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Episode 162: Puzzle Pant Construction (Vogue 1411)

I’m so proud of the look and fit of these narrow pants!  The assembly might be why they fit so well, I call it the puzzle pant because one view has lots of seams, enabling alterations and cool top-stitching details. If you have the pattern, Vogue 1411,  I invite you to put the pieces together as you watch the show.  Ron and I will lead you through all the seemingly tricky assembly and once you see the show, you will be able to put this pant together in your sleep. Then when you put them on, I think you will understand why they are so flattering!  I have 6 pairs of Today’s Fit V1411 and it is my favorite pant!

 

Episode 161: Success with Pleats- Tacking, Sewing and Hemming

Pleat detailing can be stunning if it is well executed. Learn how to mark pleats, sew them and treat them at the hem so that they always hang straight. Sandra is using Today’s Fit V1165 to show the pleat techniques.

Episode 160: Creating a Racerback

Racerback patterns are few and far between. Learn how to create a racerback and sew the armholes so that there is no gaposis. Use pieces you already own or any jacket pattern with set-in sleeves. Sandra is using Today’s Fit V1364 from Vogue Patterns.

Episode 159: Adjustable Waistband

Watch this clever solution for making a waistband capable of growing without being bulky. This treatment is so clever, you may want to put it on all your waistbands, even the ones from ready to wear.

Episode 158: Changing Necklines (Vogue 1363)

Learn how to change necklines to get the look you want, add a yoke and join it to a neckline without stretching. This technique is shown using Today’s Fit pattern V1363.

Episode 157: Buttonholes in Stretchy Fabrics

Afraid to make buttonholes in stretchy fabrics? Not after you see this show. Machine buttonholes can be made in sweater knits, slippery knits or wovens with lycra once you know how to stabilize them correctly so that the buttonhole can have the same recovery as the stretch fabrics.

Episode 156: Mastering The Sashiko Machine

Love Sashiko stitching? Learn to do it by machine using the Baby Lock Sashiko machine. Be inspired with embellished Sashiko stitching by Ron as well as how to thread easily and adjust stitch easily to get the look you want. More machine and purchase details http://babylock.com/sewing/sashiko/

Episode 155: Banded Dress(Vogue 1390)->”Inside Sandra’s Studio”

Now that the weather is getting warmer, this will become your go-to dress. This dress is so comfy, perfect for warm weather. It can be made in anything. I just recently finished one in leather, which I wear over a sheer t -shirt. You will love having this in your wardrobe. Watch me in my studio as I guide you through the construction of this great dress and I am wearing it during the show, Today’s Fit Vogue 1390.

Episode 154: Bias Dress (Vogue 1391)-> “Inside Sandra’s Studio”

If you loved the movie the GREAT GATSBY or the bias looks of the 1920′s, come to my studio with me while I construct a bias dress from my newly released bias dress pattern Today’s Fit Vogue 1391. I layout, cut, mark and sew everything in this show. Making the dress is such a pleasure!

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V1391_sketch

V1391 with Capelet

V1391 with Capelet

 

Episode 153: Lapped Over V-Neck

Ron will show his techniques for lapped over neck binding which he uses on his t-shirts and sports shirts. He loves Jalie 2918 pattern for his V-neck t-shirts, but the wonderful technique can be use on multiple patterns like Today’s Fit V1336.

Episode 152: Great “Jean” Jacket Look (Vogue 1036)

The sleeve detailing on Today’s Fit Vogue 1036 is cool enough to make you want to make this jacket.  See several versions of this cut jacket and then see how easy it is to do the sleeve detailing.  I love this sleeve so much that I even put it on another pattern.

Episode 151: Double-Sided Fabric

If you love boiled wool and any double-sided fabric, here is the way to work with it. For starters, take a look at the different boiled wools and learn to recognize the quality product. Since it does not ravel you can forget all of those seam finishes. Avoid bulky collars by avoiding upper seam. See new techniques for facings, pockets, seams and hems. See me work on my own pattern, Today’s Fit V1364, with this type of fabric.

*Sandra wears:  Today’s Fit V1297 polyester knit dress

Episode 150: Cowl Neck Tunic & Dress (Vogue 1386)-> “Inside Sandra’s Studio”

Come See Sandra B’s new studio! In it she will show you how to construct Today’s Fit pattern V1386, the tunic, cowl neck dress and slip. This pattern comes with short and long sleeves and makes a great top, in the case that you never wear dresses.

Episode 149: Fluted Neckline Blouse or Jacket (Vogue 1385)

You are going to love not only making this blouse but wearing it. This blouse has a comfortable not tight fit and makes-up nicely in soft cottons, silks and linens – all with equal success. If you love to make jackets, this takes a blouse pattern and makes it into a jacket. See the construction of the fluted neckline pattern Today’s Fit  Vogue 1385 so that the construction of yours will be fast and easy for you.

Episode 148: Tailored Jackets- Sleeves and Shoulder Pads

If you have always wanted to know how Ron Collins tailors his men’s suit jackets, you will want to watch this show. Like how did Ron get that fine point on the jacket lapel? You can use all of these techniques for women’s jackets too. This is the fourth and final part of jackets from A to Z or also known as the Master (Ron) Series of tailored jackets. 1st was Choice of Interfacing in Episode 143, 2nd was Darts in Episode 145 and 3rd was Collar Attachments & Facing. After seeing all of these shows, you will be fully equipped to make a tailored jacket with the sharp lapels of a tailored man’s suit. In this show you learn to apply the sleeves and shoulder pads on the way to finishing your jacket.

*Sandra is wearing Today’s Fit pattern V1345

Episode 147: Tailored Jackets- Collar Attachments & Facing-> Extended Show!

