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What do you enjoy about clothing? The colors? The design? The fit?

What is the most difficult part about finding clothing that falls into all three of these categories? Right, the fit. Every human being has a body shape that is just a little bit different from the person next to you. Ready-to-wear clothing manufacturers use standards or "averages" to design and produce clothing that fits the "average" person. What happens when you aren't an "average" size? Your clothing might be well designed and sport the latest in color and fabric, but it just doesn't look good on you. How do you get around that? By learning how to sew!

Sewing your own garments is really not as difficult as it may sound. This course will take you through the very basic elements of fabric choice, how to decipher the pattern envelope and instructions inside, getting to know your sewing machine and how to begin expanding your wardrobe by sewing your own clothing, or clothing for your family.

Your first project will be to stitch together a set of pajamas where you will learn most of the basic elements of how you put a garment together. After that you will learn how to sew a jacket and a basic fitted skirt with a centered zipper. Then you will complete your wardrobe by learning the ins and outs of shirt/blouse construction that includes cuffs, collars, buttons, and buttonholes, ending with the creation of a pair of pants.

Once you finish this course, you will be able to fit patterns to your body, choose the correct size, and stitch together garments that you like and that fit you well.

So what are you waiting for? Let's get started now, because once you begin, you won't be able to stop. A pattern is just where you begin. Once you understand the basics of putting a garment together, you can change and embellish it to your heart's content. Did you see a ready-to-wear garment you like, but doesn't look good on you? Find a pattern that is similar, and create a one-of-a-kind design that fits you and only you. We'll teach you how!
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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
  • Review 2 Articles: The Basic Sewing Kit; Sewing Glossary
  • Take Poll: Sewing
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: 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
70 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Basic Sewing Machine Maintenance; How to Thread a Sewing Machine; Types of Sewing Machine Feet
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Knits and Wovens; Choosing Fabric
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Choosing the Right Pattern Size; Choosing Beginner Patterns
  • Take Poll: Projects
  • Complete: 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
  • Review Article: Tips for Hemming Blue Jeans
  • Review Video: Classic Hem Stitch
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: 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
  • Review Article: Altering Patterns
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Cutting and Marking; Patterns
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Choosing Thread; Sewing Pajama Tops
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: 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
  • Review Article: Making a Muslin
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 3 Articles: Fitting Skirts; Making a Strip Skirt; The 5 Minute Skirt
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: 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
  • Review Article: How to Make a Wrap Skirt
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Making a Men's Shirt; A Girl's Shirred Top
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: Sewing a Shirt or Blouse– Part II

In this lesson we will discuss how to: • Cuffs
• Buttonholes
• Sleeves
• Hems
70 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Shirt Sewing Tutorials; How to Sew Blouses
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Women's Pants; Making Perfect Pants
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Complete: 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
  • Review Article: Sewing Children's Pants
  • Take Poll: Challenges
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

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Course Title: Sewing 101
Course Number: 7550477
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
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
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $70.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $95.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know 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, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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