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Sewing

February 14, 2020

                                      Nikki Nichols Scott 812-564-1093

4-H Resources:               Each first year sewing member receives The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew: A Beginners Guise to Sewing

                                      3rd grade—4-H 925, 4-H 925c-W

                                      4th grade—4-H 925, 4-H 925c-W

                                      5th grade—4-H 926, 4-H 926c-W

                                      6th grade—4-H 926, 4-H 926d-W

                                      7th grade—4-H 927, 4-H 927c-W

                                      8th-9th grade—4-H 927, 4-H 928c-W

                                      10th-12th grade—4-H 928, 4-H 928c-W

 

 

Sewing Print All

This is a series on how to sew. Participants sew garments of increasing difficulty as they progress. The garments range from simple items to a tailored suit or coat.

 

Requirements

Level: Level A (Grade 3)

 

Skills to Learn and Include in Exhibit

Include at least 2 skills in the exhibit:

Insert elastic or drawstring 

Sew and trim a crotch curve

Machine topstitch hems

Use a simple seam finish

Stitch in the ditch

 

Exhibit

 

Wearable: Elastic waist shorts, pants OR skirt with fold over casing; no pockets. Attach Sewing Skills Card (4-H 925c-W) to the exhibit.

 

Non-wearable: Simple pillow sham with lapped back opening and purchased pillow form (following instructions provided in manual) OR simple totebag with handles or drawstring. Attach Sewing Skills Card (4-H 925c-W) to the exhibit.

 

Requirements

Level: Level A (Grade 4)

 

Skills to Learn and Include in Exhibit

Seam finishes are recommended on all exposed seams.

 

Include at least 2 skills in the exhibit:

Use interfacing

Staystitch and understitch

Apply a facing or binding

Stitch curved seams

Trim and grade seams

Work with fiberfill

Machine topstitch hems

 

Exhibit

Wearable: Shorts, pants OR skirt with partial or full sewn-on waistband or waistline facing, or partial elastic waistband (not a full elastic waistband) OR simple shirt or top OR BBQ apron. Attach Sewing Skills Card (4-H 925c-W) to the exhibit.

 

Non-wearable: Shaped pillow with curved seams, stuffed and sewn closed OR hanging pocket organizer OR bound edge placemats (set of 4). Attach Sewing Skills Card (4-H 925c-W) to the exhibit.

 

Requirements

Level: Level B (Grade 5)

Skills to Learn and Include in Exhibit

Seam finishes are recommended on all exposed seams (except knits). Interfacing, understitching and trimming should be used when appropriate.

 

Choose at least 3 of these additional skills for each sewn exhibit.

match fabric design

gather fabric

insert zipper

use a drawstring

hand-stitch a hem

sew a simple sleeve

apply purchased trim or ribbons

sew patch or inseam pockets

use a simple lining

do a machine blind hem

apply machine topstitching

do a machine topstitched hem

sew with knit

insert elastic

apply facings

sew buttons

apply binding

use batting

 

Exhibit

Wearable: Simple shirt with sleeves OR sundress OR jumper OR simple 2 piece pajamas. A similar article is permissible provided the skillset is the same as the listed articles. Attach Sewing Skills Card (4-H 926C-W) to the exhibit.

 

Non-wearable: Pillow lap quilt (quillow) OR structured duffel bag, tote bag or backpack, OR sewn hat.

Attach Sewing Skills Card (4-H 926C-W) to the exhibit.

 

Requirements

Level: Level B (Grade 6)

Skills to Learn and Include in Exhibit

 

Seam finishes are recommended on all exposed seams (except knits). Interfacing, understitching and trimming should be used when appropriate.

 

Choose at least 4 of these additional skills for each sewn exhibit.

make darts

set in sleeves

insert a lapped zipper

hand-stitch a hem

make buttonholes

sew tucks or pleats

sew ruffles

hand sew buttons

apply trim

sew a simple lining

sew patch pockets

apply bindings

do a machine topstitched hem

sew facings

apply ribbings

sew a simple collar

do a machine blind hem

sew with knit

match fabric design

use fiberfill

apply machine appliqué

insert piping

apply machine topstitching

construct with a serger

sew inseam pockets

 

Exhibit

Wearable: Two (2) garments that can be worn together. Attach Sewing Skills Card (4-H 926D-W) to the exhibit.

 

Non-wearable: Pillow sham with button or zipper closing, appliqued design, piping or ruffle. Make your own pillow form OR totebag with zipper or duffel bag with zipper, pockets and lining OR doll or pet clothes OR construction techniques sample notebook (following instructions provided in the manual).

Attach Sewing Skills Card (4-H 926D-W) to the exhibit.

 

Level: Level C (Grade 7)

Skills to Learn and Include in Exhibit

Seam finishes are recommended on all exposed seams (except knits). Interfacing, understitching, and trimming should be used when appropriate.

 

Choose at least 5 of these additional skills for each sewn exhibit:

 

make darts

set in sleeves

sew facing

apply ribbing

apply a collar

sew on buttons

use doll joints

apply inseam pockets

apply front hip pockets

match fabric design

apply trims

apply machine or hand appliqué

apply machine topstitching

insert a lapped zipper

insert an invisible zipper

insert a separating zipper

insert a fly front zipper

do machine quilting

do a hand-stitched hem

do a machine topstitched hem

do a machine blind hem

attach cuffs

apply binding

sew lining

apply ruffles

insert piping

make buttonholes

use fiberfill

apply patch pockets

use a twin needle

apply tucks/pleats

construct with a serger

apply machine embroidery

 

Exhibit

Wearable: School or sports outfit. Can be one or more pieces. Attach Sewing Skills Card (4-H 927C-W) to the exhibit.

