Are you feeling stuck when it comes to sewing?

Are you unsure of where to start or what supplies you need? 

How about which sewing machine to buy and how to use it?

Do sewing patterns and their instructions leave you feeling confused or frustrated?

Do you wish you were able to create your own wardrobe full of clothes that fit your body and reflect your personal style?

If you answered 'YES!' to any of the questions above, then you're in the right place!

Learn to Sew is a comprehensive yet approachable course for the beginner sewist.

You'll walk away from the course with a foundational set of sewing skills that will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to create a variety of projects.

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What you'll learn:

  • Where to start

    What supplies you'll need, how to shop for them, and what to look for when buying a machine

  • Sewing techniques

    How to thread and operate a sewing machine, basic sewing techniques, best practices, and beginner tips

  • Patterns & fabrics

    How to read and follow pattern instructions, how to find your size, and how to choose fabric for your projects

Course Content

    1. Welcome to the Wonderful World of Sewing!

    2. Course Updates & Announcements

    1. The Sewing Machine

    2. Sewing Supplies

    3. Basic Sewing Supplies Checklist

    1. Sewing Machine Overview

    2. How to Thread a Sewing Machine

    3. Basic Sewing Techniques

    4. Caring for Your Machine

    5. Chapter 3 Summary & Exercises

    1. Fabric 101: The Basics

    2. Preparing Fabric for Sewing

    3. Sewing with Knit Fabrics

    4. Shopping for Fabric

    5. Online Fabric Company Directory

    6. Chapter 4 Summary & Exercises

    1. Reading & Understanding Sewing Patterns

    2. Cutting Out & Marking Pattern Pieces

    3. How to Use a Print-at-Home Pattern

    4. Pattern Company Directory

    5. Pattern Markings Legend

    6. Sewing Terminology & Stitch Glossary

    7. Chapter 5 Summary & Exercises

    1. Measuring the Body

    2. Finding Your Size

    3. Sewing & Size Inclusivity

    4. Body Measurements Charts

    5. Chapter 6 Summary & Exercises

About this course

  • 37 lessons
  • 3.5 hours of video content
  • 6 digital downloads

What's included:

  • Digital downloads including a sewing supplies checklist, body measurements charts, sewing project planner, and more

  • A digital, print-at-home tote bag sewing pattern with detailed, step-by-step video instructions

  • Indie pattern and online fabric company directories

  • Membership in an exclusive online support community where you can ask questions and share progress with other students

  • Lifetime enrolment in the course with access to all future updates

  • Access the course materials from any device: desktop, laptop, or mobile

  • A certificate upon course completion to celebrate your achievement

Meet your instructor

Hi, I'm Emily!

I'm a slow fashion, sewing, and sustainable lifestyle blogger over at Emily Lightly.

I started sewing my own clothing in 2019, and I have to admit that I got completely hooked. Since then, I've sewn up a handmade wardrobe full of garments that I am so proud of and absolutely love to wear.

In that time, I've also learned a LOT about sewing. And I'm sharing it all with you in this course! I hope to see you there.


  • Who is this course for?

    This course is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to sew (even if you've never touched a machine in your life!) I teach all of the basics that you need to know, and no prior sewing experience is needed.

  • What do I need to complete this course?

    You will need to have access to a sewing machine, basic sewing supplies, and some material to create your own tote bag.

  • What will I be able to sew after taking this course?

    While the course content mainly teaches sewing through the lens of making garments, the skills taught can be applied to a variety of other projects such as accessories and housewares, and other crafts such as mending and upcycling.

  • How long does the course take?

    The course is completely self-paced, meaning you can complete it in as little or as much time as you need. That said, most students can complete the course content in under a month.

  • My machine has a problem. What do I do?

    While I’m not able to help with individual machine issues in this course, we do go over some of the common problems that come up and how to troubleshoot them. When in doubt, take your machine to a professional repair shop.

  • I'm on a budget. Can I still sew?

    Yes! How much you invest in this hobby is up to you. Shopping secondhand and thrifting supplies is a great way to save money when you’re just starting out, and we go over some tips in this course.

What students are saying

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Beginners Sewing Course

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Excellently put together, well illustrated and explained, concise, informative and comprehensive. This is the only course you need. It will inspire confide...

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Excellently put together, well illustrated and explained, concise, informative and comprehensive. This is the only course you need. It will inspire confidence and inspiration for sewing you own projects. Highly recommend!

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