If you have always wanted to know how Ron Collins tailors his men’s suit jackets, you will want to watch this show. Like how did Ron get that fine point on the jacket lapel? You can use all of these techniques for women’s jackets too. This is the third part of jackets from A to Z or also known as the Master (Ron) Series of tailored jackets, there will be a total of 4 lessons with a focus on tailored jackets. 1st was Choice of Interfacing in Episode 143, 2nd was Darts in Episode 145. In this show you learn to apply the notched collar flawlessly every time as well as final touches for the finished product. So much information to be had in the this 80 minute episode.

Episode 146: Different Seams (Vogue 1260)

Some seams are more difficult to sew than others but once you know the tricks, these seams will be flawless with a little effort. Today’s Fit V1260 is used as example in show.

Episode 145: Tailored Jackets-Darts, Sewing & Pressing

If you have always wanted to know how Ron Collins tailors his men’s suit jackets, you will want to watch this show. Like how did Ron get that fine point on the jacket lapel? You can use all of these techniques for women’s jackets too. This is the second part of jackets from A to Z or also known as the Master (Ron) Series of tailored jackets, there will be a total of 4 lessons with a focus on tailored jackets. 1st was Choice of Interfacing in Episode 143 and now 2nd is Darts.

Episode 144: Lined Lace Pants (30-minute pant)

The 30-minute pant! These lined lace pants are fast and so fabulous. Most of us have a piece of lace around that we have been wanting to do something with for years. If it is cotton lace, remember the lace can be dyed! The show tells you how to get rid of the side seam in pants, cutting on the cross-grain and lining the pull-on pant for a spectacular end product. Ok, maybe an hour pant! Sandra is using pants in Today’s Fit pattern V1356.

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V1356_pants

Episode 143: Tailored Jackets-Choice of Interfacing

If you have always wanted to know how Ron Collins tailors his men’s suit jackets, you will want to watch this show.  Like how did Ron get that fine point on the jacket lapel? You can use all of these techniques for women’s jackets too. This will be the beginning of jackets from A to Z or the start of what can be known as the Master (Ron) Series of tailored jackets, there will be a total of 4 lessons with a focus on tailored jackets, this is the first.

*Sandra is wearing Today’s Fit jacket V1262 and T-shirt V1363

**Suitmaker 601 & 602 is available from “Out of Hand” by phoning Deirdre at 403-217-4871 or email at dei@nucleus.com.  The store is located at 12 – 6449 Crowchild Trial SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  (The interfacing cannot be ordered online.)

Episode 142: Vogue 1165 Pattern Adjustments

Sometimes a pattern just doesn’t seem to work! I’ll show you what to look out for in Vogue Pattern ‘Today’s Fit” V1165 and more importantly, how to fix it!

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V1165

 

Episode 141: Unlined Jacket Construction of Vogue 1364 (Part 2)

The continuation of Episode 140 (Part 1) the step-by-step construction of Today’s Fit pattern Vogue 1364. Here are some tips on sleeve lining and finishing. Also how to make sure your fringe detailing the correct length.

Episode 140: Unlined Jacket Construction of Vogue 1364 (Part 1)

Every time you start a project, look closely at the pattern and identify any problem fitting areas. Watch this step-by-step class on the construction of this fabulous unlined jacket using Today’s Fit pattern Vogue 1364. This pattern has a relaxed fit, so a good fit in the shoulders is very important!

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V1364

Episode 139: Basket Weave T-shirt

Let’s take our favorite T-shirt and create texture by using a basket weave overlay for the front. The effect is so dramatic and so beautiful, it is well worth the extra effort.

Sandra Betzina is wearing and using “Today’s Fit” Vogue Pattern 1363

Episode 138: The Perfect Fitting T-Shirt

Learn the formula for a perfect fitting t-shirt. Learn how and when to measure, allowance for varying stretch in fabric, dart removal, bust adjustments, broad back, rounded back, full arms. You can do this! Today’s Fit V1363 by Vogue Patterns is probably the best pattern to create the best fitting t-shirt. This show is a companion to Episode 137: The 1-Hour T-shirt.

Note: Sandra is wearing both Today’s Fit patterns V1363 and V1345

Episode 137: The 1-Hour T-Shirt (Vogue 1363)

Since T-shirt dressing has become a way of life for most of us, here is an episode on how to construct my Today’s Fit V1363 T-shirt pattern from Vogue Patterns . If you follow along and use my new T-shirt pattern, Vogue 1363, you will be thrilled with the results. What makes Vogue 1363 so special? A cut in narrow shoulder, beautiful neckline, high armhole, and very flattering cut. This may well be the last T-shirt pattern you will ever buy!

(Note: Power Net mesh shown from Rose City Textiles in Portland, OR. Contact info for salesperson Annette Leiser is 503-229-0395 ext.2 or email annette_leiser@rosecitytextiles.com)

Episode 136: Draped Front Necklines (Vogue 1334)

Learn a neat trick to create the beautiful drape on cowl necks that guarantees hidden underwear as well as other construction details on this beautiful blouse from Today’s Fit pattern V1334.

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V1334

Episode 135: Golf (Polo) Shirt Placket

Learn how Ron applies his placket techniques to the front of a golf shirt. Can also be used on polo shirts or women’s blouses in silk and cotton.

 

Episode 134: Success with the Straight Skirt (Part 2)

Many people are afraid to wear straight skirts, but anyone can wear them and look good! Just allow enough room over the tummy!

We work with a woven skirt and also how to insert lining or finish with Petersham. Pattern Today’s Fit Vogue 7333 is a great one!

