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Course Title
Sewing I


If you are experienced in sewing but need the guidance and motivation to start taking on new and more interesting projects, we're waiting for you!  Enhance your current sewing skills, consider fabric selection and preparation and complete an instructor-approved project using our machines. PREREQUISITE: HMK 8757 or previous sewing experience required. Please note:  You will need to be familiar with threading a machine, winding and installing a bobbin and sewing stitches in order to be successful in this class.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Operate a sewing machine
  • Know various parts of a machine and their functions
  • Choose proper fabric for a pattern
  • Prepare various fabrics for use
  • Insert a zipper
  • Select correct interfacing
  • Use proper techniques for hand sewing (if needed)
  • Use proper pressing techniques


1. Class Organization

  • Equipment needed for class
  • Types of fabric and preparation for use
  • Information sources - pattern envelope and catalog

 2. Use of Machine

  •  Various parts and functions         
  •  Winding bobbin, threading machine, stitching
  •  Students practice these functions

 3. Working with Pattern and Fabric

  • Instruction sheet information and layouts
  • Transfer construction markings to fabric
  • Pattern adjustments

 4. Construction of Lining (can include)

  • Pleats, darts, seams
  • Pressing
  • Reasons for lining

 5. Construction of Project (can include)

  •  Zipper
  •  Pleats, darts, seams
  •  Sew lining 

 6. Finishing Project (can include)

  • Hand sewing
  • Hem finishes
  • Finishing details

 7. Time Permitting:  Each Student's Choice

  • Finish project if not completed
  • Answer questions about another project student wishes to start
  • Demonstrate sewing techniques not covered in class


HMK 8757 - Introduction to Sewing

Method of Instruction

  • Lecture and demonstration of all techniques
  • Discussion:  questions are encouraged and always answered


  • Exam:  No
  • Demonstration of Skills:  Yes
  • Class Participation:  Yes