fabric (p.198)
  2. Two techniques for hemming: the flexible catch stitch and the near invisible slip stitch (p. 202)
  3. How to insert a zipper by hand (absolutely the easiest way to sew in a zipper) (p. 203)

 

Students will leave class with a sewn sample of each stitch, including a zipper applied by hand, that they can use for reference when they sew.

 

This is an excellent bridge class between quilting and sewing and a terrific way to bring new and returning sewists into the classroom. So so many sewists, even those with years of experience in garment making, are not happy with their hand-sewing skills, and these are so easy to teach!

 

Very much a sit-and-relax class, this workshop can easily be combined with promotional events or with sewing-group meet-ups.

 

Class Length:
The skills in this class can be taught and practiced in 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

 

Class Supply List:

Supplies are very basic.

Sew . . . The Garment-Making Book of Knowledge by Barbara Emodi

• 8–10” x 8–10” squares of plain cotton of any color (with the edges serge-finished if possible for durability and to provide a finish to the raw edge for the hemming stitches; alternately one raw edge can be turned and pressed under for hemming)

• Sewing needle and thread

• Short dress-type zipper

• Scissors

• Optional: paper pattern pieces with markings (for teaching the tailor tacks)

 

Classroom Preparation:
This class can be taught to any size group in any venue. In addition to the supplies listed, the only other requirements are comfortable seating and good lighting.

 

Class Agenda:

This workshop can be taught entirely from the information listed on pp. 198 and 202–203 of the book, the stitches presented in the order given.

 

 

The World’s Easiest Custom-Fit Knit Skirt

From Sew . . . The Garment-Making Book of Knowledge

By Barbara Emodi

  

Class Description:
This class is a great introduction to sewing with knits for both new and returning sewists. Students will take three basic measurements—waist, hip, and preferred skirt length—and complete a fast-to-sew, custom-fitted, lined, elastic-waist skirt that doesn’t even require hemming.

 

Any sewist who is comfortable with either a serger or with sewing a simple line of narrow zigzag on a conventional machine can take this class. Note for sewing machine dealers: this is an excellent first garment project for new serger owners.

 

In this class, student will learn a unique way to make an elegant, lined, elastic-waist skirt and become more comfortable sewing with knit fabrics and with stretch stitches or a serger.

 

Students really enjoy this class because it teaches a clever technique to make a hemless, lined skirt in less than half a day. Because the actual sewing is so simple, essentially two long seams and an elastic casing with no hemming, any student will be able to successfully create a wearable garment with ease.

 

Class Length:
This is a single-session workshop of approximately 2 hours.

 

Class Supply List:
• Any light- to medium-weight knit fabric (students should purchase twice their waist to finished skirt length, plus about 4” extra for the waist casing)

• Sewing machine or serger

• Thread

• Pins

• Scissors

• Waistline length of non-roll elastic approximately 1–1 ½” wide

 

TIP: In addition to being a great get-to-know-your-machine-or-serger garment-making class, this workshop can also be used to introduce customers to sewing with knit fabrics and with the various knits you may carry in your store.

 

Classroom Preparation:
Room for individual sewing machine set-up is of course required for each student. Ideally there should be enough cutting room to allow at least two students to cut their fabric at the start of the session. Note: it should not take each student more than fifteen minutes to cut out this patternless project, working from their own measurements.

Class Agenda:

Complete instructions for the cutting and construction of this skirt are provided on pp. 51-52 of Sew . . . The Garment-Making Book of Knowledge.