Online Sewing Classes for Beginners

By Carly Reynolds ; Updated September 15, 2017

Learning to sew enables you to customize your home and your wardrobe with handcrafted decor and clothing. Or, you may even want to sell your items. Whether you need to learn from scratch or to hone your skills, plenty of resources are available to you. Online sewing classes can teach everything from single projects to include entire course loads in the art of sewing.

Accredited Courses

Pros

Accredited courses offer a depth in their lesson plans that monthly subscription services and online tutorials can't match. The courses also provide a Continued Education Credit certificate upon the completion of the class, often for an additional fee.

Cons

Accredited courses often carry a fairly hefty fee, an important factor when you are interested in starting a sewing business. Accredited courses also have tests, exams, and quizzes as components of the class. If you are simply interested in sewing for crafting purposes, however, the courses may be too much of a time and financial investment.

Tip

Sometimes the cost of the course can be offset if you are able to attain a scholarship. Utilize state, nationwide or school financial aid resources.

Warning

Be careful when enrolling in online schools. Make sure that they are fully accredited before enrolling.

Many options are available for accredited courses for beginning sewers; they are an important resume booster if you plan to apply for a position as a tailor, dressmaker or seamstress. These courses often can be used as credits at colleges or universities if you pursue a degree in Fashion or a similar field. The courses cover fabric selection, how to custom fit and every type of sewing technique. Some available online classes include:

Paid Online Classes

Pros

When you take one of these classes, you have the freedom to pick and choose the online classes that appeal to you. The classes are typically much less expensive than accredited online courses. And many companies, such as Brit + Company, have a strict quality standard that their experts have to meet in the tutorials, which helps ensure that you are getting a quality lesson.

Cons

These classes are often more geared toward the crafter. If you are planning to start a business, you may want to consider a more in-depth online program. Additionally, each program is taught by a different instructor, so you also lose continuity in teaching style.

When you are looking for more than a single tutorial but less than a full college course load, monthly subscription services are an option. Companies such as Udemy, Brit + Company and Skillshare offer individual classes, often at affordable prices.

Free Tutorials

Pros

These options are completely free of charge, allowing you to soak in as much knowledge as you want without fear of overspending. The short videos and step-by-step tutorials are often on a specific project, allowing you to filter out any that do not appeal to you.

Cons

Anyone can put up a video or blog on sewing. You may not get an instructor with professional training or teaching experience. It is possible that the way they perform techniques is not the best way to learn a skill.

Tip

Before you select any class or course, check out the reviews. It may save you time and money to see what other students have had to say about the experience, which is especially important for online schools. The Better Business Bureau offers a platform for customers to rate their experiences with a company. Search the name of the company that is offering a class you are interested in to see what others are saying about their experience.

When you are a beginning sewer who is looking for instructions on how a specific technique or how to complete a specific product, YouTube offers thousands of video tutorials on sewing. Sewing-related blogs such as Sew Mama Sew add more project ideas on a continuing basis. Even though they typically do not offer videos with the lessons, step-by-step photos and written instructions allow you to learn at your own pace.

About the Author

Based in Ponte Vedra, Fla., Carly Reynolds has been an article and Web content writer since 2006. Reynolds holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Florida State University.