How To Sew : How To Use A Sewing Machine And Tools | Jane Hassler | Skillshare

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How To Sew : How To Use A Sewing Machine And Tools

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Sewing Intro


    • 2.

      Sewing Machine Tour


    • 3.

      How To Thread Your Machine


    • 4.

      How To Wind A Bobbin


    • 5.

      How To Change A Sewing Machine Needle


    • 6.

      How To Hem


    • 7.

      How To Use A Seam Ripper


    • 8.

      How To Gather


    • 9.

      How To Finish Edges


    • 10.

      How To Pin Patterns


    • 11.

      How To Add Elastic/Waistband


    • 12.

      How To Use A Rotary Cutter


    • 13.

      Class Project


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About This Class

In this class we start with the absolute basics: How to use and set up your machine, how to sew straight lines, gathering and how to hem. We will also talk about the tools commonly used in sewing. If you ever wanted to learn how to sew (or need a refresher course!) this is the class for you! Designed for absolute beginners, we go in depth on everything you will need to know before starting your first sewing project!

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1. Sewing Intro: this. James has certain Welcome to my sewing for beginners class. When I was younger, I used to take needles. My parents made, like, so pieces a ribbon together and they clothes for my dolls Come a long way. I was like, seven years ago in this class. I want to show you how to use your machine. How do you use all those tools that make stars? So possibly also something God, guys, not really. 2. Sewing Machine Tour: Okay, so two again. You're gonna want her on your machine. My head. Little switch on the side and let's go over the features. This wheel for here is giving you the lake of your stitches. So if you want a really tidy stitch movement right here, zero is barely moving. Never really used that. I like to keep mine. I've ought to write 2.5. That's a good stitch size. And then, if you're like Javari want for the long stitch, do you go all the way to four or have our figures goes So the other side here, As you see there's a lot of different stitch shapes. Straight stitching is the usual. When you use add a So I have this. It's a hot day. Let's say you want to use his exact stitch. You just turn your knob to see because see that zigzag stitch? That's all I see here. We have a whip wheel and kind of hard to tell, but it's moving with needle back and forth very suddenly. Um, I keep buying three keeps it right in the middle of the large. The mark's gonna be a more toe left and then vice versa. So I wanted to write the tension real. Now you want pretty important because I get a feel for it. Usually four is a good doublet. Have it on kind of average. Using a very late Bagaric, you would use a small attention like a two or three. Um, if you're still looking for, like, heavy done, I'm like a few layers. You want Teoh pushing up way hireling six or seven. But for most projects, like cotton fabric your sewing to a few layers for the protection. Right over here we have the pressure with this little lever on the side. Sometimes back here, you just lift it up and down to make this. Well, that does. Should you put your fabric on hold in place so that would go everywhere. Helps carry for So that's where that IHS course you have a needle over there. Coming through in here is a bobbing. Okay, that's about looks like and sometimes machines hump here on the side. I have it on top. It's gonna leave that out. Here's where your threat has kept. Sometimes it's a vertical son of the horizontal mine has its little cap to keep it in place of pulled off foot of selling. Also the handle This is so like be like I never actually used it. I wouldn't trust it because really heavy. It's plastic and metal. As you can see, you feel on top 2000 indications. Look to a three appear or that's what you're running your machine and I will show you how to do that. Where cutting, Mr Going. This is your foot. Lately you go little and then locked. Um, that's the opposite of a car. So if you want to stop, you take your foot off instead of pressing really hard tohave Mistral. And this is for when you're backing up. Usually when I finish a seam or whatever, you just so look ahead to secure your stitch. You want mind that pork barrel someone push her buttons, look so sure you'd hold it. What? You So I don't do so forward again. Now secure stitch 3. How To Thread Your Machine: So next I'm gonna show you how to fried your machine. And this is different forever Machine. But it's very, very similar. I will start. So every third here, I would put it on the horizontal or vertical bar. Slip that piece on top. They don't have one. And then up here, you can't quite see it. But is this people plastic? You go around. It's a number one. So I go around that. Okay, I'm gonna bring it down here, falling for this. Lots. That's inside then. See that you go up around that, Bruce. So now it's inside. Here. It's up here. Now, raise might need a little bit using hand over here. And when your needle is all the