Master Your Machine

Master Your Machine

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Learn how to master your sewing machine with this online course for sewing beginners.

Understand how your sewing machine works, the simple tools you need, the stitches it can sew and how to show it some TLC for longer use.

You'll finish the course feeling much more confident at handling your sewing machine, and will be raring to get sewing!

What Will You Learn?

There are three 'modules' inside Master Your Machine coming in at just over 3 hours of learning! Each of the bullet points below is a lesson, so you can skip what you don't need, and focus on what you do!

1. Mastering Your Machine

In this first module, I'll be covering:

  • Anatomy of a sewing machine
  • Basic sewing machine tools
  • Sewing machine presser feet (and how to use them)
  • Threading your sewing machine
  • Filling a bobbin
  • Loading a bobbin
  • Different sewing machine needles (and when to use them)
  • Changing a sewing machine needle
  • Understanding thread tension (upper and bobbin)
  • Causes of broken needles

2. Sewing Machine Stitches

In module two, you'll learn:

  • Sewing straight stitches
  • Sewing zigzag stitches
  • The 'Triple Stitch' stitch
  • Stitches for wovens
  • Stitches for knits
  • Decorative stitches
  • Blind hem stitch
  • Universal stitch
  • Preparing your machine for buttonholing
  • Sewing a buttonhole on lightweight (cotton) fabric
  • Sewing a buttonhole on medium weight (cotton) fabric

3. Maintaining Your Machine

In the final module, you'll learn:

  • What you need in your machine TLC kit
  • How to clean and oil your sewing machine

Do I need a sewing machine to follow this course?

Yes! This course is about using a sewing machine! The machine I use for the lessons is a Bernina 1008 mechanical machine, and there are many mechanical machines which are perfect for beginners, and low priced too!

Check out this guide on the different types of sewing machines if you do not yet have one!

Will I learn sewing techniques in this course?

No. This is my course on understanding how your sewing machine works so that you can feel confident using it. I currently have many beginner friendly sewing tutorials on my website for you to learn sewing techniques - and I have a lesson linking to them all inside the course - but if requested I will create a beginner sewing techniques course too.

How is the course delivered?

The course is an online video course that you can play, pause and rewatch as often as you need. Because it is hosted separately from my website, there are no ads and you can watch again and again.

Almost all the lessons are video based, with the camera 'over my shoulder' so that you can see exactly what I see, and learn from me as I go.

How long do I have access to the course?

For the lifetime of the course - and if the course were to be removed in the distant future, you'll be invited to download the materials before they are deleted.