Completely Free Online Sewing Classes for Beginners

Now that you have your sewing machine and all of your supplies, you’re going to need some classes to help you learn to sew. Here you will find my extensive list of completely free online sewing classes for beginners. I apologize for the length. I added as many as I found to be helpful for a newbie sewer like me. You will not need to take all the courses, but use this list as a resource to find the best classes for YOU.

If you are lucky enough to take a class on site somewhere, then, by all means, DO IT! I think the best way to learn is with real people and in real time, but if you are looking to save a little money then this list will help you get started!

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Start With Your Manual

First thing’s first, please read the manual that came in the box with your sewing machine.  In fact, read it more than once! Your manual will have valuable information in it, and it will specifically be about your sewing machine. I also received a DVD with mine that I watched as well. If your machine comes with information, then most definitely read it!


Completely Free Online Sewing Classes

As you are probably aware, most of the sites I am going to share with you will offer a freebie in addition to courses that require a payment. Today, I am only sharing the freebies, but stay tuned because I will have a complete list of courses available for purchase coming up soon!


Craftsy is one of my favorite websites! Why? Because it includes lessons and materials on EVERYTHING crafty: sewing, knitting, cooking, photography, art, cooking, baking, etc.

Craftsy has a few “no strings attached” Free Classes for sewers. So DEFINITELY check those out HERE!

If you are looking to learn a specific skill, chances are Craftsy has a video for it! They have a fantastic deal called Craftsy Unlimited where you pay a fee and have the opportunity to watch any video you would like, however;  I said this was a list of FREE classes, so I have a trick. There is a way to watch ANY video you want for FREE! You need to sign up for their free 7-day trial. Find a class you are interested in and then sign up for their free trial. Then, sit down, watch, and learn something new! If you aren’t ready to commit to Craftsy Unlimited, you can cancel after your seven days are up. Easy Peasy!

Try Craftsy Unlimited, watch everything free!
FREE 7 Day Craftsy Unlimited Trial at

Tilly and the Buttons

I just purchased her first book, Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking and I LOVE IT! I will be posting some finished products soon! You really should check out her site. The greatest thing about Tilly is that she started out as a complete novice, so she can relate to how us beginners are feeling. She explains things so well making it easy to follow along with her directions. Her free classes start at the very beginning and progress. You can find lessons on finding a machine, what tools you need, and how to troubleshoot common machine problems! She does have other courses that go into more detail. I think my next purchase will be one of those!

Here are some of her free classes I found helpful: You can see them all HERE! 


Her site also has AMAZING beginner sewing patterns, other courses, kits, fabric, and more.   So definitely check it all out!

Oliver & S

This site designs patterns with easy-to-understand instructions. They describe them as a “sewing class in an envelope.” You can check out some freebies here! This site also includes some beautiful tutorials to help you learn new skills and techniques.

You need to check this site out!  It is one of my absolute favorites!  Do you have a skill you need extra help learning? You should check out this: the Oliver + S Skill Index: free download.

Here are some of the free tutorials they offer:

Sew a Seam
Finish a Seam
Sew a Button
Sew Buttonholes
Sew A Zipper
Finding Your Correct Pattern Size


Creativebug is yet another fantastic site that includes a plethora of art and craft classes! By signing up for Creativebug, you’ll enjoy unlimited access to over 1000 online art and craft classes. The lessons never expire, and you can start and stop projects at your own pace.

BUT, to get you started… here are some freebies:

Sewing Machine Basics
How to Read a Sewing Pattern
Lengthen or Shorten Patterns
Machine Sewing: Needle and Thread Basics

Creativebug offers one whole month of free unlimited access, which means you should check it out.

Crazy Little Projects

Amazing information here! It includes pre-lessons that focus on the machine and how to get started as well as sewing lessons. Of course, not all of her classes are free, but here is a great one to check out!

Melly Sews

This site requires that you sign up with your email (I did!) and the seven lessons are then sent directly to your inbox every couple of days. She includes several resources within each lesson.  Good things are going on here! Check it out! 

National Sewing Circle

There are a lot of great videos here! Even though you would have access to even more if you became a member, there are still a significant number of freebies for newbie sewers like us! Sign up for their newsletter, and you will receive notification when a new tutorial is up!

