The Basic Sewing Class is a series of 16 lessons, each class building on the previous class to provide skills for sewing to earn income. Project topics include textiles, home decor, accessories, and sewing from a commercial pattern.

Students must finish all projects satisfactorily and pass a hands on exam at the end of the semester to be able to graduate. In the exam, students must demonstrate that they know how to do the following tasks.

Sewing Machine
– Wind a bobbin
– Thread the sewing machine properly
– Make adjustments to the machine to accomplish the tasks on the exam
Zippers – both invisible and regular center zippers
Corded Piping – make and sew in corded piping
Seams – sew a 5/8″ straight seam and sew a zigzag finish on the fabric edge
Buttons – sew a buttonhole to fit a button they are given and sew the buttons onto fabric by machine and by hand
Hems – blind hem, slip stitched hem, narrow rolled hem

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