Jessica Giardino

Knits 101

Jessica Giardino
Knits 101
  • In-depth Instruction; over 103 mins
  • On-demand video access anytime
  • Bonus downloadable PDF resources
  • Access to class Q&A
Hit the ground running with Jessica Giardino. Follow along with the class overview before diving right into the core material. Learn about how knit fabric is made and then discover how knitwear has been used and enjoyed of the past several centuries.
Take a closer look at knit fabrics in this session. First up, discover how to identify the fabrics right and wrong sides. Then learn how to perform a stretch test on any knit fabric. Lastly, a brief discussion of selecting the right fabric for a pattern and how ease factors into that decision.
Take a stroll through a multitude of fabrics with Jessica Giardino. Learn about the properties of several different types of fabric. Also discover the ideal use of each fabric provided. Revel in the inspiring fabrics that are sure to get you itching to stitch knits.
Preparing your fabric properly always leads to better results. Check out the tips Jessica Giardino provides for washing, drying and pressing knit fabrics in this session. Also learn the many uses of knit interfacing and knit stay tape.
With your fabric prepped and ready, it’s time to get to cutting! First watch demonstrations of several marking tools, then check out suggested pins and pattern weight options for keeping patterns in place. Lastly, learn the best ways to cut knit fabric and the necessary tools for the job.
It’s finally time to dive into sewing knit fabric! This session covers everything you need to know about sewing knit fabric on a sewing machine. Familiarize yourself with the best needle and thread types for stitching knits. Then check out several edge finish options to complete any knit project.
Sewing knits and using a serger go hand-in-hand. These exceptionally handy machines are great to have around for knits. Review how sergers form their stitches before discovering several seam finishes to use on the serger.
Using your measurements create a one-of-a-kind skirt to wow your friends and family. Begin by taking your measurements and creating a personalized pattern. Then stitch up the minimal number of seams to complete the skirt. This fun and easy project will leave you wanting to sew knits all the time!
 
 
8 Lessons
1  hrs 43  mins

Don’t shy away from knit fabrics! These stretchy textiles are here to flatter your form and stitch up easily.

This class begins with an overview of how knits are made and a brief discussion regarding the history of knitwear in fashion. Students will receive a complete class overview in the first session to help them prepare for each session as necessary.

Together with instructor, Jessica Giardino, you’ll explore a wide variety of knit fabrics and learn how to identify the right side, wales and courses, perform a stretch test and what types of patterns work best with knits.

Pick up tips on how to cut knit fabrics without causing a snag, then move on to learning how to prep stretchy fabrics for sewing. You’ll discover tips for pressing, washing, drying and applying knit stay tape and knit interfacing. Next up, discover how needle choice and thread choice factor into sewing with knits.

Then it will finally be time to sew some knits. Begin by learning a variety of seam finishes to use on a traditional sewing machine. Then check out a serger and learn how to use one to sew knits quickly and easily. Lastly, learn to sew your first knit project.

Create a knit skirt to wear out for your next night on the town. Watch step-by-step instructions as you draft a pattern based on measurements then stitch up the skirt. This fun and stylish project can be completed in an afternoon.

In addition to the detailed video instruction you’ll receive, the online class provides you with some downloadable resources and helpful information to print and keep, including: a detailed Class Resource to use as your cutting guide when making your very own knit skirt along with a shopping guide to make sure you have everything on hand before starting your project.

Jessica Giardino

Hailing from a long line of artists, crafters and make-do-and-menders, Jessica grew up enjoying several different creative outlets. As an adult this has translated into finding any excuse to create daily. Her passion for sewing was handed down from her grandmother and mother. Previously, Jessica worked as a member of the amazing team that creates <em>Sew News</em>, <em>Creative Machine Embroidery</em>, and <em>Sew it All</em> magazines. Her work has appeared in the pages of each publication and she was featured on two episodes of <em>Sew it All TV</em>. When not stitching, Jessica can be found walking her tiny dog, seeking out delicious tacos, and playing all sorts of games in Portland, OR.

Jessica Giardino

Bonus materials available after purchase