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Excellent Top Techniques To Improve The Quality Of Your Sewing.  August 8, 2016


I have learnt a lot from this class. I enjoyed Janet's teaching style, lots of little hints and tips in between the specific jacket instructions. I have used the welt pocket technique on another coat for myself. Lots of good ideas to use in different garments. I will be making more of these jackets too.

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Excellent Excellent class!!!   June 12, 2016


I have had this class for over a year and only got around to watching it. I can't believe I've had this class in my library for so long and never took advantage of the wisdom inside this class. I LOVED it!! I can't wait to make this jacket and I can't wait to use the techniques I've learned from Janet in all different sewing projects, not just this jacket. This class and Janet's techniques are going to change the way I sew and think about sewing. I had so many "Ah Haaa" moments, and ...

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Excellent Lots of great information  May 27, 2016


I took this class to help me get over my apprehensions about garment sewing--I mostly do quilting, home dec, bags, etc. Janet's techniques have been very helpful, and her demonstrations are very good. She makes garment sewing seem much more approachable for someone who has anxiety about it. She comes across as very affable, and she even made me laugh a few times during the lessons. Very enjoyable lessons!

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Excellent Fabulous Class!!!!  May 15, 2016


I'm primarily a quilter but took this class to improve my occasional garment sewing. Man oh man!!! I loved this class!!! I CANNOT WAIT TO MAKE THIS JACKET!!!! It was very inspiring to see the jacket made up in a variety of fabrics. Janet's method for how to hold the fabric while sewing, and her description of how to use the feed dogs to your advantage were worth the price of admission. These skills have even improved my accuracy piecing quilt blocks!!! I downloaded this class onto my ...

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Excellent Jacket Project  May 9, 2016

Christine Maitchell

Just finished the class and my Jacket. Janet is a brilliant teacher, I have learned a lot, though I did find that it slowed me down compared to home sewing as it took some time to learn the new techniques. However, having done it once I know what to do and I am sure it will speed up my sewing going forward. My bête noir was the Burrito technique, I ended chickening out and hand stitching the back yoke in place at the shoulder instead. I think I need to practice this more on some scrap ...

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Excellent Just Fabulous!  April 25, 2016


I have been a home sewer for many years but have always avoided projects that could clearly expose "home made" results. I have now watched this class beginning to end and am confident that I can make a classic jacket that no one will ever suspect wasn't purchased (until I brag to them, of course).

For the prospective student, this is a class for someone with experience - not for a beginner. That said, the instruction is clear and methodical and easy to follow if you are ...

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Good   April 21, 2016


Sew better, sew faster was a very informative class. The instructors teaching style is easy to follow and understand. Each question was answered promptly. A great class for beginners and beyond.

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Excellent Well worth the time and effort  April 8, 2016


This is the best Craftsy class I've taken so far. I've sewn for decades but I'm not that great at it: I've made loads of clothes I really wouldn't be caught dead wearing in public. In this class, explanations were given for lots of things I didn't even realize I had questions about. I just thought I didn't pay enough attention before, or that I was just not talented at sewing. I tried the techniques and I feel like I'm finally able to understand why I had some little (and big) failures before. ...

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Excellent easy to follow instructions  April 3, 2016

one day

Janet explains every step. I am not a good sewer but am taking craftsy classes to improve this. My first jacket is made and I am pleased with the results. I have taken Janets" next jacket lesson and as soon as that shirt lesson is available I will be signing up.

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Excellent See Far....  March 8, 2016


Very helpful information so far. Looking forward to actual construction tips and teachings

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Excellent The Best - Simply  February 26, 2016


Best class on Craftsy.
I am a keen but incompetent home sewer who spends more time thinking about sewing and fondling her stash than actually sewing. I do not really NEED to sew, economically speaking, but I love the idea of sewing, especially of sewing my own clothes. Many decades ago at school we had compulsory sewing lessons and I learned a lot. My mum sewed, self-taught, and also has been an ace needlepoint woman in her time (alas now she is registered blind it is not really an option ...

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Excellent Techniques  January 25, 2016


I learned many techniques that I hadn't heard before. I especially liked the special tools that were demonstrated. I will be watching this again as I do this project, as I usually watch the videos first before actually doing my projects.

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Excellent Fantastic!  January 9, 2016


This is one of the best online classes I've ever taken. Janet is so full of useful information; I've learned some much that I'd rate the class five stars just for that. But everything about it is good - the quality of the video, the way the sewing is demonstrated, the editing - it's all so professional that not a moment of watching time is wasted. Excellent!

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Excellent Fantastic class!  December 28, 2015


This is a fantastic class! I've watched it several times now and still throughly enjoy Janet's great instructions and humour every time. I have tried making the Jacket Express from the book alone, without Janet's video, and it's just not the same. Her steady methodology and great camera work with clear viewing is excellent. I have been sewing for forty years now, I trained as a fashion designer after leaving school and then worked in the haute couture industry here in Australia for several ...

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Excellent Janet Pray is THE BEST Instructor!  December 19, 2015


I've enjoyed this class so much. It is my favorite of all! I love the way this class is a sew along, with a pattern. Janet is with you step by step. If you get stuck, have questions, she replies to your answers very quickly and is so helpful. Back in October I was able to view all of Janet's classes and they are so professional. I will be buying more of her classes, especially the sew along classes. I am hoping that her Shirt Class will be approved soon by Craftsy, and they will offer it ...

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Excellent Pattern  November 30, 2015


Hi, How do I get the pattern?