Episode 133: Success with the Straight Skirt (Part 1)

If you love straight skirts and love knits, Christine Jonson has 2 great patterns which are beautifully cut and well-fitting. It is for all body types not just slim hips, that is why one of the 2 patterns works for you. The 2 patterns are Pencil Skirt 330 and Straight Skirt (BaseWear Two #1025). These knits skirts can be used from day to night and will travel well too. Find out which style works for you and you may love it so much that you will want many skirts in multiple lengths and fabrics.

Episode 132: Upscale Yoga Pants (Vogue 1355)

Here’s an upscale yoga pant (Vogue 1355) that can go from the gym to cocktails. Easy to make and flattering!

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V1355

Episode 131: Seam Embellishments for Gored Skirts

Let your seams do the talking with this clever 3 dimensional seam enhancement on a gored skirt pattern. Gored skirts are fun and classy, but they also lengthen you with its vertical lines.

Sandra is wearing top, Vogue 1260.

There is a gored skirt pattern available in “No Time To Sew” by Sandra Betzina (*no longer in print by Rodale Books publisher)

Episode 130: Covered Snaps and Home Remedies for Stain Removal

Hate to make buttonholes?  You can still have a couture closing by making covered snaps. They work great and they look great!

– Plus an added feature – Home Remedies for Stain Removal – Some work and some don’t!  Sandra and Ron do a little investigation into which remedies are successful.

Episode 129: Adding Sleeves to a Sleeveless Pattern (Vogue 1297)

Have a pattern without sleeves?  Here’s an easy way to add them and have a sleeve you like!

A pattern that works for this is Today’s Fit Vogue 1297.

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V1297

Episode 128: Measuring and Fitting Men’s Shirts

Learn exactly how to take the crucial measurements on a man’s body, then, find out how to get extra fabric where you need it without affecting the style lines!

Episode 127: Simple Travel Jacket (Vogue 1243)

I traveled a lot this year, Slovenia, Croatia, Vietnam, Hong Kong. This attractive and versatile jacket is from Today’s Fit Vogue 1243 and it went with me everywhere. Watch me make the simple travel jacket and hopefully you will be making one of your own!

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V1243

Episode 126: Tricky Necklines (Vogue 1275)

Since the neckline is a focal point, it must be flawless – Learn the tricks for binding necklines which will lie flat. A good pattern to try this with is Today’s Fit Vogue 1275.

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V1275

Episode 125: Dollar Store Notions

Did you know that you can find all kinds of great products for you sewing room at the Dollar Store?
Ron shares his secret discoveries!

Episode 124: Detachable Collars with Magnets (Vogue 1318)

Detachable Collar with Magnets – Today we offer you a “Bonus” show, 59 minutes of using magnets for a detachable collar! Magnets are the answer to securing detachable collars!  A detachable collar is the answer to changing the look of a coat.  Instead of attaching it with buttons or snaps, learn how to work with magnets. A pattern to try this with is Today’s Fit Vogue 1318.

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V1318

Episode 123: Pillow Sham with Invisible Zipper

Pillow Sham with Invisible Zipper – Now you can make these beautiful pillow shams with an invisible zipper!

Episode 122: Changing a Blouse Pattern to a Dress!

How many times have you tried to extend a blouse or top pattern into a dress?  Learn to do it the right way, Sandra will show you some tricks to maintain the style and the line! She is working with Today’s Fit top V1333 and wearing it as well.

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V1333

 


Episode 121: Working with Thinsulate

Working with Thinsulate – Thinsulate can provide the warmth you need without the bulk.  Learn the tricks you need to know to work with Thinsulate successfully!

 Sandra’s wearing: Vogue 1291

*Where to find Thinsulate:

1) Vogue Fabrics Store

2) Seattle Fabrics, Inc.

3) Century Textile
1841 Avenue C North
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Canada
S7L 1L9
Ph: 306 652 0994

4) Out of Hand
12 – 6449 Crowshild Trail SW
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
T3E 5R7
Ph: 403 217 4871

Episode 120: Same Pattern, Different Looks Jeans (Vogue 1034)

Same pattern, different looks Jeans- Ron shows how to create different looks for the same jean pattern for men, but these can work for women too!   Jean styling is so flattering and fabric is not limited to denim!  Take a look at jeans with a whole new vision!

A pattern to try is Today’s Fit Vogue 1034

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V1034

Men’s Pattern: Kwik Sew 3504  Sandra is wearing: Vogue 1124

Episode 119: The Butterfly Blouse (Vogue 1291)

The butterfly blouse – Make it in silk, make it in a knit!  Everything you need to know for a beautiful butterfly blouse!

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V1291

Use pattern Today’s Fit Vogue 1291 to construct the Butterfly Blouse.

Episode 118: Mastering the Zipper Front Jacket

Whether the zipper is exposed or hides behind a front placket, there are a few tricks you need to know to make separating zippers functional and professional looking. Sandra and Ron show you what you need to know to put a separating zipper in any fabric.

Episode 117: Tailored Breast Pocket

A breast pocket on a man or woman’s jacket is positioned to be a focal point, so it better be perfect.  Both Sandra and Ron have made many jackets over the years. Watch these two collaborate on the construction of a flawless breast pocket with a flap that covers the opening.

Episode 116: Fringe and Shirred Embellishments

Chanel was the first to make her cardigan style soft jacket with self fabric fringe and ready to wear has copied this idea for years.  Learn a couture technique from Sandra and Ron to make your own self-fringe, which creates a lush self fringe with no bulk in the seam allowance.  Next you will see a couple of ideas for using selvage and adding a belted back for a high fashion look.

