Learn how to match fabric patterns across seams for garments that look better than anything you'll find on the rack! In this class, popular sewing instructor Amy Alan will start by helping you choose a sewing pattern suited for plaids, stripes or prints, estimate the yardage you'll need and trace your pattern pieces for matching. Then, she'll get into the nitty-gritty of how to match fabric patterns. You'll find out how to identify the type of stripes or plaids you're working with and create pattern layouts for matching these and other patterns with confidence. Want to go beyond pattern-matching basics? Amy will even show you how to use the bias grain of your fabric to create pockets, plackets and cuffs. Plus, bring it all together with step-by-step guidance for keeping your patterns matched as you sew straight seams, curved seams and even invisible zipper seams.
Gain confidence using your serger with sewing instructor Amy Alan. If you know the basics of serging, you'll now discover how versatile your machine is! Begin with an overview of serger threading and maintenance. Then, learn how to create nine different types of basic stitches and create a serger stitch book you can reference again and again. For those tricky serger slip-ups, Amy will show you how to troubleshoot common issues like poor tension, skipped stitches, fabric rippling and more. Now that you've refined your serging skills, put them to the test with three fun skill-building projects. Make an exposed zipper bag, an ombré ruffled apron and a striped knit scarf! To finish class, add versatility to your serger with blind hem, elasticator and gathering feet.
Whether you need to solve common sewing machine problems or want to brush up on the anatomy of your machine, Amy Alan covers all the bases in Sew Ready: Machine Basics. In this free Craftsy class presented by Baby Lock, you'll learn how to thread, clean and use your machine.