Sewing Machine 911

with Claudia Miller

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Make friends with your sewing machine! Learn how to use it, troubleshoot it and keep it in good shape, in Claudia Miller's free mini-class. Read More…

  1. Class Overview
  2. Meet the Instructor
  3. Ratings & Reviews
  4. Materials
  5. FAQs

Class Description

Familiarize yourself with your sewing machine, one of the most intimidating tools out there, whether you are new or experienced sewer. In this free online Craftsy class, you'll learn all about the typical ills most machines suffer from and how to easily remedy those pesky problems. Gain confidence in troubleshooting your own machine issues with Claudia's tips and tricks. Troubleshoot both vintage and modern machines, new and used -- any sewing machine can be made to sew well when the user understands them correctly. Get to know the ins and outs of your sewing machine, including its basic components, spotting symptoms, knowing when to take your machine to a professional, and much more!

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Lesson Plan


Lesson 1. Welcome to Your Free Mini-Class!

  • Find out more about how Craftsy classes work, and differences between free and paid classes.


Lesson 2. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, Claudia Miller, go over what you'll learn in this class and learn about the Craftsy learning platform.


Lesson 3. Parts

  • Let Claudia show you the various parts of a standard sewing machine.


Lesson 4. Types of Machines

  • Learn what kind of sewing machine you have and how to maintain it.


Lesson 5. Troubleshooting

  • Figure out how to fix problems with your sewing machine, whether you have tension issues or strange noises coming from your machine.


Lesson 6. Machine Hygiene

  • Learn to clean your machine and discover best practices to keep it running as long as possible.

"This class is great! The teaching style is simple and straight forward. I have sewed for a few years and was still able to find the information useful. The class handouts are jam packed full of helpful information. Thank you for providing this course free of charge."
- anneslighthouse

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For Free You Get:

  • 5 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class materials, including troubleshooting charts and sewing machine part information
  • Close-up, detailed instruction
  • Answers to your questions from your classmates in our virtual classroom
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