Sewing Machine Basics
Get to know your way around a sewing machine, from threading and stitching to maintenance and troubleshooting.
From the standard presser foot to a full on ruffler attachment, we've got your quickie guide to sewing machine feet right here.
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Everything you need to sew with confidence.
Sara Alm
Sara Alm
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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
Nicole Vasbinder
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Choose and use the right sewing needles and presser feet for a polished look every time! Wendy Gardiner helps you make the most of your tools with top techniques.
Wendy  Gardiner
Wendy Gardiner
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Thread doesn't last forever — that's just the sad truth — so it's important to know what's safe to use and what needs to make its way to the trash can. Before you allow a new spool into your collection or pick up an old favorite, here's what you should be looking for.
Beth Galvin
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Get to know your machine and the basics of pinning, stitching, pressing and finishing as you make a pillow and a pencil skirt.
Diana Rupp
Diana Rupp
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Whether you're here to re-learn sewing or want to try out a fun project for the very first time, you're gonna have to thread that machine! This tutorial is for a Janome 2030QDC, but other machines will be pretty similar. (Pro tip: don't hesitate to look up your specific machine's manual if you get stumped; they're generally easy to find online.) You can also see all these steps in action as part of our Machine Basics sewing class!
Sherri Sylvester
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Don't get flustered when facing the feet that come with your sewing machine. Steffani Lincecum explains what they are and how they work in this free mini-class.
Steffani Lincecum
Steffani Lincecum
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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
Amy Alan
No matter your machine, we can help you get things threaded properly and ready to roll.
  • One yard of perfect fabric is worth its weight in gold! For premium quality and rich, seamless color, Craftsy-exclusive Boundless Solids are the perfect pick. Choose from a stunning spectrum of saturated hues, and add Boundless color and style to your quilts.
  • Designed for versatility and a long life, these Schmetz Universal Machine Needles are a valuable addition to your sewing kit. These general-purpose needles are suitable for all kinds of woven or knit materials, and deliver straight stitches every time.
  • Marking your quilts and sewing projects just became easier! The Collins Fine Line Water Erasable Marking Pen lets you erase marks as easily as you make them, using just a damp cloth. Featuring bright blue coloring and a fine tip, the Fine Line pen makes even the most precise mark-making a breeze.
  • It may be small, but it sure is mighty! The Steamfast Travel Steam Iron is the perfect solution for setting crisp creases and removing wrinkles on the go. With a one-minute heat-up time and small, versatile soleplate, it's ideal for touching up quilts, garments and pre-cuts. This travel-size iron is made with quality and durability in mind, so it's sure to last for many projects to come.
  • Craftsy Pima Thread 50wt Back to Basics Collection
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