ZJ Humbach

Mastering Seam Finishes + DVD

with ZJ Humbach

WHY FINISH YOUR SEAMS?

Take your sewing to the next level by adding professional seam finishes to your projects. Once you know the advantages of finishing seams, you’ll make finishing seams a priority. It only takes a little extra time and effort, and the results are amazing! You’ll discover three key reasons for adding a finish, and more importantly, when and when not to finish a seam.

Perfect seams are the foundation of a well-sewn garment or project. In this video class, ZJ Humbach gives you a quick tutorial on how to ensure your seams are perfect each and every time you sew. You will also be able to download a checklist for sewing perfect seams each and every time.

Finishing seams isn’t difficult. Your sewing machine offers you several choices for finishing your seams quickly, easily, and professionally. Even if you only have a straight-stitch machine, you can add a custom look with either edge stitching or a turned and stitched seam, which is also called a clean finish. For those with zigzag machines, there are three main options to achieve a professional look.

Encased seams are a versatile finish for a wide range of sewing projects. You’ll learn how to do three different styles: self-bound seam, mock French seam, and French seam. Each looks terrific and is easier than you think. Once you learn how, you’ll use these techniques on so many projects!

You will be able to practice everything you have learned and have fun making the bonus project, a super simple tote bag. This is the perfect project for an encased seam, and this easy tote bag lets you practice French seams. You’ll also learn how to make a lined pocket. Best of all, you can make it in less than an hour!

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.

  • 5 Sessions
  • 2h 21m

ZJ Humbach

ZJ Humbach is a professional longarm quilter and pattern designer who owns and operates Dream Stitcher Quilt Studio in Nederland, Colorado. Her work appears in McCall’s Quilting, Quilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines. A former Quilters Newsletter editor, she wrote a longarm quilting column, “Finish Line,” for each issue. Now ZJ is a freelance writer for Quilters Newsletter and the Studio Arts Quilt Associates (SAQA) Journal. She also quilts regularly for Connecting Threads.

Class Resource: Library

Download this PDF for a list of reference materials

Class Resource: Checklist for Perfect Seams

Download this PDF for a checklist and tips that will help you create perfect seams

Class Project: Tote Bag

Download this PDF for details on making your own tote bag

Meet Your Expert Video

Download this video to hear what ZJ’s inspiration for teaching this class was

Bonus materials available after purchase

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