Nicki LaFoille

Practical Sewing Tips & Techniques

Nicki LaFoille
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Practical Sewing Tips & Techniques
  • In-depth Instruction; over 177 mins
  • On-demand video access anytime
  • Bonus downloadable PDF resources
  • Access to class Q&A
  • Available for purchase: $11.99

Get an overview of the information covered in this course, from tension, elastics, hems and zippers to binding, mitering and pattern alterations.

Incorrect tension is one of the most common sewing issues. Nicki explains the basics of tension mechanics and how to troubleshoot tension problems.

Elastic is one of the easiest ways to finish a waistband. Learn about the different kinds of elastics, when and how to use them, and learn how to attach an elastic waistband in three different ways.

Different garment styles require different hem styles, just as different fabrics require different hem considerations. Learn how to hem an A-line skirt, variations for hemming a circle skirt, tips for professionally hemming slinky knits without a serger and how to shorten a garment while keeping the original factory hem intact.

Binding is a great way to give garment edges a clean, finished look. Binding can be used on quilts, garments and most edges. Nicki explains the different types of binding and shows you how to make your own. Plus, learn how to make perfect mitered corners and flawlessly join binding ends.

Zippers are one of the most common closures, in dresses, shirts and pants. Nicki explains the different types of zippers, where to use them and tips for sewing them. Get step-by-step instructions for inserting a coil zipper and invisible zipper.

Knowing the basics of pattern alterations is one of the most useful skills a sewist can acquire. Learn the tools needed, and a few techniques for basic design and fit alterations.

Nicki answers some of the most common sewing questions, including how to prevent wavy edges when sewing knits, and how to decipher commercial sewing pattern symbols. Plus learn how to correctly choose the right pattern size, and how to grade between sizes for the perfect pattern fit.

8 Lessons
2  hrs 57  mins

Advance your basic sewing skills with a collection of the most useful intermediate skills and techniques. Even if you’re a seasoned sewist, you’ll benefit from the tips and tricks designed to make your sewing easier. Nicki explains troubleshooting techniques for most common sewing problem: tension. What is correct and incorrect tension? How to get perfect tension and make the correct adjustments, how to alleviate those nasty thread nests and other common tension problems.

Learn about the vast array of elastics available, the differences between them and how to know what type to choose for what purpose. Get step-by-step instructions on how to create three different waistband types using elastic.

Hems are a vital part of every project, whether it’s a garment or not, it’s how you finish it off and make it look crisp and professional. Learn different hemming techniques for different projects, such as slinky knits like nightgowns and circle skirts. Nicki will also demonstrate how to shorten a garment while preserving the original factory hem.

Zippers are another problem area for many sewists. Zippers can seem intimidating, as there’s many different types of zippers, coil, invisible, separating. Nicki explains the differences and demonstrates how to insert a coil zipper and an invisible zipper.

Knowing how to attach binding is a useful skill, as it’s not just used for quilts. Binding is a great way to finish garment and home-dec project edges with a professional look or a pop of color. Nicki explains the formula to calculate the needed length, how to make your own and how to apply it in two different ways. Nicki also demonstrates how to join the binding ends and how to miter corners when binding to get a perfect crisp miter every time.

Pattern alterating is one of the most useful techniques a sewist can learn if you intend to sew garments. Nicki demonstrates how to slash and spread, how to move darts from patterns, neckline, sleeve, and some skirt alterations.

Then, Nicki will explain some common sewing tips, and answer some frequently asked questions, such as how to prevent wavy edges on knits, how to read commercial patterns and how to blend pattern sizes.

Nicki LaFoille

Nicki LaFoille has been sewing for over 20 years. After her grandmother taught her to hand sew at the tender age of 11, Nicki fell in love with the craft and went on to receive a degree in Apparel Design from Central Michigan University. She worked as Associate Editor, then freelance contributor for Sew News, Sew It All and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, and appeared as a guest on Sew It All TV. She lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her husband, daughter, and red worm colony. In addition to being a seamstress, she is an author of several novels and enjoys gardening and canning the bounty.

Nicki LaFoille

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