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Sewing Basics for Beginners Online Course

Learn to sew from the very beginning

Live via Zoom
Over 20 people have attended this class


Over 6 x & 45min workshops, you will learn to sew from the very beginning.  We take you through all the basics of sewing; understanding the sewing machine, sewing technique and how to troubleshoot problems at the machine.  

We'll introduce you to terminology, tools, patterns, fabric anatomy, cutting technique and achieving professional results. 

The plan of ongoing specific and succinct workshops also allows students to complete steps as homework, or unpick and perfect if desired.

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Workshop 1:

  • Overview of the supplies and tools required for the course
  • Identify the  parts of the sewing machine
  • Learn to thread and set up the sewing machine
  • Start learning essential techniques including; straight stitching, backstitching, basting and pivoting

Workshop 2:

  • Learn more sewing techniques; zig-zag stitching, applique and sewing at seam allowances
  • Hemming and finishing with overcasting
  • Pressing and getting professional results

Workshop 3:

  • Fabric anatomy
  • Pinning patterns and cutting technique
  • Types of interfacing and how to use
  • Types of zips, their uses and tools/feet required 

Workshop 4:

  • Inserting a regular centred zip
  • Boxing out corners

Workshop 5:

  • Understanding pattern markings
  • Pinning patterns and cutting technique

Workshop 6:

  • Assembling a bag with full lining
  • Middle pinning and manipulating fabric

What You'll Be Making:

  1. felt-lined fabric wallet
  2. zippered toiletries case with interfacing
  3. fully lined sling bag with boxed out corners

Purchase a supplies kit with everything required - designs currently available ➟ click here.

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What you will learn

  • Students will be able to thread a sewing machine, setup and make adjustments for straight sewing and zigzag stitching, and will make a handy wallet.
  • Students will know about fabric anatomy, interfacing and zips. They will know how to fuse interfacing, change feet accessories, insert a centred zip and make a toiletries case.
  • Students will be able to independently thread, setup and adjust a sewing machine. With limited supervision; fold fabrics, trace and cut out. Make a lined bag with instructions.

What you will get

  • An experienced teacher and a host, additional cameras for close step-by-step views
  • Students will receive detailed handouts, copies of the patterns for workshops, templates and access to video resources
  • 3 projects made by you; a handy fabric wallet, toiletries case and a lined bag

What to bring

  • Students will require a sewing machine and a device with access to zoom for all workshops in this online course
  • For the first workshop, students will need their thread (other supplies will be discussed)
  • A complete list of both tools and supplies is provided in your confirmation email

What to wear


Appropriate for

No experience necessary. Participants in this course should be keen to learn all the basics of sewing!  We'll give you an understanding of the sewing machine - including; threading it up, how to adjust settings, machine sewing techniques and starting to trouble shoot problems yourself.  We’ll introduce you to basic terminology, loads of tools, simple patterns, fabric selection, cutting technique and achieving professional results with stable woven fabrics. Even if you have sewn some stuff, but aren't sure about stitch width or length, or you keep getting a bird's nest of threads, and/or you don't yet know about seam allowance/guides - we think you'll love the "aha" moments in this course.

Supplies Kit

During checkout you can add a supplies kit to your booking (link to designs ⬆ in class description).

Thread Den

1019 Reviews

Learn to sew, craft and create with Thread Den. Workshops offered face-to-face and online.

Located on Melbourne's vibrant Brunswick Street, in Fitzroy. At Thread Den you can start at the very beginning, take your skills to the next level, and find your own unique style.

Thread Den has developed a teaching model that is supportive and nurturing, designed to make each student feel like the focus of our attention, whether you learn with us face-to-face or online.

At Thread Den it's just like a friend (a super nice clever one) teaching you and a few friends to sew, craft and create. When you come in; take advantage of having all the equipment on hand, lovely big cutting tables, smooth running Janomes with plenty of feet accessories, inspiring resources, and friendly people to chat to.  

Your teachers have years of experience, their own labels and businesses, and the desire to share their skills and craftsmanship with you.

