A great introduction to basic sewing techniques and using a sewing machine

Beginner Basics

Learn the basics of operating a sewing machine and essential techniques to get you sewing quickly.

Whether you've never sewn before or it's been a long time since you last touched your sewing machine, this class will provide you with what you need to jump into sewing. Sewing can be overwhelming with all of the features and moving parts, but it does not have to be.

In this class we will go over all necessary basics to make sure you are comfortable with your sewing machine. We will cover everything a beginner needs to know that will leave you confident to take the next step towards other classes. Several of the classes build on each other and can help you get more familiar with techniques and gain skills of all kinds.

We will go over aspects of your machine and its functionality and then make a drawstring bag.

What You'll Learn

  • How to
    • properly thread your machine
    • wind your bobbin
    • install your bobbin
    • choose appropriate thread and fabric for your project type
    • create a casing
    • pivot at corners
    • backstitching
  • What all of the moving parts and pieces of your machine are and how they work
  • Seam allowance
  • Common sewing terminology
  • What should be in your first sewing kit
  • Lots of tips, tricks, and techniques to make your journey so much more fun!


None! This class is for the absolute beginner or someone who wants a quick refresher.


For online lessons you'll need:

Make sure to pre-wash and dry your fabric before class.


Private, online classes when you want with discounts for multiple people.

Number of Students
Online Video Chat


2 hours
One, 2-hour session


Group Classes
Discounts are available for multiple people so get friends or family members together for the class too. Select the number of students above to see the discounted price per person.

Online Sewing Classes

Live, interactive sewing lessons over video chat to learn to sew from the comfort of your home.

Not sure if online lessons are right for you?
We've developed an online learning experience to make it as close as possible to being in person. I make the same project along with you so you can see actions from multiple camera perspectives as I guide you step by step.
Learn more or contact me about setting up a demo.

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About the Instructor

Vanessa has over 18 years of experience teaching adults and children. In addition to offering sewing classes and lessons she is an instructor in the Fashion Design Program at Austin Community College. Previously, Vanessa was an instructor at The Stitch Lab where she taught intro and specialty sewing classes, gave private lessons, hosted parties, and ran summer camps. Beyond sewing she has taught art, yoga and English to children as young as two through high school-aged kids. She has taught adults and kids of all ages and enjoys seeing how everyone applies their newfound sewing skills to express themselves.

Vanessa is a full-time designer and seamstress working with clients on a wide variety of custom, small-scale manufacturing and consulting projects that keep her current with the latest sewing trends and technologies. She is also a machine service technician and has expert knowledge on a wide range of sewing machines that she shares with students on how to properly use and maintain their sewing machine.


Beginner Basics

My online lessons are scheduled when you want. Please complete the form below and I'll get back to you with my availability and next steps. After coordinating details I will send you an invoice that can be paid online. You will also receive scheduling confirmations and automatic reminders. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

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Any of the items made in our classes can also be made custom for you. We specialize in creating custom clothing, decor, stuff for pets, and more.

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