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:
- How to make a tailor tack to transfer pattern marking to fabric (p.198)
- Two techniques for hemming: the flexible catch stitch and the near invisible slip stitch (p. 202)
- 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.
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
• Optional: paper pattern pieces with markings (for teaching the tailor tacks)
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.
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.
From Sew . . . The Garment-Making Book of Knowledge
By Barbara Emodi
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.
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
• 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.
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.
Complete instructions for the cutting and construction of this skirt are provided on pp. 51-52 of Sew . . . The Garment-Making Book of Knowledge.