Friday, August 26, 2011

Gossip: Online Class: Sewing 101

I think I have found a decent online sewing course.  If you have taken this course and can give any feedback, please comment!  I'm very curious to know how it went.   This course is provided by Universal Class and it made up of fifteen parts that start the student (and rightfully so) at the verrrrrry beginning of a learning to sew journey.


Here is the course outline:


Lesson One: Sewing Basics
In this lesson we will discuss how to:

• Pins, Needles and Thread
• Scissors for cutting, clipping and other cutting tools
• The Importance of Pressing
• Staying Organized

Lesson Two: Your Sewing Machine
In this lesson we will discuss: • Types of Sewing Machines

• Anatomy of a Sewing Machine
• Bobbins and Their Problems
• Maintenance

Lesson Three: Fabric
In this lesson we will discuss:

• Types of Fabric
• Warp, Weft, Nap, Right vs. Wrong Side
• Selvage
• Choosing Fabric for Your Garment
• Tricky Fabrics to Sew

Lesson Four: All About Patterns
In this lesson we will discuss:

• Choosing a Pattern
• Deciphering the Pattern Envelope
• Fabric Plus the Extras
• Layout Deciphered

Lesson Five: Hand Sewing
In the lesson we will discuss:

• Threading the needle
• Basting
• Hemming
• Buttons
• Decorative Touches

Lesson Six: Pattern Adjustments
In the lesson we will discuss:

• Basic Pattern Fitting and Adjustments
• Adjusting Tops
• Adjusting Pants and Skirts
• Fitting a Pattern, Muslin Mockup

Lesson Seven: Pattern Layout
In this lesson we will discuss:

• Pattern Preparation
• Choosing the right pieces
• What the markings mean
• Cutting out the pattern

Lesson Eight: Sewing Pajamas
In this lesson we will discuss:

• Choosing Thread
• Seam Allowances/Finishes
• Sleeves, Gathered, or Straps
• Elastic
• Hems

Lesson Nine: Sewing an Unlined Jacket
In this lesson we will discuss:

• Preparation
• Pattern Alterations
• Button Loop
• Collar/Lapel/Facing
• Button
• Hem

Lesson Ten: Sewing a Skirt – Part 1
In the lesson we will discuss:

• Fitting Skirts
• Pattern Layout
• Marking
• Darts

Lesson Eleven: Sewing a Skirt - Part II
In this lesson we will discuss:

• Back Vent
• Center Zipper, Finishing
• Waistband Facing, Interfacing
• Hems Around Vents

Lesson Twelve: Sewing a Shirt or Blouse – Part I
In this lesson we will discuss:

• Pattern Markings
• Interfacing
• Shoulder Seams
• Collar
• Cuffs

Lesson Thirteen: Sewing a Shirt or Blouse– Part II
In this lesson we will discuss how to:

• Cuffs
• Buttonholes
• Sleeves
• Hems

Lesson Fourteen: Sewing Pants – Part I
In this lesson we will discuss how to:

• Fitting Pants
• Pattern Marking
• Center Front
• Inner/Outer Leg Seams
• Lapped Zipper

Lesson Fifteen: Sewing Pants – Part II
In this lesson we will discuss how to:

• Lapped Zipper
• Waistband
• Hem – Machine Blindstitch

Wow.  Not a bad course for the price.  (between $40 and $65)  I am so very tempted because although I've sewn on and off for many years, I'll bet that I have picked up some bad horrible habits, and have also missed some important skills and tips along the way.  I could definitely use a refresher to remove the rust that has developed.

Here is a little bit from the course description:

"This course will take you through the very basic elements of fabric choice, how to decipher the pattern envelope and instructions inside, getting to know your sewing machine and how to begin expanding your wardrobe by sewing your own clothing, or clothing for your family.

Your first project will be to stitch together a set of pajamas where you will learn most of the basic elements of how you put a garment together. After that you will learn how to sew a jacket and a basic fitted skirt with a centered zipper. Then you will complete your wardrobe by learning the ins and outs of shirt/blouse construction that includes cuffs, collars, buttons, and buttonholes, ending with the creation of a pair of pants.
Once you finish this course, you will be able to fit patterns to your body, choose the correct size, and stitch together garments that you like and that fit you well."

I wonder if this would be a good course for teen home-schoolers?   I'll let you know if I decide to take it.

  

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