Janet Pray
Craftsy Instructor

Highland, Michigan

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 ... Read Full Bio »

Janet's Craftsy Classes


Sew Better, Sew Faster: Shirtmaking

Create a custom-tailored button-up quicker than ever before!  And do it all without sacrificing any of the quality. Tune in with Craftsy favorite Janet Pray as you learn how to sew a shirt from start to finish without pins or basting — even the pleats, plackets and pockets.




20 Things to Know Before You Sew

Start every sewing project on the right note! Join former director of the National Sewing Council Janet Pray, and find out how you can prepare yourself for success before the sewing even begins. During class, Janet will guide you through picking the perfect pattern for your skill level and teach you what you need to know to choose the right fabric. Then, you'll learn how to use a sewing pattern, whether you're working with a tissue-paper pattern or a printable PDF. You'll also discover the best ways to work with your grain line, the easiest way to cut fabric, and great tricks to line up pockets and sleeves. Plus, Janet will show you how to mark your fabric like a pro!



Sew Better, Sew Faster: Smart Construction

Create a trendy motorcycle-style jacket using the most efficient, effective outerwear tailoring techniques. Alongside industry insider Janet Pray, you'll start by choosing the perfect fashion fabrics and supporting materials. Then, interface and mark your included MotorCity Express Jacket pattern pieces for swift, successful construction. Customize your jacket's zippers, pockets and cuffs, and sew them beautifully without pins. Simplify the steps for easing your lining into your other pattern pieces. Apply facings to your sleeves and zippered pockets flawlessly. Breeze through ready-to-wear zipper installations. Add pockets and set-in sleeves stress-free, before learning how to line a jacket entirely by machine! Construct ready-to-wear jackets faster than you thought possible.

$24.99 $49.99


Sew Better, Sew Faster: Advanced Industry Techniques

Consistently produce impeccable results as sewing expert Janet Pray teaches you the techniques used in high-end ready-to-wear. Cut tricky fabrics with confidence and stack-cut accurately. Mark darts and pockets with no tailor tacks or tracing wheels. Choose the best seam allowance for any sewing situation. Learn sewing ergonomics to work longer with less fatigue. Sew perfect straight and curved seams with no pins. Understand when, where and how to apply interfacings without wrinkles. Insert flawless slot and lap zippers on your first try. Sew beautiful, bulk-free waistbands and facings. Finish crisp seams and pristine hems quickly. Make your best sewing more polished, faster and more fun. 

$44.99 $59.99


Sew Better, Sew Faster

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 included "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. In the words of Janet, "If you like sewing now, you're going to love sewing when you're done with this class."

$39.99 $49.99

Janet's Projects

Sun umbrella 2
Slot & Lap Zippers
Structural Reinforcement
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