We realize that not all of our blog readers have the ability to sew. And as you know, we think sewing is a very worthwhile endeavor! The satisfaction of creating something from raw material to finished product is like no other. So today, we’ve compiled a list of ways you could learn to sew.
1. Learn to sew by taking a class online:
We’ve taken a class on Craftsy, and we can really recommend it as a way to learn to sew, or to learn a new sewing technique. The classes are video tutorials and are well worth their money. Beside learning from an accomplished instructor, you also receive at least one pattern, and there is a good format for interacting with your instructor and fellow students. This is the best way to learn to sew in your own time because once you purchase a class, it’s yours forever and you can take it at your own pace. Here are some absolute beginner classes we found on Craftsy.
Sew Ready: Garment Basics (affiliate link)
What: Learn to sew a pencil skirt.
Length: Almost 4 hours instruction.
Design and Sew an A-line Skirt (affiliate link)
How Many: 5000 taken this class
Length: Over 4.5 hours instruction
Sewing Studio (affiliate link)
What: Learn Machine & Sewing basics by making a pillow and skirt
Length: Over 6 hours instruction
2 Learn to Sew by taking a class in a store:
Many fabric stores offer classes in sewing. You can choose from classes at your big box store, or a smaller more intimate class from your LQS, or local quilt shop.
For example, Sewing 101 at your local Jo-Anns will cost you $35, includes sewing supplies, and lasts 2.5 hours. If you don’t yet have a sewing machine or have too many distractions at home and need the accountability of a class in person, this may be the best choice for you.
3 Learn to Sew by finding a mentor:
Let’s say you know someone who sews. Ask them to teach you! We’ve gladly taught others to sew, and you’ll find most seamstress glad to share their knowledge. This is the oldest, and probably most tried and true method of learning to sew.
4 Learn to Sew by YouTube-ing it:
It’s been said you can learn anything on YouTube, and sewing is no exception. Some of our favorite sewing channels are:
Dana makes you WANT to sew everything, and she makes it easy and professional looking too.
Melly’s channel is a weath of information, just like her website. Plus she has some really quick and easy tutorials to get you started sewing something in no time.
This is a new collaboration by 3 experienced seamstresses. We like what they’ve done so far, like demystifying reading a pattern, and we can’t wait to see what else they come up with.
5 Learn to sew by just diving in:
When we review a pattern, we often give it a rating. Sometimes we’ll even recommend a certain pattern for an absolute beginner. There are some indie pattern companies that are known for their teaching abilities. Oliver+S is a company we can highly recommend as we’ve sewn all their skirt patterns as part of our All The Skirts series. Each Oliver+S pattern has a scissors rating from 1 to 4. If you started by sewing all the 1 scissors patterns, and worked your way through them, by the end you would have an absolutely comprehensive sewing knowledge, and your child/children would have a stunning wardrobe too! Each pattern also lists which skills are used, which is very useful!
That’s it for our top 5 methods to learn to sew! Which looks the best for you? Any other recommendations?