In this course Cindy Owen and Crissa Lancaster will give you a solid foundation in sewing with a machine. Cindy will teach you all about the parts of the sewing machine and basic maintenance as well as how to set up and adjust your machine. All the basic, essential notions and tools for sewing will be discussed in detail along with different types of fabric and threads. She’ll then teach about different stitch patterns, such as the zig-zag stitch, and how and where to use them. She’ll help you practice using these stitches and sewing a straight seam with her “stitching sampler”.
Then Crissa will help you put what you are learning into practice with 12 different projects ranging from a simple bread cloth to pillow cases and aprons. She’ll walk you step by step through each project, from laying out, to cutting out, to sewing it together. She’ll also go over multiple variations on each project so the total number of projects you can make with this course are far more than the 12 listed!
This course has been developed over the past decade through teaching scores of children and adults from around the country through our hands-on Ploughshare classes. It is designed to address the many issues that Cindy and Crissa have found plague most beginning sewing enthusiasts and they have worked to find the best solution for each of these common problems. When you finish this course you will have a solid foundation in sewing and will have the confidence to tackle more complex projects.
What you’ll learn in this course
- What to look for when buying a sewing machine
- The basic parts of a sewing machine
- How to setup and adjust the machine
- How to use a sewing machine
- Different fabric types and their uses
- The best notions/tools for sewing
- The importance of understanding fabric grain direction
- How to sew a straight seam
- The importance and art of pressing
- You’ll practice these skills with 12 projects:
- Tissue Holder
- Shoe Bag
- Gift Bag
- Double Drawstring Bag
- Bag Caddie
- Bread Cloth
- Basic Pillowcase
- Lined Drawstring Bag
- Pillowcase with Band
- Flange Pillow
- Tote Bag
For patterns and additional instructions, see: Resources for the Online Sewing Course.
About the Instructors
Cindy Owen has been sewing for over 40 years. Nearly 25 years ago she began to teach her daughter Crissa to sew and then used the experience of teaching her daughter to develop this sewing course. She has taught scores of children and adults in her local community as well as teaching hands-on classes at The Ploughshare.
Crissa Lancaster has been sewing for almost 25 years—since she was six years old. When she was nineteen she started helping her mother develop this sewing course. She has taught many people in her local community and taught at The Ploughshare. She is now teaching her own young children to sew.