Sewing for Beginners

The ABC's of Sewing: Learn how to sew with this primary course.
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2014 English

Course Description

Learn How to Sew! The lessons in this Sewing for Beginners course will cover the core principals of sewing by hand and by sewing machine. In this interactive course, you will gain an understanding of the sewing craft through:

  1. Video tutorials
  2. Slide show presentations
  3. Documents
  4. Quizzes
  5. Supplementary material

Not only does this course teach you how to cut and sew textiles, it provides a brief history of textile origins and the history of the thousands of years old art of sewing. Your newly acquired knowledge and skills will be put into practice with beginner projects that will strengthen your understanding, spark your creativity, and send you on your way to becoming a seamster or seamstress of impeccable craftsmanship.

  • Do you love fashion? This is an introductory course for the absolute beginner. Learn the basics of how your favorite runway pieces are created.
  • Has it been decades since you took Home Ec in school? This is the perfect refresher course for you.
  • Do you want to learn how to mend some well loved items in your home but don't know how? This course teaches a variety of hand sewing stitches that you can use to give your favorite textile items new life.
  • Do you love to create new things? Put that glue gun down and add hand sewing and machine sewing to your crafting repertoire.
  • Do you want to learn how to make extra money? With the basic skills taught in this course, you will arm yourself with the know-how needed to make your design ideas into reality.

I've been sewing for over twenty years, not that many people know who to sew these days. The more time that goes on, the less trade and craft skills people have. You can be that person to whom others reply in astonishment, "Wow! You made that?!" Learn how to sew and carry on the tradition.

* So that you get the most comprehensive learning experience, this course will be continually updated with new projects.

What are the requirements?

  • Hand Sewing Needle, Thimble, All-Purpose Thread, Ball Head Straight Pins, Scissors, Ruler or Yard Stick, Seam Ripper, Fabric Marking Chalk or Pencil, Universal Sewing Machine Needles
  • Scrap Fabric of 1 yard of Muslin
  • 1 yard of 100% Cotton, 45 inches wide; Printed or Solid Fabric
  • Hot Iron and Ironing Board or Mat
  • A Sewing Machine with a Reverse Button

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course, you will be able to sew.
  • You will learn several hand sewing stitches and techniques.
  • The fundamentals of sewing by machine.
  • How to select the right fabrics for your projects.
  • How to cut and measure fabric.

Who is the target audience?

  • This is an introductory course for the absolute beginner seamstress or seamster.
  • Take this course if you love fashion and want begin creating your own fashion masterpieces.
  • Learn a new skill that can help you make extra money.
  • Learn how to mend your favorite textiles items.

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.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Course Introduction including a downloadable list of materials needed for projects.
Section 2: Hand Sewing Basics
Introduction to hand sewing with supplementary material.
Threading a Needle
How to lock your stitches in and secure seams.
Running Stitch
Whip Stitch
Invisible Stitch
Basting Stitch
Sewing By Hand Overview
2 questions
Section 3: Sewing Machine Basics
1 page
Introduction to sewing by machine.
Video naming the different parts on a basic sewing machine.
A look into a different type of sewing machine that has complimentary stitching capabilities.
Choosing the right thread is important, this lecture names several different types of thread and their functions.
How to wind a bobbin and correctly install it.
7 pages
The importance of your sewing machine's stitch length, tension, and the different types of needles available to choose from for your project.
Sewing Straight Lines
Reverse Button
Understanding Your Sewing Machine
2 questions
Section 4: Fabrics
Introduction to understanding how to buy the right fabrics for your projects.
3 questions

Please refer to the supplementary material provided for the "About Cloth/Fabrics" Lecture.

This quiz is based on the Fabric Bolt Label provided.

2 pages
A brief history of textiles.
Fabrics and Their Common Uses
2 pages
Preparing to Use Your Fabric
4 pages
4 questions
Section 5: Conclusion
Course Overview
2 pages
Course Overview
5 questions

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Instructor Biography

Cam Parsons, Seamstress, Graphic Designer

Hello, I love creativity! Growing up, I watched my mother design and sew the most wonderful creations in her dress shop. Years later, after I learned to sew for myself, I realized what a rare and valuable skill sewing is to have. “Wow! You made that?!” people would say to me after I told them that I had sewn the dress, blouse, or jacket that I was wearing. Knowing that I have a skill that I can use to create something beautiful with just my hands and a few materials has been an immense source of joy for me, and I’d like to share it with you!

Do you love DIY Home Interior TV shows and want to create the splendid window coverings and textile decor accessories?

Do you want to learn how to make your own unique clothing?

Do you want to learn a new skill to take pride in?

I have 20 years of experience sewing dresses, coats, pants, blouses, draperies, curtains, pillows, and more. You name it, I've sewn it. Join me and learn sewing industry jargon, methods for hand sewing, and methods for sewing by machine. Understand the tools and tricks of the trade. Through continuous practice, I’ve learned the ins and outs of the sewing craft; all the best and most essential techniques I will teach to you!

-Over 20 Years Sewing Apparel

- 7 Years Sewing Interior Decor

-Machinery: Yamata Industrial Sewing Machine, Consew Blind Hemmer, Singer Serger Sewing Machine, White Sewing Machine

-BFA Graphic Design

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