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 pin cushion.


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
    • pivot at corners
    • backstitch
  • 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!



This class is for the absolute beginner with no experience or someone who wants a quick refresher on the tools or techniques learned in this class.

Tools & Supplies

You will need:

  • 18" x 22" cotton fabric - Please have the fabric cut to this size before the class.
  • Stuffing to fill the pin cushion:
  • All-purpose thread
  • Sewing kit: pins, scissors, snips, seam ripper, thread, extra needles, fabric markers or chalk, etc. Find links to these common sewing kit items in the shop.
  • Sewing machine - Please review the tools & supplies list carefully for any machine hardware requirements or contact us with any questions.

Remember to pre-wash and dry your fabric before class.



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2 hours
One, 2-hour session
On-Demand Group Classes

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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.


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Minimum Class Size
A minimum number of 3 students are required for each class. If the minimum is not reached 48 hours before the start of the class then the class will be cancelled and all students who registered will have the option for a full refund or to be enrolled in the next available class if one is scheduled. See all Terms & Conditions.

Private sewing lesson scheduled when you want.

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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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