No Fear Knits with Barbara!

Many sewists are apprehensive when it comes to sewing with knits because they worry that it’s harder to work with fabrics that stretch. The opposite is true. The stretch factor of knits can work with and for you. Knits sew up fast and fitting is easy–the rules are just different. In this course, your instructor, Barbara Emodi, will show you the techniques to work with knit fabrics–no serger necessary! Barbara is an experienced instructor and seasoned author with many published works.

In this first in a series, you will learn how to make a knit T-shirt or top with a ribbing or self-fabric neckband. This is a great introduction to the fabrics and the essential techniques unique to knit garment construction. During this course, you will gain an appreciation for how knits are different to work with than woven fabrics, but also that, once you know the tricks, knits make for fast, fun, and easy sewing.

What you will learn

  • Understand the different types of knit fabrics and gain confidence in fabric selection

  • How sewing knits differs from sewing woven fabrics

  • Sew a knit T-shirt or top with either a ribbing or self-fabric neckband with very professional results.

  • Finishing techniques, for cuffs, bands, and hems for a range of knit garments, casual to very dressy.

  • New skills for sewing any knit garment with ease and enjoyment

  • Learn what to look for in a pattern and find out Barbara's favorite pattern companies. There is no included pattern.

  • Includes unlimited to the course materials, direct contact with your instructor through in-course discussion rooms, and access to our private community boards where you can meet other Creative Sparklers.


When you register for this course, you’ll also get to download SEW … The Garment-Making Book of Knowledge eBook by Barbara Emodi. (A 23.99 value)

T-Shirt Basics (Knits for Novices Series-Part 1)

Nervous about sewing with knits? Knits sew up fast and fitting is easy–the rules are just different. You'll learn everything you need to know to sew a basic knit top with a ribbing or self-fabric neckband.

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Course Curriculum

  • Welcome to My Class!

    1 Video 1 Text 1 Download

  • Chapter #1: Introduction to Knit Fabrics

    3 Videos 1 Download

  • Chapter 2:Patterns for Knit Tops with Neckbands

    1 Video 1 Download

  • Chapter #3. Stitching Knit Fabrics at the Machine

    2 Videos 1 Download

  • Chapter #4: How to sew a Neckband

    4 Videos 1 Download

  • Chapter #5. Completing your Top: Sleeves, Cuff and Hem Options

    4 Videos

  • Next steps

    2 Texts