40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know

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Instructor Gail Yellen, Sewing Expert
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Course No. 4021
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What Will You Learn?

  • numbers Examine staystitching, understitching, and topstitching techniques.
  • numbers Learn about bindings and facings, cut, join, and attach binding strips and create perfect inside and outside curves.
  • numbers Discover excellent gathering tips and construction methods for flat-constructed and set-in sleeves.
  • numbers Get tips for zipper installation, automatic buttonholes, and bound buttonholes.

Course Overview

The secret is in the details! In this course produced by Craftsy—the popular online educational site dedicated to creative projects of all types—you join instructor Gail Yellen as she shares her best sewing tips and tricks to establish and refine your skills. With Gail's key finishing techniques, you'll make garments that drape and hang beautifully. Learn to sew more efficiently, successfully, and creatively as you create professional stitches, bindings, buttonholes, and zippers that will transform your garments from homemade to stylish. You'll learn insider's tips for making set-in and flat-constructed sleeves that fit beautifully and add an elegant line to the shoulder.

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8 lectures
 |  Average 32 minutes each
  • 1
    Pressing Matters
    Meet Gail, your instructor, and work with your iron to get amazing pressing results with woven fabrics and knits in a variety of ways. x
  • 2
    Stitch Perfect
    In this lesson, Gail walks you step by step through staystitching, understitching, and topstitching techniques. x
  • 3
    Curves & Corners
    Learn efficient ways to sew, grade, clip, and press tricky curves and corners. x
  • 4
    Interfacing Tips
    Choose the best interfacing for your garment, fuse full pattern pieces, learn block fusing, and reinforce shoulder seams. x
  • 5
    Beautiful Bindings
    Learn about bindings and facings; cut, join and attach binding strips; and create perfect inside and outside curves. x
  • 6
    Sleeves Made Simple
    Discover excellent gathering tips and construction methods for flat-constructed and set-in sleeves. x
  • 7
    Getting Closure
    Finish off your garments expertly as Gail shares tips for zipper installation, automatic buttonholes, bound buttonholes (even faux ones!), and making your custom covered buttons. x
  • 8
    Bonus Tip
    In this bonus tip, Gail shows you how to sew small circles and steep curves with ease! x

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  • Class materials booklet, including a template for making your own swatch notebook
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Gail Yellen

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Gail Yellen, Sewing Expert
Gail Yellen is an independent pattern designer, author and an active member of the American Sewing Guild. She's been drawn to sewing since childhood, when one of her most treasured belongings was the dress her grandmother made for her first day of kindergarten.
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40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good explanations I have sewn a long time, and some of the tips I new. However, they were all presented with clear reasons a step is done. I learned some new ways of doing things, like zippers, as well as easier ways to complete a garment and make is look professional. I enjoyed her personality.
Date published: 2020-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learning new things Didn't think there was anything left to learn about sewing-but I was wrong! Have been pressing wrong my whole life, and that's just the beginning. Can't wait to watch the rest, then get in there and sew correctly.
Date published: 2020-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gail tips are smart instruction I was very glad that I took the time to absorb slowly each and every stage . Gail was easy to understand and she knows her craft . I learned something invaluable which i never considered before was the key aspect to all projects is your as good as your tools , and one takeaway was the iron and the importance to owning a good one . mine is not so good. I HAVE DONE ONLY HAND SEWING so my quest next step is to actually set up this new sewing machine and to proceed. thank you G ail you are a terrific instructor ./
Date published: 2020-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So happy with this course I’ve only seen the first 2 lessons but the refresher information is so good. It’s been 40 years since I first had this information presented to me and I’ve forgotten some of theses lessons. But now I’m sewing again thanks for posting this class
Date published: 2019-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know Very valuable.It is a good review and even a proficient sewer can learn, or re-learn, one or more techniques.
Date published: 2019-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting material for a newbie This is great reference material and interesting. It gave me a new perspective of next project
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of great tricks of the trade Well worth the investment. As a new owner of a sewing machine there was a lot of questions that this course answered.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent review of basics This course is great if you have been away from sewing for a while. It is an excellent review of the necessary basics so many sewers today do not know. For example how to properly iron a a shirt collar before finish stitching.
Date published: 2018-01-29
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