Episode 115: Sunburst Pleated Skirt

If you have fallen in love with the look of the pleated skirt…this is the class to watch! Learn where to buy the fabric, how to sew it, hem it, and elasticize the waist!  Within 2 hours you could be wearing this skirt!

*Available for Free for a limited time for those without 1 Year Subscriptions. Click here to watch Episode 115: Sunburst Pleated Skirt for free! Free access will expire on 12/30/13

Episode 114: Clean Finishes For Waistbands

Learn how to eliminate waistband bulk and any raw edges, or telltale signs at the ends of your waistband.  Get a professional appearance on both the outside and inside of band. Nice clean lines on the waistband!

Episode 113: Ribbon Embellishments

Watch Sandra show Ron how to create three-dimensional embellishment from flat ribbon!  This technique adds so much to a garment and is the perfect solution when no piping or trim seams to look quite right.

Episode 112: Flawless Machine Buttonholes

Learn 6 different machine buttonhole applications with advice on which buttonhole to use with a variety of fabrics.  Never be intimidated by machine buttonholes again!

Episode 111: Embellishments with Piping

Piping in a seam or along an edge, is the easiest way to show off a design detail.  Watch Sandra show Ron everything she knows about single piping, double piping, making piping from braid, and attaching piping so it doesn’t draw up the seam.  Once you view this show, you too will be a master in the piping world!

Episode 110: Half Lining for Blouses and Jackets (Vogue 1243_C)

Watch as Sandra shows Ron a simple technique to half-line a garment by merely extending the front facing over to the side seam.  Lining the entire front of a garment gives more coverage to semi-transparent fabrics. This creates more of a finish to the entire front by eliminating any need for seam finishing.  This couture technique elevates your garment to the next level. Can be used on pattern Today’s Fit Vogue 1243 view C.

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V1243_C

Episode 109: Mandarin Collar

A Mandarin Collar can be flattering to all figures if the width of the collar is correct.  Watch Sandra and Ron show you how to make the focal point at the center front, which is where the collar joins.  This technique will guarantee that each end of the collar is identical and looks professional.  As an added bonus, Ron shows you his faux sashiko stitch, which can be done on your home sewing machine.

Episode 108: Redesigning A Pattern

Few patterns offer you exactly what you are looking for when it comes to creating a figure-flattering garment. Sometimes, subtle pattern changes are just what you need to make this happen. In this show, Sandra and Ron teach you how to alter patterns in order to get the look you want in more complicated styles. Happy Sewing!

Episode 107: You Asked For It Alterations

It is great to wear perfectly- fitting  garments!  In this episode, Sandra and Ron show you how raise necklines on wrap styles, alter ready-to-wear pants for a small waists, expand front pants for a large tummy, shorten front crotch only, and how to walk  the seams to prevent mystery wrinkles on pants.

Episode 106: Great Travel Purse

If you are planning a trip this summer, you’ll want a purse that lies flat against the body and is not too heavy. Sandra welcomes Cheryl Kuscak from Paradiso Designs as she provides you with a free pattern and demonstrates the techniques required to make a perfect travel purse (Cross Body Bag) just for you! Bon Voyage!

Episode 105: Yoke Detailing Western Shirts

Saddle up and watch as Ron Collins shows you how to sew and embellish a Western shirt. As the former owner of a custom shirt business, Ron sure knows his stuff!

Episode 104: Tricks To Working With Bias

People love bias cut garments because they are so flattering and look great. Watch as Sandra and Ron show you some tricks of the trade to making a bias cut garment with the perfect fit just for you!

Episode 103: Jean Jacket Pocket

Jean jacket pockets can be a devil to sew because of all of the bulk. Watch as Sandra and Ron take you step-by-step to constructing a workable jean jacket pocket with details that will make it look absolutely fabulous!

Episode 102: The Ultimate Pencil Skirt

Watch as Sandra and Ron teach you to make Sandra’s favorite “Samba Skirt”. You’ll get compliments every time you wear it. It’s so cute, so easy, and, best of all. . .no fit!

Episode 101: Centered and Lap Zippers

Sandra and Ron show you two special techniques for installing a lapped or centered zipper. Watch as they demonstrate the tricks to make your zippers work for you.

Episode 100: Slimming Pull-On Straight Skirt (Vogue 1292)

Learn how to make a straight skirt that will be flowing and slimming to your waistline. Watch as Sandra Betzina and Ron Collins show you step-by-step how to create this fabulous slimming straight skirt. Use pattern, Today’s Fit Vogue 1292.

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V1292

Episode 99: Secrets of a Jacket Interior (Couture Facings)

The inside of your jacket speaks volumes about your sewing skills as well as your taste. Here is a rare opportunity to learn Ron’s finishing techniques which enable his garments to be worn with pride when the inside looks as good as the outside you have mastered the craft!

Episode 98: Fixes for Too Tight Blouses

You know the culprit, are those cookies! The result is blouses and jackets that are too tight! You probably spent a lot of time making it, or a lot of money buying it, but now it doesn’t close in front! Watch S show R some clever expansion techniques which are now posing as design details!

Episode 97: Easy Designer Pillows + Men’s Patterns

If you feel like your livingroom could use a makeover, but find the whole process daunting, not only in time but in money. The answer to this dilemma, is Sandra and Rons Fast Designer Pillows. You can make four in an afternoon and be admiring them with a glass of wine before dinner! PLUS: Ron shows you some great Men's Patterns!

Episode 96: Button Loops

Button loops can be functional or decorative, but if you are making more than one, you better learn this technique from S & R which will guarantee that all of them are the exact same size, even on a tricky fabric like chiffon.

