2. Beginners Guide to Sewing: Learn about basic sewing, fabrics, and sustainability

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Learning how to sew can be incredibly fulfilling. If you love fabrics and textiles now is the time to add sewing to your skills set. Join Sarah, as she takes you through the process of setting yourself up for a successful start to your new hobby or possibly career!

Included in this class is your Beginner’s Guide to Sewing.

In this class you will learn
  • tips on setting up your sewing, cutting out and pressing space
  • how to use your sewing machine and avoid common problems
  • about different fabric and how to handle them
  • sewing with straight stitch and zigzag
  • the importance of pressing
  • finishing raw edges with a facing and edge stitch

What you will do

  • Set up your sewing, cutting out and pressing space
  • Find your sewing machine manual or download one and familiarise yourself with the basics of preparing your machine for sewing.  I will point out common problem areas.
  • Build your awareness of fabrics by looking at different garments.  Think about what fabric has been chosen and why 
  • Consider what impact different fabrics could have on the environment
  • Experiment with straight and zigzag stitch on natural and manmade fabrics
  • Experiment using edge stitch to finish the raw edge of a fabric
  • Sew a small sample facing as a raw edge finish and use edge stitch
  • Build up a portfolio of samples and put notes with them to say what worked and what did not.  Your mistakes are an important part of the process!

This is the starting point for making simple garments.  Once you understand your machine and start building up your fabric knowledge you will have the confidence to tackle other sewing project.  Use the skills you gain to go on and learn more complicated sewing techniques.

Your Machine – You have a miraculous little invention that is capable of so much.

Learn just the basics, try out different settings, learn about a few machine accessories and slowly let the journey start to unfold.

Fabrics – The joys and the heartaches!  The colour, texture and feel of fabrics is so tempting.   

The secret is to learn more about how to handle fabrics and start sewing projects that work and feel rewarding!

Small project – Now you are ready to combine what you have learnt on days 1 and 2 and test out your skills by making a useful, small drawstring bag in a couple of hours.  

I will help you step by step.