Essential Sewing is an online course based on the sewing classes I have taught in person since 2007, and is structured following my best-selling book, Stitch by Stitch. The entire class is designed for what I call “new and returning” sewers: those of us who either are brand-new at the sewing machine and need some guidance to get off on the right foot, or those who have been self-taught or took lessons so long ago that we need some hand-holding to know that we’re doing it right. The class covers foundational sewing skills in a logical manner, tackling new skills through making projects so that as you complete each project you not only have new tools in our belt but a fantastic finished project to show off! Over my years of teaching sewing to adults, I have found over and over again that having that instant gratification gives a huge motivation to continue to learn, and your skills will snowball as you progress, taking you further than even you thought they would!
Beginning with the basics of threading the machine and winding the bobbin, and progressing through concrete tasks like sewing in a straight line and identifying all those mysterious stitch options on the machine, Essential Sewing is a really complete sewing class that you take on your own time. The class is organized based on skills, and you’re invited to work at your own pace as we proceed through the class–any time of day, anywhere in the world! Students from all continents and time zones have taken my online classes together, and have shared their awesome sewing success through our live chats, Flickr group, class comments and group experience. With loads of video, audio, PDF downloads and original projects, Essential Sewing is designed to take you from non-stitcher to confident in just a very few weeks! Even folks who have been sewing for a while benefit from the advanced skills we cover, like buttonholes and zippers, piping and ruffles, linings and stabilizers–there is so much content here that it wouldn’t even all fit into the book! How awesome is that?
Essential Sewing is your chance to:
• conquer your fear of your sewing machine and show it that YOU’RE the boss
• learn the best techniques for maintaining your machine, operating it so it will last forever, and creating beautiful stitches that look even better than the pros
• choosing equipment, notions and supplies to make your work faster and easier while getting you the very best results
• selecting fabric and knowing when to use which ones
• following basic sewing instructions and identifying key sewing terms so you’ll never be in the dark with a tutorial or pattern again
• cutting and pinning as you sew and having gorgeous results to show off
• streamline projects so you’ll know which instructions are essential and which are better left undone for results to pretty you can sell them
• create projects for your home, for your kids, for yourself, and for gifts!
• become totally confident at your sewing machine so that the world of crafting is yours to conquer
Each skill is listed in order, and the class site guides you through the lessons so that you can work steadily at the pace that suits your life best. Register today and begin whenever you want, without waiting for a class to form! Work as much or as little as you like each day, and by the end, you’ll be ready to tackle any other e-course or sewing class that comes your way. Projects included in Essential Sewing are divers, like dinner napkins; a reversible tote bag with flat bottom; a zippered, piped pillow; simple A-line skirt; sassy apron; appliqued tee shirt; and nearly a dozen more! Skills mini-lessons break up the project content so you’ll constantly be challenging yourself to try new things as you get more and more comfortable with what you’re able to make at your sewing machine. There are so many ideas out there waiting to be sewn up–with the skills you build in Essential Sewing, you’ll totally be ready to tackle them and transform your idea of what you can do.
When I taught my first sewing class, I had no idea how deeply it could transform people, and how completely it could offer you the ability to see yourself in a new light. Having the skills to create what you see in your head and then hold it in your hands is really unparalleled in its ability to open up new horizons for you–in small ways and in big ones. I love, love, love to sew, and struggle to imagine what my life would be like without that. Watching the same passion come to life over and over for students is one of my very favorite things to do–won’t you join us?
The Essential Sewing e-course is open for registration ANY TIME. Begin when you’re ready, and work as you’re able. Class comments are always open, so you can see what other students have asked and had answered before, and your own questions will be answered personally by me as you leave them. In addition to the course content, which includes downloadable PDFs, lots and lots of video, audio recordings and photos, there is a live chat scheduled once each quarter so that you can participate with your classmates in real time! Registration fee of just $99 includes over 40 lessons; a quarterly live chat with me and class; video, audio, and/or PDF content with every lesson; email contact with me throughout the course; and a boatload of can-do attitude. Students from any part of the globe are welcome to register!
For a list of the lessons included in this class, see the course description.