Episode 95: Double Welt Pocket with Zipper

Stores are full of garments using zippers as details! Watch this show as Sandra & Ron show you a clever zipper application, which involves not only a pocket but a beautiful interior to your garment.

Episode 94: Unstructured Jackets

Often the third piece in an outfit is the one that pulls it all together! See a wardrobe of unstructured jackets that cover the arms and give your outfit some pizzazz! If you are one of many who hate to show your arms or you want to give your outfit a finishing touch, this show is a must!

Episode 93: Copying Ready to Wear

If you are stumped about where to find new ideas, watch how Sandra & Ron recreate styling details from ready to wear garments and pictures in magazines. Just seeing this show will give you a barrage of ideas for your next garment.

Episode 92: Working with Sweater Knits

If you are lucky enough to find a sweater knit you love, you want to make a wise choice when choosing a pattern. While the obvious choice would be a sweater, you need not be limited to using the fabric in this way! Get inspiration from Sandra and Ron on how they use sweater knits, and learn how to cut them, and sew them and hem them without out stretching them out of shape.

Episode 91: Unusual Techniques for Border Prints

Unless you want to make a skirt with a gathered waist, most sewers steer away from border print fabric because they don’t know what to do with it! S & Ron show you how you can use border print fabrics in untraditional ways, cutting them apart and adding to individual pattern pieces and how to position the tissue pattern on the border print to get the most flattering effect.

Episode 90: Baby Clothes Trunk Show

If you find baby clothes patterns rather limited in stores, you need to watch this show! We’ll introduce a new line of baby clothes patterns that are stylish and easy to put together. Great ideas, like using a tee shirt and adding a skirt! (look at show and check out the diaper cover)

Episode 89: Detachable Collars

Wouldn’t be great to make one coat or jacket that could have several different looks! Watch Sandra show Ron how she makes detachable collars and joins them to the inside facing with buttons or snaps. This technique is not difficult and it creates several different looks!

Episode 88: Men’s Patterns and Neckline Gaposis

Ron Collins and Sandra Betzina share two ideas.  Ron shows men’s patterns that are his favorites and Sandra shares her technique to alter a knit blouse that gaps in the front. Create a smooth fit without gaposis!

Episode 87: The Slouch Bag

Sandra Betzina and her guest Cheryl Kuczek  from Paradiso Designs show you one of Cheryl’s most popular designs, the Slouch Bag!  This is an easy to make purse that you can create in a day!

Click Here to download the Slouch Bag construction instructions from Sew Daily.

Episode 86: Care Code Instructions

Ever looked at those little symbols in ready to wear and on fabric rolls and wonder, “What the heck do they mean?” Ron Collins and Sandra Betzina did some sleuthing to bring you answers so you won’t have to find out the hard way that you shouldn’t have washed that beautiful garment you just created!

Episode 85: Burn Test & Curved Hem

There are some practical things every sewer should know when it comes to fabrics  does it burn and how fast! Watch Ron do the burn test to get information on the fabric content. Then, stay with us when Sandra Betzina and Ron show some great ways to tackle a curved hem so they always come out even!

Episode 84: Bulk Free Pocket in a Side Seam

Sandra Betzina and Ron Collins solve the problem of the bulky pocket! Here is a fool proof method for creating flat pockets in your garments. Plus how to jazz a pocket up with a little trim!


Episode 83: Vent Opening in Pants

Add a little kick to pants you make with a side vent opening! Sandra Betzina will show you a technique for updating your pants whether there is a seam to work with or not, and you can use it on sleeves too!


Episode 82: Men’s Waistbands

Ron shares his guaranteed method for the perfect waistband for men’s pants. Difficult problems are solved when Ron shows you techniques he has discovered to make waistbands that are bulk free, smooth and  keeps your shirt tucked in!

Episode 81: Decorative Stitching

Create fabulous looks with decorative stitching from your sewing machine! Ron Collins and Sandra Betzina show sewers machine stitches that will create a customized look for your jackets, shirts and blouses.

Episode 80: Circle Skirt

Sandra welcomes Cheryl Kuczek, owner of Paradiso Designs in Seattle. Cheryl gives you a step-by-step demonstration on how to make a circle skirt that will fit any body type. This great skirt has no side seams and will make a wonderful addition to your summer wardrobe!

Episode 79: Machine Pad Stitching

If you’ve ever wondered how to get smooth professional looking lapels on a jacket, check out this show. Sandra Betzina and Ron Collins give you tips on how to use your sewing machine to create perfect machine pad stitching. This technique will help you create lapels that have body and lie flat!

Episode 78: V-Neckline Insert

Sandra & Ron demonstrate how to create great-looking V Neckline Inserts. Learn to master angles on neckline binding with finished edges on the right and wrong side of the garment. Learn to create interesting textures on fabric for collars, lapels and cuffs!

Episode 77: Serger Techniques

Now that you know how to use and maintain your serger, it’s time for the next step. Watch as Sandra and Ron show you serger techniques to give your garments a couture finish!

Episode 76: Serger Know-How

Do you know how to use and maintain your serger? Sandra and Ron will show you how to thread a serger and keep it in good working order!

Episode 75: Notched Collars

Ron Collins masters a technique for the difficult multi-layers of a notched collar. Watch as he demonstrates this unique technique for Sandra, resulting in a smooth collar that lies flat and crisp!

Episode 74: Welt Pockets

Welt pockets are always a classy addition to any garment, especially if they are executed flawlessly. Sandra and Ron demonstrate how to create a welt pocket in whatever position you wish!

Episode 73: Designer Details

Ron and Sandra show how to add designer details to shirts, dresses and jackets. These easy techniques will make your garments  “Runway” worthy!

