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Craftsy Series: Janet Pray's Sewing Faster (1)

This first post in intended to give an overview of this class, so is quite wordy as a result.

As with most of the other classes I watched on Etsy, I took some things away from this one as well. Here, it was mostly around sewing without pins. It also gave me the idea for the sleeves I mentioned in the previous post:



I guess you could say it's two extremes, right?

The class is packed with skills and techniques, which I will go through in future installments of reviewing this class. The correct use of clappers is one of the things I would mention. It also covers sewing without pins, when pins are needed, as well as which seam allowances won't be possible to press open.

Her style is a bit bossy at times, and I prefer the style of the tutors in some of the other classes more, but I didn't have a major issue with it. I also wasn't really watching this to make the jacket (I have too many of those) so I skimmed over most of the "do this then press this" bits.

The class has 8 lessons, the longest of which is on topstitching and lasts for 40 minutes! The other episodes follow the jacket's construction and are as follows:

Introduction & Getting Started (covers tools and whatnot)
Starting to Sew (cutting, pressing, interfacing, seam allowances)
Beginning Construction (sewing without pins, correct posture, sewing around curves, notching etc)
Topstitching (self explanatory really!)
Pockets & Shoulder Seams (construction)
Yoke & Sleeves (this is full of "how tos")
Cuffs, Collar & Facing (mostly construction, a few interesting tips)
Finishing (buttons etc)

The only annoyance with this class is directed at UK buyers and refers to the pattern included in the class. The pattern is not shipped from Craftsy, but from Mrs Pray's company: it is sent to the UK with an import label which has the actual pattern price from her website on it (as opposed to "included with the class"). The value is higher than the Royal Mail customs thresholds (and in fact close to 75% of what I paid for the class!) so beware UK buyers: you will need to fork out an extra 11 pounds or so (3 VAT + 8 Royal Mail fee) if you order this class, plus the annoyance of having to go to the post office. Needless to say, if I had known this is what was waiting at the post office, I wouldn't have bothered going to pick it up.

All in all, one of the interesting Craftsy classes, and absolutely packed with good information. I'd say this is more tailored towards the intermediate to advanced sewist but I'm sure that beginners will pick up valuable information as well!

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  1. That's obscene about custom charges, most vendors know to indicate you shouldn't pay!

    Looking forward to hearing your views on the Lynda Maynard class, it's the only one I've paid for so am wondering what other people think.

    I've also put you up for a Liebster, so enjoy!

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    1. The Lynda Maynard class is good, but you absolutely need a second person to help for the back issues. Sad, but true.

      I saw the liebster - I'll reply soon.

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