Intro to Sewing
Need-to-Know Basics
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We know from experience that a sewing box can get out of control FAST. So we took a good, hard look and determined that, aside from a sewing machine, there are really only 10 things you need to tackle most projects.
by Sherri Sylvester
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Picture an electric blue polyester-satin tube dress with spaghetti straps and a beaded appliqué — on a seven-year-old. That was my first sewing project, and it was not a costume! Since then, I've learned to deploy my glam style instincts more selectively, and I've also learned a whole lot more about sewing.
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When you sew clothes, you're probably going to use a sewing pattern. So if you're uncertain about how that all works, now is a great time to get past that. Here, we're working with a traditional printed paper pattern. But many of the same guidelines apply when you're dealing with a digital pattern too. Let's break down the essential info.
by Irene Valle
We're on a mission to get you sewing! From firing up your machine, to choosing fabric and cutting out a pattern, you’ll learn everything you need to know right here.
Turn your inspiration into action. We'll show you how.
Watch + Learn
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Learn to pin, sew and press accurate, beautiful seams as Sara explains seam allowance, an essential concept for successful sewing. You'll also learn three options for easily finishing the raw edges of the seam allowance. And if you make a mistake, not to worry! You'll learn how to use a seam ripper to remove errors.
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Master the art of sewing the perfect seam! Angela illustrates how selecting the right stitch length is key to achieving the best results. In addition, get expert tips on pinning and sewing straight and curved seams, and learn the proper technique for pressing tricky seams.
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Once you've pretreated your fabric, you're ready to lay out the pattern pieces on the fabric for cutting, arranging them for the most efficient use of your cloth. Sara walks you through reading the pattern layout diagrams and aligning the all-important grain line, found on each pattern piece.
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It's important to cut the pattern pieces out smoothly and accurately. Using the tote bag class project as an example, Sara shows you how to cut with fabric shears. Then discover various techniques to trace the dart markings and transfer other key symbols from the pattern to the fabric.
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Don't let broken needles or skipped stitches ruin your sewing! Learn how to fix common sewing machine problems in this free Craftsy class presented by Baby Lock.
Amy Alan
with Amy Alan
This date-night-worthy dress is just a few simple stitches away. Don’t worry, we’ll sew it together!
Your Next Project Is Here!
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Learn basic garment construction skills as you sew pajama pants that look and feel fabulous!
Nicole Vasbinder
with Nicole Vasbinder
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Now, put your newly learned techniques to use by sewing your first project: a tote bag! After a quick recap of the cutting and marking process, start your bag by preparing and stitching the pocket to the front. Then add shaping to the bottom of the front and back with darts.
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Journey into successful sewing! Create two cute styles of bag as you learn basic skills for projects that will make you proud.
Nicole Vasbinder
with Nicole Vasbinder
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Sew a festive apron that any cook would be proud to wear.
Betz White
with Betz White
Hey, we know mistakes happen! Learn how to fix 'em and get back to stitching!
DO MORE IN SEWING
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Delicate, beautiful lace trims and insets are an essential part of heirloom sewing. Susan guides you through the characteristics of heirloom lace and how to choose the best ones for your project. Then you'll learn how to easily stitch lace to lace and lace to fabric.
Ann makes your introduction to curves easy and engaging as you learn the best methods for pinning, sewing and quilting on gently curved pieces.
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Sew a stylish and functional bag that’s perfect for work, school, traveling and more – no quilting required!
Annie Unrein
with Annie Unrein
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Get set up for success before you even sit down at your machine! Learn essential preparation techniques that will produce better results in every sewing project.
Janet Pray
with Janet Pray
Zip-up sweaters are trendy and cute, and zippers are easy to install by hand or with a sewing machine. Anne shares some tips for finding just the right zipper for your project, then shows how to install it so it won't sag or snag.
Choose a pattern that's right for you with Anne's guidance! Anne goes over the elements of a good pattern and explains features common to most patterns. Learn to read a pattern and chart by reviewing the Ondulé sweater pattern that's included with the class.
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From creating a muslin to adjusting fit and hand-stitching hems, couturier Susan Khalje guides you step-by-step through couture sewing techniques! To purchase the pattern and sew along with Susan, click on the Materials tab in the class. Shipping is free!
Susan Khalje
with Susan Khalje
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Learn to read between the lines of any sewing pattern as instructor Gail Yellen teaches you 40 essential techniques that every sewer should know!
Gail Yellen
with Gail Yellen
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