Summer Series

Summer Series 2022: Savvy Serging, from Novice to NaturalKeep learning with the Sewing & Stitchery Expo!

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WSU Professional Education is proud to bring our second annual Virtual Summer Series — a limited series of classes focused on a single topic — straight to your home in 2022!

This summer we are excited to bring you Savvy Serging: From Novice to Natural!  Join us Wednesday evenings at 5:30 Pacific from June 29th through July 27th to take your serger skills from newbie to confident.  We’ll begin with two foundational lecture/demo classes that focus on the basics: terminology, threading, care, stitches, and more.  Then, we will dive into three separate projects with increasing complexity to grow those practical skills in a hands-on fashion!

Savvy Serging Class Catalogue

Sessions will be recorded and available shortly after the live class through August 31st.

Pricing

Lecture/demo class – $40 SOLD OUT

Project class – $60

Five-class Bundle – $240 SOLD OUT

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Classes

Class TitleDateInstructor HeadshotInstructorDescription
SOLD OUT Sergers 101: Serger EssentialsWednesday, June 29, 2022Gail YellenGail Yellen

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced serger owner, this comprehensive lecture/demo is great for learning and perfecting your serger’s stitches. Get to know your serger’s components and how they affect the stitch. What makes the edge of a rolled hem roll? How do you prevent stretching the seams on your knit garments? What is differential feed and how does it work? You’ll have the knowledge and confidence to tackle any serger project successfully.

Gail teaches classes and workshops across the country including American Sewing Guild National Conferences, Puyallup Sewing & Stitchery Expo, Houston Quilt Festival, sewing machine dealers and Craftsy. Virtual (Zoom) classes keep Gail interactive with sewists around the world. She authored the book, Serger Essentials Master the Basics & Beyond! Gail loves teaching serger basics as well as how to use specialty feet and attachments.

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SOLD OUT Serger StitchesWednesday, July 6, 2022Gail YellenGail Yellen

We’ll look at some of the basic serger construction stitches and how to select the best one for your project and why. Then let’s have some fun! With just a bit of tweaking, turn those basic stitches into spectacular embellishments. Sergers aren’t just for clean finishing seams. Wait ‘til you see all the stunning decorative stitches you can do on your serger.

Gail teaches classes and workshops across the country including American Sewing Guild National Conferences, Puyallup Sewing & Stitchery Expo, Houston Quilt Festival, sewing machine dealers and Craftsy. Virtual (Zoom) classes keep Gail interactive with sewists around the world. She authored the book, Serger Essentials Master the Basics & Beyond! Gail loves teaching serger basics as well as how to use specialty feet and attachments.

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Beginner Serging: Crossbody BagWednesday, July 13, 2022 Alicia Welcher

This simple crossbody bag is a perfect project for practicing your beginning serging skills. During this 2-hour session, you will learn how to serge 1/4" seam allowances, serge both inside and outside curves, serge in-the-round and so much more!

Alicia Welcher, an assistant editor of Classic Sewing magazine, is a designer, author and sewing instructor who specializes in heirloom and serger sewing as well as machine embroidery. She has earned a following of devoted sewists through her clear and concise teaching methods. She is on the faculty of the Martha Pullen Teacher Licensing program, Classic Sewing Events and Original Sewing & Quilt Expo. Join her online classes, including a 3-part Serger Boot Camp series, found at thesewingcollection.com.

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SOLD OUT Intermediate Serging: Sweatshirt-Style TopWednesday, July 20, 2022Pamela LeggettPamela Leggett

The crew neck sweatshirt-style top is making a fashion comeback and is a staple for everyday wear. This style is fast, simple, and can be made on a serger from start to finish. Make this top from a sweatshirt fleece, french terry, cozy sweater knit – the fabric possibilities are endless. You will learn basic top constructions including seams and sleeves, and more specialized construction for neckline, cuffs, and bands. Techniques will include differential feed, quartering, sewing in the round, and more. Pamela will also give you her tips for picking the right knits, band ratio, and stabilizing. What you learn in this class will carry over to help you get great results for any fashion serging projects in your future!

Pamela Leggett of Pamela's Patterns specializes in sewing patterns designed to fit. Her classic designs and easy sewing methods are a favorite with sew-ers. Pamela is a writer and book author for Threads Taunton Press, a Craftsy instructor, East Coast director for Palmer/Pletsch Workshops, and a national educator.

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Savvy Serging: Travel Gear TrioWednesday, July 27, 2022Pamela LeggettPamela Leggett

Coordinate your travel gear! We will be making three pieces to help organize your packing when traveling – all created on the serger. You will learn wrapped corners, creating piping, zipper installation, a very ingenious stacking technique, and more. Try your hand at a zippered make-up bag, travel tray and credit/license holder. You will be amazed at how easy these pieces go together and how great they look and perform. These items also make great gifts!

