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with Sandra Betzina
Online Class

Fabric Know-How: Choosing & Using Your Favorite Fabrics

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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.


  • beginner
  • 8 episodes
  • 3h34m

Included in this Class

1. Fabric & Pattern Basics

1. Fabric & Pattern Basics

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

2. Cottons & Linens

Sandra shares her wealth of knowledge about the cottons and linens that we love, from lightweight to heavyweight, including the needles, presser feet and threads to use with each, as well as seam finish, hemming and pretreatment suggestions. Along the way, you'll also see inspirational examples of Sandra's designs that incorporate these fabrics.

3. Silks

3. Silks

While lovely and luxurious, silk can be challenging to work with. Sandra demystifies the properties of different silk types, shares suggestions for pretreatment, seaming and hemming, and shows how to cut out this slippery fabric accurately to make garments you'll love to wear.