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Sewing & Serging Classes / Workshops

Recently named American Sewing Expo's Teacher of the Year for 2015, Gail Yellen teaches sewing and serger technique classes, garment construction and embellishment workshops. Chock full of valuable ideas and information for garment, quilt and home décor sewers, her classes are geared to all levels of sewing skills. Her “artful patterns with possibilities” have clear, easy-to-follow instructions and feature graceful, flattering lines.


Gail particularly loves to teach sewers embellishment techniques that can transform the most basic garments into art-to-wear. An active member of the American Sewing Guild, Gail loves sharing her knowledge with enthusiastic sewers all over the country and would love to teach a workshop at your favorite sewing center/store or for your sewing association.

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1. Serger Essentials Workshop

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced serger owner, this comprehensive, hands-on workshop is great for learning and perfecting all of your serger’s stitches. 

2. Cosmetic Serger-y Workshop

Cosmetic Serger-y is the blending of construction and decorative serger techniques. This 8-hour workshop is for all levels of serger owners.  

3. Cover Hem Workshop

Because the cover hem has lots of built-in stretch, it’s a wonderful way to hem knits, but did you ever think of all the other ways you can use this versatile stitch?

4. It's All About Embellishment

The right embellishment can make any sewing project go from mundane to marvelous! And the best part is, you can create exquisite embellishments using a very basic zigzag-capable sewing machine.

5. I know How to Do It, but Where Do I Put It?

Now you know how to do lots of unusual and beautiful embellishment techniques, but the big question is, where do you put them? Let’s take the mystery out of composition, pleasing placement and combining techniques. 

6. Let's Get Some Closure

Buttons, buttons combined with beads, covered buttons, stacked buttons; loop and tie, bows, grommets, snaps, frogs, decorative pins–we’ll look at them all. We’ll talk about: placement, design continuity, subtle and eye-popping closures.

7. Bound Buttonholes…Boundless Creativity!

Bound buttonholes have always been a hallmark of professional sewing expertise. This technique eliminates the guesswork and hoping that everything aligns correctly. 

8. Collage It!

Go green and gorgeous with the ultimate recycling project! Using the Counterpoints Jacket pattern let me show you how to create a one-of-a-kind jacket using my Template Sets as the collage “puzzle pieces”. 

9. The Stockbridge Skirt

This 8-gore skirt will instantly become your new favorite wardrobe addition. The pattern construction is easy and attendees will learn a variety of new garment construction skills.

10. The Williamstown Skirt

With its unusual diagonal seam and graceful gores, the Williamstown Skirt is lovely as is, but lends itself to all sorts of embellishment possibilities. This one-day hands-on class is good for all levels of sewers.

11. The Jacket - Several Ways

Make the Islesboro Jacket in casual fabric as the perfect complement to jeans or create it in silk with matching pants for a knockout evening outfit. The Berkshire Jacket is a wardrobe workhorse. One jacket pattern a dozen different ways.

12. Sew-ology

Whether you’re a sewing novice, want to sharpen your skills or are looking for tips to take your sewing to a higher level, this is the perfect class for you.

13. The Wonderful Welt Pocket

Give your jackets, skirts or pants a tailored detail  with professional results. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to construct 2 versions of this beautiful pocket. 

14. Let's Face It!

Facings aren’t just for the inside of a neckline. In this hands-on workshop we’ll create facings that are a design element for a neckline, sleeve and shaped hem.  

15. 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know

Learn to read between the lines of any sewing pattern as instructor Gail Yellen teaches you 40 essential techniques that every sewer should know! A Craftsy course.

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