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Excellent Very much enjoyed this class  October 31, 2015


I enjoyed watching this class, and look forward to making the jacket. The Projects tab shows a lot of finished jackets (and some shirts) that look really great!

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Excellent Enjoyed  October 30, 2015


I enjoyed this class and my jacket turned out beautifully. My one and one complaint was the lack of help with topstitching that many were having. I never did receive an answer to my question. I had to find the answer elsewhere and all turned out well. I love my jacket!

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Good Good class, but...  October 25, 2015


This is my second class with Janet. If you are new to sewing there are quite a few tricks that you will not find everywhere. If you have already seen a class with janet then the pattern is the only new thing. The pattern arrived very quickly. Before sewing I watched the class at least twice. Janet is a really nice instructor. She guides you to all the steps with her fresh and funny way. It's really great watching and listening to her.
What I don't like, and this is why I only give four ...

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Excellent Best garment construction class  October 16, 2015

Carefree Mary

I have about 90 Craftsy classes, all sewing related. This is one of my favorites. The jacket was not my motivation to take the class, it was the techniques. I learned so much about the little details, and of course TOPSTITCHING. My jacket turned out fine, and now I'm going to make another that will be perfect!
I also learned so much just reading the questions and answers as the class progressed. Great teacher and very useful content that is transferable to any project.

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Excellent Great class!  October 7, 2015


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Excellent Learning, Learning, Learning!  September 22, 2015


I have benefitted so much from this class. Started using the methods for holding fabric on other projects before making the jacket. Practiced the welt pocket on scraps before attempting on the jacket and then my first one came out better than the second on the jacket because I wasn't happy with my stitching on the triangle. In ripping and redoing, there was too much handling and so I have some little frazzles trying to show. But the video instruction and demos are so good, and the pattern ...

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Excellent 10 stars  September 13, 2015


Can't say enough about Janet's classes. They are chocked full of brilliant information.My sewing skills have jumped up 100-fold since taking her classes and I have been sewing over 25 years!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you. Huge fan. If ever there is a Janet P. class, take it, no matter what the topic. You will learn so much. Great teacher.

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Excellent Really Worth The Investment Of Your Time And Money!  September 4, 2015

Kim S

I was surprised at the number of simple easy to use tricks I learned! Not only did these tricks speed up my sewing, but my garments don't have that homemade look! Janet is knowledgeable, very well prepared, and personable. I would love to see other patterns and classes from her. This class could move you up from home sewer to professional garment maker. Can't wait to take her other class. Think of the time and money spent on this class as an investment in your sewing skills.

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Excellent Very Professional  September 2, 2015


Well taught. Everything is explained clearly, very easy to follow. Watched video, can't wait for material to start sewing. I feel like I can sew a welt pocket now.

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Excellent Pattern  August 29, 2015


Where do I get the pattern?

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Excellent True Professional Sewing  August 23, 2015


So many times people will pay to take a sewing machine class from a person claiming to be a professional.

Janet Pray is that professional and teaches industry standards of proper methods and ergonomics that we are not seeing being done by other instructors charging for their classes.

I discovered Islander Sewing in the early 90's and was taught by Janet's aunt Margaret, the proper professional way to sew.

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Excellent This class is perfect to better your sewing techniques  August 16, 2015


I haven't made the jacket in the class yet (and I will watch it again when I do), but I have applied the techniques from this class to some of the projects I'm working on, remembering Janet's tips & tricks. It has definitely helped me a lot. Do not hesitate to take this class to better your sewing!

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Excellent The best instruction  July 22, 2015


I have had problems with some of the items she discussed in this class for years. Her in-depth explanation of how to do it correctly to fix the sewing problems was exceptional. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!

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Excellent Best (Quilting) Tip I Have Ever Lerned!!!  June 25, 2015


All 3 of Janet Pray's classes are great however learning how to hold my fabric correctly has revolutionized my quilting, even long jelly roll strips come out even, saving an inch or 2 each time I join 2 together. This is like getting 1-2 jelly roll strips extra for each set. Thank you so much for having such great teachers Craftsy. sherry melvin

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Excellent Excellent Course  June 23, 2015


This course is very professionally presented and very clear on the instructions. Janet Pray is an excellent instructor and makes the student feel at ease and happy to be learning a new task. This course very defiantly gives the home sewing enthusiast excellent tips on better ways to complete tasks. I am so excited to practice the new techniques. Every home sewing enthusiast should take this course. It is money well spent.

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Good Wonderful  June 11, 2015


I'm just beginning to tread into more intermediate sewing. I learned more in this class than in 3 months of 1:1 personal sewing class. This class is a must! I do recommend the advanced class first. My only criticism is the camera view while doing the burrito technique could be better. It took me several views and attempts(even had to leave it and come back to it) to finally get that I had to turn back to first seam. The picture in guide helped along with persistence. Could you make a you tube ...

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Excellent This class is great!  June 6, 2015


The pattern arrived promptly by mail. The explanation in the videos are great. Janet is easy to understand and she does not talk too fast (great if you are not a native English speaker). I had a good time doing the jacket and the result is gorgeous! I am looking forward watching Janet's other class.

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Excellent Yes!   May 18, 2015

Polka Dot

Very practical and authoritative!

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Excellent Excellent class by fantastic instructor.  May 12, 2015


Any class by Janet Pray gets a 10 out of 10 in my book. Love it if there were more of her classes. She is interesting and provides so much information in well paced sessions. Janet provides close-up shots of everything that she is teaching.
I have given up on classes because of annoying and/or boring instructors as opposed to class content.
If there was a Craftsy Award for best sewing instructor, Janet Pray should win it hands down!

