Announcing… the Learn to Sew Series! Some of the most common questions I get are: What is the best sewing machine for beginners? How can I learn how to sew? What are your best beginner sewing projects?
Well today, I am excited to share a brand new series where I can answer ALL of those questions and get you all the resources you need to learn how to sew! Pretty exciting right?
Learn to Sew Series Kickoff and Giveaway!
My friends at Clover have sent me tons of beginner sewing supplies to give away to you! Included in the giveaway are these small snips, seam ripper, marking tools, pins and clips!
In order to enter:
- Sign up for THIS EMAIL LIST. This list is exclusively for all of you that will be following along with the Learn to Sew Series. It is totally free and I will send you some additional tips, tricks and resources as a bonus for being on this list.
- International entries welcome.
- 6 winners chosen at random on February 21 and notified via email.
*you do not need to be on this list to have access to the learn to sew class. All videos and projects will be hosted here on the blog and on youtube, totally free.
Here is the plan for the Learn to sew series. Every friday for the next 6 Fridays we are going to be learning how to sew! Next week we will go over how to use a sewing machine and then we will dive into 5 easy sewing projects.
- Learn to Sew 2: How to Use a Sewing Machine
- Learn to Sew 3: How to Make Placemats
- Learn to Sew 4: How to Sew Napkins
- Learn to Sew 5: How to Sew a Half Apron
- Learn to Sew 6: Quilted Potholder
- Learn to Sew 7: Ruffle Zipper Pouch
Each of these 5 projects will build on the other and expand your sewing skills. We will be learning straight seams, mitred corners, pockets, straps, ruffles, zippers, bias binding and more! I have specifically chosen these to be skill building projects as well as useful ;).
Learn to Sew Supply List
If you need all of the notions, it will be under $80 for the bare minimum if you already have a sewing machine and iron.
- Sewing Machine
- Iron/Ironing board
- Rotary Cutter and Self Healing mat
- 6 x 24 inch ruler
- Fabric Scissors
- Clover Clips
- 90/14 needles
- 1 or 2 spare bobbins that fit your machine (machine should come with a few)
- Measuring tape
- Seam gauge
- Seam ripper
- Fabric Marking Tool
- Zipper foot (many machines come with this, make sure it fits your machine)
Using JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores is a great option too!
Later: Fabric, coordinating thread and supplies needed for specific projects will be listed on individual projects posts.
Which Sewing Machine is Best?
There are many great machines on the market, but for this series I will be using my Juki HZL-LB5020. I also like to recommend the Janome Magnolia. Here is my post on the Best Sewing Machine for Beginners if you are doing research.
If you want a new machine under $200, I like the Janome 2212 ;).
If you are able to, buy a sewing machine from a local dealer because they can help you in the future with the servicing of your machine and any troubleshooting.
You can also borrow one from a friend, get one on craigslist or shop a sale at a big box store. There are lots of options that can fit within your budget. *Be sure the machine is in good working order, can do a straight stitch and a zig zag.
Anxious to get sewing? Here are some of my other simple sewing projects:
I’m excited to get sewing with you!
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