Ask an Expert: Which Sewing Class Is Right for Me?
Recently a Craftsy blog reader submitted a question via our Ask an Expert questionnaire for advice on which class she should take next. With dozens of sewing classes to choose from, we know it can be confusing trying to find the perfect fit for your style and skills. Not anymore! We’ve put together a handy guide of recommended sewing classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced sewers. Check out the class descriptions below, and make the right choice for your next sewing adventure!
Below is a list of the best classes for:
Beginner Level: Ideal for students who want to learn the fundamental construction and fitting skills of sewing, and make stylish projects.
Sew Ready: Garment Basics
Customize and sew your first garment — a chic pencil skirt — and gain the skills to sew even more wardrobe essentials! Join Brett Bara in Sew Ready: Garment Basics for every step of your garment-making journey, from unopened pattern to fabulous, finished skirt. Plus, you’ll be ready to sew darts and a centered zipper before you know it.
Get in the fast lane to perfectly-fit garments! In Fast-Track Fitting, you’ll learn an easy-to-follow method to personalize any sewing pattern to your measurements, and how to alter your flat pattern pieces from top to bottom. Plus, save time and fabric by getting your fitting done first!
Sewing With Knits
Sew a custom wardrobe of hip, comfortable knitwear with step-by-step guidance from expert Meg McElwee in Sewing With Knits! Learn how to trace, master cutting techniques, get tricky knit necklines to lay right, create a faux cover stitch and much more.
The Sassy Librarian Blouse
Sophisticated, sweet and easy to make! Craftsy blogger and instructor Christine Haynes shows you how to take one blouse in eight pretty directions in The Sassy Librarian Blouse. Learn two flattering variations, then mix and match sleeves, collar and bodice designs to make them your own! Plus, find out how to sew curved collars, pintucks, buttonholes, interfacing, sleeve insertion, and bust and back darts.
Intermediate: Perfect for the student who wants to enhance their sewing repertoire with detailed techniques. Learn skills that range from classic to innovative, guided by your favorite designers.
40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know
Discover the 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know and you’ll always sew at your best! Read between the lines of any sewing pattern and learn the ins and outs of pressing, using interfacing, applying binding, setting in sleeves and more. Enjoy expert guidance from designer Gail Yellen and learn the best way to get the professional results you want.
Sew Better, Sew Faster: Garment Industry Secrets
Sew more quickly and efficiently, without sacrificing quality in the Craftsy class Sew Better, Sew Faster: Garment Industry Secrets! Unlock Janet Pray’s garment industry secret techniques as you construct a stylish jacket. Use an expedited construction order to build your jacket and develop professional pressing and finishing skills, and create beautiful cuffs and collars without hand stitching.
Sewing on the Edge
In Sewing on the Edge: Finishing Techniques you’ll elevate your garments from homemade to high-end with techniques for binding, banding and hemming! Learn to sew over a dozen luxurious edge finishes for all your garment projects, from T-shirts to formal gowns. Work with silky and sheer fabrics and discover how to reinforce, bind or hem lightweight fabrics without adding bulk or using facings.
Get comfortable with your serger in Beginner Serging: Machine Basics & Techniques and make three posh accessories! Learn serger threading and maintenance best practices, plus basic and decorative stitches. You’ll be hooked in no time, once you find out how easy and versatile serging can be! Have fun with step-by-step guidance and personalized advice from expert Amy Alan.
Advanced: Great for students who want to take their sewing to a professional level with inspirational design and construction skills from the masters.
Iconic Tweed Jacket
Make a lasting style statement in the Craftsy class The Iconic Tweed Jacket. Join couture sewing expert Lorna Knight and learn how to sew an iconic jacket that will play a starring role in elegant ensembles for years to come. Ensure a fantastic fit with tips for making a muslin, construct, gather and shape your sleeves and add polished designer details with step-by-step instruction.
The Couture Dress
Learn how to sew a dress that fits like a dream! Fit, personalize and sew your garment with custom sleeves, skirt treatments and finishing touches in The Couture Dress. Discover how to adapt the included Vogue pattern to create any dress you desire: a swingy summer sleeveless, a classic winter-weight sheath with three-quarter sleeves or an elegant cocktail dress in seasonless black lace!
Sew the Perfect Fit
Fit specialist Lynda Maynard works with three real women and shows you how to customize any pattern to your unique shape in Sew the Perfect Fit. You won’t believe how easy it is and how well it works! Create garments that fit and flatter your form, starting by learning to “read” the fit muslin as it points you to the right places to adjust the garment. The end result: a custom-fit garment tailored perfectly for you!
Creative Serging: Beyond the Basics
Maximize your serger’s potential with ready-to-wear sewing techniques! Create unique treatments and professional finishes on garments and home decor, with step-by-step guidance from apparel designer Angela Wolf in her Craftsy class Creative Serging: Beyond the Basics. Explore clever finishing and decorative techniques for woven and knit fabric, and learn to navigate curves and corners without thread bulk!
Now, you can use Craftsy’s brand new class skill level tool to find classes that fit your needs!
Our newest feature on the Craftsy class pages allows you to not only filter classes by skill level when searching, but also assess each individual class to discover if the level of difficulty is right for you.
You can find the search filter at the top of the search page when browsing through classes:
Or, view the level within an individual class:
Hover your mouse over the orange skill icon to find out more info on how the skill level applies to your craft:
From essentials to skill building to mastery level, you can find a class the works perfectly for you!