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Learn to Sew: Simple Bags

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Journey into successful sewing! Create two cute styles of bag as you learn basic skills for projects that will make you proud.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including patterns
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Nicole Vasbinder
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

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Develop essential skills as you create exciting projects, and start sewing with confidence! Instructor Nicole Vasbinder will teach how to sew for beginners, so your first steps into stitches are nothing but successful. During class, you'll create two cute styles of bag: a timeless foldover tote with customizable pockets, and a tasteful zippered clutch. Both are approachable projects perfect for honing your new skills! Nicole will show you how to confidently work your machine, from threading to changing the bobbin, presser foot and needle. You'll also get tips for fuss-free troubleshooting and learn how to sew accurate seams, backstitch and pivot. Plus, get comfortable working with or without a pattern, adding fusible interfacing and installing zippers with ease!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Machine Basics
Meet expert sewist Nicole Vasbinder, and preview the skills and projects covered in the class. Discover how fun -- and simple -- sewing can be as Nicole explains the fundamentals of using any sewing machine. Learn how to wind a bobbin and thread your machine. Then, find out how to adjust stitch settings to customize your projects.
2. Sewing Seams
3. Fabric Basics & Cutting
4. Foldover Tote, Part One
5. Foldover Tote, Part Two
6. Zippered Clutch: Preparing the Pieces
7. Zippered Clutch: Sewing & Finishing

Taught by

Nicole Vasbinder
Nicole Vasbinder
Nicole Vasbinder is a sewist and instructor who, over the past decade, has spread the joys of sewing to thousands in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Formerly a designer and merchandiser in the garment industry, she owns and operates a fabric store and modern sewing school, StitchCraft. You can find Nicole’s designs in her books, Sewing Solutions, Sewing Machine Secrets and Super Stitches Sewing.

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