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Teach Yourself to Sew

Victoria North

Are you a beginning sewer? Are you looking to brush up on your sewing skills? Or, do you know someone who is? If so, then check out our new online video series, Teach Yourself to Sew

In this series, Threads Senior Technical Editor, Judith Neukam demonstrates basic sewing techniques, shares tips, and gives step-by-step instruction for fun, beginner sewing projects. We’ll show you everything you need to create clothing and accessories in no time. Topics include how a sewing machine works, how to choose fabric and tools, how to read a pattern, how to sew seams, how to install a zipper, and so much more.

Look for new videos to be added throughout the year, along with additional articles, and sewing resources. And, if you get stuck anywhere along the way, you’ll also be able to ask our experts a question.

To those of you who are experienced sewers, we’d love your help in spreading the word and sharing your expertise. Please share the series with someone you know who is just getting started and log on to answer questions.

We hope you enjoy Teach Yourself to Sew!

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    chartley | | #1

    Thanks for posting these videos, I am trying to revive my rusty sewing skills, and these videos were just what I needed. I used to make some of my clothes back in high school when I couldn't find what I wanted in the stores. Now I would like to make clothes again and window treatments. It's very satisfying to create just what you want and with higher quality fabric and craftsmanship. Looking forward to more videos. Your blog posts are also great!

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    Cuada | | #2

    This will be a great resource for beginners especially. Whenever I teach sewing classes, people always ask for links to good quality sewing advice on the web - this will be top of my list from now on:)

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    GailPatrice | | #3

    I spent a wonderful weekend with my niece in Cambridge, MA last week. She is a novice sewer and we made an insulated grocery bag together. It was delightful being able to share my sewing passion with her.

    Just emailed her to tell her about this wonderful online series you've created. She'll love it.

    Thanks so much for Threads magazine and a new way to nurture a love of sewing for everyone.

  4. Louisa | | #4

    Just like Chartley, I am also reviving my sewing skills from high school. Your videos have given me the confidence I needed to start again. Please keep the videos coming. I love them. Thanks so much.

  5. user-7421370 | | #5

    So I just subscribed and I am a little confused. The text above on this page says that one can access Teach Yourself to Sew online but that isn't really the case. I'm a quilter, knitter and spinner and now I want to learn to sew garments. What I need is a step by step set of videos to learn, in order, basics of garment sewing. What I'm seeing is six pages of individual videos on specific techniques and a set of essentially advertisements for the Teach Yourself to Sew series on DVD. I don't have a DVD player so that is a dead end for me. In general the threads site both insider and not needs to be more specifically curated. People who aren't expert sewers struggle just to find the time to actually sew, given how much practice time is involved. We won't have time to watch a video, realize we lack a critical foundational skill, go back, search for said skill, watch another video or several, and then return to the original activity. This is why the magazine, which I love, is actually not very helpful except as entertainment. Without a fairly high level of basic skills, the information is not something I can applyl. Please do address this. There are lots of sewing sites out there full of ugly stuff I would never want to make and Threads really speaks to a rare aesthetic. Just for reference, a couple of online quilting sites that have been very successful are the Missouri Star Quilt Company, Angela Walters Youtube videos and Leah Day. Different skills and aesthetic but all are thriving businesses that have pitched their online presence such that beginners can move from clueless to much better and much more committed with a minimum of frustration.

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