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Sample Packet

Life Skills:

  • Employability

Time Frame:
4 class periods that run 60 minutes each.

Group Size:


Students will learn several basic sewing techniques as they complete a sample packet of the following:

  • seam allowance
  • edge finishes
  • patch pockets
  • casings
  • buttonholes, sew on a button
  • serging
  • grading a seam allowance
  • basting/gathering
  • a machine-stitched hem
  • hand stitches

    Main Curriculum Tie:
    Apparel Design and Production I
    Strand 5 Standard 1

    Explain and be able to demonstrate the following construction terms: basting stitch, back stitch, pivot, trimming, reinforce stitch, top stitch, right sides together.

    Basting stitch: Set the machine for the longest stitch possible; no backstitching; baste within the seam allowance, close to but not on the seamline.
    Back stitch: Stitching a short distance to reinforce stitching in a seam. If available, you may use your machine's "fix" function to lock the stitches at the beginning and end of the seam.
    Pivot: Stitch to the corner marking. Leave the needle in the fabric and lift the presser foot. Pivot the fabric. Lower the presser foot and continue stitching.
    Trimming: Trimming means to cut off part of the seam allowance to reduce bulk. Trim away 3/8 of an inch of fabric along the full length of the seam. This will leave a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Corners of garment pieces are trimmed by cutting diagonally across the corner. Be careful not to cut through the stitching.
    Reinforce stitch: Smaller length stitching that make a seam stronger (12-14) stitches per inch). Reinforcement stitching is used in places like crotches and corners. A second row of stitching to make a seam stronger. This type of reinforcement stitching is used in places like armholes.
    Top stitch: Topstitching is a row of evenly spaced straight stitches visible on the right side of a garment, typically aligned parallel to an edge or a seam. Two functions are to anchor layers of fabric together, and to accent an edge as a finishing detail.
    Right sides together (RST): Fabrics are placed right sides together when sewing a seam allowance.

    Career Connections:

    • tailor
    • seamstress
    • Home Manager


  • a sample packet for each student
  • 12 6X6 fabric squares for each student
  • thread for each student
  • scissors for each student
  • sergers and serger thread
  • 6-length of elastic, ribbon or cording for each student
  • 2 buttons for each student
  • black, white, and orange wool scraps
  • black and white embroidery floss

    Intended Learning Outcomes:
    Student will learn how to use basic sewing techniques.

    Instructional Procedures:
    See the attached lesson plan



    Amber Williams

    Created Date :
    Jun 10 2005 12:30 PM

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