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NO SKILLS REQUIRED Absolutely no experience necessary. Valuable for all levels of the craft.
EASY Participants with basic skills.
INTERMEDIATE Participants have solid basic skills.
ADVANCED Participants have solid skills and experience in the craft, ready to explore or refine.
Jennifer Stern-Hasemann, owner and designer at J Stern Designs, has a solid background in pattern design and drafting, fit, and construction.
Her original line of fashion patterns, jeans, a cup-sized fitted shirt, and a unique tee, focus on flattering designs with easy-to-follow instructions and fit techniques. She loves to work with knit fabric and has designed an Easy-to-Fit-and-Sew Collection of patterns specially designed for knits.
She shares a wide variety of sewing, serging, fitting, and construction techniques via her J Stern Designs on the YouTube Channel, with over 100 video tutorials. Additionally, she teaches online at craftsy.com and patternreview.com.
For more about Jennifer go to jsterndesigns.com
STITCHES United 2019 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1330 No skills required Break Your Serger Out of the Box
One of the most common things new serger owners say is "I'm afraid to take it out of the box."... The second most common thing is "I only use my serger to finish raw edges." If you've ever wondered what a serger is or if you own one, and you'd like to know how to make the most of its basic capabilities, join Jennifer for this fun class.
We'll start with an overview of the serger so you'll be familiar with threading and how it works. Then we'll examine a basic 4-Thread Stitch to understand how it's formed. By identifying the needle and looper threads, you'll be able to "read" your work to tell easily which settings need to be adjusted to fix a less-than-perfect stitch.
One of the serger's most helpful features allows you to sew a wide variety of fabrics without gathering or stretching them out of shape. We'll play with this differential feed to see how to get a nice smooth seam on lightweight or sheer fabrics as well as stretchy knits.
*Learn about the basic 3- and 4-Thread Stitches that are used to sew garment seams and finish edges.
*Sample easy specialty and decorative stitches: a rolled hem for stable and sheer fabrics, a decorative lettuce-edge on a knit, and a decorative flat-lock stitch.
*See how easy it is to sew around curves and circles, starting and stopping so it is practically invisible.
*For those times when something goes wrong and you need to take out a seam, learn how to take out a 4- or 3-Thread Stitch with no seam ripper.
That's a lot, but each technique covered has a corresponding workbook page with step-by-step instructions and fabric samples neatly stored in a page protector. You'll leave class armed with this valuable reference to help you with your future serger projects.
Note: Sergers provided for use in class.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
9017 Easy Learn to Sew Knit Garments using your Sewing Machine
If you're new to sewing clothes for yourself, this class is for you. Work with a variety of fabrics and notions following Jennifer's step-by-step guidance to help you get professional results sewing knit garments.
Knit fabrics are easy to work with because the raw edges do not fray. Built-in stretch makes them easy to fit. We'll start by discussing the best needles and notions to use, then talk about a variety of knits and how to use them.
You will leave class with a reference binder full of knit samples that include a variety of seam treatments and finishing techniques. Your reference guide will take the mystery out of working with knits at home.
Note: Machines provided for use in the classroom.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9032 Easy Tee Fit Workshop
Join Jennifer as she takes you step-by-step through the process of fitting your new favorite knit top. The Tee Pattern has unique above the bust seams that make it easy to get a great fit no matter what your fitting challenges may be.
Start by trying on knit muslins to determine which size to work with. Then, I'll show you simple pattern adjustments including a full-bust adjustment and neckline and shoulder adjustments. You can customize the look and fit of your Tee by relaxing the fit of the front and back lower bodice pieces and choosing between sleeveless, short or 3/4 length sleeves.
Learn how to select fabric with the right amount of stretch to get flattering results. We'll play with a variety of knits that are included in your kit. You'll leave class with a pattern that's ready for fabric and the confidence to pick out the perfect fabric.
Materials fee: $30 (see below)
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
9009 Easy Easy Fit and Sew Yoga Pants
If you have ever wanted to sew for yourself, but felt that you needed a little help along the way, this class is perfect. Using my Easy Fit and Sew One-Piece Yoga Pant Pattern, you'll have the opportunity to try on samples to find your best starting size. Then I'll show you simple adjustments to fine-tune your pattern for a flattering, comfortable fit. Use those pattern pieces to cut out and sew your new favorite yoga pants.
I've taken the guess work out of choosing the right fabric; black 4-way stretch knit is included in your kit. Learn tricks and tips to get professional results and to sew knit garments with your sewing machine.
Note: Machines provided for use in the class.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
9086 Easy Stretch Jeans
Are they knit jeans or dress pants? Update your wardrobe with the most comfortable knit jeans you've ever tried on.
We will work with my Knit Jeans Pattern; it's easy to fit and sew. Start by trying on samples to make quick work of choosing your size. Then I'll show you how to fine-tune the fit.
Use your adjusted pattern pieces to sew a muslin. In addition to perfecting the fit of your pattern, we'll explore different fabric and style choices. I'll show you how to create an easy faux-front fly and how to transform the front pockets into a comfort panel. You'll learn how to get professional results sewing with a serger or sewing machine.
Then you'll have a front-row seat for a trunk show featuring a variety of knit jeans. You'll be amazed at how using fabrics like stretch velvet, luxe double knits, and even stretch woven fabrics can transform your comfy knit jeans into dress pants that are perfect for every occasion.
Note: Machines and sergers provided for use in class.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1253 Easy Easy Fit and Sew Skort
Join Jennifer and make a skirt with super powers--The Easy Knit Skort--a skirt+shorts!
You'll find yourself wearing this comfortable Skort everywhere. The gored skirt is made from black Performance Sports Knit with light-weight rayon knit shorts underneath.
This is a perfect beginner project for anyone who is interested in learning how to sew garments. You'll learn how to get professional results sewing knits with a sewing machine.
The skirt hem ends just above the knee but it can easily be lengthened or shortened. Once you see how easily one can add shorts to a skirt, you'll be tempted to add these super powers to all your skirts.
Note:Machines provided for use in the class.