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with Janet Pray
Online Class

Sew Better, Sew Faster: Advanced Industry Techniques

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Consistently produce impeccable results as sewing expert Janet Pray teaches you the techniques used in high-end ready-to-wear. Cut tricky fabrics with confidence and stack-cut accurately. Mark darts and pockets with no tailor tacks or tracing wheels. Choose the best seam allowance for any sewing situation. Learn sewing ergonomics to work longer with less fatigue. Sew perfect straight and curved seams with no pins. Understand when, where and how to apply interfacings without wrinkles. Insert flawless slot and lap zippers on your first try. Sew beautiful, bulk-free waistbands and facings. Finish crisp seams and pristine hems quickly. Make your best sewing more polished, faster and more fun.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 3h19m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction & Cutting

1. Introduction & Cutting

Meet your instructor, Janet Pray, owner of Islander Sewing Systems. Begin learning the secrets of industrial sewing right away as Janet discusses how to efficiently cut material for projects, even in multiple layers, and preserve your patterns to use again and again. You also see how to effectively mark your fabric and bundle project materials together.

2. Getting Started Sewing

2. Getting Started Sewing

Revolutionize your sewing with a new understanding of seam allowances and how you can modify them to speed up your process. In particular, see how using a smaller allowance on enclosed and curved seams can make your project look more professional. Janet discusses how to set up your work space to improve your comfort, then shares the industry technique for sewing without pins. You'll be amazed at how much time you save when you're not constantly pinning and unpinning your garment pieces!

3. Fusible Interfacings

3. Fusible Interfacings

Fusible interfacing is the key to properly stabilizing your fabric. Janet demystifies the stabilizing process as she reviews her favorite pressing tools and interfacing methods. Learn when, where and why to use interfacing and see how you can test your interfacing for successful results.