In case you missed the news, the Learn to Sew Series is coming back to Crazy Little Projects in 2016! This series ran in 2013 and was a smashing success for would be seamstresses everywhere. Now, it’s time to do it again. Seven easy, free, online lessons that you can do from the comfort of your own home at your own pace. Let me help you learn to sew!
Learn to Sew Series Details:
Each Monday for 7 weeks a new lesson will be published on Crazy Little Projects. All you have to do is get online sometime during that week and check out the lesson. Then, sit down at your sewing machine and practice the new skills! Once you have a good feel for the new skill, try that week’s project. Sew something up, then come back and enter to win prizes for completing the challenge!
- Lessons will go live every Monday for 7 weeks
- There will be weekly projects to sew and prizes to win!
- It’s all free and it’s all something you can do from home
- Grab a friend and challenge her to join us too
Stay Up to Date:
Want to be part of this? All you have to do is come to Crazy Little Projects each week and find the lesson. Here are some easy ways to make sure you can find it and don’t forget:
- Subscribe to my mailing list-you get an email every time a new post goes live
- Follow me on Facebook
- Join the Learn to Sew Facebook group
- Follow me on Pinterest and Instagram
Already Know How to Sew?
I know a bunch of you did the series before and others of you have probably been sewing for years. You can still join us!
- Each week I will add a more advanced twist to the lesson so that you can try a more advanced skill
- Or, come check out that week’s skill and find a project that challenges YOU and do it. Then you can enter to win the prizes!
This series starts January 4th. For now, here are some things that you can do to get yourself ready:
Meet Your Sewing Machine: A beginner’s guide to understanding the sewing machine including how to thread it.
Sewing Dictionary: A picture guide to understanding basic sewing terms.
How to Buy Fabric: Overwhelmed by the fabric store? Let’s break it down a little.
The Sewing Pledge: Something to read before you start.
Supplies to have on hand:
Projects and fabric needs will depend on what you choose to make, but here are some basics you might want to keep handy:
- Sewing Scissors-to cut fabric you need very sharp scissors. You need to buy a pair and then don’t let them be used for anything but cutting fabric. Bonus if they are PINK! (I love pink.)
- Pins-you will need long pins and quite a few of them and also something to keep them in or on. Mine is a magnetic pin cushion.
- Thread-ultimately you will need thread in the colors of fabric you are using, but to get started, just buy some basic colors. Be sure to get black and white. Maybe a few standard colors as well.
- Seam Ripper-this little guy will be your very close friend. I sew a lot. And I use my seam ripper a lot. No shame. He allows you to undo mistakes. Very important.
- Bobbins-these are the little colorful threads in the middle of my picture. You will wind them using your thread that you purchase, but you need to buy the empty bobbin spools. **Be sure to check what kind your machine uses before buying them. Every machine is different. Mine takes plastic, some take metal. You manual will tell you what you need.
- Sewing Machine Needles-needles break. And you need backups. They are cheap-might as well have them on hand to get started. Just buy the Univeral Machine Needles.
- Tape Measure-any sort (or even a yard stick is fine).
- Fabric-for now you just need some fabric to experiment with. Pick any sort of basic cotton fabric.
- Sewing Machine-of course. Old or new, it doesn’t matter. You just need one. Get one from your mom that she doesn’t use any more or ask for one for Christmas or your birthday. Check your newspaper listings, get one at the local craft store or even Walmart carries very basic ones.