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Sewing on the Bias

with Sandra Betzina
Sewing on the Bias
Embrace the art of sewing on the bias and re-discover fabric in a whole new light as Sandra Betzina walks you through the ins and outs of working with bias-cut fabric.

Join expert sewer, author and HGTV’s “Sew Perfect” host Sandra Betzina in this colorful and energetic exploration of sewing on the bias. Learn how to gauge the characteristics of a variety of fabrics, including silks and a surprising new take on plaids. Sandra walks you through drape considerations, working with your pattern, fitting techniques and making each garment flattering, polished and unique. 

Learn how to maximize the efficiency and productivity of your workspace and tools as Sandra teaches you to identify and work with your selvage, grain line and bias line for clean, beautifully aligned bias-cut fabric. Gain tips on linings, waistbands, pucker-free hems and working with seams and zippers.  

Whether you’re new to working on the bias or simply looking for new expert tips, this class has something for everyone. Sign up for Sewing on the Bias today!

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Fabric Bias

  • Meet your instructor, Sandra Betzina, and learn what bias is, how to select your fabrics and what to take into consideration when choosing a lining.


Lesson 2. Adjusting Your Pattern

  • Sandra walks you through identifying and adjusting for ease, including tips on how to measure correctly and mark your pattern, adjusting for the length and give that you desire.


Lesson 3. Cutting Out Your Fabric

  • Don't let solids, stripes or any other pattern intimidate you! Sandra shows you how to lay out your fabric, prepare your pattern, and cut the fabric with accuracy. Learn how to deal with problem areas, troubleshoot challenges and match patterns seamlessly!


Lesson 4. Sewing Your Skirt

  • Time to sew the skirt! Discover the best choices for needles, threads and presser feet before you test your fabric and move into the construction of your skirt. Sandra explains how to prevent puckering and stretching before demonstrating how to sew, press and finish the seams.


Lesson 5. Waistbands for Unlined Skirts

  • Learn how to select the best waistband for an unlined skirt. Prepare and attach the elastic, and learn how to select the proper width for the look that you desire.


Lesson 6. Optional Lining and Waistband

  • Explore options for pairing waistbands with lined skirts. Sandra shares her professional tips on how to work with bias and lining fabric as you adjust and pin the waistlines, sew the lining and attach the elastic.


Lesson 7. Marking & Hemming

  • Ready to hem? Follow along with Sandra as she teaches you how to use a skirt hem marker to make adjustments before explaining baby-rolled, double-fold, bordered and other hemming options. Learn about hand stitching options and various techniques that will help you achieve the length and look that you want.


Lesson 8. Beyond Bias Basics

  • Now that you've learned the basics of working with bias, discover various options for skirts, blouses and more with Sandra's gorgeous designs. Additionally, you'll learn how to install invisible zippers, finish seams and work with bias strip binding for a chic finished garment.

"Just love this class so much because this instructor isn't one of those where everything she does is just textbook perfect, she really shows you the knitty gritty, shows you where and how stuff can go "wrong", why it might do that and how to adapt your project to meet the unique demands of your fabric. She teaches principles that you can go adapt to your own project. Wonderful wonderful class, very interesting and highly recommended."
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