You may have heard the good news that Sew News is joining with Janet Pray of Islander Sewing Systems to bring a wonderful new program to a larger audience. I wanted to spend a some time in this newsletter talking about this class and certification courses in general.Whenever I post about our new certification course I get replies about the cost and how ‘so and so’ has classes for $19.99 or ‘You can find that on You-Tube for free’ and so on. The truth is that true certification courses are quite a bit different than your average free You-Tube video.
Let’s check out the differences and why you might be interested in Janet Pray’s Islander Sewing System Certification Course.
This course is 500.00. There, I said it. Yes, it’s a lot of money. (Full disclosure here, that does not include supplies. You can purchase a separate supply kit but it is not mandatory.) Yes, you can watch lots of videos for free on YouTube.
But, this is a certification course. Meaning that after completing the course you’ll be able to teach this system on your own. You can make money off of your passion for sewing. You’ll be certified to do so under the Islander Sewing System. All instructors of the Islander Sewing System must go through a certification process.In the past, if you wanted to be a certified instructor of the Islander Sewing System it meant traveling to Michigan to do so. Or, locating an instructor and taking the course somewhere else closer to you.
Now, you can get the same great course and take it all while in your own home.
I’ve seen popular sewing bloggers conduct a ‘sewing weekend’ where they make one garment and one garment only for the price of $500. That does not include hotel accommodations, transportation costs, supplies, etc. Sure, you may leave having had a wonderful time and hopefully learned something new and helpful – but you’re not certified to teach. The online Islander Sewing Systems Certification Course is not one day or even a weekend.
The entire course is 6 weeks long and can be taken anywhere, anytime using your computer, tablet or even your smartphone. There is no set time, courses are structured to fit your schedule. That’s the beauty of online learning; you can do it almost anywhere at any time.
Islander Sewing System was developed by Margaret Islander. In 2001, Janet Pray, a long time student and devotee of ISS, acquired the Islander School of Fashion Arts. Over the years the course has evolved to fit the changing needs of the people who want to take it. First offering direct instruction, then text books and now online virtual learning. Potential students ask why making a shirt is the first project.
The answer is simple. A shirt is complex! It has several components to it: buttons, collars, pockets, flat felled seams, mitering, darts and tucks. You’ll be working with multiple body parts: sleeves, arms, chest, back and so on. Shirts offer a lot to learn.
In this course you’ll also learn how to insert zippers, waistbands and more. One of the hallmarks of the ISS is learning garment industry sewing techniques.
- You’ll learn how to sew without pins or basting.
- You’ll learn to use different seam allowances and why these work better for the home seamstress.
- You’ll learn how to accurately cut, marking tips and how to manage difficult fabrics.
What I find the most intriguing is the tips and all industrial sewing techniques and how to use them in your home sewing. For a full outline of the course please head to Craft Online University.
There are many Islander Sewing System instructors out in the sewing world. Some have earned their certification and taught others. Many have used the course to better themselves as seamstresses, producing professional, quality garments faster. With this certification course you will be taught by Janet Pray.
She will walk you through the entire system in her fun and engaging way. You’ll be able to access Janet for 6 weeks to answer your questions and for feedback.Additionally, Janet knows how to sew and has spent most of her life sewing and preaching about all it’s virtues ( and frustrations!).
Janet is the President of the American Sewing Expo, served as the Executive Director of the National Sewing Council and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Association of Sewing & Design Professionals in 2012. Janet has been around for a long time, she has been sewing for just as long.
With this course you are not getting a 30-minute video, but 6 weeks of education from a well-respected sewing instructor and sewing community leader. If you’re interested in certification programs do the research and ask these questions:
- How long are the classes?
- What is the course outline?
- Who is the instructor?
- Does the instructor have the qualifications to teach the subject?
- What can be done with the certification once it’s finished?
- Will I have any support once I’ve completed the course?
I hope this helps in separating the wheat from the chaff in regards to short sewing videos and a 6-week certification program.But, I need to hear from you. We offer these types of programs based on what our readers have expressed interest in.
So, here’s your chance, let me know what you think. Have you ever taken a certification course? What did you like about it? Are you familiar with the Islander Sewing System and Janet Pray? Do you like online learning? What types of topics would you like to see? Let me know in the comments section below.
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