Last month some work pals and I set up an online sewing class where we all make the same project and those of us who have sewn before help out those who are beginners. As not everyone knows someone who sews, I’ve rounded up 6 places where you can learn how to sew from the comfort of your own home.
This isn’t an exhaustive list so if you think there should be another class on here then let me know and I’ll check it out.
Nikki and Rachel, a.k.a The Stitch Sisters, are regulars on my YouTube watchlist as they are a delight to watch and are super knowledgeable. They teach classes in person and also have lots of online classes to get stuck into. And the bonus is lots of them are free!
Some beginner favourite highlights are their Learn to Sew video which talks you through using your machine, basic maintenance and common sewing problems, the Intro to Cushions class which shows you how to make three styles of cushions and Simple Skirts which is a fabulous first dressmaking project.
Tilly and the Buttons are well known for making great beginner friendly patterns but if you want a bit of extra help then their sewing courses are a great place to start.
My picks of classes for beginners are Make Friends with a Sewing Machine which teaches you how to use your machine and takes you through making a simple headscarf, and Learn to Sew Skirts which takes you through making the Dominique skirt sewing pattern.
Mimi G is a well known sewing personality (is that a word?) and runs the Sew It! Academy. It is an online sewing school that works like Netflix. You pay a monthly subscription and get access to womenswear, menswear and kidswear courses.
There are lots of courses suitable for beginners which cover learning to use your machine, sewing techniques and projects such as making a sunglasses case, a tote bag and an earbud case.
Sew Over It run the Stitch School which is an online resource of sewing classes for dressmakers of all levels. You can pay a monthly subscription for access or pay per course.
They have lots of courses suitable for beginners including the Intro to Sewing course which shows you how to use a machine and takes you through making a cushion cover, lined toiletries bag and pyjama bottoms, the Intro to dressmaking course where you can learn to make the Grace dress which is a wonderful party dress, and the Intro to Sewing with Knit Fabric if you are more into jersey fabrics.
Closet Case patterns make wonderful patterns for all levels and they also have a few courses available to accompany them.
Their Learn How to Sew Clothing course is a very thorough course that takes you through all the key skills including zippers, pockets, facings, waistbands, hems, darts, sleeves, buttons and buttonholes, among many more. It includes a skirt, top and trousers pattern from their Rome collection to get your teeth stuck into.
With six, yes six, patterns to sew in this course you’ll be a whizz with the machine by the end of it! The patterns are all commercial patterns readily available in most areas so you should have no trouble getting them. The first class is the circle skirt that is in the photo above and as you improve you learn to make a maxi skirt, a tube skirt, a t-shirt, a shift dress and finally a shirt dressed. Oh, and did I mention it’s free?