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    Ready Steady Sew forum > What do you want from the class?

    I would like you to leave the class with the confidence to manage your sewing machine - and fix things when they go wrong! I would like you to be confident in understanding & using a simple commercial sewing pattern. Let me know what you would like to get out of the course - whether it's something very specific (ie how to sew an invisible zip) or more general.

    September 24, 2014 | Registered CommenterJacqui Harding

    Hi, I would like to become more confident at inserting invisible zips. Also, old fashioned commercial patterns - they are a mystery to me.. I sort of understand the new ones especially the independent companies geared towards beginners, but brain starts to seize when confronted with patterns with minimal, or even no instructions, the ones that just assume you know what you are doing!! Also choosing the right fabric for the right project - assessing drape etc, - I have lots of suggestions regarding fabric websites - I have used quite a few and have found them really useful, so a where to buy fabrics thread would be good

    September 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

    Hi Alison,

    Invisible zips are definitely on the list! They are fantastic once you get the hang of them. I've not worked much with properly vintage patterns as they are too small for me! But we could consider using the instructions in my 1950s Big Book of Needlecraft to draft our own patterns for a simple skirt. Or french knickers - I keep meaning to do that! With vintage patterns the biggest asset is experience - construction tends to follow certain steps so once you've made a few garments you tend to have a fair idea of what's going to happen, and in what order. Choosing fabric for patterns is a good one - different fabrics can make the same pattern look totally different!

    September 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJacqui