Learning to sew just got easier thanks in large part to free online sewing classes. Though there are plenty of online sewing courses out there, there are some that stand out among their peers. Here are courses that should get your feet wet. Let’s get to it!
10 Free Online Sewing Classes You Should Sign up On
1. Made to Sew
This is without a doubt, the best online sewing course you can find out there. You can find this channel on YouTube and all its content is free. It has 274 video uploads as of writing and each lesson has been organized to a playlist.
From beginner’s sewing to dressmaking tutorials, the channel has it all. It has also amassed a huge following of 239k subscribers so that speaks volumes to the quality of content.
Skillshare is an online learning platform that gives you complete access to your selected courses for free for an entire month. This should be more than enough time for you to learn the basics.
I highly recommend Ariana Bauer’s “Sewing Patterns 101: Learn to Read Sewing Patterns” and Valeria Garala’s “SEWING 101 – The basics.”
3. Anita By Design
Here’s another YouTube channel that teaches sewing basics for free. Though you need to have your own sewing machine to be able to follow the class.
From men’s wear to fabric hauls, this channel got you covered. For complete newbies, this will surely help you build a solid foundation and get a good grip on how to use a sewing machine.
Now, you might need to shed a few dollars for this one, but courses from this site are comprehensive and will surely pay dividends. Udemy is another online learning platform that offers courses for as low as $10 when they are on sale.
Some instructors I like over there is Margaret Smith and Kimberly Irwin. As a testament to their high-quality tutorials, they are the site’s best-selling and highest-rated sewing courses, respectively.
Creativebug is another online platform that lets you access its content through free trial. What makes this site unique is its focus on crafts, including sewing.
What’s more, it offers tutorials that will teach you how to craft specialty products you can use for retail! Just a quick tip when buying online courses from this site: check the reviews before buying, wait for a sale, usually during American holidays, watch the entire class before digging in, and if you hate the class, ask for a refund (they have a guarantee for all their classes!).
6. Evelyn Wood
This YouTube channel provides exceptional free content for beginners. It will guide you through the whole process of making clothes as the instructor has several videos where she sews different styles of clothing.
These videos are very easy to follow and she even has videos where she troubleshoots some issues you may encounter with a sewing machine.
7. The English Tailor
Here’s another YouTube channel that specializes in giving beginners a run-through of the equipment you need to get started in the art of sewing. The instructor also has several tutorials on how to make projects like bowties, T-shirt collars, and men’s trousers among others.
If you like his teaching style and want to learn more, he has a website called the Sewing Guru which you can sign up on to continue with his lessons.
8. Threads By BD
This channel will help you learn basic patterns for different types of skirts like the straight, circle, and A-line skirts. The instructor also teaches viewers how to make plain sheath dresses, waistbands, and men’s bodice.
9. Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping is a jack of all trades type of YouTube channel as it teaches its viewers how to sew, cook, and craft DIY items. Despite being a well-rounded channel, the instructor for sewing is very beginner-friendly and the sewing tutorials are easy to follow.
The channel has over 141k subscribers and viewers can check at least 40 sewing-related videos that are very informative. You can check their channel through this link.
10. Farmhouse on Boone
Farmhouse on Boone is a YouTube channel that focuses on teaching a wide range of sewing projects like an apron, kid’s dress, and curtains among others. This channel makes it easy for viewers to replicate the project thanks to a comprehensive lesson.
The transition of each lesson is top-notch and the instructors will disclose all the materials needed and the techniques you can practice for the project.
If you are starting from scratch, this video by Made to Sew will help your progress tremendously:
Once you finish a course, it would help if from time to time, you could ask someone with equal knowledge to check on your progress. It helps to have a knowledgeable person watch you work, as well as to model yourself on an experienced instructor and to be able to ask questions in real-time.
In doing so, you’ll pick up extra tips and skills to further improve your craft. Go get that fingers busy!
Which free online sewing classes above are you interested to sign up on? Sound off in the comments below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on November 22, 2019, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.