Janet Pray

Sew Better, Sew Faster: Garment Industry Secrets

Janet Pray
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  • In-depth Instruction; over 203 mins
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Janet introduces herself and the jacket you'll make using her Jacket Express pattern, which you can purchase from her site, Islander Sewing Systems. Learn about your fabric options, choosing topstitching thread and interfacing, and the best tools to use.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Learn the steps for creating crisp cuffs and a collar on your coat, including the "burrito technique."
Your jacket will have a polished look once you finish the facings, add final topstitching and create buttonholes.
8 Lessons
3  hrs 23  mins

Let Janet Pray teach you how to sew like a pro with garment industry techniques that have been adapted for home sewing equipment. Discover these insider methods as you construct a chic, sporty jacket from the “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. As Janet says, “If you like sewing now, you’re going to love sewing when you’re done with this class.”

Important Pattern Information

The sewing pattern on which this class is based —  Islander Sewing 218 — is not included with your purchase. You’ll find a coupon in the downloadable materials to purchase it from Islander Sewing.

Janet Pray

Janet Pray is the owner of Islander Sewing Systems, which offers patterns and instruction for industrial sewing techniques. She's also the founder and president of The American Sewing Expo, the largest independent sewing expo in the United States. Janet served as the executive director of the National Sewing Council for three years, and she is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals.

Janet Pray

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