Pamela Leggett of Pamela's Patterns specializes in sewing patterns designed to fit. Her classic designs and easy sewing methods are a favorite with sew-ers. Pamela is a writer and book author for Threads Taunton Press, a Craftsy instructor, East Coast director for Palmer/Pletsch Workshops, and a national educator.

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Simple crossbody bag with strap
Beginner Serging: Crossbody Bag with Alicia Welcher meets July 13th
Lightweight sweatshirt style top on a dressform
Intermediate Serging: Sweatshirt-Style Top with Pamela Leggett meets July 20th (Sold Out)
A folding travel tray, wallet holder, and cosmetic bag
Savvy Serging: Travel Gear Trio with Pamela Leggett meets July 27th

Archive: Summer Series 2021

For the inaugural series in 2021, students learned how to turn a sewing or fiber arts hobby into a side hustle, or even a main gig. Virtual Summer Series offered five classes taught by successful small business owners from across the county. During two hour Zoom classes, students learned how to take their creative passion to new heights in the business world. Whether it be learning to use social media to it’s fullest extent of the legal side of owning your own business, the sessions took a deep dive into setting you up for success.

Read more about our classes from our 2021 Summer Series below!

Classes

Class TitleDateInstructor HeadshotInstructorDescription
Legal Basics of Starting a BusinessTuesday, July 13, 2021Kiffanie StahleKiffanie Stahle

Kiffanie Stahle is "the artist’s J.D.” – an attorney and creative entrepreneur herself, who focuses on helping creative business owners understand and add ease to the legalese. Kiffanie will go over the five must-do legal tasks for a new business, and help you protect your new business as you grow.

Kiffanie is the friendly legal eagle behind the artist's J.D. She's also a knitter, fellow creative business owner, and lawyer living in beautiful Northern California. She firmly believes that you can protect your ass(ets) without legal confusion. And that you can have ease in the legalese.

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Using Social Media Without Being UsedThursday, July 15, 2021Lindsey JohnsLindsey Johns

Social Media sales is a must for today’s entrepreneur. But what if you don’t want your personal business out there, too? Lindsey will review Social Media best practices for being a professional online without compromising your personal boundaries.

Lindsey is the host of the popular sewing YouTube channel, Inside The Hem. She specializes in garment sewing teaching techniques for the home sewist. Prior to her YouTube career, she owned a social media marketing company that helped small businesses succeed online.

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E-Mail Marketing For Creative BusinessesTuesday, July 20, 2021Abby GlassenbergAbby Glassenberg

Clicking “Send” on a bulk email doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, email marketing is a powerful and often-under looked part of small business marketing. Abby Glassenberg, executive director of Craft Industry Alliance, will show you how to develop an email marketing strategy that will grow customer loyalty, drive sales, and be fun to implement.

Abby co-founded Craft Industry Alliance and now serves as its president. She’s a sewing pattern designer, teacher, and journalist. She’s dedicated to creating an outstanding trade association for the crafts industry. Abby lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

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Create Your Business Dream TeamThursday, July 22, 2021Kiffanie StahleKiffanie Stahle

Even a solopreneur needs help sometimes! Kiffanie Stahle, “the artist’s J.D.,” will help you create your business dream team, whether you’re hiring your first independent contractor or adding full-time employees. She’ll talk how to create happy working relationships – and add ease to the legalese.

Kiffanie Stahle is the friendly legal eagle behind the artist's J.D. She's also a knitter, fellow creative business owner, and lawyer living in beautiful Northern California. She firmly believes that you can protect your ass(ets) without legal confusion. And that you can have ease in the legalese.

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Setting Up for Success: Craft Show Booth BasicsTuesday, July 27, 2021Crystalyn BrennanCrystalyn Brennan

Turning temporary craft and art show booths into tiny storefronts isn’t easy, but with a few tricks, it can be done! Crystalyn Kae will share the ins and outs of preparing, selling and vending at a craft show, all while creating a following for your designs. We’ll discuss how to find a good show, how much inventory to bring, pre- and post-show marketing, and what NOT to do when preparing. Crystalyn has sold her products online, in stores, and at crafts and arts fairs across the country.

Crystalyn Brennan is an entrepreneur, designer, mentor and teacher specializing in hands-on sustainable design, marketing and sales for entrepreneurs. For the past 20 years she has run her handbag company, Crystalyn Kae Accessories, which are sold on her website: www.crystalynkae.com, and available to over 60 boutiques nationwide.

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