Lectures / Demos

Knits and Fits

CLASS TYPE: Lecture / Demo / Trunk Show

LENGTH: 1-3 Hours

Take the fear out of selecting, cutting and sewing stretchy, slinky knit fabrics. Find out the easiest way to cut, the best machine and stitches to use, plus ready-to-wear secrets to get your seams, necklines, and hems to lay smooth. Learn what you can do to make your garments fit better than anything you can buy and easy ways to correct the most common fitting problems.

Elastics 101


LENGTH: 2 Hours

Pamela's article for Threads Magazine (number 115) is all about elastics- where to find them, how to use them, what elastic is best for which garment. Who knew there was so much to learn about elastics? This class will show you - up close and personal - how to use and care for the many types on the market today. Find out what works (and what doesn't) to make your garments look professional and more ready-to-wear!

Getting Pants / Skirts to Fit


LENGTH: 2 hours

As our figures mature, it is a real challenge to get pants and skirts to fit properly. This class will show you how to identify the differences between a standard pattern and your unique shape. Learn how to remove the "baggies" from the back of pants, get the right depth in the crotch curve and get the waistband just right and comfy. For skirts, the key is getting the dart placement to hide, not accentuate, undesirable curves and have the seams hang straight for hassle-free hemming. Mastering great fitting pants and skirts mean no more frustrating shopping trips!

Pattern Fitting and Alterations

CLASS TYPE: Lecture/Demo

LENGTH: 2 Hours

Fitting your patterns before you cut them from fabric is the real key to successful garment sewing. “Real” women have fitting issues to deal with no matter what their size. Learn what you can do to make your garments fit better than anything you can buy. We’ll discuss fitting issues such as high round back, forward and/or narrow shoulder, bust, abdomen and hips. You’ll learn some easy ways to correct the most common fitting problems!

20 Tips to Improve ALL of your Fashion Sewing


LENGTH: 2 Hours

This presentation, created by Patti Palmer, is just the trick to show you how little changes in your sewing can make a BIG difference! Using a power point presentation and lots of samples, Pamela will guide you on how to refine your skills, choose proper interfacings, overcome fitting challenges, use your sewing notions and improve your sewing accuracy. This seminar will give you a new way to look at and overcome all your sewing difficulties!

Sensational Sergers

CLASS TYPE: Lecture/Demo

LENGTH: 2-3 Hours

A great class for serger owners old and new! Pamela’s experiences with the serger have been chronicled since 2000 in Threads Magazine. Spend time and really learn what your serger can do for you besides just finish an edge. Maintenance, threading, tensions, differential feed, rolled hem, flatlocking, lace, and more will be demonstrated. Plus you will see a vast array of samples to inspire future projects. A wonderful way to learn the full potential of your serger. You will also get the latest scoop on Coverstitching!

Designer Details

CLASS TYPE: Lecture/Demo

LENGTH: 1-3 Hours


Are you ready to make that perfect garment but afraid that it will look homemade? The difference between "just OK" and "fabulous" are often simple techniques in stitching, pressing, and products. This class will show you tricks-of-the-trade to make your garments look professional. Master designer hems, serged French seams, perfect darts and collars, smooth facings, sew-in elastics, and more!

Interfacings, Stay Tapes and Pressing Techniques


LENGTH: 1-2 hours

Are you frustrated with interfacings selection you find in most stores? You should be since many of the interfacings available for home sewers are for craft projects and not suitable for fine garments. With the right interfacing you can have success with any garment! Perfect Fuse Interfacing by Palmer/Pletsch is a high quality weft insertion interfacing that is used by top designers all over the world. It is a simple-to-use system that can bring order and understanding to the whole "what interfacing should I use " question.

Controlling knit fabrics has become more challenging with the many blends and weights available. Learn about the new lightweight Stay Tapes and how they can improve and control those tricky knits.

