On Tuesday 29th September we had the second part of our sewing with stretch fabric class and during the class, pupils were given the chance to complete a stretchy top in 2 1/2 hours.
The class was taken by our regular tutor Lynn Horniblow, who produced a pattern for each of us to use. Our class numbers are usually small to enable a lot of personal tuition but with the garment classes we keep the numbers to 4 because there are more skills to master. The class was also attended by 2 staff members as we believe these classes are a really good way for them to brush up on their sewing skills in order to help and advise our customers.
We started by laying out and then cutting the fabric pieces and in doing this we learnt more about what the markings on the pattern pieces mean and why they are so important to the finished fit as well as how to measure and pin accurately along the grainline. Of course some of us still forgot to leave the points and happily chopped our way around the pattern!
Did you think you needed an overlocker to obtain a professional finish? So did we until Lynn showed us a clever trick on each of our different machines that does exactly the same job. The only extra thing that you have to do is the trimming afterwards.
Sewing with stretch isn’t as scary as you might first think, as long as you know which stitch to use on your machine it becomes a great fabric to sew with. The great thing that we all learnt on this class, was learning which stitch to use and how to move the fabric though the machine without pulling
Everyone left the class feeling really happy, with a garment almost complete along with instructions on how to finish off and most importantly knowledge of how to sew with a jersey fabric.