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5.0 (6 reviews)
22 September 2021Sewing Basics for Beginners Online Course
Such a great course! Explored everything from the start to quickly being able to come away with some really professional looking home -made products. gave me the confidence boost I needed to give it a try and I've already booked another class. Wonderful fun and super helpful teachers. Thanks again!!!!!
Thread Den 15 November 2021

Thats so great to hear, we were happy to keep you company during lockdown and help you with your new passion! :)

06 December 2020Sewing Basics for Beginners Online Course
This course was great for learning the beginnings of sewing and building confidence in using a sewing machine. It progressed further than I expected, and I feel that I've left with a good set of foundational skills. I also really enjoyed it! The Thread Den team were super friendly and happy to help, and we left with a few great projects. I also appreciated the online course, so I could learn on my own machine and at home.
28 November 2020Sewing Basics for Beginners Online Course
I could not be happier after completing my Beginners Sewing Course. I finished with 3 super cute projects, but was mostly impressed at the professional delivery, friendly coaching, and the way we were given projects that allowed us to learn sooo much about the basics. I can’t wait for the next online time stable to come out.
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Refund Policy

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Terms & Conditions

Taking part in a workshop at Thread Den is fun and we love teaching people our craft, but here we have to get serious for a moment:

It is your responsibility to clear your diary for the booking you've made - especially if there are multiple sessions in your course. If you want to finish your project(s), you need to attend all workshops. You'll also need to arrive on time. We can't start again because it just isn't fair to your fellow participants. 

Allow us this indulgence for a second, our workshops and courses - they are usually sold out weeks in advance. It isn't a quick switch to pop you into another workshop. If we have an appropriate session where you can attend to keep going, we will try to offer you a discounted space. If that isn't possible, you will need to book a private lesson to stay on track (the minimum cost is NM -$144 or M -$119.52). 

We also won't follow you up to check that you are coming along to class and/or that you have the right supplies for your class. Almost every workshop will require you to bring along your supplies, for some workshops we sell a supplies kit at an additional cost - but not for all. If you are unsure about what you need, just shoot us an email - .  We also want you to learn and love what you make as much as possible, please carefully consider the fabrics we recommend that you use. If you choose a fabric that is suited to a more advanced level you aren't going to enjoy your experience.

We've tried to answer any questions you could have in the workshop description, but again, don't hesitate to email us for any further details or with any queries. We loooove to see that fabric you are thinking of using and sending you off to some of our favourite fabric and habby suppliers. 

Thanks for sticking with us and reading through these annoying details. Here's the stuff that is often hidden behind an *asterisk* or in teeeeenie little print:

Refund Policy

  • All refunds are subject to a 25% administration fee.
  • Refunds will only be processed back to the original method of payment.
  • Refunds are processed as soon as practicable. While Thread Den’s part of the process should be undertaken within three days of notice, the combination of the bookings platform and your banking institution’s processes will also influence the exact amount of time taken for you to receive the refund.

Transferring Your Booking

  • If you wish to transfer your booking to another workshop we require at least four days notice prior to the start date of your original workshop/course booking.
  • Bookings without date changes can be transferred to another person without incurring any penalties.
  • Changes to your workshop or the commencement date (within all other terms listed here) will incur a $10 administration fee.
  • Changes to your booking date will not reset the four day notice period.

Medical Events

  • If you are required to isolate, with the supply of a medical certificate or COVID-19 testing referral covering the date of your workshop, you will be able to transfer your booking without incurring any penalties.
  • Your safety is our priority, we reserve the right to make decisions if necessary to preserve the safety of all. 
  • In the event of a medical emergency, we may have to seek ambulance services on your behalf and at your expense.

Course Cancellations 

  • Classes are subject to sufficient enrolment numbers (usually this is 3 participants).
  • We reserve the right to cancel any scheduled course. In the event of a cancellation, students will be notified two days before the scheduled start date and refunds will be provided.

This policy can be viewed on our website -

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