Beginning Sewing Tutorials

If you want to learn how to sew or are a beginner here are some great resources for you.  Be sure to also check out our free online sewing class , sewing ideals on our pinterest page, free sewing patterns and tutorials,  and our sewing videos page

Tips, Tricks & Very Useful Things to Know
Sewing Terms: Basic sewing terms to get ya started!
How to get stripes and plaids to match Sewing How-Tos and Tips:Useful things to know including about altering garments.
15 Things a Home Sewer Can Learn From Industrial Sewing : Great productivity tips, and you can never save too much time sewing!
Burdastyle Techniques: A list of technique how-tos for helping in clothing construction.
Fashion Incubator Tutorials: Lots of expert info, especially about jacket making.
General Overview: Brief sewing instructions for different clothing areas.  
Burdastyle Sewing Tips: Sewing tips plus a couple of free clothes patterns to start you off. 
Colette Patterns Tips: Including info on prewashing fabric, buttonholes and pintucks. 
Tutorials, Tips and Tricks: Clever ideas for unique garments. 

Different Types of Interfacing: A guide for which type to choose.
Cut-Out Embellishment: How to add a pretty cut-out effect to clothes by ironing on interfacing and cutting out shapes.

Choosing Fabric
Choosing fabric (guide to a beginner sewer fabric shopping)
Burda's  How to Read a Pattern Tutorial
Patterns Demystified: All you need to know about the info and markings found on patterns. 
Sewing Tips: Video How to cut out the Pattern and fabric
How to Read Pattern Markings a great page that explains most markings on patterns
Cutting Fabric and Laying out Patterns  
Pattern Cutting Basics:  Straightforward steps to cut out your pieces. 
Using Freezer Paper:  To cut out patterns in an easier, non-destructive way.

Sewing Machine Basics and Troubleshooting
Sewing Machine Troubleshooting 
sewing machine 101 
Checklist of Common Machine Troubles from New Mexico State University (pdf) 



  1. So glad to have found your website Julie. I'm doing voluntary community work and I'm just about to start teaching a 4 week Basic sewing class for refugees/new arrivals at Salisbury Welcome in Adelaide South Australia so am starting to prepare. I have no idea how many will turn up or what their level of skill will be. I thought I'd go over some basic stitches and then quickly get onto some little projects so there is a quick product from each class. Thought I'd start with some hand sewing first and then the machines - we have a couple we can use. I'll be asking the group what they'd like to do in the first session and will build the projects from there - but have some up my sleeve. I'm really looking forward to thoroughly exploring your website. By the way, the link to the free sewing patterns at the top of your page did not work so may need checking. Thanks a lot, Ann D

    1. Hi Ann, I hope this site helps your class. I actually created this site to help my students as an extension of our class. Feel free to check out my pinterest page "First Sewing Projects" for ideals of projects. I created this board to give my students ideas about what projects they could start with. Thanks for letting me know about the broken link. It's fixed now :) Hope you class goes well. Happy sewing!

  2. I was having issues with my new brother 2600 adjusting tension. Whenever I changed bobbin or sewing setting my tension was off. Your picture with drop in bobbin, showed the right way to thread. I was doing it sloppily.
    Problem fixed. Thank you so much


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