Jessica Giardino

Knits 101 + DVD

with Jessica Giardino

Don’t shy away from knit fabrics! These stretchy textiles are here to flatter your form and stitch up easily.

This class begins with an overview of how knits are made and a brief discussion regarding the history of knitwear in fashion. Students will receive a complete class overview in the first session to help them prepare for each session as necessary.

Together with instructor, Jessica Giardino, you’ll explore a wide variety of knit fabrics and learn how to identify the right side, wales and courses, perform a stretch test and what types of patterns work best with knits.

Pick up tips on how to cut knit fabrics without causing a snag, then move on to learning how to prep stretchy fabrics for sewing. You’ll discover tips for pressing, washing, drying and applying knit stay tape and knit interfacing. Next up, discover how needle choice and thread choice factor into sewing with knits.

Then it will finally be time to sew some knits. Begin by learning a variety of seam finishes to use on a traditional sewing machine. Then check out a serger and learn how to use one to sew knits quickly and easily. Lastly, learn to sew your first knit project.

Create a knit skirt to wear out for your next night on the town. Watch step-by-step instructions as you draft a pattern based on measurements then stitch up the skirt. This fun and stylish project can be completed in an afternoon.

In addition to the detailed video instruction you’ll receive, the online class provides you with some downloadable resources and helpful information to print and keep, including: a detailed Class Resource to use as your cutting guide when making your very own knit skirt along with a shopping guide to make sure you have everything on hand before starting your project.

NOTE: You’ll receive this Class video instruction in two forms: As on-demand streaming video (in your NSC Account); and as a physical DVD, mailed to you.

  • 8 Sessions
  • 1h 42m

Jessica Giardino

Hailing from a long line of artists, crafters and make-do-and-menders, Jessica grew up enjoying several different creative outlets. As an adult this has translated into finding any excuse to create daily. Her passion for sewing was handed down from her grandmother and mother. Previously, Jessica worked as a member of the amazing team that creates Sew News, Creative Machine Embroidery, and Sew it All magazines. Her work has appeared in the pages of each publication and she was featured on two episodes of Sew it All TV. When not stitching, Jessica can be found walking her tiny dog, seeking out delicious tacos, and playing all sorts of games in Portland, OR.

Class Resource PDF

Refer to this guide to take accurate measurements and draft your own knit skirt pattern.

Shopping Guide PDF

See the list of tools and supplies recommended to complete this project.

Meet Your Expert Video

Download this video to hear how Jessica got her start in sewing knits and how she evolved over the years.

Bonus materials available after purchase

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