Episode 72: Invisible Stitch Patch Pockets

Learn a world-class lined pocket technique with NO visible outside stitching, yet is strong enough to hold your cell phone and a lot more. Watch as Sandra and Ron show you how it’s done.

Episode 71: Window Pocket plus Nifty Notions

Sandra and Ron show you how to insert a pocket in a side seam which avoids bulk and lies flat. This online sewing class also includes a review of the Hong Kong Finish as requested in our “You Asked for It” forum.

Episode 70: Pant Front Stay

Discover how you can create pants that hide the tummy just by using a front stay hidden behind your front pockets! Then, watch as Ron and Sandra share their favorite interfacing for collars, shirts, waistbands and jackets.

Episode 69: Success with Snaps

Sandra and Ron share their favorite snap setting tool and show you how easy it is to set in snaps that stay in the fabric. Then, join Sandra in her workshop as she shares her pattern design process and gives you a surprise peek at her button stash!

Episode 68: Neckline Finishes

In this class, we answer a “You Asked For It” Forum question, from a student who wants to know how to stabilize necklines. Watch as Sandra demonstrates her tried-and-true method on how to get any neckline, including wrap styles, to lie flat without gaping.

Episode 67: Draperies with Grommets

Want to add a new look to your home? Sandra and Ron show you how to create beautiful lined draperies with grommets, and the secrets to measuring and hemming correctly. Learn how to insert over-sized grommets.

Episode 66: Ruffle vs. Flounce

Learn the difference between a ruffle and a flounce and which to use to create the effect you want. Next, Sandra and Ron will show you techniques for working with stretch tulle.

Episode 65: Men’s Alterations

By popular demand, Ron and Sandra bring you a show on Men’s alterations get the right fit for men's shirts and jackets!

Episode 64: Table Runner and Napkins

Dress up your holiday table with easy-to-do table runners and napkin rings which also make special gifts. Then have a laugh with Sandra and Ron as they show you their “flops” along with the very first garments they ever made!

Episode 63: Lining Knit Pants (Vogue 1197)

Learn a sewing technique for lining knit pants to keep knees from bagging out while hiding figure irregularities. Sandra will give a behind-the-scenes look at her fabric stash reveal a great place to buy knits.Try this with pattern, Today’s Fit Vogue 1197.

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Episode 62: Drapery Panels With Hidden Tabs

Add a touch of elegance to your home. Learn how to make drapes with hidden tabs and easy-to-do panels. Plus, get a quick tip that you can do without threading a needle!

Episode 61: Invisible Zippers

In this class, Sandra and Ron share secrets that will guarantee your invisible zippers will remain hidden and professional looking.

Episode 60: Working With Fur

Furs are not created equal. Let Sandra and Ron teach you how to work with real and faux fur. Whether its long fur or short fur, learn tips and techniques that will make your garments look professional!

Episode 59: The Wonders of Silk Thread

There have been many misconceptions about the use and cost of silk thread, but the benefits certainly outweigh the myths. Sandra and Ron tell you the story behind this wonderful, strong and versatile strand of material and also show you how to use it when sewing garments and lightweight invisible buttonholes.

Episode 58: Copying Pants

Do you own a favorite pair of pants that you would love to copy? Sandra shows you how to duplicate those pants without taking them apart. All you’ll need is the pants, some good measurements and you're on the way to creating a twin of your favorite pants!

Episode 57: Boxy Vest

Vests can look boxy and unflattering if they don’t have princess seams or darts. Quilted fabrics can pose a special challenge. Sandra shows you a sewing technique for creating shape and eliminating bulk, even on a vest that is already finished!

Episode 56: Double Welt Pocket with Zipper

Zipper detailing is everywhere. Add this terrific detail to your next garment. Learn how to sew a double welt pocket with a zipper. Ron shares a marvelous technique that creates a welt look with a zipper in the middle.

Episode 55: Bound Buttonholes

Bound buttonholes are quite elegant, but can be time consuming to make with unpredictable results. Watch as Sandra demonstrates a technique that produces perfection every time! You will love this step-by-step method of creating bound buttonholes.

Episode 54: Lined Patch Pockets

Sandra and Ron show you how to dress up patch pockets by lining them with fashion colors and embellished prints. Added bonus:  Ron and Sandra introduce you to books that inspire design and innovative techniques!

Episode 53: Lining A Jacket

Sandra and Ron make bagging the lining an easy technique to master as they show you step-by-step methods to create a lining that is a 'ready-to-wear' beauty!

Episode 52: Front Yoke Pockets

Ron shows Sandra his best techniques for getting the bulk out of front yoke pockets when making a denim jacket. Plus, Ron shares his secrets on where to find the best men’s patterns and includes a few tips on button attachments and sewing books!

Episode 51: Boxer Shorts

Share some laughs with Sandra and Ron as they walk you through this easy-to-accomplish sewing project that you can make for yourself or the man in your life. Don’t like boxers? This pattern also comes with instructions for pull-on pajama pants!

Episode 50: Mitered Vents

Vent detailing show up on the back of jackets, straight skirts and hemlines on sleeves. Sandra and Ron give you sewing tips for creating bulk- free mitered vents on sleeves and hems.

Episode 49: Patch Pockets

Patch pockets are simple and easy if you know how to sew them! Ron and Sandra will show you how to create patch pockets with perfect corners and a crisp look! Flawless top stitching adds them to the garment.

Episode 48: Shopping In Your Closet (Vogue 1307)

Beyond sewing! Clean out that closet and create a new wardrobe at the same time. Sandra and Ron have some great ideas on updating the clothes your already own. Save money and still get a new look. Plus, catch the special segment, ”Updating Your Clutch”, at the end of the show.

