Sew Smarter: 30 Professional Techniques

with Katrina Walker

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Step up your sewing savvy with professional techniques and expert guidance. Tame challenging fabrics and tricky sewing to create your most sophisticated garments yet. Read More…

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  3. Ratings & Reviews
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Class Description

Learn advanced construction and finishing techniques with sewing expert Katrina Walker. Use easy tests to understand how fabrics will perform and respond to pressing. Sew perfect curved and fisheye darts. Breeze through garments with lots of gathers without pulling threads. Simplify sewing intricate curves and corners. Cut and sew to match up complex fabric patterns precisely. Install professional facings, lapped zippers and truly invisible zippers. Tame specialty fabrics and sheers with seaming skills. Plus, hem slippery fabrics, sheers and even open lace knits. Upgrade your garments with advanced techniques for sewing complex projects, finicky fabrics and professional finishes with finesse.

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Lesson Plan


Lesson 1. Designed to Succeed

  • Meet your instructor, Katrina Walker, learn more about building your sewing reference notebook and review fabric factors that can affect your work and design decisions.


Lesson 2. Fabric Prep & Choices

  • Testing your fabric will help you understand how it will perform in your projects. Katrina demonstrates how to evaluate your fabric, how to pre-stabilize slippery fabrics and how to work with plaids.


Lesson 3. Darts & Gathers

  • A dimpled point is the mark of an amateur dart. Get some dart-sharpening tips, whether your darts are straight, curved or double-pointed, then learn how to create gathers without grumbling.


Lesson 4. Tricky Patterns, Curves & Corners

  • Match patterned fabric with Katrina's professional guidance and learn how to tackle sewing inside and outside curves with two great techniques.


Lesson 5. On the Edge

  • Polish your edges with fabulous facings, truly invisible zippers and lapped zippers. Katrina shows you how!


Lesson 6. Caution: Construction Area

  • Get a handle on tricky seams as Katrina shows you how to sew a welt seam, double topstitched seam, lapped seam and more. You'll see how to handle bulky or sheer fabrics and will practice on the exclusive chiffon capelet pattern provided with your class.


Lesson 7. Finishing Up

  • Hem up your finery with Katrina's expert assistance. Learn about bound hems, interfaced hems, baby hems and more. Even the trickiest fabrics will bend to your will!

Praise for Katrina Walker's Decorative Seams: Techniques & Finshes:

"This class is awesome for so many reasons; here are a few that come to mind first. 1. Techniques are arranged from easy everyday decorative seams to more specialized + skillful techniques. So even if you are a seasoned designer, you will still find abundant inspirations. 2. Exploring different presser foot options ... it is eye-opening to see the different options that can help me achieve different looks and designs. 3. Genius ideas along the way - Katrina shares her favorite tips and advice in the video and feedback. 4. Awesome examples and end uses! Katrina also explains so many uses for all the techniques. I am so inspired, I want to add these seam techniques to all the things I have planned! I love adding the small details that instantly adds glamor and artistry, I can't wait for Katrina to start another class! "
- Seattlecosplay

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Student Projects

Chiffon Capelet by Katrina Walker
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  • by Katrina Walker
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Easy Ruffle Technique by Katrina Walker
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