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Sewing-The Next Step


Everyone is dusting off their sewing machines and starting new, updated projects!  If you know the basics of sewing and want to enhance your skills or have forgotten some of what you used to know, this class is for you.  Using our machines, you will review the basics and add proficiency to your skills.  This class or equivalent skills required for entry into the Alterations Certificate Series coming Fall 2017.



Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:

  • Reviewed sewing machine operations
  • Learned the uses of the feet offered with your sewing machine
  • Created a reference notebook of sewing techniques useful for all projects
  • Learned about fabric, interfacing, and stabilizers needed for their projects


Class organization:

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


Use of machine:

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


Creation of a technique notebook:

  • Zippers
  • Making cording
  • Ruffling
  • Elastic
  • Various seam finishes
  • Top stitching
  • Basting
  • Pressing vs. ironing
  • Double needle (where applicable)
  • Facings
  • Button hole
  • Bias
  • Appliqué techniques


  • As time allows, instructor will help students choose a pattern to be begun in class.



HMK 8757 - Introduction to Sewing or equal experience

Method of Instruction

  • Lecture and demonstration of all techniques
  • Hands-on work 
  • Discussion: questions are encouraged and always answered


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