Your Questions Answered
In what format is the ebook?
The book is a pdf file with a specialized viewer, making it easy to read and navigate on a computer screen, a tablet, or a smartphone. You can also download the pdf to use on the pdf reader of your choice.
What equipment do I need for the course? Do I need a serger (overlocker)?
Standard sewing tools are used. You probably already have these tools on hand. If not, they are easily acquired. A serger is not necessary, as there will be alternative ways of seaming and finishing seam allowances cleanly. You'll be given a complete downloadable list of the tools you need. Some of these are optional.
How advanced are the lessons?
How to Cut and Sew a Sweater assumes basic sewing skills and that you are comfortable with your machine(s). You should be familiar with changing the settings on your sewing machine and on your serger (overlocker), if you choose to use one. If you’ve already completed several styles of sweaters that fit well and that you’re totally pleased with, then this course may be too basic for you.
I've already purchased the video course, do I need this ebook?
This ebook covers the same material that's in the video course. If you've already taken the video course but prefer text for reference, then the ebook will be a welcome addition. The ebook is also an excellent choice for those who have difficulties learning via video.
What if I get stuck or am unhappy with the ebook?
Extra help can be found via the support form. We will happily point you in the right direction. If you are unhappy with the ebook, let us know within 30 days of purchase. We can provide a coupon code equal to the price paid for the ebook. The coupon code can be used toward another product at https://workshop.ojolly.net. Due to the digital format of this product, refunds cannot be provided.
Will I be able to start a business and sell the sweaters I make after reading this ebook?
This ebook is designed specifically for the home sewing enthusiast. Most homes are not equipped with the machines and equipment used in the garment industry. The skills learned in this workshop will be perfect for making sweaters for yourself, your family, and as gifts. Though these skills could be appropriate for a small, handmade business, they are not the specific methods and systems used in medium- or large-scale cut and sew production. In this course I teach a method of working with sweater knits that, with practice, will yield a well made sweater to fit an individual.
Is there a particular project in the ebook?
The project is a pullover sweater with set-in sleeves. Students can choose from a short list of pullover patterns. The focus is on learning and practicing new skills. We won't be following the particular pattern's instructions. Instead, we'll be using my step-by-step approach to construct a sweater.
Will I learn to design on a knitting machine in this ebook?
No. How to Cut and Sew a Sweater is not a design book nor a machine knitting book. It's a specialized sewing course, and a knitting machine is not needed. (There are two guides in "Lesson 1" of the ebook, however, that will be very useful if you're a machine knitter knitting your own fabric.) How to Cut and Sew a Sweater teaches a method of cutting sweater fabrics along with specific sewing skills. Since you'll be able to mix and match the two main edge finishing methods from the ebook, you can significantly modify the design of the sewing pattern you're using.