Online Class

Fabric Know-How: Choosing & Using Your Favorite Fabrics

$17.87$40.00

Pick the perfect fabric for any pattern. Learn the best uses for cottons, linens, silks, knits, wools, rayons and polyesters, as well as how to sew them skillfully.

Skill Level

Beginner

What You Get

  • 8 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Sandra Betzina
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Select, prepare and sew fabrics like a fashion designer with guidance from industry expert Sandra Betzina. Start with tips for pairing your patterns with fabrics that will yield the most refined results. Then, learn to enhance the drape, structure and stability of your fabrics with smart interfacing choices. Build your expertise around the characteristics and ideal applications for a vast variety of fabric types. Along the way, discover the ideal needles, thread, presser feet, stitch length, seam finishes and hemming techniques for each type of fabric. Plus, pretreat and handle these different fabrics for superior results. Learn how to choose fabric with confidence and sew it with finesse.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Fabric & Pattern Basics
11:30
Meet fashion designer Sandra Betzina and learn more about how to use this reference class for all your designing and sewing projects. Sandra discusses pattern and fabric choices and how to consider them together. She also discusses interfacing options that can make a difference in the drape, structure and stability of the fabrics you choose.
2. Cottons & Linens
28:51
3. Silks
31:28
4. Knits
23:33
5. Wools
21:48
6. Rayons & Polyesters
13:56
7. Seam Finishes
36:40
8. Hem Finishes
46:37

Taught by

Sandra Betzina
Sandra Betzina
As a child, Sandra learned to sew on a treadle sewing machine, and so her passion for the craft began! Highlights of Sandra's sewing career include writing a syndicated sewing column for 34 years and hosting her own sewing show on HGTV called Sew Perfect. She has also written 10 sewing books, including More Fabric Savvy, Fast Fit and Power Sewing Toolbox Volumes 1 & 2. Sandra has designed more than 200 patterns for Vogue and written numerous articles for Threads, Sew News and Vogue Patterns magazine.

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