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Excellent Wonderful Sewing Class!  April 30, 2015


I'm really enjoying this class. I've only watched a few minutes and have already learned quite a bit.

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Excellent Great Class  April 30, 2015


Janet is an excellent instructor and she conveys her love of sewing easily in her communication with students. I have been sewing since I was 17 and I am now 60 and I learned so many new techniques and short cuts from this class. The video was excellent and the on screen text to further explain were very helpful. I loved the discussion about fabrics and how she answered all of our questions promptly and efficiently. I really hope we will be getting more classes from Janet Pray and more ...

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Good Lots of Information!  April 28, 2015


We get a lot of tips and instructions without all the blah-blah-blah of other classes. She gets right to the point and gives a lot of visuals. Since most of us are not and will not be professional sewers, I could do without the "ads" for expensive equipment we we can't afford and will not buy. Perhaps for a class such as this she could use regular equipment, mention that professionals use "professional" equipment, and have a little show and tell for all of that in a separate ...

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Good So Better  April 25, 2015


Loving it so far

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Excellent Another Excellent Class by Janet Pray!  April 24, 2015


This is a very informative class and Janet is a fabulous instructor.....so thorough with stitching demos and quickly responding to all student enquiries and concerns. I first took her "Advanced Industry Techniques" class and learned so many excellent techniques and tips. After later seeing the attractive student projects for the "Jacket Express" class, I signed up immediately. Thank you for sharing your sewing expertise, Janet, and I hope Craftsy will continue to have you ...

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Excellent Start Up  April 23, 2015


Material list is thoroughly reviewed and listed with options.

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Excellent Nicely Paced Quality Recording  April 7, 2015


Really enjoying the class so far. Nicely paced. Great quality teaching and recording/filming. Good use of on screen text for clarification. Enjoying learning about industry efficiencies and handy tools. Thanks.

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Excellent Nicely Paced Quality Recording  April 7, 2015


Really enjoying the class so far. Nicely paced. Great quality recording/filming (professional, I'm sure). Good use of on screen text for clarification. Enjoying learning about industry efficiencies and handy tools. Thanks.

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Good Love My Classes  April 6, 2015


I'm just beginning this class, but I did really like the review of fabric choices and types of interfacings needed.

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Excellent Just Love The Way Janet Teaches   April 1, 2015

Love Vintage

Sooooooooo informative. Concise information that covers every aspect of making this jacket with the greatest of ease. Highly recommend. Love the sizing of the pattern as well.

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Excellent To Wonderful Easy And Fun ?  March 31, 2015


Thank you for your wonderful Teaching Quality that works so easily in our brain to our fingers,

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Excellent Excellent Class  March 26, 2015


I love Craftsy.
It is so much easier to watch people show you how things are done.
My only problem is that every class I watch, I need to go and find yet another load of materials and products ! I live in France ...so its not so easy here. Thank goodness for online shopping.

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Excellent Great class, lots of useful tips  March 23, 2015


I enjoyed this class and I learned a lot from the instructor. The camera gives you lots of very clear close ups, so you can see exactly how the instructor handles the fabric. Highly recommended class for sewers of all levels (I consider myself an advanced beginner).

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Excellent Love it  March 14, 2015


This was my first craftsy class, and i have enjoyed it. Learned a lot for my daily sewing.

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Excellent Best Beginning Course On Craftsy  March 13, 2015


I love all of the information on why you should sew in a particular way.

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Excellent Jacket Sew better sew faster  March 9, 2015


I learn a lot every time I take another Janet Pray class. I used to watch VHS of Margaret Islander & her tips & techniques & now Janet has taken over & is doing a wonderful job. God bless Margaret for bring these techniques to us!

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Excellent Awesome Help  March 4, 2015


Janet explains and shows the techniques thoroughly and makes it seem natual. Loved the class and the results!

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Excellent Really Great Tips For Sewing Better And Faster!  March 1, 2015


Wow, I am loving all the tips. My last course was in haute couture and fitting. It was overwhelming because of the handstitiching. I can't wait to try out these ideas. Weights, double threads for top stitching and 1/4" seams are some of the new concepts for me! Really it's all new, it is the process you use. Cut and interface tonight, sew tomorrow. Thanks

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Average Very Easy To Follow Instructions  February 28, 2015


Very easy pace to follow

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Excellent Highly Recommended!  February 19, 2015


This is a great class for the experienced sewer. I don't want to discourage new sewers who haven't learned bad habits yet but a few of the techniques may be a little harder to grasp though Janet Pray does a great job of explaining what she is doing. I also like how she keeps the video moving by taking the tedious bits off camera.

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Excellent Sew Better Sew Faster  February 19, 2015


Love this class, love the jacket ,made my first out of calico and dyed it green ,just starting on another

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Excellent Terrific Class  February 18, 2015


I am learning so many great tips. I learned to sew when I was young. I am returning to it after a long absence. So this class is really helpful in learning some new basics. I live the puns free approach. And I love lan on getting some pressing tools.

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Excellent Wonderful Class!  February 16, 2015


Love the detail Janet takes the time to show!

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Excellent Sew  February 14, 2015


I am previewing this before I start my jacket. Already I have learned so much. I very much enjoy Janet Prey's method of sewing thanks so much.
Much fun

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Excellent Getting Your Space And Tools Ready  February 11, 2015


Very clear .

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Good Enjoying The Classes  February 6, 2015



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Excellent Love Janet...  February 1, 2015


Great instruction..wonderful tips on tools...clear and easy to follow. This is the first class I have signed up for on Craftsy...I am a believer...I love it..

