Sewing is a great skill to have: it's fun, creative, and infinitely useful (but if you're reading the Craftsy blog, you probably already know that!). Both my grandmother and mom are enthusiastic sewists, so I was fortunate to be exposed to sewing early on. But I know not everyone is so lucky (or maybe you were just more interested in other activities as a kid!).
If you're interested in picking up or improving your sewing skills and you don't have a patient sewist in amongst your family and friends, taking sewing classes is the perfect option to learn how to sew. A sewing machine can be very daunting if you've never used one before, so there's no shame in getting a little help in figuring out what's what.
There are probably a few options for sewing classes in your community, but if you live in a rural area or have a work schedule or responsibilities at home that make it difficult to take sewing classes in person, you might feel like you're out of luck. Fortunately, this is simply not the case! There are plenty of resources to help you learn to sew online.
Craftsy classes are perfect if you want to learn to sew online. I recommend starting with Sewing Machine 911. This class will help you learn all the different parts of your machine, how to troubleshoot any problems that might arise while using your machine, and how to clean it so it keeps running great. This is a free class, so you can really get a feel for the Craftsy class experience before signing up for other classes.
Once you've got the basics down, you can try your hand at one of the bag making basics classes: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch or Drawstring Bag & Bucket Bag. These classes are great because bags are small, quick projects but you'll still be learning skills that will help you gain confidence in your sewing, like adding a drawstring or installing a zipper. These are skills you'll reach for again and again.
Another great beginner class, especially if bags aren't necessarily your thing, is Sewing Studio. In addition to learning sewing machine basics, you'll also learn how to sew from a pattern and basic sewing skills, like pinning and pressing. Plus, you'll make a tailored pencil skirt and an envelope-style pillow case, so you'll be able to freshen up your living room and your wardrobe while you learn to sew online.
Even if you're beyond the beginner sewing stages, Craftsy has classes that will help you advance your sewing skills, like Sewing with Silks and Pattern Drafting from Ready-to-Wear. The best part about Craftsy classes is that you have access to the class forever, so you can work through it at your own pace.
If you need help with a particular sewing skill, like threading your machine or sewing a type of seam, don't forget to check YouTube. While the quality of some of the videos might be questionable, many experienced sewists are sharing their knowledge through videos, and they might be able to help you out.
Plus, don't forget all the useful tips and tricks that are shared on the Craftsy sewing blog each week!
Do you have any resources for how to learn to sew online? Please share in the comments!