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How To Give Your Garments A Professional Finish


At a glance

Learn what the pattern guide sheets don’t tell you. Learn the easy tricks of the trade that will elevate your creations from “made it myself” to “I can’t believe you made that!


Do you do everything right, follow all the instructions carefully, but still feel your finished garments have a touch of the made-at-home look?
If so, you are like most sewers and this web seminar recording is for you.

This web seminar recording is about the techniques that make the difference with an emphasis not just on the should do’s, but on the methods experienced sewers know really work. This is a useful class open to any sewer of any level of experience and expertise.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to understand “turn-of-cloth” and the impact it can have on results
  • How to use different kinds of interfacing in different garment areas and why this is a good idea
  • How to use your scissors like a pro and why trimming, notching and clipping are the right techniques for very different situations
  • How to sew long and difficult seams in stages for better results
  • How to use pressing tools to polish your garment
  • How to top-stitch and edge-stitch and why they are not the same thing
  • How to do three different methods for hand stitched hems and when to use them

Difficulty level:

  • This web seminar recording is for sewers, beginners to intermediate, who have sewn enough to be familiar with the basic construction of a blouse, a skirt, or a dress but are now looking for smart ways to take their sewing from the “you made that didn’t you?” to the “I can’t believe you made that!” level.
  • About the Instructor:

    Barbara Emodi is a widely published sewing author, teacher, and compulsive seamstress. She is a former contributing author of Threads and a current columnist with Dressmaking with Stitches magazine. She has taught sewing classes in the US, Canada, and Australia and is dedicated to making the insights of generations sewers accessible to those just getting started. She blogs at Sewing on the Edge (sewingontheedge.blogspot.com) about her sewing life and projects.

    BurdaStyle does not offer any refunds for web seminar recordings. All sales are final. Please contact answers@burdastyle.com if you have any questions about the content of the recording.