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Sewing Instruction Terms to Know

If you're thinking of taking a sewing or dress making class, you may want to brush up on some basics before your first meeting. Knowing the following terms and definitions will create a strong frame of reference for learning new techniques and lessons.

  • Back Tack - If you're following a pattern, you may notice instructions that ask for back tacking. Back tack is what is done when you are done sewing a line of thread, such as a hem, in order to secure that line of stitching. This can be done with a sewing machine or by hand.
  • Fashion Fabric - When making a dress or other clothes, there can be several types of fabric used. The fashion fabric is what appears on the outside of the garment. This is opposed to the liner fabric, which generally remains unseen.
  • Pre-Shrinking - When making custom garments such as baby clothing or dresses, the fabric may require pre-shrinking. Depending on the pattern and instructions for fabric type, washing and drying the fabric sheets may be required.
  • Test Seam - Before you make your first project, your instructor may have you use the sewing machine to make a test seam in class. Test seams help familiarize you with the machine and the fabric with which you are working. Some garments and fabrics may require specific seams to prevent pulling and other problems.
  • Stay Stitching - Stay stitching is performed on the edges of more delicate fabrics and dresses to ensure that a hem or effect keeps its shape during the construction process.
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    415 E Iris Dr, Nashville, TN 37204
    (615) 269-0453
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    7 Deer Trace Rd, Fayetteville, TN 37334
    (931) 438-0032


    Sewing instruction and training classes are available in many locations across the nation. These in-person and online courses provide individuals with tips and proper techniques pertaining to sewing and stitching fabrics. This craft involves a needle and thread, information books on zipper installation, buttonholes, fabric cutting tools and clothing garment hemming. While some people are interested in getting information and instruction pertaining to hand stitching, others want to learn more about using a sewing machine. There are several online courses that teach proper seam stitching, sleeve hemming, and clothing design. Some of these online sewing classes allow you to learn for free. These short videos teach you all about various types of thread, sizes of needles, finishing kits, and machines used for hemming pants or creating buttonholes in shirts. The tips and techniques learned are virtually endless. However, you can also take sewing classes or lessons in person in order to get hands-on training with a professional. For some men and women, this is a better approach because in-person assistance is available if it is needed. Some informational books and videos are also available to assist people with learning more about sewing properly. While you can get some additional information in local sewing product shops about this craft and lessons, you can also find ample data online. Just be sure to hone in on what you are looking for. This will help you get the exact information on sewing classes or instruction you need.
     
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