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Module 1

In this Lesson, I go over the most common Tools and Equipment that are used in sewing. I cover the good, the bad and what each tool is used for.

Module 2

Learn how to find your way around your sewing machine, with explanations about what the knobs, buttons and dials are and what they do. I explain the accessories that come with your machine, how and why you will use them, and show you how to change the needle in the sewing machine.

Module 3

Next, I will teach you how to wind the bobbin and thread the sewing machine ready to sew, including information on safety around the sewing machine.

Module 4

Now we begin to look at getting the feel of your machine, and start building your confidence whilst using the machine. You will learn stitch length, sewing straight, reverse stitch and sewing in a curve.

Module 5

This Lessons covers how to do gathering, all about darts – what are they and how to sew a dart, plus zippers, including different types of zippers and how to insert a lapped zipper.

Module 6

I will show you how to take body measurements and the process to work out what size pattern you are in a sewing pattern, plus I will step you through the process of buying a sewing pattern. We will also cover how to read the back of the sewing pattern.

Module 7

This lessons focuses on the pattern envelope, and we take a look at what comes inside it, and what does all of the information mean.

Module 8

Next we learn to understand the instruction sheet and find out what all the abbreviations mean, how to lay out the pattern on the fabric, and what is a selvidge?

Module 9

I will teach you what is a notch, and why it is important when sewing your garment together.

Module 10

Learn all about marking, including why and where to place markings on the fabric.

Module 11

You will learn how to follow pattern instructions to put a practice skirt together, to ensure you are understanding pattern instructions.

Module 12

Learn how to set your machine to zig zag, and when you might use the zig zag stitch.

Module 13

Module 13 covers setting up your machine and how to complete a button hole.

Module 14

I will teach you the necessary skill of hand sewing, as you may want to create something special at some stage that requires hand sewing.

Module 15

The final module looks at sewing machine needles, including the different types of sizes and how to know which one to use for different fabrics. You will also learn how to clean and look after your sewing machine.

BONUS VIDEO!

This video is an extra special bonus to ensure that you understand sizing when cutting out the paper pattern.

BONUS BOOKLET – TERMINOLOGY!

You will also receive a printable booklet that includes all the sewing terminology that you will find in a sewing pattern instructions.

Intermediate

Module 1

  • Stay stitch – What is it and why we use it
  • Basting stitch – When to use this stitch
  • Facings – What is a facing, when do we use a facing?

Module 2

  • Why you need to trim the seam allowance
  • The importance of clipping
  • What is under striching and how to do it
  • Top stitching
  • Trimming the collar

Module 3

  • The difference between your clothing size and a commercial sewing pattern size
  • The cutting size can sometimes be different to the pattern size – this is important to understand
  • Understanding the instruction sheet

Module 4

  • How to move the bust dart if it is too high or too low
  • How to shorten or lengthen the pattern
  • Different ways to fold the fabric for placing the pattern, it is not always the same way that fabric is folded for placing the pattern
  • Understanding the straight grain.

Module 5

  • What is interfacing
  • When to use it
  • Which one to use

Module 6

  • Fitting the bodice and the skirt
  • How to adjust the skirt and armholes
  • How to adjust a gaping armhole
  • Changing a neckline
  • Lining – How to line a bodice or a skirt

Module 7

  • How to identify the markings on a pattern
  • Set in sleeve – Learn the easy way to to insert into the armhole
  • How to create a puffed sleeve

Module 8

  • How to create a waistband for skirts or pants

  • Learn the easy way to finish a waistband

Module 9

  • How to create a lapped zipper and trouser zipper
  • Version 2 of a lapped zipper – this is a better version of the original lapped zipper
  • Invisible zipper – once you master this you will never want to use another type of zipper again

Module 10

  • How to put together a shirt collar
  • How to put together a stand up collar

Module 11

  • How to put together trousers for any type of pants, including track suit pants
  • Learn the easy way to attach elastic into a waistline

Module 12

  • How to insert a side pocket
  • How to do an angled pocket
  • Pleats – what are they and how to construct them

Module 13

  • What is bias binding?
  • How to attach it?
  • How to make your own bias binding

BONUS: Tips & Tricks

You will also receive 8 sewing tips to make your sewing easier!

Pattern Making

Module 1

  • What is a Block?
  • How to take measurements for making the blocks?
  • What equipment is needed
  • PDF Downloads

Module 2

  • Drafting the Bodice Block

Module 3

  • Drafting the Skirt Block

Module 4

  • Drafting the Pants Block

Module 5

  • Drafting the Sleeve Block

Module 6

  • Designing from your set of Blocks

  • How to move the dart when designing

Module 7

  • Designing a new neckline

Module 8

  • Adjusting an arm hole

Module 9

  • Learn how to design 2 different princess lines, one from the shoulder and one from the arm hole

Module 10

  • Learn how to Design a strapless bodice – straps can be added to this design

Module 11

  • In this module, I will show you how to make facings for your designs

Module 12

  • Learn how to design 5 different skirts

Module 13

  • I will teach you how to make a waistband and short cuffs

Module 14

  • Learn how to design an angled pocket and a side pocket

Module 15

  • Discover how to design a shirt with a button front, facings and a collar

Kids

Module 1

  • What is in your sewing kit

  • Tools and equipment explained

Module 2

  • Getting to know your sewing machine

  • What all those knobs and buttons are for

Module 3

  • Safety when sewing

  • Winding a Bobbin, threading your sewing machine and starting to sew

Module 4

  • How to sew straight, reverse stitch, sewing in a curve and seam allowance

Module 5

  • Stitch length, gathering and bias binding

Module 6

  • How to insert a zipper

Module 7

  • Make a pair of elastic waisted shorts, using the pattern provided

Module 8

  • Make an elastic waisted skirt, using the pattern provided

Module 9

  • You can now attempt a fitted skirt with a zipper from the pattern provided

Module 10

  • Make a top that ties at the shoulders this will look great with the shorts and skirts that you have made!

Module 11

  • Learn how to embellish or decorate old or plain clothes. This is a great skill to have to make gifts for friends and family

Module 12

  • Learn to knit – wool and knitting needles provided