Sew Better, Sew Faster: Advanced Industry Techniques

with Janet Pray

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Breeze through your best sewing with more efficiency and less effort than ever. Prepare, cut, sew and finish professional-quality garments with advanced industry techniques. Read More…

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Class Description

Consistently produce impeccable results as sewing expert Janet Pray teaches you the techniques used in high-end ready-to-wear. Cut tricky fabrics with confidence and stack-cut accurately. Mark darts and pockets with no tailor tacks or tracing wheels. Choose the best seam allowance for any sewing situation. Learn sewing ergonomics to work longer with less fatigue. Sew perfect straight and curved seams with no pins. Understand when, where and how to apply interfacings without wrinkles. Insert flawless slot and lap zippers on your first try. Sew beautiful, bulk-free waistbands and facings. Finish crisp seams and pristine hems quickly. Make your best sewing more polished, faster and more fun. 

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Lesson Plan

40:15

Lesson 1. Introduction & Cutting

  • Meet your instructor, Janet Pray, owner of Islander Sewing Systems. Begin learning the secrets of industrial sewing right away as Janet discusses how to efficiently cut material for projects, even in multiple layers, and preserve your patterns to use again and again. You also see how to effectively mark your fabric and bundle project materials together.

26:59

Lesson 2. Getting Started Sewing

  • Revolutionize your sewing with a new understanding of seam allowances and how you can modify them to speed up your process. In particular, see how using a smaller allowance on enclosed and curved seams can make your project look more professional. Janet discusses how to set up your work space to improve your comfort, then shares the industry technique for sewing without pins. You'll be amazed at how much time you save when you're not constantly pinning and unpinning your garment pieces!

16:55

Lesson 3. Fusible Interfacings

  • Fusible interfacing is the key to properly stabilizing your fabric. Janet demystifies the stabilizing process as she reviews her favorite pressing tools and interfacing methods. Learn when, where and why to use interfacing and see how you can test your interfacing for successful results.

20:59

Lesson 4. About Zippers

  • If inserting slot and lapped zippers has you quaking in your boots, fear no more! Janet shares quick and super-easy techniques for getting those zippers installed with a minimum of fuss.

29:09

Lesson 5. About Waistbands

  • Eliminate the frustration of attaching waistbands with Janet's helpful tips. She'll walk you through the traditional sport waistband and flat waistband, then show you how to apply skirt facings before installing the zipper for a perfectly smooth finish.

41:05

Lesson 6. About Buttonholes

  • You can achieve perfect machine-sewn and bound buttonholes with just a little practice. Janet discusses optimal placement and shows how to get the right look on both men's and women's garments. Then she demonstrates how to thread-trace and sew a traditional bound buttonhole. If your garment has a facing, you'll see how to make the accompanying opening.

23:23

Lesson 7. Seam Finishes & Hems

  • Finish up your garment with two popular, enclosed seams — flat-felled and French — and learn how to create a quick and easy hem on straight and curved edges. No pins required!

Praise for Janey Pray's earlier class, Sew Better, Sew Faster: Garment Industry Secrets:

"I have lots of videos of factory techniques, but none that compares to Janet's Craftsy class. I had a chambray shirt cut out when I signed up, so I used her techniques to sew it. It was so nice to be able to go back and replay the techniques as I went along. I am so proud of the way the shirt turned out. The shirt is so professional looking and by the end of the sewing I had mastered sewing with no (or just a couple of ) pins, needle-distance-away stitching and topstitching. ... the videos are very clear and the techniques were easy to do. All in all, a class worth every penny! Thanks, Janet!"
- TimeToSew
Maple Ridge, BC, Canada

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