Are you wanting to learn how to sew but not sure where to start?
I get it; figuring out where and how to learn a new skill can be overwhelming.
However, there are some great resources online for learning to sew for free.
In this post, we’ll look at ten excellent free sewing classes that will teach you the basics of sewing so you can sew all kinds of projects.
Can You Teach Yourself to Sew Online?
Of course you can! Whether you want to learn how to make clothing, quilts, home decor, or anything else, you can find tutorials and classes on them.
We live in a phenomenal time in history where learning any skill is right at our fingertips.
A quick search on your phone or computer will pull up all kinds of sewing classes online, and you can find a class on pretty much any sewing skill. Here are some of the many benefits of learning online.
- You can learn at your own pace.
- You can learn in the comfort of your home.
- You can find tutorials or classes on any skill, no matter your skill level.
- You can return many classes and watch as many times as you want. This is helpful when you need to refresh your memory of the steps.
What to Look for in Online Sewing Classes
Once you decide to take a sewing class online and figure out what type of sewing you want to try, there are a few things to look out for when choosing the class.
Before we check out specific courses, let’s discuss what you should look for when finding a sewing class that is suitable for your needs.
- Check the skill level of the class. If you’re brand new to the hobby, you probably won’t benefit from taking an intermediate sewing course.
- How is the class taught? Are there diagrams? Photos? Videos? If you are a visual learner, it’s a good idea to find a class that has step-by-step pictures or video tutorials to show how to do the sewing.
- Look for good reviews when possible. Some online classes allow you to leave a review. Read a few reviews to see if the class is worth your time and energy.
- What type of class is it? Is it a tips and tricks class, or does it teach you how to make a specific project from start to finish?
- Do you have access to the instructor? When you first learn a new sewing skill, you might have questions. Check to see if your instructor has contact info if you need extra help or advice.
Top 10 Free Online Sewing Classes
Now that we know what to look for let’s examine ten excellent online sewing classes that will teach you something new. Keep in mind these are free classes.
If you want more in-depth sewing classes and courses, you will probably need to invest some money into them, but these classes are a great starting point.
This is a complete course that is entirely free to watch. It teaches everything you need to know to make a quilt from start to finish.
The course includes 12 YouTube videos by Stephanie Soebbing of Quilt Addicts Anonymous and a free quilt pattern.
Here is a fantastic class that shows you basic sewing skills and how to set up a sewing machine. If you’ve never touched a sewing machine, this class is for you. There are two instructors, and they both are excellent teachers.
This class has over 10,000 reviews, so it’s safe to say it is worth your time. You will also learn some troubleshooting skills, which are essential for sewing.
This unique online sewing course includes advice on purchasing your first sewing machine, setting up a sewing machine, a troubleshooting guide, sewing straight and curved seams, and even reading a sewing pattern.
The class is broken down into lessons, which will help to break up the information into sections. The teacher also invites you to ask questions in the comments section below each lesson.
The Stitch Sisters created an easy-to-follow beginner sewing course that is broken down into 19 lessons. This course is perfect for beginners or someone who needs a refresher on how to set up a sewing machine and use all the different functions of the machine.
They have many other sewing courses, so this is a great way to try out their teaching style.
Here is a fun course that covers sewing machine basics and teaches basic hand-sewing skills. Sewing by hand is therapeutic, and I encourage every sewist and quilter to try it out.
It’s a way to slow down and enjoy the process, which is a great way to relax and learn new skills. Nearly 17,000 people have taken this course, and it has excellent reviews.
Amy Smart is a well-known figure in the quilting community for her easy-to-follow tutorials and beautiful quilt projects. This series walks you through everything you need to know about quilting, from how to choose fabric for your first quilt to binding and finishing a quilt.
No matter where you are in your quilting journey, you’ll probably learn something from one of Amy’s lessons. They’re THAT good!
If you want to make clothes for yourself or others, check out this free sewing course from The Creative Curator. The lessons will teach you how to use your sewing machine, how to read a sewing pattern, and many techniques for clothes making.
After you take this course, you will be able to make simple clothing with confidence.
Have you ever seen a pixel quilt? They are breathtaking and have gained quite a bit of popularity recently. This free class shows you step-by-step how to make a pixel quilt from any image.
This fantastic class is sure to open your eyes to a whole new genre of quilt-making. You can also ask the instructor questions since this class is hosted on Craftsy.
This is another excellent quilting class on Craftsy. Elizabeth Hartman teaches this class how to make unique quilt backs for traditional and modern quilts.
Have you ever been stumped on what to use for your quilt back? I know I have, but this class will help with the math and give you many ideas for beautiful quilt backs that go with the quilt top. This is a great class for any quilting skill level.
Here is a fun email course where you learn how to sew by receiving lessons each day. At the end of the course, you will also receive a free sewing project and lots of project ideas.
This is a great option for someone who wants to dabble in sewing but has no clue where to start. This course is suitable for adults and children.
I hope you enjoyed checking out these awesome sewing classes with me! I know I did, and I may need to take a couple of them myself (I’m super interested in the Pixel Quilt class.) No matter your skill level, there are classes out there that will help you level up.