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Excellent Very Helpful   January 31, 2015

Melanie Teela

This class makes it so much easier. The techniques taught make it quicker (and less frustrating).

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Good So....better :)  January 28, 2015


I have learned some things I didn't know

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Good Useful Tips  January 21, 2015

vino illesinghe

Learned a few useful tips. I think this is a great beginners course. Before we start any bad habits!
Thank you.

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Excellent Really Informational  January 13, 2015


I relish all the tips given in each of the segments Janet has shown. Top sticking, welt pockets, and "crimping" all professional industry techniques that are explained clearly and demonstrated fully. Thanks Janet.

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Excellent Most valuable sewing class I've taken  January 6, 2015


I've been sewing for years and wish I had seen this class when I first started. The tips and hints Janet gives are fantastic such as sewing without pins, honoring the curve, pressing properly, top stitching, etc. The list goes on. I just finished a blouse using all of Janet's tips and it is the best blouse I've ever sewn. It came out perfect! Thanks Janet! I've signed up for the advanced class and can't wait to watch it and learn more!

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Excellent Garment Industry Secrets  January 4, 2015


This class was wonderful. I am about to replay it again, so I can study it more. It was great to learn how to use the pressing tools properly; how to sew with a minium of pins; how to make the welt easily; how to sew the lovely neat topstitching. I am grateful to Mrs. Pray for showing mistakes and how to correct them, because that is exactly what happens when I am sewing. Also, I learned that it is not necessary for me to make fringe when clipping corners.

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Excellent I've Learned A Ton  December 30, 2014


Really cool tricks here. Wonderful class.

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Excellent Pattern Cutting And Preparation  December 29, 2014


Very helpful, thank you

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Excellent Seam Allowances....  December 28, 2014


Can't wait for the pattern to arrive to try this with the smaller seam allowances; thank you for the explanation!

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Excellent Detailed Explanations   December 27, 2014


I liked the explanation of the different fabrics that are best to use in sewing the jacket. So far this is a great class!

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Excellent So many tips!  December 18, 2014


I loved the class, and learned a lot.

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Excellent Great instructor - great techniques!  December 17, 2014


I just finished both of Janet Pray's courses on Industry Techniques. I've sewed for over 50 years and there isn't much I haven't seen. Most of my skills were self-taught and I've often wondered how the pros do certain techniques. There was a lot to learn in these classes, even for an old sewer like me. Many of her techniques are never mentioned in courses from other instructors, such as how to hold the fabric to prevent the feed dog from skewing the seam, sewing without pins, laying the ...

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Excellent Sew Better Sew Faster  December 16, 2014


I'm learning a lot! All the things I've always wanted to know and even the things I didn't know to ask about are here. Thanks for a great class. I will be getting her patterns and attending her classes from now on!
San Antonio, Texas

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Average I have not received my pattern  December 8, 2014


I cant wait to start but as of yet I have not received my pattern.

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Excellent Excellent  December 5, 2014


Learning so much.

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Excellent Easy To Follow, Very Engaging  December 5, 2014


Great tips, easy to follow, engaging Teacher.

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Good Not Quite What I Expected  December 2, 2014


This is a good course with plenty of useful information. Janet Pray presents the information in clear language delivered in a calm, encouraging manner. There are a couple of tricks from the ready to wear factory techniques, including a re-ordering of the sewing steps. Most of it is just good old sewing and pressing techniques, that are well applied and explained. I appreciate her explanation and later demonstration of the various pressing tools. I just expected a few more "secrets" ...

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Excellent I Love The Class!  December 2, 2014


I think I have found what I needed, this class is a real treasure!

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Okay Not For Me  November 30, 2014


I was expecting great things based on all the great reviews, like learning industry secrets as promised, but was very disappointed. The information provided wasn't anything different than I already do. I am self taught and have found this information on my own previously. If you have been taught traditionally (based on the other reviews) this class would probably be helpful for you, but not for me.

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Excellent Nice!  November 29, 2014


Fun and informative.

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Excellent Great Class  November 9, 2014


Awesome class. Learning so much

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Excellent Industry Techniques  October 31, 2014


Excellent techniques!

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Excellent Sew Better Sew Faster  October 13, 2014


A great course I love the craftsy courses withe the message boards to see what everyone is doing. The contact with the instructor is wonderful you feel your learning journey is supported all the way. I have been sewing for many years but this course has shown me a lot of short cuts and techniques. I'm improving all the time and gaining experience from everyone. Thanks to you all

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Excellent Great Info  October 2, 2014


Really like Janet's presentation style, and am picking up some great tricks. I haven't started sewing yet but hope to put it into action tomorrow!

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Excellent Great Class!  October 2, 2014


Lots of great tips to make sewing easier.

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Excellent Instructor Very Easy To Follow  September 29, 2014


I love this instructor. Her instructions are clear and right to the point. I'm excited about this class.

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Excellent EnEnlightening Tips And Methods.   September 19, 2014


As an lady of 80years I thought I knew almost all I needed to know but I am still learning. Already starting to sew without pins. Wonderful. I could have used these lessons 50 years ago.

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Excellent I Love This Class!   September 19, 2014

Paola Soliis

Learn valuable tips and details that few teachers will share, and improve your skills easily.

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Excellent Very Pleased  September 19, 2014


Loved this class The teacher was very clear and easy to listen to teaching style was very good ,and I liked the little it's of humor she put in on occasion The tips were very good,and I can see that I will be using them on a regular basis ,

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Good Plenty to Learn and Use from this Class  September 16, 2014

Ms Hicks

This is the first class that I watched on Craftsy. I learned a LOT from this class that I have also incorporated into how I sew. This was a game changer for me. Thanks Janet!

