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with Janet Pray
Online Class

20 Things to Know Before You Sew

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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!


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h25m

Included in this Class

1. Understanding the Pattern Envelope

1. Understanding the Pattern Envelope

Meet sewing expert Janet Pray. Janet will walk you through the process of how to select the best pattern for your level of sewing skill as she demystifies the information printed on the back of the pattern envelope. She'll also review the basics of measuring and how to select the proper pattern size.

2. Choosing Fabrics & Linings

2. Choosing Fabrics & Linings

Learn to make the best choices from myriad fabric options as Janet shows you how to read the markings on the end of the bolt of fabric and select the right fabric for your sewing project. You will also learn how to select the correct fabrics for lining or underlining your garment.

3. Preparing & Storing Patterns

3. Preparing & Storing Patterns

You've picked out the perfect pattern and fabric! Now what? Janet will show you how to get the best results from commercial tissue paper patterns, as well as how to use downloadable, print-at-home patterns with ease. And finally, how do you get all those tissue pattern pieces back in the envelope? Janet shares her method!