Intro To Sewing: Leather + Canvas Tote Bag And Machine 101

Ellie Lum, Sewing Instructor, Bag Maker, Klum House

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18 Videos (1h 24m)
    • Intro to Sewing: Custom Tote Bag & Machine 101

      2:18
    • Overview of the Bag

      1:04
    • Tools and Materials

      2:37
    • Machine Basics: Overview

      7:25
    • Machine Basics: Understanding Threading + Bobbin

      6:05
    • Machine Basics: Sewing Techniques

      6:35
    • Design Lab

      2:48
    • Pattern Drafting + Cutting Fabric

      6:37
    • Prepping + Ironing

      3:51
    • Sewing the Outside Pockets

      4:53
    • Sewing the Reinforced Base

      3:09
    • Constructing the Zipper Pocket

      5:47
    • Style B: Construct Fabric Handles

      10:16
    • Attaching a Magnetic Snap

      1:56
    • Attaching the Zipper Pocket + Key Clip

      4:06
    • Sewing the Side Seams

      7:21
    • Attaching the Leather Handles

      6:06
    • Conclusion

      1:26
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About This Class

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This class is designed to make sewing fun & easy - no prior sewing experience necessary! During this intro to sewing class you will learn the in’s & out’s of your sewing machine and complete a custom tote bag that you stitched up with your own two hands. This class not only includes step-by-step video lessons, but also a fully comprehensive 56-page downloadable Custom Tote Bag Instructions PDF that breaks down the steps in written + illustrative form. In this class, we will go over machine basics such as threading the machine & bobbin, overview of sewing machine and how it functions, cutting fabric, essential sewing tools, and how to make & use a simple pattern. You will learn how to operate your sewing machine with confidence while you make a custom tote bag. You will walk away with your very own tote bag that YOU MADE from start-to-finish with confidence.

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SKILLS LEARNED

Machine 101

  • Overview of machine knobs + functions
  • How to properly thread your sewing machine
  • How to wind a bobbin
  • Understand machine tension + timing
  • Trouble-shooting machine problems
  • Using various presser feet
  • Changing the needle
  • Sewing with heavyweight fabrics such as 12 oz duck canvas
  • Trouble-shooting techniques
  • Sewing techniques for greater control and stitch accuracy

Custom Tote Bag

  • Overview of design considerations
  • Drafting a pattern
  • How to use a rotary cutter
  • How to properly iron & prepare your fabric for sewing
  • Creating a flat bottom-base for bags
  • How to attach a key clip
  • Metal hardware attachment
  • French seams
  • Sewing through multiple layers of thick fabric
  • Sewing pockets
  • Attaching a base layer for reinforcement
  • Bag construction

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Easily one of the best classes on Skillshare.
Joanna Hall

Book lover who draws | IG: @artbyjoanna

very professional
Great class! Clear instructions, well planned, lots of great techniques and tips.

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Ellie Lum

Sewing Instructor, Bag Maker, Klum House

I am a maker, skill-building educator, and creative business entrepreneur based out of Portland, OR. You can find me through my DIY Workshop and handmade goods brand, Klum House. I am also on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. I am a business owner of over 20 years in a craftsman-based business, R.E. Load Bags, where I have honed my skills as a leader and teacher instructing those who worked with me how to master the craft of industrial sewing as well as creative business management. Along w...

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