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Average No Pattern?  September 15, 2014


I asked several times about the pattern, saw a rely that it would be mailed, but have yet to receive it.

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Excellent Awesome Class  September 14, 2014


Awesome class. Instruction top notch. One of the best I have taken.

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Excellent Introduction To Jacket Construction  September 10, 2014


Very helpful review of basic information as well as some new tips for better results.

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Excellent Very Useful Even For The Seasoned Sewer  September 3, 2014


I have been sewing for years. This class taught me how to sew accurately without pins....( I still used a very, very few though). Great new techniques taught, and Janet did a great job teaching us. Love her relaxed and informative, repeating herself - style.

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Excellent Wow!!  August 18, 2014

Mary Stern

Janet Pray is a goldmine of information and an outstanding teacher. You will use what you learn here throughout all of your sewing, not just the jacket project! I have signed up for her advanced class and hope Craftsy will have her teach many more.

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Excellent Great Intro And Fabric Review  August 17, 2014

Diana Louise

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Excellent Easy To Use.  August 16, 2014


Easy to follow, great tutor. All the tips of the trade are very helpful.

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Good Good Advice  August 8, 2014

Denise Kovnat

Good tips on choosing the right fabric weight for your garment and what tools to use

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Poor Experience Does Not Guarantee Quality Workmanship  August 8, 2014


I am very disappointed in this class I'm not even going to finish watching it. I have quite a few years of experience sewing ,I certainly figured out a long time ago how to make a garment without using pins, I also learned how to sew a straight seam, press a seam open so that lays flat,which should be done from the right side of the garment not the wrong side (this is supposed to be time saving). I am not impressed with the quality of this instructor's workmanship, she did not keep her top ...

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Excellent I'm Sewing Better And Faster  August 3, 2014

Michel des Tetons

As someone pretty new to sewing I found this class helped my progress immensely. I use very few pins now, have much better control of the fabric as it goes through the machine and lose much less blood than previously. Brava, Janet!

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Excellent Great class  August 1, 2014


As one of four girls in my family, many of my clothing items were stitched by my mother to save money. I begged my mother to teach me but she wanted all of us to learn the "proper" way in school and then she taught us her short cut methods and many of your methods, Janet were similar to hers. Such as not using pins and she was one of the first to buy weights for her pattern cutting.
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Excellent Worth Every Penny!  July 30, 2014


This is an excellent refresher course for those of us who have been sewing for many years. It teaches us old timers about some modern techniques and equipment. It is also invaluable for newer sewers to learn some professional techniques.

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Excellent Hi Janet, You Are Awesome, Love This Class And Loved Your Other Class Too.   July 29, 2014


Will you be teaching any other classes on Craftsy? Please say yes!
I have also looked at the Islander DVD and wondering which you would recommend, I want different tips and techniques besides what I have learned in your classes!
Thank you for sharing your wonderful knowledge!

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Excellent Sew Better, Sew Faster  July 18, 2014

Kathy Russell

Lesson in fabric is really helpful...now back to class

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Excellent loved this class  July 17, 2014


I made my first jacket with this class and my mom thought it was professionally made! I enjoyed her presentation and she was a very good instructor. Thanks!

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Excellent Loving the process!  July 13, 2014


I am almost done with my jacket and hope to finish today. I love how Janet broke down each step. I also like the book format that came with the pattern. It is easy to go back and review each step and do the jacket right along with Janet as you watch the video. Each step has been fun and met with success! Best part for me is that I feared welt closures, and now I look forward to tackling welt closures on other projects! I also want to do another jacket in the near future in another fun print.

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Excellent Great Class  July 7, 2014


This was a great class to take your sewing to the next level. Janet is very knowledgeable and has a great way of explaining things and making it all look so easy. I am now primarily sewing and cutting out without pins and have mastered the welt pocket. Thanks Janet!

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Excellent Increíble !  July 6, 2014

mercedes gilces

Tener en mis manos este curso me tiene de vuelta y media no lo puedo creer que alguien me este dando clases en mi casa, es mi profesor personal :)

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Excellent Super Info!  July 4, 2014


Really enjoying this class. I have been sewing for a lot of years but there is so much more to learn. Love all of the classes!

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Excellent Love The Review Of Basics!  July 3, 2014


Organized, articulate, great visuals.

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Excellent Sew Faster Sew Better  July 2, 2014

Carot top

Thank you I really enjoyed this class.

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Excellent Very Clear  July 2, 2014


Good class. Some great tips. Particularly about the correct seam allowance.
Would recommend this class also for some refresher tips.

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Excellent Very Clear Instructions  June 27, 2014


I'm loving this class so far! She is very clear with her instructions and I have learned some new techniques.

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Excellent A New Beginning and A Totally Different Approach To Sewing!  June 20, 2014


Although I have sewn differently all of my life, this class has given me new techniques, and better methods that deliver great results. I totally enjoyed Janet Pray's instruction style. Her approach to teaching is perfectly paced, relaxed, yet full of details, and she certainly delivers numerous time-saving tips. Her table and machine setup tips have led to me change the layout of my sewing table, which led to a total change of my posture for more comfort, and increased sewing time without any ...

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Excellent Loved the class  June 16, 2014


I took somebody's advise and took the class even though the jacket was not my style. Never regreted it. I learned so much from the class, easing was never a thing I could do and now I am mastering it. Even though I did not make the pattern, the tips given is worth more than the price I paid. THANK YOU

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Excellent Great Tips  June 16, 2014


I have learned a lot of tips that have already sped my sewing up.

