Sewing students learn the basics of sewing, including sewing machine and serger operation, hand-stitching techniques, basic garment construction, and clothing care and repair. Students begin with a simple pillowcase project that teaches basic fabric cutting and handling techniques, sewing with a machine, clean finishing, and proper pressing. The next project is a zipper bag that reviews skills learned and teaches how to apply a zipper. Students then sew a basic pair of pants or skirt, even a three-piece suit, which teaches students how read patterns, follow directions, and utilize basic garment construction techniques. Following successful completion of a beginning projects, students plan and complete a project that follows their own interest. Advanced students tackle increasingly complex projects with the goal of learning at least one new skill with every project. Other textile arts such as quilting and weaving can also be explored.