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Sewing-The Next Step


Enhance your beginner level sewing skills using our machines as you consider fabric selection/preparation to make good decisions on patterns and choice of fabric. 



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, but not completed due to time constraints.



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