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Learn to Sew In 3 Easy Seams!

teacher avatar Daisy Gutierrez, Sewing & Quilting

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6 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Learn to Sew In 3 Easy Seams!

    • 2. Tools & Supplies

    • 3. How to Choose Fabric for this Project

    • 4. Sewing Machine Tips

    • 5. Preparing the Fabric

    • 6. Let's Get Sewing!

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About This Class

Have you always wanted to learn how to sew? Then this is the class for you! I will walk you through the easiest of projects that will teach you the basics you need to know for every other sewing project you’ll ever make!

In this class you will learn how to choose fabrics, use simple tools, thread a sewing machine, and stitch your first seam. By sewing only three seams, you will have finished your first sewing project: a beautiful pillow case!

No experience required!

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Daisy Gutierrez

Sewing & Quilting


My name is Daisy and I'm thrilled to be a teacher here on Skillshare!

How did I start my sewing adventure?...

My mother was a great seamstress, and she made most of my clothes...even my wedding dress!  When I was in my early 20's, my Mom passed away and all that beautiful fabric she had in her "sewing closet" was given to me.  I didn't really know what to do with it, but I wanted to learn.  Those fabrics reminded me so much of her.  I didn't just want to give them all away.  So, slowly but surely, I taught myself how to sew using patterns and asking questions.  When I had kids of my own, I sewed most of their clothes and also made my daughter's wedding dress many years later.  

