Hi there and welcome to my Learn to Sew Series! I want to teach anyone and everyone to sew and I’m going to try to do just that in 7 easy, online free sewing lessons that everyone can take and do it at their own pace in their own home.
This series ran in 2013, but the lessons will be here for the long haul, so jump right in whenever you are ready. These free online sewing lessons are broken down into 7 lessons that will teach you everything from how to sew a straight line to how to sew a button hole. And be sure to check out the new Learn to Sew Series: Part 2 which is available NOW! We’ve also got some basics like understanding your sewing machine and what supplies you need to get started sewing.
Are you ready to jump in? You can totally take these sewing lessons at your own pace. If something comes easily, great, move on to the next one. Need more practice? That’s fine too. Just practice until you are ready for the next lesson! No pressure at all.
Learn to Sew-Free Easy Online Sewing Lessons:
Check these out before you get going on the actual lessons. They will help!
Meet Your Sewing Machine: A beginner’s guide to understanding the sewing machine including how to thread it. How does that sewing machine work? How do I thread my needle? Have a look at this post.
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.
What Supplies Will I Need to Get Started Sewing: A list of the basics to get your started.
The Sewing Pledge: Something to read before you start.
Learn to Sew Lessons:
Now let’s get going on the actual lessons. You’ve got this right?!
Supplies to have on hand for this series:
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.
Here’s another peek at the lessons:
Are you ready to learn to sew? There are so many fun things that you can create when you know how to sew. You’re going to love this. Make sure not to be too hard on yourself. Sewing takes time and practice. I use the seam ripper still almost every single time that I sew. It’s just part of the experience. Let’s learn to sew!
You Can Do This.