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Episode 47: Tummy Alterations

Are you one size in the shoulders and chest, but need some extra room around the tummy? Sandra shares an alteration technique to create garments that fit you in the tummy area without a big and boxy look. Now you can get jeans, jackets and blouses to fit and look great!

Episode 46: Hemming with Pleats

Sandra and Ron are always finding new ways to make great garments look even better. In this episode, they share their best techniques for hemming pleats and working with pre-pleated fabric.

Episode 45: Sewing Studio Transformation

How would you like to see an inspired sewing workspace? This show was taped about 6 months before the death of talented seamstress and instructor, Fred Bloebaum. See photos of Fred's once-cluttered sewing room transformed into a light and organized workspace.

Episode 44: Alterations for Men & Women

Garments which fit are not only more comfortable but more flattering. Learn to alter a pattern for all body types. Sandra and Ron give you some wonderful tips on altering your coats, blouses and pants.

Episode 43: Underlining With Silk Organza

Underlining provides hidden support, giving fabric more body, eliminating wrinkles and hiding hand stitches. Sandra and Ron discuss the merits of underlining with silk organzas well as other choices such as soft cotton and fusible tricot for special effects.

Episode 42: Cool Pockets

Learn how to make unique pockets seen in better ready to wear. Sandra and Ron show you step-by-step sewing techniques for pockets, plus great tips that will save you from that baggy pocket look!

Episode 41: Working With Boiled Wool

Boiled wool is one of Sandra’s favorite fabrics. Learn how to sew seams, treat collars and details to eliminate bulk. Watch this episode and learn unique seam finishes that make garments look fashionably fabulous.

Episode 40: Working With Velvet

Working with velvet can be a challenging experience that is somewhat overwhelming. Sandra and Ron share their tips on how to tame this finicky fabric. You will also learn to create elegant, ruched collars and cuffs in an easy technique that will make your garment unique and fabulous!

Episode 39: Creating A Table Runner

Watch as Sandra and Ron show you how to make a beautiful table runner. Make one to dress up your table for the holidays or to make a unique gift for a friend. Arrange it in loose folds to create a sense of drama and opulence!

Episode 38: Placemats and Napkins

Want to create a unique and personalized gift? Sandra and Ron show you how to make really easy and elegant placemats and napkins, with step-by-step, tried and true methods. Get advice on the best fabrics and best finishing techniques.

Episode 37: European Pillow Shams

European Pillow Shams are elegant and expensive. Ron and Sandra show techniques to make your own European pillow shams which look upscale and store-bought without the hefty price tag!

Episode 36: Making A Duvet Cover

Duvet covers are expensive to buy, but easy to make. Sandra and Ron show you how to make a great duvet cover for your bed, giving you cut and measurements for all bed sizes. Enjoy this show and look out for some surprising results!

Episode 35: Wild Ginger Pattern Software

So you want to make your own patterns? Ron and Sandra are big fans of Wild Ginger Software. This show brings special guest Lisa Shanley, owner of Wild Ginger Software to demonstrate how her innovative pattern software works.

Episode 34: Working With Shearling

Make a fashion statement with real or faux shearling! Sandra will show Ron techniques to make a beautiful Mongolian lamb vest for under $200 (nearly $1,000 in ready-to-wear!). Learn to sew seams like the furriers do without a fur machine.

Episode 33: Favorite Fabrics

Sandra and Ron show some of their sewing disasters. Then learn about Sandra and Ron's favorite and least favorite fabrics. Cultivate a love for fabrics that guarantee successful garments, and reduce those failures to zero!

Episode 32: Continuous Bias

You know how expensive purchased binding can be! What if you need yards and yards of it? Sandra and Ron will show you how to get 142 inches of binding 1 3/4 inches wide from just a 16 1/2 inch square of fabric! See how to apply it so neither the edge nor the binding will stretch. Click here for written instructions.

Episode 31: Sleeve Alterations

Tired of sleeves that are tight or don't hang right? Sandra and Ron will show you alterations to fit sleeve problems or a variety of sleeve styles. Well-fitting sleeves not only feel better but slim the arm.

Episode 30: Specialty Needles

There are basic needles and specialty needles made to work with specific fabrics. Sandra and Ron will show you some very special needles and presser feet for special effects at the sewing machine! Take your sewing to a whole new level.

Episode 29: Deconstructing Trousers

Have you seen the price tags on designer pants? Sandra and Ron show you the inside story of pants! Sandra and Ron take a look at all the designer details that make trousers look like a million bucks. It’s all in the construction!

Episode 28: Collars & Collar Stays

Ron Collins is a master at creating collars with sharp crisp points. Ron had a custom shirt business in Canada before he started teaching. In this show he reveals all his tried-and-true secrets on how to get rid of the bulk and create collars that look sharp and professional!

Episode 27: Threading With Kim

Sandra and Ron take on the challenge of teaching Sandra’s daughter, Kim, to sew in this step-by-step lesson on threading difference machines. This is the perfect show for anyone who has a machine that intimidates them, or just doesn't remember how to thread it!

Episode 26: Lining A Sleeveless Dress

Check out Sandra’s easy technique for lining a sleeveless dress. Learn to attach a lining so it moves independently. Sandra and Ron give a step-by-step lesson on how to make shoulder attachments lie flat and match perfectly!

Episode 25: Seam Finishes To Be Proud Of

Create wow factor in your next garment by using seam finishes which are attractive on the inside and outside of your finished garment. Sandra and Ron demonstrate techniques that will finish your garments with clean, neat seams and help you create a clean, polished look.

