The start of a new year is the perfect time to set new sewing goals. Maybe you want to improve the fit of your garments, or learn new finishing techniques. Perhaps this is the year you’ll expand your skills on the serger, or on the embroidery machine. No matter what you hope to achieve this year, we have a great resource that can help: our library of online sewing courses! Read on to learn more about some of our newest offerings.
Join Alicia Welcher for Machine Embroidery: A Three Part Series. You’ll explore ingredients for success with machine embroidered applique: the techniques, designs, threads, fabrics, stabilizers and even a notion or two. Next, learn Alicia’s best practices for stabilizing, hooping and stitching on eight different surfaces. Then, discover easy ways to tame those seemingly impossible items and get them under your embroidery needle without a struggle. These three courses are also available to purchase separately.
Alicia Welcher is a serger genius, and you’ll love her fantastic collection of bags, zipper techniques and serger tricks in this course. As you follow Alicia’s step-by-step process for each of the five bags, you’ll see how to complete them all using the serger. You’ll learn three different ways to box corners and two different handle styles, in addition to five different zipper installations! Start with an easy zipper pouch, then move on to larger and more detailed bag styles. You’ll get all kinds of advice about using linings, support fabrics and more. Each step includes tips and options for using your serger. This is the perfect way to learn — with quick projects, each building a new skill on the one learned previously. After the course, you’ll have the confidence and know-how to mix and match each component to create your own bags — all entirely on the serger!
Three full courses are included in this Cynthia Guffey series on fitting the upper body. In the course Fitting Your Hanger: Perfect Fit From the Shoulders On Down, start making the most comfortable, best-fitting garments ever as you discover how to make three basic but essential pattern adjustments. In Core Sewing Skills: Darts 101, learn about how darts can be the starting point for creating a new look, or the saving grace for fitting curves. Or both! Join Cynthia in Perfecting Fit: The Armhole and Sleeve as she shares her process for creating that perfectly fitting sleeve in easy-to-follow steps. Once you’ve taken these same steps with your own pattern, you’ll be on your way to a garment that gives you that wonderful feeling — with attractive, comfortable sleeves and complete ease of movement. And, you’ll have a template to use on other jacket patterns to achieve the same feeling every time. These three courses are also available to purchase separately.
The Stick a Pin In It! pincushion has all the details that make it a truly treasured and valuable sewing room accessory. Weighted to never tip over, with a place for every type of pin, needle and marking tool plus a handle so it can move around with you, this is a project that packs a powerful series of sewing lessons. Cleverly designed and engineered with real-life sewing use in mind, this whimsical, slightly oversized pincushion is the perfect home for all your sewing and quilting pins, with a hidden compartment for your machine and hand-sewing needles, too. Plus, Katie Bartz has included a machine or hand-embroidery design for you – it’s a needle style and size grid for your machine needles, so they have a place to rest between jobs.
Some of us have taken to calling this bag the essential weekender duffle, because since we used it the first time, it has become … well, essential for a weekend trip! But no matter what you call it, this is one of the best projects ever, for making, learning, using and bragging about. Join Katie Bartz, our resident “packaging engineer” in this technique-filled course, and make this amazing bag for yourself. It’s just the right size and shape to carry what you need for a weekend retreat or carry onto a plane. Secured with the same zippers and hardware found on high-end luggage, the duffle is easily customized with your choice of fabric.
Learn wonderful finishing techniques with Pam Damour’s Finishing School series! The first course is Handbag and Wallet Techniques; focused on construction techniques that lead to clever and classic, whimsical and incredibly practical bags, wallets, clutches and totes, Pam puts all the details into the mix in this class. The Elegant Organizer Bag is next; this just might be the only thing you want to carry from now on! So cleverly designed with our essential needs in mind, this little organizer is perfect to carry on its own, or tuck neatly into a larger tote for streamlined travel. The Wonder Wrap® is next; from one “plain-Jane bag” comes an infinite variety of looks for year-round use. Plus you’ll get a free bonus Tulip Wrap course when you purchase the series; pleated trim and decorative stitching make this wrap a show-stopper, with three embroidered tulips to top it all off. The courses in this series are also available to purchase separately.
Become more confident using your embroidery software as Soni Grint shares her process for each topic and technique in this four-part series. Following her examples, you’ll see her fail-proof routines and habits, easily adopted to improve all your design work. Start with basic techniques and build, concept by concept, to the most complex design activity. Along with step-by-step demonstrations, complete, easy-to-follow explanations and the advice only an experienced embroiderer and teacher can provide, you’ll explore wonderful examples of finished designs, where you’ll see clearly how simple changes can make a big difference in your finished embroidery projects. These four courses are also available to purchase separately.
All of the online courses mentioned above are “start anytime” courses, meaning you can begin the course immediately upon purchase. Click here to browse through all of our online sewing courses.
The Martha Pullen Team