Online Class: Sewing 101

In this course you will learn how to fit patterns to your body, how to choose the correct size, and how to stitch together garments that you like and that fit you well.

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Course Description

Embark on a Tailored Adventure: Master the Craft of Personalized Sewing!

What is it that captivates us about clothing? Is it the vibrant colors that paint our world? The intricate designs that mirror our personalities? Or that elusive, perfect fit that feels like a whispered secret between fabric and skin?

The quest for the 'perfect' outfit often ends in a compromise. You'll find colors that evoke emotions, designs that resonate with your style, but the fit? That’s the trickiest of all. Every human silhouette tells a unique story, yet mass-produced clothing rarely celebrates this diversity. They're created for the 'average', and if your body doesn’t conform to these norms, that chic outfit might hang on you like a misfit melody. But here’s the silver lining - the power to change this rests in your hands, or rather, your fingertips. Enter the enchanting realm of sewing!

Contrary to popular belief, crafting your own wardrobe isn’t a Herculean task. This course isn't just a mere instruction manual; it's a journey. Starting from the basics - choosing the right fabric that speaks to your soul, decoding the mysterious symbols on pattern envelopes, and getting intimately acquainted with your sewing machine. And, as you delve deeper, you'll discover the joys of piecing together a garment, stitch by stitch.

Imagine this: Your maiden venture into this craft will be a cozy pair of pajamas, introducing you to the foundational techniques. From there, you'll ascend to constructing an elegant jacket, and a sleek skirt showcasing a flawless centered zipper. Your odyssey will continue through the meticulous world of shirts and blouses, mastering the finesse required for crisp cuffs, graceful collars, and those dainty buttons and buttonholes. And the grand finale? A pair of trousers tailored to drape you perfectly.

By the culmination of this course, you'll not only understand patterns but make them dance to your tune. The clothes you craft will not just be garments; they will be extensions of your essence.

So, don a cloak of enthusiasm and let your creativity flow. Spotted an ensemble in a store that you adored but couldn’t wear? Find a kindred pattern and let us guide you in reshaping it into a masterpiece that’s uniquely yours.

The world of custom clothing beckons. Are you ready to stitch your story?

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Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson One: Sewing Basics

In this lesson we will discuss how to:
• Pins, Needles and Thread
• Scissors for cutting, clipping and other cutting tools
• The Importance of Pressing
• Staying Organized
45 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Sewing; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson Two: Your Sewing Machine

In this lesson we will discuss: • Types of Sewing Machines
• Anatomy of a Sewing Machine
• Bobbins and Their Problems
• Maintenance Additional lesson topics: Types of Sewing Machine Feet
70 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson Three: Fabric

In this lesson we will discuss: • Types of Fabric
• Warp, Weft, Nap, Right vs. Wrong Side
• Selvage
• Choosing Fabric for Your Garment
• Tricky Fabrics to Sew
75 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson Four: All About Patterns

In this lesson we will discuss: • Choosing a Pattern
• Deciphering the Pattern Envelope
• Fabric Plus the Extras
• Layout Deciphered
40 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Projects
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson Five: Hand Sewing

In the lesson we will discuss: • Threading the needle
• Basting
• Hemming
• Buttons
• Decorative Touches
75 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson Six: Pattern Adjustments

In the lesson we will discuss: • Basic Pattern Fitting and Adjustments
• Adjusting Tops
• Adjusting Pants and Skirts
• Fitting a Pattern, Muslin Mockup
45 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson Seven: Pattern Layout

In this lesson we will discuss: • Pattern Preparation
• Choosing the right pieces
• What the markings mean
• Cutting out the pattern
65 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson Eight: Sewing Pajamas

In this lesson we will discuss: • Choosing Thread
• Seam Allowances/Finishes
• Sleeves, Gathered, or Straps
• Elastic
• Hems
70 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson Nine: Sewing an Unlined Jacket

In this lesson we will discuss: • Preparation
• Pattern Alterations
• Button Loop
• Collar/Lapel/Facing
• Button
• Hem
60 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Sewing a Skirt – Part 1

In the lesson we will discuss: • Fitting Skirts
• Pattern Layout
• Marking
• Darts
65 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Sewing a Skirt - Part II

In this lesson we will discuss: • Back Vent
• Center Zipper, Finishing
• Waistband Facing, Interfacing
• Hems Around Vents
55 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Sewing a Shirt or Blouse – Part I

In this lesson we will discuss: • Pattern Markings
• Interfacing
• Shoulder Seams
• Collar
• Cuffs
70 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: Sewing a Shirt or Blouse - Part II

In this lesson we will discuss how to: • Cuffs
• Buttonholes
• Sleeves
• Hems Additional lesson topics: How to Sew Blouses
70 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: Sewing Pants – Part I

In this lesson we will discuss how to: • Fitting Pants
• Pattern Marking
• Center Front
• Inner/Outer Leg Seams
• Lapped Zipper
75 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15: Sewing Pants – Part II

In this lesson we will discuss how to: • Lapped Zipper
• Waistband
• Hem – Machine Blindstitch
136 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Challenges; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 15 Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize sewing basics.
  • Identify your sewing machine.
  • Describe fabric.
  • Describe all about patterns.
  • Demonstrate hand sewing.
  • Demonstrate pattern adjustments.
  • Demonstrate pattern layout.
  • Demonstrate sewing pajamas.
  • Demonstrate sewing an unlined jacket.
  • Demonstrate sewing a skirt.
  • Demonstrate sewing a shirt or blouse.
  • Demonstrate sewing pants.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Sewing 101
Course Number: 7550477
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (3,092 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: April 2024
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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