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Excellent Best Craftsy Class I've taken!  June 14, 2014

Dr. Bootsie

This was the first Craftsy class I bought, and it's the best! I've been making most of my own clothes for many years, but I learned plenty watching Janet. It's changed the way I sew in several important ways. Who would have thought changing the way I held my hands at the sewing machine could make such a difference? And I could never figure out that "burrito collar" method until now. Thank you!

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Excellent A Sewing Revelation!!  June 11, 2014


These methods helped me so much that I purchased the Islander home sewing class. I feel like I received the greatest and most practical sewing lessons I have ever taken in person or read about. THANK YOU. You have revolutionized the way I sew. Wonderful class!!!!

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Excellent Great Class!  June 9, 2014


I'm really enjoying the class so far. Janet knows what she's doing and has a very relaxed and professional way of teaching.

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Excellent Fantastic Class!  June 8, 2014


Janet Pray explains everything really well and has a nice style about her. The pattern fits very well, I only had to shorten the sleeves a little bit. I lined the jacket using the drafting method from Linda Lee's "Underneath it All". This class not only thaught me a lot, at the end of it I also had a beautiful jacket! I will start on the next one soon!

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Excellent Great Title  June 8, 2014


Janet has such a relaxed presence, it makes you feel like she is right there in your sewing room, guiding you step by step through the process. Great instructions, very clearly stated.

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Excellent Great Class!  June 2, 2014


Thank you, Janet. This class is wonderful. I have actually taught The Bishop Method of clothing construction at fabric stores and at our local public school's adult education center but I still learned so much from you. I have an ancient Viking Rose open arm machine. I improvised it by attaching a cardboard box to table to have a larger flat area for fabric; not very pretty, but it serves the purpose. ;-)

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Excellent Excellent Techniques  May 30, 2014


This class is an excellent class for the serious seamstress.

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Excellent New To Sewing  May 29, 2014


Thanks to Janet Pray for such an informative course. I am fairly new to sewing and have never made a jacket before. I found her instructions and friendly approach so helpful and love the fact that she is sensitive to the needs of beginners. Yes I did have to practice some of her techniques before taking the plunge but achieving a result was very satisfying. I now have a pattern I can make my own and add to. By the way I really enjoyed sewing and plan to do much more. Thanks Janet.

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Excellent Life. Altering.  May 29, 2014


Janet's class is easily some of the best sewing-related money I've spent -- EVER! She not only explains *what* to do, but *why*. Her techniques are huge time savers that also help you create more professional looking garments. I was dubious about attempting to sew without pins, but, with Janet's expert guidance, I've even successfully sewn beautiful curved seams without touching a pin!

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Excellent Wonderful class, lots of tricks, and great instructor  May 4, 2014


I have been taking multiple sewing classes on Craftsy and this is so far my favorite. Great guidance throughout the class, easy explanation of new methods and just a non-stressful atmosphere.

I watched the entire class and now I am ready to make the jacket. I wanted to be sure that I would be able to follow the class before buying the materials. I have to say after the first lesson, I was ready to start sewing.

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Excellent What a great class - for the next step   April 28, 2014


I have used Craftsy for many courses, I started knowing nothing about sewing at all and did Block of the Month with Amy Gibson which was great, then Diane Rupp's pencil skirt and cushion course. I have been waiting for the next stage for me and I think this course is it. I didn't find cutting without pinning that easy but I think that will come in time and I am managing each stage of the course quite well.

I have to say I really like Janet, she is easy going and good fun and so ...

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Excellent My all time favorite!!!  March 26, 2014


I think that this class has been outstanding and has motivated me to really try the techniques. I have worked hard and tried to make the project my own. I truly enjoyed watching and re-watching the segments to make sure I was getting things done right. Janet is a great teacher and very accessible.

Janet makes the class fun and not at all intimidating. She shows you every step of the way the how to and the places that might pose a problem. I loved her class. Highly recommend it. Most ...

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Excellent SUPER class - something for everyone!  March 24, 2014


Firstly, Janet is a HOOT! Her relaxed style and sense of humor immediately put me at ease and reminded me to enjoy myself! Secondly, the course is very organized but offers lots of options to embellish as comfortable. Many of Janet's tips and techniques I have taken to the serger and to the sewing machine. Janet has a series Galaxy Sewing or something to that effect. I truly hope she brings more of herself to Craftsy! Standing ovation on my end! Thanks Craftsy and Janet!

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Good Craftsy Videos Do Not Play On Kindle Fire  March 22, 2014


This class video will not play on my Kindle Fire. It was fine for the first 40 Craftsy classes. Then they made changes. Kindle & Craftsy tech support have told me they are looking for a solution but so far, I've been abandoned with MY problem.

Update: my techie friend found a solution for me, no credit due to Craftsy or Kindle. The last Craftsy tech support person was actually quite rude & condescending. However, I've upgraded the rating to my opinion of the course because ...

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Excellent Love Love Love  February 22, 2014

Lizzy Beth

Janet Ray is an amazing instructor, and I hope she will offer more classes. It was the first time for me to make a welt pocket and a burrito cuff; very easy once I processed all the steps. And best of all, my husband loves the way my jacket looks on me.

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Excellent Great Class. Fabulous Jacket!  January 28, 2014

Catherine Goetz

As a Certified Islander Instructor, one might wonder why I would enroll in this class. I have taken many classes from many experts and I never tire of Janet's. She is by far the best sewing teacher I have ever had. And she always has something new to share. For my style of sewing, the techniques in this class are invaluable.