Pressing tools and techniques have dramatically improved over the last decade. Get up to speed on the best irons, the best way to press during garment construction and what tools you will need to get the best results.

Working with Chiffons, Sheers and Silky Fabrics


CLASS TYPE: Lecture/Demo

LENGTH: 1 - 3 Hours

Fabricholics everywhere love to collect beautiful silky and sheer fabrics, but then are afraid to use them! This class with eliminate the fear and empower you to get them out of the stash and into clothing! Learn how to choose the right project, stabilize and cut the fabric, proper needles and threads and durable seams and hems. There will also be a bonus blouse project offered to all who attend.

Personalized Dress Form

CLASS TYPE: Lecture/Demo


A dress form is a useful tool for garments and design. The problem is getting one to fit your curves and "scallops". Custom made forms are expensive and can't be altered, and duct tape forms may collapse over time. Learn how to use an adjustable form that you will "build and pad" to look just like you! Other than the dress form, the supplies are simple - a bra and undies, batting and fiberfill and some bandaging from the drug store. The best thing is that you will be able to change it as your body changes!

Upcycle T-Shirts, Polo's, Sweaters and more!

CLASS TYPE: Lecture/Demo

LENGTH: One Hour

Do you have collections of over-sized T-shirts from vacations, activites, concerts, etc? What about ill-fitting polo's, sweaters, hoodies and knit tops? Thanks to the T-Shirt Makeover technique, you can take those items and turn them into fitted and stylish tops you'll be proud to wear anywhere. The technique is simple, fast and easy to learn - even for a beginner. In no time you could have nice fitting garments!

Make Your Own Shapewear

CLASS TYPE: Lecture/Demo

LENGTH: Ninety Minutes

Modern shapewear doesn’t have to be constricting or torturous – that is, if you make your own!  Clothing will fit better, hang better, look better – and you’ll still be able to breathe and be comfortable.  Ready-to-wear shapewear tends to squish your fluff elsewhere on the body, creating bulging in a different location. Most women want to achieve more of a smoothing silhouette under their clothing.  This class will feature three shapewear garments – an under bust cami (you can wear your own bra!), high waisted undies and a control-top slimming slip.    They are simple and inexpensive to make, and you will use all the materials, stitches and techniques to make your own!


Upcycle and Alter Your Jeans and Pants

Class Type: Lecture/Demo

Length: 1 1/2 - 2 Hours

Small and simple changes to your ready-to-wear jeans and pants can make a big difference in how they fit.  A hour or two of your time can result in pants and jeans you will love to wear!  Gapping at the back waist?  See how to use a simple elastic method that eliminates taking off the waistband and still looks smooth and tailored.  Waist too tight?  Learn how to add a simple side seam gusset.  Hate the bulk of zippers and buttons?  See how to add a smoothing knit waistband.  Baggy back legs?  Magically take out fabric from only the back. Crotch too long?  Yep, we can fix that too!  In addition, you will also learn how to narrow and re-shape leg widths and professionally hem pants and jeans.

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Fashion Hacking

Class Type: Lecture/Demo

Length: 2-3 Hours

Hacking – usually a negative term in the cyber world – can be a lot of fun in the fashion world!  Join Pamela for her new adventure in remaking and upcycling ready-to-wear and thrift store finds.  She has committed to “30 Fashion Hacks in 30 Days” that anyone can copy or use as inspiration.  There will be a step-by-step power point presentation that will take you through the selection, deconstruction, reconstruction and finished product of many types of garments, as well as how to make them fit and flatter.  Remakes include a pencil skirt from jeans, a tank top and peplum top from a button-down shirt, a winter vest from a coat, a stylish cape blazer and quick sweater makeovers.  There will also be fashion-forward alterations done to outdated clothing such as restyling a too blousy shirt, stylish additions for too-tight garments, changing pant leg widths and more.  Don’t miss out on this fun seminar that will fuel your ideas and creativity!

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