way up, this hook up here will be up. So I hooked her on there. I'm pretty backed out of the way, so I brought it here, hooked it. I'm gonna bring it back down. And horrific sellers to repair is a four right here. Break it down a little hook right here. Now I'm ready to fight my deal. I support through. And then there's a little slit into the right here from the top part is ready to go 4. How To Wind A Bobbin: So next report Teacher had two wide your bobbin. So why It is located right here. Some have it on the side. Riders pops this piece all So I take my bobbin Push it on here And I would take my Fred wrapping around this circle right here. This is for why you're Robin around my shirts. I have my thread. I want to wrap it or bother quick. So has little anchor. Usually I don't leave it this long. I just pulled too much. And after that's wound, you little lock in place. She was pushed out the side Now the press Bipedal. This is why did your friend onto the bobbin? You will also do. That's okay. Have you started it Because you took it out from a friend and then this circle right here. Once this is full, it's gonna stop it. They're kind of stops. So what? You're done. You just pour to the side. Let's now, could that can You have a Well, Bob. So to put this end, you're gonna take your father because it inspired there's this little bar right here. It just goes my also hasn't era kind of indicated where it goes. You just take this little plate right here. It wasn't on lower my needle once again. All the way. Them you. So this product is a little bit going coming out from here. Coming out there? Yeah. You ready to go? 5. How To Change A Sewing Machine Needle: Shehata, replace your evil. Here's a twist. This will become needles. Just come right out on you Have a black side, the Lawrence C. They have a lot side. All there, that's for around the flat side is the back. So what, you dio black side facing back in your machine? I kind of feel your way back where you have it back where you see, it's got slips and under their tightness until because you could feel it, pulled some up your figures using PC. 6. How To Hem: I want to show you how to help. Here's my break to do a roll over him where all this hedging like here would normally Frey . It's on the inside. You take your fabric, hold over Reliance a lot, and I've fallen over again to your desired handling. So say besides, bigger, smaller. Do you really like that, old Bill? From this, you come back, you take your tense and penance. Let's talk. Actually, Tom inside, I like to do bind in destruction so I so Americans can pull them out really easy. And you can also buy this before you pen. It's it's also helpful. Some fabrics were easier cotton, though it's so easy to work live sometimes you don't have to do it today. I'll go ahead and pin this. After I had my fabric pinned, I'm place it on new oppressor foot. Lower my needle and then pull this lovers foot is down. Now, in order to sow a straight line, you're gonna wanna follow these little edges right here. Some people also put like washi tape, like if you wanna have always here plus trip right there, if you could just follow it, keep it basically parallel with it. Looking nice. Straight line. So what you gonna dio so forward by pressing a pedal after about half image, you're gonna go in reverse before word that's accuse your stitch. So right before you go over your needle, Linda pin, you don't pull that out. If you don't pull out your pin, then you might break communal four bedroom pens. Don't you get towards the end of your seen your almost way stopping before you completely off also jam into your machine. Gore never forwarded one. Make sure your needles all the way up. I looked up your foot. Are you ready? It looks like once finished. A really straight line was really come. Um so she couldn't see because I followed one of these lines. All my lines Super straight. Here's what that looks like. It is true, those a little bit bigger, but you really don't notice and obviously will use a navy colors bread if using the vehicle in fabric. I'm just using this for demonstrations. You could see better. There was already cut. That's what looks like yeah, is your side not so you have 7. How To Use A Seam Ripper: this buy from. They seem ripper and you won't want told it. So let me show you how to use it. This is alongside and it's kind of sharp. And this kind of basically keeps you from continued rip. So what, you dio take your alongside of a stitch alongside of your seem ripper and inserted into Mystic River. Now you just put for it and it breaks your such. So you could technically do that for every single stitch that takes forever. What I like to do is after I break one insert my long piece, a few stitches over, but said the sharp, because the backside isn't sure, has pulled out. So I insert it pull. And after this string gets really long, you might want to cut it despite putting it and cutting it again. Just because it gets a little bit hard to pull after a while, pull it out. How well, see, that's what you want to my stitches. It's hard to get out, but that's what it looks like. You could unfold it and then iron it and start over Whatever