I found that sewing was a relaxing outlet for me, and ... See full profile

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1. Learn to Sew In 3 Easy Seams!: have you always wanted to learn how to? So then this is the class for you. I will walk you through the easiest of projects that will teach you the very basics you need to know. For every other sewing project you'll ever make in this class, you will learn how to choose fabrics. You simple tools thread your sewing machine. Why in the bobbin and stitcher for a scene, you'll also learn lots of tips. By sewing on the three scenes, you will have completed your first sewing project, a beautiful pillowcase with so many different colors and fabrics to choose from. You can create a one of a kind look that you can be proud of. Come join me. 2. Tools & Supplies: in this video, we will talk about some basic sewing tools and how to use them. I'll also show you a few different options that may make sewing easier, quicker and therefore more fun. If you have a cutting man, that's great. But if you don't, it's not a big deal. I cut fabric for many years on my dining table without a mat, however, they are very handy with all those markings and straight lines. They come in many sizes from large to small. If you're going to use a rotary cutter, these mats are necessary because you can't use rotary cutter with that one. You don't need an expensive pair of scissors, but make sure you use them on Lee for fabric. When you use your sisters to cut paper, they won't come fabric very well after that. These air, known as pinking shears and they're great toe have. If you don't have a surgery, because when you use them to cut fabric, you get an edge that won't unravel. Rotary cutters are such a great tool and come in many sizes. Place a quilting ruler on the line you wish to cut and you place the rotary cutter right up against the ruler and pressed out. The result is a nice clean edge. Quilting rulers come in a variety of shapes, length and with. I love to use them for any of my crafting projects, not just for sewing. They have a ton of different markings that really help when you're sewing or quilting. But again, they're not just Frisoli. They are great for squaring up any project, whether paper or fabric. This handy little ruler with the red adjustable guide comes in pretty much every sewing kit . I use it a lot when I'm working on hymns and edges. The tools you'll definitely need in order to sow your pillowcase is a ruler, a pen, thread pins, scissors or a rotary cutter, a tape measure and a seam ripper. Just in case you make a mistake, I hope this brief review was helpful. Now let's talk about fabric 3. How to Choose Fabric for this Project: This is my favorite part of the whole process. There are so many beautiful fabrics to choose from. I let knits, gingham satin, taffeta, lace, sheers and so many more. If you don't know exactly what you're looking for, it is easy to get overwhelmed. There are so many beautiful colors and beautiful textures to choose from. For this project, you're going to need one yard of woven cotton fabrics such as these. They come in and less colors. And prince, then you're not gonna have any trouble finding This is what your fabric peace will look like when you bring it home one yard off woven cotton, these other salvages and this is the fold. You're going to take your fabric and re fold it with the right sides together. That means the apprentice eyes together way. Then you're going to make sure that your salvages match. I think the fold of fabric and we will not be going on that because it's not necessary will be sewing on this edge and on the salvage edge. And also this is the edge. What we will do the hands four inches turning under and then another half inch. We're going so on that edge right there. What about that later? Now let's talk about sewing machine 4. Sewing Machine Tips: Let's talk about some basic sewing machine tips. You may have a modern machine with all the bells and whistles, or you may have inherited your grandmother's machine. It doesn't really matter as long as it works. First thing we're going to do is whine the bob. Make sure you have the right size for your machine. Place a spool of thread on the school pin and secure it with a cap. Pulled the threat out from the school and place it through the thread guides. Be sure to pull threads securely into the bobbin, winding tension disc. My machine has a little diagram there to help me pull end of thread through the hole in the bobbin and place bob it onto the shaft with the end of the threat coming from the top off the bobbin and push the bob and wind er to the right until it clicks and hold a thread. Start your machine and the bobbin will start toe wind stop to trim the thread tail and then stepped on the foot controller to resume winding. The bobbin will automatically stop turning when completely filled, push shaft to the left to remove bobbin and then cut the thread, and there you have it, your bob and it's ready to go. To thread the machine, place a spool of thread on the school pin and secure it with a cap. Pull the thread out from the school and place it through the guide. My machine has numbers for each place where the thread needs to go through. It's very helpful. This one here is number three. Now we're going to use that hand wheel to pull up the threat take up so that we can pull the threat into the inside of the take up lover. After that, pull the thread through the guide right above the needle, and now you can thread your needle. You might have a sewing machine that comes with all of these different stitches, and you can change them with these buttons. When you turn on your machine, there are default settings. You can use these buttons to select the stitch you want, according to the Stitch guide, and these buttons will tell you the with and the length of each stitch so that you can have your choice of a really tiny stage or a very wide one. However, it really doesn't matter how many stitches your machine has. You just need a simple, straight stitch for this project. When you turn this machine often on, it resets itself so that it goes back to a simple stitch, and it tells you the length is 2.5. I always had just my 23 or 3.5. This is the thread tension control. You can increase the threat tension like perhaps when you're working with gathers or you can decrease it for heavier fabrics. I usually keep mine on automatic. Bennett was just fine. Some machines come with what is known as a large extension table. They can be easily removed, and they easily snap back in place. They are a great feature when you're so in large pieces of fabric. Proper lighting is so important when you're sewing, you don't have to have a fancy lab, but it would really help toe have good lighting while you so keeping your machine clean is easier than you think. And it's really important. These little brushes actually came with the machine, and it's part of a seam ripper. This little tiny brush can get into all those little nooks and crannies that gathered dust from the threads and fabrics that you So it's easy to use and it's quick. Now let's prepare our fabric for sewing. 5. Preparing the Fabric: there are just a few simple steps to make sure our fabric is ready. First thing we're going to do is ironing. This makes it nice and flat and ensures there will be no puckers as we so edge of most fabrics is finished so as to prevent traveling. This is on a salvage in some fabrics of salvage. Has printing on it, identifying things like the designer, the maker, the name of the fabric line solo. You can choose to leave the salvage on if it will not be seen through once the project is finished. If you decide to cut it off, you'll use this line as your guide. After you fold your fabric right sides together, bringing both salvages to meet. You can either use your sisters or rotary cutter us are you doing here, uh, bringing your ruler right up against that line, Then using your rotary cutter for a nice straight cut, and now we'll trim the ends to make sure that we haven't human edge. You want to make sure you cut a straight line so you can either use a ruler if you're cutting in your dining table. If you have a magazine whose these guidelines place your ruler and draw a straight line with your pen all the way down to the other end of your fabric from both ends. But this edge you don't need to train because it's the fold. If you decided to leave the selvage on like I did on this bill case, you will be sewing just inside the rule of tiny marks on the inside of the salvage. Now that your line is drawn, you can either use a rotary cutter like I'm doing here to get a nice straight cut. Or you can simply use your sisters. Either way works fine. If you're working with a specialty fabric like this, one can be quite uneven because the person at the cutting counter may not have cut it carefully. However, in this case, the fabric has woven lines and decorative stitching that can make it easy to cut a straight line. Simply choose the closest one from the end, making sure it still fits your measurements for the pool case and cut letting the decorative stitching be your guy. You can also use a rotary cutter and cut a street light, get a nice even edge either way, and now we're ready to so 6. Let's Get Sewing!: Now we get to. So take your prepared fabric to your machine. Line it up with the 5/8 of an inch seen guide and lower your presser foot. Begin to so slowly and make sure your fabric is laying flat tow. Avoid getting any puckers underneath. So all the way down to the end of that raw edge. Perhaps he chose a pretty print like this one for your pillowcase. The next seem we're going to. So is the selfish side. Whether you left it on or decided to cut it off, it doesn't matter. We're going to be sewing right inside that line of tiny marks. Remember to always keep adjusting your fabric toe. Lay flat in orderto avoid puckers underneath. Once you get to the end, you will have finished, two seems, and now there's only one more left. Can you believe it? Now we're going to be doing the hem. We're going to turn the fabric to the inside 4.5 inches. You can use any ruler that you like. I like my little one with the red tab there, so we're going to put that red tab or the 4.5 inch mark on your ruler at the edge of the fabric, and we're going to bring the fabric into the edge of the ruler, and we'll put a pin right there to help us keep the flap in place. Put that Hammond place we're going to be moving around the whole edge of the pillowcase. And when you've done that and they're all pending place, we're going to go to the ironing board, and we're going to carefully iron that fold down. Being very careful. You don't burn yourself as you remove those pins. Once you've removed other pains, go ahead and iron that fold once again, just to be sure, we get a nice, strong line there, turn the edge and half an inch and finger, press it, then use the iron to get that fold line. Nice and straight. He going all the way around the edge of this pillowcase. Once you've done that, iron it down one more time to make sure you have a nice, strong full line there, and now we're going to turn that 4.5 inch fold back to the inside. We're going to get it ready to take back to the sewing machine and so that ham and finish this pillowcase. I know this whole process sings a bit tedious, but it's faster than you think. And wait till you see how professional the results look. You can use, um, pens to keep this in place while you take it to the sewing machine. Remember, you're not gonna be sewing on that food. You're going to be sewing on this edge right here. Not on the full, but on the edge. So on the inside fold and as close as you can to the edge, go slowly to make sure you don't go off that edge. Keep sewing until you come to the place you started and then take a couple extra stitches over those first ones and you're done. Look how beautiful and professional that finished. Time looks on the pillowcase I made with the specialty fabric. I only turned up a one inch hand because I didn't have enough fabric. That is perfectly fine. It still looks lovely. Once you make several pillowcases, you can layer them and they look so pretty together, have fun and make a bunch of pillowcases in lots and lots of beautiful fabrics.