Quick & Dirty Sewing: Machine Crash Course

Miranda Harper, Seamstress/Cosplayer

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6 Videos (25m)
    • Welcome to Machine Crash Course

    • Machine Tour

    • Threading

    • Basic Stitches

    • BONUS- Blind hem

    • Class Project

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About This Class

Are you mystified by your sewing machine? Bad at bobbins? A numbskull about needles? Do you fear the presser foot? Swear at stitches?

Well fear no more! This class is designed especially for those who have never used a sewing machine! Or maybe you have once or twice but got frustrated and relegated your precious machine to a hidden closet somewhere.

This class takes you through a guided tour of a standard sewing machine. Every machine's basic functions are the same. No matter what kind of machine you have, you'll be able to use this information. You'll learn all the parts of the machine plus basic stitches to get you started sewing your heart out.

Materials Needed:

-Sewing machine

-Remnant of medium weight woven fabric, preferably 12x12 (could be a piece of old bed sheet or pillow case, but no tshirts)

-Thread (does not have to match fabric)

Skills covered:

-Threading the machine and winding a bobbin

-Using stitch settings

-Sewing a straight stitch and basic seam

-Sewing a zig zag seam finish

-Sewing a buttonhole

-Sewing a basting and gathering stitch

-Bonus: Sewing a blind hem

55 of 55 students recommendSee All

I'm so glad this course used an 'older' machine as that's what I have. The tutorials are informative but easily explained - It is very handy to hear from an experienced sewer simple things that get overlooked elsewhere such as the 4 main stitches to use, the tension setting and patterns preferred stitch length. I now feel much more confident on how to use certain presser feet, how to sew seams and hems and which settings to use. I've been trying to get familiar with my machine via the user manual which only explains certain things so I am glad I watched this course as it is visual and hands-on. Certainly recommend this to other new sewers. Thank You!!
Cali West

Body, Art and Soul

a very clear explanation of the basics to get started





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Well hey there! My name is Miranda and I teach sewing classes here on Skillshare. I've been sewing for almost 20 years, have degrees in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising and been a freelance seamstress/designer/tailor for almost 8 years making everything from prom dresses to swim wear to cowboy vests. I also have a...

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