Sewing 101
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Sewing 101

Building A Strong Sewing Foundation
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4.4 (809 ratings)
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6,390 students enrolled
Created by Margaret Smith
Last updated 10/2019
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 6 articles
  • 8 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn sewing machine basics
  • Thread Your Sewing Machine
  • Make A Bobbin
  • Cut out fabric
  • Pin Fabric to get it ready to sew
  • Sew in a straight line
  • Learn a multitude of stitches and seam finishes
  • Correctly sew the 4 basic seams
Requirements
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Scissors, Tape Measure, Straight Pins, Fabric Scissors, All-Purpose craft scissors, Thread, Fabric marker or chalk, Seam Ripper
Description

This course follows the same format that I have used to teach hundreds of people how to sew in my studio, fabric stores and schools for over 15 years.

We’re starting right from the beginning, so don’t worry if you’ve never sewn before. And if you’ve been sewing for a while, but without much guidance or without a strong technical focus, I'm sure you’ll notice your skills and your finished projects improve significantly.

We’ll start by taking a quick look at the sewing machine and some of the tools used in sewing. You’ll learn various stitches and seam finishes and, of course, we’ll have lots of time to sew! By the end of the course, you will feel confident enough to begin tackling some of those projects you've been dreaming about!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 40 lectures and 1.5 hours of video content
  • Learn sewing machine basics
  • Thread Your Sewing Machine
  • Wind A Bobbin
  • Cut out fabric
  • Pin Fabric to get it ready to sew
  • Sew in a straight line
  • Learn a multitude of stitches and seam finishes
  • Correctly sew the 4 basic seams
  • How to choose fabric and care for it
  • How to choose thread
  • How to use a pattern book
  • How to read a sewing pattern
  • How to sew a pillowcase
  • How to make a pattern for any size envelope pillow
  • How to sew an envelope pillow
  • and much more!
Who this course is for:
  • This course is for anyone that wants to learn how to sew.
Course content
Expand all 55 lectures 02:24:15
+ Setting Up A Sewing Machine
4 lectures 15:26

Let's cover the parts and functions of a sewing machine. Being comfortable with your machine will make learning to sew easier.

Preview 05:33

This video will take you through the steps to correctly thread your machine, wind a bobbin and load it into the machine.

Most sewing issues are caused when the machine is not threaded properly or the bobbin is not wound correctly.

Threading Your Machine and Making a Bobbin
05:27
How To Use Your Foot Pedal and Control the Speed of the Machine
03:04
How To Use An Automatic Needle Threader
01:22
+ Fabric Basics
4 lectures 08:39
Fabric basics
02:33
Identifying The Right And Wrong Side of The Fabric
01:20
How to Accurately Mark Fabric For Sewing
02:52

This lesson will show you how to pin your fabric so that you don't have to remove the pins as you sew. This will save you time, ensure that you don't sew over a pin and help keep your seam straight.

Pining Your Fabric
01:54
+ Thread
2 lectures 03:15
How To Choose The Correct Type Of Thread
02:15
Choosing the correct thread color
01:00
+ Getting Ready To sew
4 lectures 08:16
How To Use The Stitch Practice Worksheet
00:55
Stitch Practice Worksheet
1 page
Sewing Corners: learning to Pivot
04:27
How To Use A Magnetic Seam Guide
02:54
+ Seams
4 lectures 10:32

Seam allowance (sometimes called inlays) is the area between the edge and the stitching line on two (or more) pieces of material being stitched together. Seam allowances can range from 14 inch (6.4 mm) wide to as much as several inches.

Preview 04:03

Pressing your seams is an important step that should not be skipped. In this video I will cover how to press as sewn and how to press open, to the back and to the front.

How To Sew A Seam
03:34
How To Sew A Seam
01:13
The 4 Basic Sewing Seams
01:42
+ Stitches and Seam Finishes
5 lectures 18:04
How To Finish Seams
01:03
Pinking Shears
01:15
How To Sew A French Seam
03:31
Stitches: Staystitching, Basting stitch, Gathering and Easing
07:36

Learn how to finish the raw edges of your sewing seams using a zig-zag stitch.

Finishing Seams with A Zig-Zag Stitch
04:39
+ Ironing
3 lectures 10:50

It may come as a shock to you that ironing is a very important part of sewing. I would say proper ironing technique is just as important as your sewing technique.


Pressing sets your stitches and flattens out your seam allowances, making your finished projects more polished and crisp. So make friends with your iron and the special pressing tools.

Ironing and Pressing Tools
04:10
How To Press A Seam
01:30

Learn how to quickly and easily clean the bottom of your iron.

How To Clean An Iron
05:10
+ Sewing Pattern Basics
2 lectures 07:41
How To Use A Pattern Book
02:46
How To Read A Sewing Pattern Envelope
04:55