Level 1 Sewing

  • Railroad Zipper

    The railroad zipper is probably the simplest zipper to install. It can be identified with topstitching that is stitched on the outside of the garment that holds the zipper in place.
  • Patch Pockets with Flap - Curved & Western

    Pockets are both utilitarian and decorative. This exercise includes two patch pockets; western & curved with top flaps.
  • Rolled Hems - 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", Finished

    Rolled hems are the most common type of hems. You can find them at the bottom of pants and sleeves. In this exercise you will learn how to properly execute a rolled hem in 4 finished widths; 1/8″, 1/4″, 3/8″ & 1/2″.
  • Bound Seam Allowances (binding)

    A bound seam allowance is a great way to finish the seams of unlined garments. It can also be used as a decorative feature of a garment.
  • Bias Facing with Topstitching

    Bias facing can be used when a smaller profile is desired around garment openings such as necklines and armholes. In this version of bias facing, the facing is turned to the inside of the garment.
  • Bias Binding with Topstitching

    Bias binding is a great way to finish open area of a garment. Similar to the bound seam finish, bias binding is mostly used as a decorative element seen on the outside of a garment.
  • Spaghetti Straps/Cording - 1/8" Finished

    Bias spaghetti straps are predominantly used as shoulder straps for dresses, but the spaghetti can also be used for decorative purposes. You will need loop turner for this exercise.
  • Piping 1/4" Finished

    Piping can be a really nice decorative detail. It can be found on the edges of bustier dresses and collars, but can also be used on many other areas of garments. You need a piece of cording or thin rope for this exercise.
  • Cutting & Joining Bias Strips

    In this exercise you will be taught to ways of joining bias strips. One way is for when the ends of the strips are cut at an angel. The other way is for squared corners.
  • Overlock Closed Seam (serger, 1/2") OVC

    The 1/2" overlock closed (serger) seam (OVC) is probably the most common seam finish. After sewing the 1/2″ seam, overlock/serge the seam allowances together and press to one side.
  • Cleaned Seam (3/4" to 1/2")

    Cleaned seams can be used when a serger/overlock is not available or desired. This finish also works well for unlined Jackets made with stable fabrics.
  • Sewing Basic Plain Seams

    These are the most common seam allowance amounts; 1/4", 1/2", 3/4" & 1". The home sewist may want to use a guide for these amounts.