Sewing 101

Building A Strong Sewing Foundation
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  • Lectures 51
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2016 English

Course 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!

What are the 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

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone that wants to learn how to sew.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Getting the most out of this course
Welcome To Sewing 101
Section 2: Sewing Basics
Sewing Supplies
Supply List (Text Version)
5 pages


Section 3: Setting Up A Sewing Machine

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


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.

How To Use Your Foot Pedal and Control the Speed of the Machine
How To Use An Automatic Needle Threader
Section 4: Fabric Basics
Fabric basics
Identifying The Right And Wrong Side of The Fabric

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.

Section 5: Thread
How To Choose The Correct Type Of Thread
Choosing the correct thread color
Section 6: Getting Ready To sew
How To Use The Stitch Practice Worksheet
Stitch Practice Worksheet
1 page
Sewing Corners: learning to Pivot
How To Use A Magnetic Seam Guide
Section 7: Seams

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
The 4 Basic Sewing Seams
Section 8: Stitches and Seam Finishes
How To Finish Seams
Pinking Shears
How To Sew A French Seam
Stitches: Staystitching, Basting stitch, Gathering and Easing
Section 9: Ironing

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.

How To Press A Seam
Section 10: Sewing Pattern Basics
How To Use A Pattern Book
How To Read A Sewing Pattern Envelope
Section 11: Sewing A Pillowcase
Sewing A Pillowcase
1 page
Sewing A Pillowcase Supplies and Introduction
Sewing The Pillowcase Band
Sewing the main body of the pillowcase

In this video we will cover how to attach the contrasting band to main portion of the pillowcase.

Section 12: Sewing an envelope pillow cover
Ironing the envelope back
Sewing the back edge
Pinning the pillow together
Sewing the pillow together
Clipping corners and inserting the pillow form
Section 13: Sewing A Roll-up Organizer
Roll-Up Organizer Instructions
Organizer Supplies
Prepping The Fabric
Pinning The Fabric
Sewing The Fabric Together
Pressing the opening closed
Drawing the pockets
Decorative Stitch Practice
Stitching Decorative Stitches
Using Your Roll-up Organizer
Section 14: Sewing machine Care and Maintenance
Needle Buying Guide
1 page

Learn how to properly change the needle on your sewing machine.

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Instructor Biography

Margaret Smith, Sewing Instructor

Hi, I'm Margaret Smith, I live in Fort Worth, Texas, and I am addicted to sewing! Actually I am addicted DIY projects, crafting and sewing but spending the day sewing is primarily my fix!

I grew up with a a mom that was a professional tailor and encouraged me to be creative. I can't remember a time when she sat down and officially taught me to sew. It really was just part of what we did routinely. I can remember being very young and sitting on her lap while she sewed. She taught me early to pull out the pins before she came to them. Remember, we never sew over pins!

I had a scrap basket of fabric I could play in and I was taught which scissors were for fabric and which were for paper and patterns. At some point, I don't remember how old I was, I was allowed to use her machines on my own with permission.

Fast-forward about 20 some years and I was a young mom wanting to sew for my kids. That's when I got my first machine that was all mine! That machine was quickly joined by a serger. I wanted to make sure my creations looked professional so I began taking classes, reading books and asking my mom and other professionals for guidance.

I began teaching others to sew, including my children, and then in 2005 I opened my own business selling the items I was making.

About Let's Learn To Sew
  • Promote sewing and other needle crafts by providing instruction, inspiration and encouragement.
  • Celebrate the work of talented quilters, sewists, writers and designers.
  • Connect the historical foundations of quilting, sewing and needle crafts to current trends.
  • Demonstrate ways to use new products, including fabric, patterns, books and tools.

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