North Shore HS Students Learn How to Operate a Sewing Machine by Creating Pajamas or Shorts  

Fashion, Sewing & Textile students are learning how to operate a sewing machine by creating either pajama pants or shorts. They designed t-shirts using the leftover pajama fabric to creatively coordinate with the pajama pants and shorts.

Mrs. Paolilli-Schiano said, “My students learned and practiced many skills while creating their pajama pants. They studied the concepts of ‘clean finishing a seam’ and producing quality store-ready garments while using the sewing machines to practice and perfect their stitching skills.” She continued, “Interpreting diagrams, instructions, and design while producing a wearable garment is a form of soft engineering.” 

In class, some stitches the high school students utilized for their tee shirts were “stitch in a ditch”, block fusing, and decorative stitches such as zig-zag.

Leading into a hand stitching unit before going into the next project of romper/skirts or shorts, felt-shaped hearts were created using a blanket stitch. The hearts were produced just in time for Valentine’s Day! Students in the Fashion, Textile and Sewing class utilized industry machines such as the Overlock & Serger also known as Merrow Machine.

Mrs. Paolilli-Schiano concluded by saying, “Students walk away from these projects with knowledge, experience, and an eye for industry quality techniques while developing their patience, creativity, thinking, and problem-solving skills.”


Article written by Ms. Teresa Paolilli-Schiano   Photos by Shelly Newman