mistake you did. Yeah, that's really giving fun to use 8. How To Gather: to show you how to gather your fabric. Here's an example. What that looks like. Um, as you see, it's tired of the waste that flows out. This is called Gabbert, and it's really easy to show you start by making your such as long as you gather my two guests for that's Amanda. A place to your fabric underneath, putting your needle down just like when you're having. No, here's where you going to not do. You're not going Teoh Universe Toe lock your stitch. I'll show you why a little bit. But just keep a straight line. Always want your tail like that interviewed you back again. That looks like your two parallel lines. So good one end and you pick out the top threats. So what I mean by that is you have ones on the bottom right here and want thumbs up what you get for those and what you collect both you're going to give to pull on the top ones. So you pull and you begin to get together. Because the Booker pulling this type is of this. This is getting shorter. It was a bit more sense in my life, but pull it until, let's say, needed two inches. It's about two inches. I would just pull that. And then sometimes I like to not these together, so it doesn't shrink, and then you just sprechen covers. 9. How To Finish Edges: So let's say you don't want Teoh a cool over half what You fold it over to consider your sides, or you have, like, a shoulder scene where you can't pull it over to hide these little ends. So if you really have something, you could purchase a surgery to the whole number machine or you could do it. I like to dio used a execs so minds on C were there switches to see on t use depending 1.5 to 2. Now, when you put it on your machine, fabric is all the way over here. Not like exactly bring their music right on the pitch. So that position back in Nothing for it again. And it helps. Um, sometimes I didn't mention this before. I like to summer school. The spreads. The first little part to get it going helps push your way. Razor Needle. Here's what it looks like. One. Finished with that so you can do it. Never type of ham. We just hold it over pin. And just so that's another way to finish and do a home. They won't fray, but this is great for Shuler. Seen her side seems when you're not holding a piece of fabric over but you don't want. EJ works with afraid. You know, when you wash it are you wear it. Um it was really gonna prevent playing tradition Budge. 10. How To Pin Patterns: a member used for pins aside from polling you're selling is holding up arms. So I have this pattern here old So he's one fabric. Fold it over. Take it, Pete. And where's his old? Put that on the fold inside. That way, when you cut this out of a mere image but all you stick your pens, here it is. Take your pen and to your traffic. I need to do this. How many times you need until you are comfortable that your fabric but the pattern is not gonna move. So that's how you used pins from pinning a pattern. 11. How To Add Elastic/Waistband: No. I show you how you can use our ad elastic to your products. So I have a finished edge right here. We're going to make a case. It folded over here. Measure your elastic here. All right. I want this feel abou That means that this casing, whatever I make, has to be bigger than my last it. So my lasting from Phillips, like right here, Someone push a little bit. So right here. Um, right there. So it has enough for a moment to around so that next you wanted your safety pin open this, huh? Take your elastic push it through. And then we have this dude through this opening right here. Just got put my safety pin. It would be a pushing a three with my right hand and grabbing on my left. So push it through, grab a Mila and I'm full parts. A little hard on me Pulled off America. So right here. Push it on My right. Grab on my left. Okay. Push. Grab full crab home. Do that until have it out. Here's what it looks like. One end. You got nice and stretchy. That's what you do for, like, waistbands. You so just shut and looks like it's gathered. That is that's judgy 12. How To Use A Rotary Cutter: So now I'm gonna show you how to use a rotary cutter. So it looks like mine, and they small on one. Usually they're a little bit bigger. I make a lot. All close. So that's why I like a smaller one. Um, so, Miss released the blade. Bad taste in? No, This here. You could use cardboard if you don't have notice is made of cutting back. So you have a kind that I've used carbon before. Anyways, you, uh, someone writes a pizza cutter my friend left in because kids see his press it following your father. Well, that that's trying precedent. Whenever you cover you just like making a live or part. Yes, that I could live pieces size. So the current right here This is an easier way. Not easier way you might like it. Considers. Cut your pattern pieces 13. Class Project : So I hope you enjoy this class for your class project. I want you to go write your machine and practice all the things we did here Hemming she'll be edges Wells War Gabri and just keep practicing those cause 1 to 1 of those you can basically, so anything. So I hope you enjoy this class, but I hope you learn something.