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Average Mixed Feelings  January 25, 2014

Katrina B

I waited several weeks after finishing this course and my jacket to write my review, just to see if my feelings would change, but they really haven't. This was an okay course, but not the huge revelation for me that so many other people seem to have enjoyed.
First, I did not love the jacket pattern. It's a decent start for a jean jacket, and the curved hem and collar are cute, but the fit is very boxy and shapeless. (Because it was part of the course, I followed the pattern, rather than ...

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Excellent Learned So Much  January 21, 2014


The video format was challenging to me, because the instructions are for the most part in the video. I had to go back to it again and again.

I learned so much and my jacket turned out beautifully.

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Excellent Excellent  January 17, 2014


This is an excellent class and I have learnt so much from it. Fast quick tips that really do work and make sewing so much quicker and easier.
Janet is so clear and precise with her instructions they are very easy to understand. Thank you, and also for the excellent pattern that is free with the class, I highly recommend it.

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Excellent thank you janet!  January 6, 2014


Great class, so worth the time and money! I learned so many new tips and tricks that are going to make my future sewing projects more efficient and professional. Also, a big thanks for adding the smaller size. I made the jacket for my mom and it fits perfect!

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Excellent Please Give Us More!  January 4, 2014


What a great class! I learned so much and Janet's style is just wonderful. Everything is very clear, well organized and it works! I would love to have Janet teach more classes with the Islander technique.

My sewing will never be the same. These techniques really re-energized my love of sewing as I was able to produce professional looking results.

Thank you, Janet, for giving me back the joy of sewing!

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Excellent Solved problems in addition to speed tips  December 17, 2013


Thank you for a well designed, well instructed class.
Your tips actually solved several problem areas for me (setting in sleeves) that I hadn't expected from this class.

I had given up topstitching but now will give it a go.

Excellent class - worth every penny!

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Excellent Excellent class! As good as Susan Khalje! Please teach more Craftsy courses!  December 8, 2013


Hi Janet,

Just wanted to say that I REALLY enjoyed this class!

Susan Khalje's couture sewing class here on Craftsy has been my favorite thus far, BUT you are now tied with her for BEST CLASS on Craftsy in my book!

I hope to see more classes from you where you demonstrate the techniques via a garment. I went to your IslanderSewing.com website and saw that you have a classic dress shirt pattern too!

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Excellent One of Craftsy's best classes  November 30, 2013

Lolita Zapien

Great teacher, great contents, I wasn't sure about taking this class and I'm loving it!

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Excellent Excellent  November 28, 2013


Janet is clear, informative and fun to watch. She clearly demonstrates how to do everything. Excellent camera work. I think beginner sewers and even those with a cottage industry will learn something.

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Excellent Clear, informative, and organized  November 11, 2013


Janet Pray is an excellent instructor. She imparted information in a clear and organized matter. The pattern arrived quickly, which was great. I really enjoyed this class and feel that it was very worthwhile.

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Excellent Janet makes sewing fun again!  October 2, 2013

Lina Nash

I don't usually leave comments, but in this case, Janet made me want to. Indirectly of course. Loved the way she has successfully applied the industrial techniques for home sewing which really does make home sewing fun. My late grandmother used to sew occasionally for a factory. She designs for them as well. So, I do know some of the industrial techniques, for instance sewing without pins. But only with this class I managed to pull it off nicely, with results that impressed even myself. I ...

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Excellent Sew Better, Sew Faster  September 3, 2013


I can't say enough about this class. I learned so many new tricks and techniques. Janet is a marvelous instructor and the camera work was spot on when I needed to stop to analyse the process. I can see using these tricks on future projects.
Thank you Janet and Craftsy for this wonderful class.

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Excellent Great Class!!!  August 5, 2013


I just wanted to say that I love Janet's class. She is a great teacher and Janet provides excellent advice throughout the process. Sewing without pins simply makes me very happy!! Now I am looking forward to making my jacket -- Marilyn

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Excellent I am in love with Janet's way of teaching.  August 4, 2013


I love the way Islander patterns came. With great instructions by video and the booklet. I would buy anything Janet wants to share.. I am a learner from seeing not so much reading, hence I am not a cook. I sewed the whole jacket without one pin. Also when I sewed in the past I didn't realize how important it was to hold the material a proper way.
The only criticism I have is I wish Janet showed how to do the cuffs in Burrito fashion a little slower. I could not perceive exactly what ...

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Good Disappointed, nothing new for me  July 29, 2013


I think Janet does a good job of teaching her techniques, but to me, there was zero new here. Just like Kenneth King's "Jean-ius" class; they both promise to reveal all kinds of insider secrets, and there was absolutely nothing in either class that I hadn't heard/done before. Extremely disappointing to me. Maybe I've been sewing so long that I've seen it all before? LOL!

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Excellent One of the Best Craftsy Classes  July 28, 2013


If I had to pick one word to describe this class, it would be "expert." These are sound techniques to both simplify your sewing and make it more professional. Janet Pray clearly knows her stuff, yet she doesn't come across as preachy. She explains and demonstrates things so well, you can't help but feel super confident in your own skills. (And isn't that what learning is about?) Although the class takes you through the construction of a specific garment, you can apply the skills ...

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Excellent I Love to Sew!  July 24, 2013


Janet, I love this class. I hope you will consider doing more. I've been sewing for 50+ years. I used to make all my suits, blouses, jackets and slacks. Achieving the beautiful results without using pins is unbelievable. I should be finished with my jacket this weekend. You made this such a fun and interesting class. Thank you.

