|Kenneth King gave this class on sewing piped pockets, both straight and curved, and bound buttonholes. Welt pockets and bound buttonholes are two skills that I've been eager to add to my repertoire. The class came at a good time for me, I have a coat pattern and fabric that is crying out for bound buttonholes, and I had a little rebate from Paypal which almost covered the cost of the class, so I took it as a sign that it was meant to be.
The class was a series of downloads--15 lessons, I think, and two group discussions. I was frankly nervous. First of all, I've never taken a class online before. I often struggle to understand the diagrams in pattern instructions and even in many sewing books, so I wasn't sure how I'd like this. I thought I might be in over my head.
For King's technique, I had to buy a Singer 1/4" generic zipper foot. I found the foot at Joann's, used my coupon and spent a whopping $1.79--and it works great.
I scanned the first lesson, and it made perfect sense. The instructions were complete, but the photos that illustrate the steps were outstanding! I mean, the photos and drawings show everything you need to see--where the needle is, where the foot is, what direction to sew, how to hold the piping, exactly where to cut--everything was very clear. Hey,I can do this!
My first buttonhole was pretty good, and the following ones were even better. I took my sample buttonholes to school with me and showed them to everyone who would look--I felt like Tom Hanks in what was that movie? "I have made...(fire) a hole!"
The discussions were fun even though I didn't contribute much. Kenneth King was very personable and helpful in his comments.
I liked the class gallery feature where we could upload photos of our work for feedback.
The class was definitely worthwhile, and now that I've gotten my feet wet, I will not hesitate to take another class here at PR!