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Posted by: Sharp

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Posted on: 7/29/11 1:40 PM
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Review Rating: Helpful by 2 people   Very Helpful by 4 people   
Web site/URL: All Hemmed Up
I took the hems class by Jennifer Stern. I signed up for the class because I was on a tight budget but still wanted to take some sort of class to keep improving my skills. I haven't sewn a lot of clothing recently and was feeling a bit out of my groove. Knowing how to properly hem your clothing is not only practical, but can make or break the look of your project. I'm also only 5' 2" and all the ladies in my family are under 5' 6", so we do a lot of hems in this house! I've always just followed the pattern instructions or tried to copy the hem already in place for RTW alterations, but it was high time I actually paid attention to the "proper" way.

The class is pretty basic, not complicated after all we're talking hems here, not tailored suits. The information is well laid out and between photos and written instructions, pretty easy to follow. I think the instructions give each type of hem more coverage than most books. The class covers blind hems on the machine, rolled and narrow hems, how to shorten pants, how to deal with tapered and flared pants, cuffed pants, how to mark a skirt for hemming, tips on hemming jeans and knits. Jennifer also added a section on how to shorten pants above the hem. There were three chats, I missed the last one due to an appointment though. Jennifer was great about answering questions and doing a little extra research if needed to get us the answer.

I also bought the videos. (It says there are 22, but really there are only 15, 7 of the listed videos are repeats--must be an uploading error.) These did help to clarify a couple of the steps where you need to flip the pants hem wrong side to right side, etc. So I'd say for the $15 extra for videos its a good deal if you are a visual learner, but not totally necessary if you just don't have the extra $.

I'd love to see an additional hems class on specialty or advanced techniques sometime in the future that would build off the basics of this class.

Overall, I think for the tips and techniques offered, the class is worth the price. It is more of a beginner/advanced beginner level--or if you're like me, a great review with some neat little tricks to make your hemming better.

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Barbara R said... (7/31/11 11:46 AM) Reply
Thanks for this review. I am due for some refresher classes myself.
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