40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know

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

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

Course Overview

The secret is in the details! In this course produced by Bluprint—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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  • 8 HD video lessons
  • Class materials booklet, including a template for making your own swatch notebook
  • Hours of close-up instruction

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Gail Yellen

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Gail Yellen, Sewing Expert
Craftsy
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 4.5 out of 5 by 8.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know Gail Yellen is an excellent instructor with an easy to follow practical and visual format. I was having trouble with a zipper and she helped me get unstuck with my dress. Using this course was like being in a classroom right in my study/sewing room---right where I'm set up. I'm so grateful that I can go to these lectures whenever I need help!
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I learned a lot about the importance of ironing as you sew
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know This show really was full of information that all sewers should know. It would help everyone from less experienced to advanced. The information is presented in a thoughtful and clear manner.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Improve your Sewing Technique This course has excellent content for those who have some knowledge of sewing, but it seems a little dated. It is the nuts and bolts of sewing, but not very high on the entertainment side.
Date published: 2016-09-28
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