Sewing Machine Basics
While there are hundreds of quilting gadgets on the market these days, when you're new to the craft it's best to start with the basics. So skip the fancy-pants gizmos — for now — and stock up on these important quilting tools that'll help make your first quilt a success.
Sherri McConnell
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Finish class by sewing a cute maxi skirt, plus get Roxy's tips and suggestions for continuing your sewing journey.
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Learn how a sewing machine works to create stitches, and get tips on threading and setup.
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A napkin and a pillowcase are both simple projects you can start with.
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Meet Roxy and get an overview of the supplies you'll need to get started sewing.
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What's the best fabric to start sewing with, and how should you handle it? Roxy will explain.
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In this class from our partners at Brit & Co., learn sewing basics to make a napkin, pillowcase and maxi skirt.
Roxy Taghavian
Roxy Taghavian
Needle and thread are key components of machine quilting. But knowing which types to use together can sometimes be a challenge. Here, Kelly discusses thread weight and plies as well as fiber and needle types. Choose the perfect needle for your thread every time with Kelly's pro tips.
Perhaps the most important tool in quilting? Your sewing machine! Learn how your machine works as Kelly goes over the essential parts, including the spool pins, flywheel, take-up lever and bobbin case. She also covers good and poor tension, plus troubleshooting tips.
There are several ways to baste a quilt, so how do you know which one to use? Kelly explains, discussing the pros and cons of four common methods. She also demonstrates pin-, thread- and spray-basting, plus how to use fusible batting.
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