Episode 24: Problems With Dolman Sleeves

Anyone can wear dolman sleeves if the curve under the arm is high enough. This is not only more flattering, but less bulky. Learn from Sandra as she demonstrates how to raise the seam, sew, and crack the seam so that stitches don't break during the wearing.

Episode 23: Needle Know-How #2

Ron and Sandra introduce you to micro-tech needles that are made for very dense fabrics or light weight silks and organzas, sharp and designed to make a very small hole in the fabric so it doesn't destroy the weave. Ron and Sandra will discuss the importance of using the correct needle so seams won't ripple and pucker.

Episode 22: One-Thread Sewing

If you sew on fine fabrics, you need to know this couture trick of machine sewing with only one thread. Ron shows Sandra how to “trick” the sewing machine into using only one thread! No more hanging threads at the very point of the dart.

Episode 21: Lining A Vest

There are numerous ways to line a vest.  Sandra and Ron show you the best method to use when you have narrow straps and how to get the lining to behave, stay hidden and not pull up the hemline!

Episode 20: Pressing Know-How

Ironing is different than pressing. The nuances of pressing as you sew make all the difference in the final product. Learn how to use some of the pressing tools which eliminate seam and hem show through. No more shiny suits, no more seams and hem lines showing through. You will also learn how to make a collar look sharp!

Episode 19: Needles For Leather

You can sew on leather and suede with a home sewing machine if you choose the right leather, use the correct needle, and pay attention to the thread. Sandra and Ron will show you tricks to make your garments look sharp.

Episode 18: Covering Shoulder Pads

Just because you can’t see them, doesn’t mean your shoulder pads shouldn’t be covered. Sandra and Ron show you easy ways to cover those shoulder pads, where to place them with regard to the neckline and armhole seams and how to anchor them inside the garment invisibly so that they stay put.

Episode 17: Hemming Jeans

So, you bought yourself a great pair of jeans and now you want to hem them. Sandra and Ron show you how to measure the length correctly and then demonstrate two methods to shorten jeans for a professional look!

Episode 16: Interfacing For Tailoring

Choosing interfacing is as important as choosing your fabric, since the two must be compatible. Sandra and Ron show you how to choose the right interfacing for your coat or jacket, where and how to apply the fabric to give quiet support without the board or puckered look.

Episode 15: Elastic Waists

Who doesn’t love pull on pants and skirts? The mystery comes in choosing the right elastic and length to cut for a comfortable fit. Sandra and Ron will cover this as well as tricks to prevent elastic from rolling and bunching. An elastic waist can look professional, now you will know how.

Episode 14: Working With Burda Magazine

Burda Magazine offers over 50 patterns in ONE magazine! The photos make it look easy, but once you get it home it looks like Greek to most. Sandra and Ron eliminate the confusion, interpret the symbols, find your size, and outline the pattern.

Episode 13: Sewing On Knits

Sewing on knits is easy if you know the tricks. Sandra and Ron will show you how to identify the right and wrong side of the knit, what needle and stitch to use, and how to sew seams and hem knits without stretching the fabric.

Episode 12: Perfect Pleats

Here’s a sure-fire way to mark and sew pleats so that the pleat does not ripple, stays closed within the garment, and flat and crisp in the hemline. no matter where you want to place them. On a dress, a blouse, a skirt or any other garment. Sandra and Ron show you the tricks!

Episode 11: Darts Of The Pros

Here’s a show that’s all about darts: the purpose of them and where to place them to adjust to your body. Darts that are placed properly do not pucker at the ends! Sandra and Ron show you how to mark them easily and how to sew them.

Episode 10: Rounded Back

Altering a pattern for a rounded back is easy if you know how to do it. Sandra and Ron show you how to alter your patterns to eliminate pulling at the neckline and garments from hiking up and poking out of the back hemline.

Episode 9: Choosing The Right Knit

So many sewers choose a terrific pattern and use the wrong weight knit fabric. You’ll never have this problem when Sandra and Ron show you a fail-safe way to test a knit for drape and movement!

Episode 8: Men’s Patterns

Ron and Sandra discuss their favorite Men’s patterns, share techniques to embellish a simple pattern to make an ordinary shirt look great and review one of their favorite notions. Simflex is an easy tool to help you space buttons on your sewing projects.

Episode 7: Specialty Presser Feet

Have more fun creating special effects with the right sewing machine foot. Beading foot, Roller foot, Teflon foot – you won’t believe how many presser feet there are! Sandra and Ron show you exactly what each foot is for and how to use them.

Episode 6: Simple Set In Sleeves

Learn an expert sewing technique to put in a sleeve. It’s simple and easy for 1-piece sleeve patterns. Sandra perfected this method and shares her technique with you!

Episode 5: Bias Binding

Want to give a professional look when you sew your next coat, jacket, or collar? Sandra and Ron show you some techniques that will give you a clean, elegant edge to your sewing project. Then, learn to work with bias binding to get the best results!

Episode 4: Needle Know-How

Sandra and Ron unravel the mysteries of which needle for which fabric and tell you how often you should change your needle.

Episode 3: Fusible Interfacing

So many interfacings are available, but which one will make your garment look professional and smooth? Sandra and Ron will guide you through the maze and show you which interfacing to use on a wide variety of fabrics to get the look and finish of ready-to-wear.

Episode 2: Curved Seams

Sewing a curved princess seam that looks smooth and professional can be a challenge! Sandra and Ron will show you a fool-proof method to create the perfect curved seam without the hassles or the puckers. Do it right the first time!

Episode 1: Fast And Easy Hems

 Sandra and Ron share their tips on hemming skirts and pants easily and still get professional results! Their techniques are so easy. Learn how to hem a skirt in five minutes, wear it immediately, and still get professional results!