Islander Sewing Systems Certification Course

Islander Sewing Systems Certification Course brought to you by Sew News and hosted by Craft U.

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This course will run from May 31st 2016 through September 6th 2016.

 

You may be asking yourself, “What will I get out of the Islander Sewing System Certification”? This course has a lot to offer for all types of sewers.Janet Pray 300 Islander Sewing Systems Certification Course

Janet Pray of Islander Sewing Systems has written in her own words what each and everyone of you may get out of the course:

For the home sewer who wants to simply improve the quality of their finished projects, eliminate the frustration when operating the sewing machine and to cut down the amount of time each project takes. “If you like to sew, after you learn these techniques you will LOVE to sew!”islander sewing image Islander Sewing Systems Certification Course

For the sewing professional, making clothes and alterations for others this course will help increase the profit margin and gives helpful business information including record keeping and client contracts. A sample price list form and contract are included in the workbook for this course.

For the person who wants to manufacture and sell sewn items this course not only provides the more efficient sewing methods that create a better profit margin, it also provides help with pricing, purchasing wholesale and how to test market. I discuss how to increase the amount you can sell by hiring subcontractors and some of the important details of hiring subcontractors.

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In the course I provide important information on teaching at different venues and how to structure your teaching approach for each and why. A sample teaching contract is provided in the workbook for this course. Those who certify and become teachers Islandersewing.com will post their contact info and teaching schedule. We will provide several handouts, critique forms and class descriptions when requested. Those certified as teachers will also have the ability to buy Islander Sewing Systems’ products wholesale to resell to students.

As you can see, no matter what kind of sewer you are, the benefits of this course will improve your sewing life.

You can enroll in the course at Craft U. In addition to the course, we have put together a convenient kit of all the specialty tools, notions and sample fabrics you will need throughout the course at Shop Sew it All.

We hope you enjoy the course as much as we do!

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Magic Bias Dress Sew Along: Week 2 Color Blocking

Jill here. If you have ever been afraid of sewing a bias cut garment, fear no more. With Rhonda Buss taking you through step-by-step it’s almost guaranteed that you will have a beautiful wearable garment. Plus, with the Fashion In Harmony Magic Bias Dress sewing pattern, so expertly drafted you’ll see how wonderful sewing a bias garment can be.

Today, Rhonda is talking about color blocking for your dress, should you decide to use this as an option. It can really jazz up a garment.

 Magic Bias Dress Sew Along: Week 2 Color Blocking

 

When it comes to playing with color, there’s a kid in all of us! While coloring books are fun, why not put your efforts toward creating an interesting garment? The Magic Bias Dress from Fashion In Harmony is the perfect pattern for playing with color. With this one pattern, the possibilities are almost endless. You could wear the same pattern in a different color configuration every day of the week, and everyone would think that it’s a completely different dress. Continue reading

 Magic Bias Dress Sew Along: Week 2 Color Blocking
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The Sewing Pattern You Need To Sew

I’ve been sewing a lot lately, but I don’t have many UFO’s (unfinished objects) lying around. I do have many projects in the works, however! Currently, I have five projects going. I finished this new maxi dress, but have a lined camisole, silk kimono, two shirt dresses and a silk blouse to finish up. Plus, about 20 projects started in my brain.

IMG 55061 1024x1024 The Sewing Pattern You Need To SewI prefer to sew this way. I rarely sew something from start to finish in one sitting and then move on to another project. Having multiple projects going allows me to sew a little bit almost every day and then in one weekend I can have five new outfits completed (in theory). At first it bothered me to have so many things going on, but now I embrace it. Continue reading

 The Sewing Pattern You Need To Sew
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Melissa Mora – Adding Personal Details To Oceanside Pants

Hey y’all, Melissa from Blank Slate Patterns here with you today to talk about adding personal details to your sewn garments. One of the advantages of sewing clothing is that you can make them unique, not carbon copies of every other piece of clothing in the store.

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Though the Oceanside Pants pattern is super simple to sew, there are several ways to personalize them. Here are some ideas:

Fabric Selection

As I show in the Sew With Me: Oceanside Pants Pattern and Video, your choice in fabric can drastically change the look of this pattern. Substantial linen vs flowing rayon will hang differently off your body.

Contrast Pocket Fabric

Oceanside 3 Melissa Mora   Adding Personal Details To Oceanside PantsAnother option I show in the Sew With Me: Oceanside Pants Pattern and Video, is to use a contrasting fabric for the pocket lining. A vintage floral, polka dot or geometric pattern can add a fun pop to your pants or shorts.

Buttons

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The pocket buttons are a great place to use unusual or vintage buttons, especially because they can be purely decorative instead of functional.

Piping

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Adding piping to a seam can draw attention to a seam. Since these pants don’t have side seams, piping around the pockets can sharply define the corners.

Contract Topstitching

For a detail more subtle than contrast lining or piping, try contrast topstitching. Remember that the corner of the pocket is folded back and make sure to load your bobbin with the topstitching thread as well. You can also add topstitching to the inseam and rise seams.

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Oceanside 5 Melissa Mora   Adding Personal Details To Oceanside PantsDo you have one of those machines with lots of decorative stitches that you never use? Depending on the stitch style, many of these are actually stronger than straight topstitching, because of the number of stitches and width used to create the design. Sewing on the pockets is a perfect place to experiment with using some of these. Just remember to test the stitch on a scrap first and if you’re using these on the pocket, check what the stitch looks like on the back side – not all decorative stitches will look good folded down for a pocket corner.

Purchase the Sew With Me Oceanside Pants Pattern and Video and have fun sewing pants or shorts that are uniquely yours!

Melissa

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Magic Bias Dress Sew Along: Week 1 Prep & Fabric Choices

Happy to start the Bias Dress Sew Along with Rhonda Buss leading the way to an amazing dress. The Magic Bias Dress is really fun to sew. If you are at all hesitant about sewing  a bias garment, this dress is perfect to start as your first one. This post is about  fabric choices.  The right fabric will be key to a beautiful dress. So, let’s get to it. Here’s Rhonda!

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What would make a dress magical? For most of us, a dress that fits well, is stylish, looks great on us, and is easy to sew. If you’ve been sewing for any amount of time, you know that it is a rare occasion when all of those points come together. Continue reading

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Melissa Mora Gives Her Top Tips for Salvaging Purse Hardware

We’re excited to bring you Melissa Mora from Blank Slate Patterns every Friday through out April. She’ll be giving you great tips and tricks on sewing with knits, handbags and garments. You can check out the fun patterns and projects that Melissa created for our Sew With Me series. These are fun garment projects, perfect for the spring and summer season. We hope you join in!

Hey y’all, it’s Melissa from Blank Slate Patterns here to talk with you about unusual places to get purse hardware.

FB MM 500 swm Melissa Mora Gives Her Top Tips for Salvaging Purse HardwareThe Favorite Purse pattern calls for O or D rings for the strap and a slider bar, and the strap itself uses webbing. While you can find these things in sewing supply stores, selection is often limited, which is why I prefer to go on scavenger hunts to find my hardware and straps. And bonus: shopping this way is often less expensive and gives your creation a unique look that others won’t be able to duplicate. Continue reading

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Good News For People Who Love Sewing!

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.

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Janet prepping for her video shoot in Golden

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. Continue reading

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