Sewing Bound Seam Allowances

The bound seam finish uses strips of fabric cut on the bias; or “bias tape”. The bound seam finish is usually used on unlined garments when a more finished appearance is desired, and can be used as a decorative element. These courses are designed for learners planning to go into the fashion/apparel production environment. Purchase […]

Know Your Stitches Per Inch (S.P.I.)

The number of stitches within an inch is very important in sewing. Especially if you will be sewing or working in production. The lower the number of stitches means heavier or thicker fabric. Higher number of stitches means lighter weight or thinner fabric. However, stitches are associated with numbers on a dial from 0 to […]

Sewing Lines on Paper

This is the first sewing exercise of The Apparel Arts Academy sewing course for beginners. These courses are designed for learners planning to go into the fashion/apparel production environment. Before stitching on fabric, first stitch on paper to get use to how the machine pulls fabric through. This is also designed for you to practice […]

Sewing Parallel Lines w/ Back Tack & Runs

This parallel lines exercise is designed for you to practice sewing straight lines. It will also strengthen your pivoting skills and back stitching skills. These courses are designed for learners planning to go into the fashion/apparel production environment. Purchase the patterns for Level 1 tutorials here: https://tinyurl.com/AAA-L1-Patterns

Sewing 3/4″ Seam Cleaned to 1/2″

This type of seam finish can be used with fabrics that do not fray a lot. It can also be used on unlined garments when an overlock/serger is not available or bound seam allowances are not desirable. These courses are designed for learners planning to go into the fashion/apparel production environment. Purchase the patterns for […]

Sewing 1/2″ Seam Overlocked Closed (OVC)

This is probably the most common seam finish. This sample is intended to be for your reference. When you write sewing instructions, you will include advice regarding seam finishes. After sewing the 1/2″ seam, overlock/serge the seam allowances together and press to one side. These courses are designed for learners planning to go into the […]

Sewing 1/2″ & 3/4″ Seam Overlock Bust Open (OVC BO)

This sample is intended to be for your reference. When you write sewing instructions, you will include advice regarding seam finishes. Once you sew the 1/2″ & 3/4″ seam, you will press it open flat (Bust Open), then overlock/serge each seam allowance separately. These courses are designed for learners planning to go into the fashion/apparel […]

Sewing 1/2″ Seam Overlock Closed Single & Double Topstitch (OVC 1TS, OVC 2TS))

This sample exercise is both utility and decorative. After sewing the seam and overlocking/serging the seam closed, press the seam to one side. Flip the garment to the face side and stitch on top of the fabric through the seam allowance. This will hold the seam allowance to the fabric. A single topstitch is usually […]

Sewing French Seam

The French Seam is predominately used on finer and lightweight fabrics when overlock/serger isn’t appropriate. It can also be used on medium weight fabrics when there is a long seam and overlocked/serged seams are not desired. French seams are not appropriate for curved areas of the garment, such as armholes. It is important to sew […]

Sewing Flat Felled Seam

Flat Felled semas are predominately used on workwear. However, you may have noticed them on the center back seam and inseam of your jeans. Although today this type of seam is done with a specialized machine and attachments. This seam is labor intensive and creates a thick heavy seam. These courses are designed for learners […]