Whether you have been sewing all of your life, want to improve your skills, or have never even sewn a button to a garment, Belle Mell will help. She is teaching two eight-week “Speed Sewing” classes at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly that will allow students to sew quickly with professional results. An evening class will meet on Wednesdays, from November 2 to December 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. A day class is on Thursdays, from November 3 to December, at 12:30. Students will make two basic garments using knit fabric with basic patterns that can easily be used to make an entire wardrobe. Students will also learn how to thread and operate a sewing machine, novel ways to insert zippers and invisible zippers, hem with a twin needle, and make a blind hemstitch.
For students interested in making things for the home, Belle will teach simple ways to make unique accents that incorporate basic gathering techniques and custom piping at a fraction of the commercial cost. She also offers private sewing lessons for those wanting to learn how to sew anything from simple garments to tailored suits or couture gowns on their own timetable at the JCC. For information, call (201) 408-1457.