 

Non-wearable: Dressed, jointed (with sockets) stuffed animal OR sewn item for holiday or special occasion OR construction techniques sample notebook (following instructions provided in manual).  Attach Sewing Skills Card (4-H 927C-W) to the exhibit.

 

Requirements

Level: Level C (Grades 8 and 9)

Skills to Learn and Include in Exhibit

Seam finishes are recommended on all exposed seams (except knits and non-raveling specialty

fabrics). Interfacing, understitching and trimming should be used when appropriate. In addition, choose at least 6 of these skills for each sewn exhibit:

 

make darts

make tucks

add lining

add facings

add plackets

add lapels

make sleeves

add gathers

apply trim

apply ribbing

add a drawstring

use shaped seams

use fiberfill

add a waistband

add patch pockets

add front hip pockets

match fabric design

make shoulder pads

attach cuffs

make pleats

insert elastic

add boning

apply a collar

insert piping

make a neckband

add vents

sew buttons

add underlining

add ruffles

sew with knit

make button loops

do hand beading

add inseam pockets

add welt pockets

use twin needle

create bound edges

do machine or hand quilting

apply machine or hand applique

apply machine topstitching

insert an invisible zipper

insert a separating zipper

insert a fly front zipper

insert a lapped zipper

insert a hand picked zipper

do a machine topstitched hem

do a machine blind hem

do a hand-stitched hem

make self-covered buttons

use specialty threads

make self-enclosed seams

sew with difficult fabric

make machine buttonholes

make bound buttonholes

construct with a serger

apply machine embroidery

 

Exhibit

Wearable: See advanced sewing wearable exhibit options below. Attach Sewing Skills Card (4-H 928C-W) to the exhibit.

 

Non-wearable: Sewn items for your home OR construction techniques sample notebook OR sewing machine survey. (Following instructions provided in manual). Attach Sewing Skills Card (4-H 928C-W) to the exhibit.

 

Requirements

Level: Level D (Grades 10, 11, and 12)

Skills to Learn and Include in Exhibit

Seam finishes are recommended on all exposed seams (except knits and non-raveling specialty fabrics).

Interfacing, understitching and trimming should be used when appropriate. In addition, choose at least 6

of these skills for each sewn exhibit:

 

make darts

make tucks

add lining

add facings

add plackets

add lapels

make sleeves

add gathers

apply trim

apply ribbing

add a drawstring

attach cuffs

make pleats

insert elastic

add boning

apply a collar

insert piping

make a neckband

add vents

sew buttons

add underlining

add ruffles

do machine or hand quilting

apply machine or hand appliqué

apply machine topstitching

insert an invisible zipper

insert a separating zipper

insert a fly front zipper

insert a lapped zipper

insert a hand picked zipper

do a machine topstitched hem

do a machine blind hem

do a hand-stitched hem

use shaped seams

use fiberfill and/or batting

add a waistband

add patch pockets

add front hip pockets

match fabric design

make shoulder pads

apply machine embroidery

coordination of fabric for

quilted item

sew with knit

make button loops

do hand beading

add inseam pockets

add welt pockets

use twin needle

create bound edges

hand/machine beading

make a reversable item

make self-covered buttons

use specialty threads

make self-enclosed seams

sew with difficult fabric

construct with a serger

make machine buttonholes

make bound buttonholes

piece quilted item

other skills not listed above

 

Exhibit

Wearable: See advanced sewing wearable exhibit options below. Attach Sewing Skills Card (4-H 928C-W) to the exhibit.

 

Non-wearable: Sewn items for your home OR construction techniques sample notebook OR sewing machine survey. (Following instructions provided in manual). Attach Sewing Skills Card (4-H 928C-W) to the exhibit.

Requirements

 

Level: Advanced Sewing Wearable Exhibits (Levels C & D)

 

Exhibit

Advanced Sewing Wearable Exhibit Options (Fashion Revue Categories) Levels C & D

 

DEFINITION OF AN OUTFIT: An outfit is a garment or garments that when put together make a

complete look - such as one or two piece dress, or one or two piece pant suit, or a three piece

combination, such as pants, vest, and blouse or shirt.

 

***Informal or Casual Wear: A complete outfit of 1 or 2 pieces suitable for school, weekend, or casual,

informal activities.

 

***Dress Up: This is suitable for special, church, or social occasions that are not considered to be formal.

It may be an outfit of one or more pieces with or without its own costume coat or jacket (lined or unlined).

 

This is not an outfit that would be worn to school,weekend, or casual, informal activities.

 

***Free Choice:A complete outfit comprised of garments that do not fit in the other classifications.

Examples include: tennis wear, swim wear, athletic, sportswear, lounge wear, riding habits, historic, dance, theatrical, or international costumes,capes, and unlined coats.

 

***Suit or Coat: The suit consists of two pieces including a skirt or pants and its own lined jacket. It is not a dress with jacket as in "dress up wear". The coat is a separate lined coat. It will be judged separately as a coat with its own accessories.

 

***Separates: Consists of three garments that must be worn as a coordinated complete outfit. Each piece should be versatile enough to be worn with other garments.

 

***Formal Wear: This outfit may be one or more pieces suitable for any formal occasion, such as proms, weddings, and formal evening functions 

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