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Excellent So many great tips!  July 20, 2013

Julia Scarlett

I learnt so much from this class. I have just finished my jacket which I made from some awful-to-work-with polyester jacket weight fabric. (Next time I will use something a bit more user friendly!) However, I still achieved an excellent result which fits well.
For me, the biggest revelation was learning to sew without pins; without pinning everything first and learning how the feed dog takes in fabric at a different speed to the foot, my seams were much neater and line up better than ever. ...

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Excellent Great Job Teaching, Janet!  July 15, 2013


This class was so informative. I hope you do more classes for Craftsy.
I love your teaching style. This class was a pleasure to watch. I learned something new in each lesson and feel like I can try to make the jacket which normally would have overwhelmed me.

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Excellent A really great class  July 5, 2013


I enjoyed this class very, very much, Not only because of the structured presentation of "best practices" (Which is really helpful! Even if you already know the tips, there are a lot of things to "re-learn" from another point of view!), but also because of this wonderful jacket and its straight forward construction, that let's you chafing at the bit to start sewing while waiting for your pattern... ;)

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Excellent This is a great class  July 4, 2013


I am so glad it took this class. I just finished watching all the lessons and I can't wait to start the jacket. I learned so much that will improve all my sewing, not just for this project. Highly recommended.

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Excellent If you think sewing takes too long... take this class!  July 3, 2013


I had not quite realized how long it took me pinning everything together before taking it to the sewing machine previous to this class. For certain, the pinning part is a wasteful step while the actual sewing part is the value added (if you look at it in a lean perspective). And the pros have had that down pact for quite some time.
This class made me realized that my setup was not optimal and that with the right tools, the quality of my work would increase.

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Excellent I love the technique of no pins  June 24, 2013


I recieved my pattern today,,i will keep watching the video for any tips i may have missed along the way.However i did begin a pattern i already have in denim fabric, and used a lot of the tips here,I shall post a photo when i am done making it.Thank you Janet for doing this video for all of us sewers/dress makers. :)

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Excellent Fantastic!  June 24, 2013


This is the best class ever! Seriously. Using the techniques I learned in this class, I made a dress last night, from start to finish, with NO pins, and only hand-stitched a single button. I never even needed to look at the instructions. It took me seven hours, from pre-shrinking, to hanging the finished garment in my closet. I'm not a fast sewer- usually it takes me a week of evenings to finish a similar project. I can hardly believe it! Thanks Janet, I hope you will teach another class ...

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Excellent Learned so much!  June 24, 2013


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. I will need to ...

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Excellent Superb!  June 22, 2013


Probably the most substantive class I have taken anywhere in years. I enjoyed every minute of this class and would race to enroll in any future class Janet teaches.

I never saw anything like the collar and cuff techniques she demonstrates, and I am in awe of the apparent ease of her methods. But I am a bit nervous about my first attempt at doing the collar and cuffs!! I never had a burrito, and that may be why it looks so tricky to me... Kudos to Craftsy again, and to Janet!

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Excellent Absolutely Wonderful!  June 17, 2013


This is the best class I have taken so far, and I have purchased many, many classes on Craftsy and elsewhere. Janet is such a personable, warm person and I am very happy I am taking her class! I have learned so many little tricks already, and I am not even close to the end of the class. Thanks!!

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Excellent Fabulous tips and techniques!  June 16, 2013

Sunni Standing

This class is absolutely amazing. If you follow Janet's instructions, tips, techniques and advice, it will truly change the way you sew. The skills are absolutely priceless and for someone who is always looking for better, faster ways of sewing, I'm amazed at how simply life-changing the idea of sewing a jacket entirely without the use of pins is.

In addition to the excellent instruction, the jacket pattern - though I was a bit skeptical about it at first - is incredibly well ...

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Excellent Excellent class!  June 14, 2013


Although I have not received the pattern I jumped in and watched all the video lessons. Janet gives clear and concise instructions each step of the way throughout the video. I learned a lot of great tips and can't wait for my pattern to arrive so that I can get going on this jacket. Loved the class. Thank you Janet and Craftsy for a great class.

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Good Informative class!  June 8, 2013


I enjoyed this class. An experienced seamstress with loads of tips and easy to follow instructions led this class and even an old seasoned veteran at the sewing machine (me) learned some new tricks! Thanks!

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Excellent Excellent tips, instruction, voice, volume, pace, contrast color fabric and delivery.   June 3, 2013


Finish my preview of this class and already apply some knowledge acquired. I knew some of my projects had something off but could not identify what was it. After viewing this class only once I immediately went to fix one of my UFO projects. Can not t wait to study this class again. I will be sewing more with less mistakes.

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Excellent Awesome!!!  June 2, 2013


I havent watched it all yet but so far its fantastic!! Its alot to take in, So I will have to watch it at least 3 times before I attempt this jacket! Must Buy this class!!!!

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Excellent Excellent Professional Techniques  May 30, 2013


This class teaches you how to sew without pins - even on collars and has tips for the beginner to professional sewer. Janet gives very good advice to those who want to set up shop as well as the home sewer (me) who just wants to learn professional techniques, I learned how to sew without pins using her Islander technique in just two tries and will sew like this from now on. You sew with only a 1/4" or 3/8" seam allowance.

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Excellent From a Craftsy "junkie"  May 29, 2013


I LOVED the class. I may watch it again before I give the whole jacket a try, but already I know I love the no pins method. So many great tips. I already have all of the pressing tools, except for the pressing stick, and the commercial iron, of course. The tips and methods can be translated to all of my sewing, so a very valuable course.