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Sew Better, Sew Faster

Garment Industry Secrets

with Janet Pray
Sew Better, Sew Faster
Sew more quickly and efficiently, without sacrificing quality, once you’ve learned Janet Pray's garment industry secret techniques.

Let Janet Pray teach you garment industry sewing techniques that have been adapted for home sewing equipment. Discover these insider methods as you construct a chic, sporty jacket from the included “Jacket Express” pattern designed by Janet. Use an expedited construction order to build the jacket and develop professional pressing and finishing skills. Accomplish beautiful cuffs and collars without hand stitching, achieve accurate and even topstitching and learn when and where to use proper interfacing. Skip the basting and use few to no pins. No kidding. In the words of Janet, “If you like to sew now, when you get done with this class you’re going to love to sew.”

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Meet Janet Pray & Get Started

  • Janet introduces herself and the jacket you'll make using the pattern included with your class. Learn about your fabric options, choosing topstitching thread and interfacing, and the best tools to use.


Lesson 2. Preparing to Sew

  • Janet demonstrates her techniques for marking, cutting out and interfacing your pattern pieces. You'll learn how industrial patterns' seam allowances and construction order are designed to maximize efficiency of time and movement.


Lesson 3. Beginning Construction

  • You don't need pins to sew! Janet shows you the super-efficient technique that allows you to feed fabric through your machine without pinning first. She'll also explain how to set up your sewing station for maximum ergonomic comfort as you begin to construct the jacket project.


Lesson 4. Topstitching

  • In addition to reinforcing seams, topstitching adds a professional finish to your jacket design. Work with Janet as you topstitch sleeves, vents and pockets and finish the facings.


Lesson 5. Pockets & Shoulder Seams

  • Don't let welt pockets intimidate you. Janet walks you through the process of installing them. You also finish the shoulder seams of the jacket.


Lesson 6. Completing Yoke & Sleeves

  • Finish the yoke, sleeves and pockets along with Janet's expert tips. Did you know you can insert sleeves without pins? It might sound scary but once you see it, it makes sense!


Lesson 7. Cuffs, Collar & Facing

  • Learn the steps for creating crisp cuffs and a collar on your coat, including the "burrito technique."


Lesson 8. Finishing the Jacket

  • Your jacket will have a polished look once you finish the facings, add final topstitching and create buttonholes.

"I can't say enough about this class. I learned so many new tricks and techniques. Janet is a marvelous instructor and the camerawork was spot-on when I needed to stop to analyze the process. I can see using these tricks on future projects.

Thank you Janet and Craftsy, for this wonderful class."
avatar - MarshaClark
Lilburn, GA

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