Here are a few of their practical classes:

Different Types of Thread for Sewing
Understanding the Basic Parts of a Sewing Machine
Sewing Buttons Quickly and Easily
Finding the Straight Grain in Fabrics
Mixing and Matching Sewing Fabrics
Organizing Your Sewing Supplies

There are so many more freebies so check them out here!

All Free Sewing

This site has a lot of free resources. There is a massive collection of FREE sewing classes, tutorials, ebooks, patterns, and projects! Here are a few lessons they offer. You can check out everything here!

Burda Style

You must check out this site! According to their webpage, BurdaStyle is a DIY fashion and sewing community.  The website offers thousands of stylish handcrafted clothes, downloadable PDF sewing patterns, tutorials, project ideas and a community passionate about fashion.

Here are some of the free mini-courses they offer:

Introduction to Sewing: Pattern Basics
Pattern Grading: Using a Ruler
How to Copy the Garments That You Love: Part 1

Gymboree Sale On Now!

eSewing Workshop is an online video lesson library providing lessons that teach how to make clothing and accessories. You need to purchase a membership for access to all of their workshops, however; the site includes samples and free chapters you can check out!

Sewing Machine Essentials – Online Videos
Metric Compared to Imperial Measuring Method – Online Videos

This site contains a series of 11 basic sewing lessons for beginners. There are some great tips included as well.

Prepare Your Fabric
Prepare Your Pattern Piece
Lay Out Your Fabric
Mark Your Fabric Pieces


Oh You Crafty Gal Blog

This lovely blogger teaches sewing classes, has over 20 years of experience, and a degree in fashion design. She created this free online course as a way to help her students and to help inspire others on the web to start to learn to sew.  She has over 20 years of experience and a degree in fashion design.

Check out these lessons and more on her site!

Thread Your Machine 
Sew Straight, Curved, and Corners 
Sew a Basic Seam
Trouble Shooting your Machine 
Basic Sewing Terms 
Fix Tension on Your Sewing Machine
Read a Sewing Pattern Envelop


 Completely Free Sewing Classes on YouTube

One surprising thing I found in my research was how many YouTube videos about sewing were out there! They even had a series of videos for my actual sewing machine. I  don’t know about you, but I am a visual learner. These videos were invaluable to me when I was starting out!

Here Are Some of My Favorite Sewing Channels!

These channels have an abundance of lessons, tutorials, and tips to help you get started! Do not get overwhelmed. I like to save the tutorials I find helpful and go back to them when I may need help with a particular skill.

Singer Sewing Company
Made Everyday

I love her videos! I completed a circle skirt using her tutorial! Great stuff here!

Made to Sew

Check Out These Free Classes!

Seriously, search for your sewing machine. You may be surprised at how many tutorials/classes there are out there for your machine!

SINGER Stylist 7258 Owner’s Class
Beginners Sewing Course
Learn How To Sew, Easy Sewing Class For Beginners!

Whew. There was my list of completely free online sewing classes! Do you know of any other free courses available that I missed? Please comment and tell me below. I cannot wait to create Sew Many wonderful things with you!

~ Tara


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32 thoughts on “Completely Free Online Sewing Classes for Beginners

  1. I recently purchased a sewing machine and I’m slowly teaching myself how to sew. It’s great to know that there are so many free tutorial videos online.

  2. It’s been awhile since I pulled out a sewing machine, I will refer to these beginner resources soon as I have some curtains to hem and need all the help I can get!

  3. I truly needed this article. I cannot sew to save my life. I am Martha Stewart in every other aspect of being a housewife, but when it comes to sewing, forget it. Which is weird, because as a teenager, I use to sew a lot and was good at it. Not so much anymore, though.

  4. Ah I’ve always wanted to learn how to sew to make my own clothes…I even went to the lengths of buying a second hand seeing machine. I got really stuck threading the machine though and unfortunately I just gave up! I should probably have gone to some workshops!

  5. This is such a detailed post! I love how you have shared everything with details! I would love to learn how to sew. I love crafts but i am too scared to try a sewing maching.. hopefully someday 🙂

  6. You had me at, “Completely free!” I sewed in high school, but I had the instructor to undue all my mistakes. This article gives me hope that I can get back into sewing with my daughters and do it on a TIGHT budget! Free resources are my favorite. Thanks for compiling this great list!

  7. This is packed! Thank you for sharing so many resources. I’m sending it to my co-op, where many mothers have been looking for these very opportunities. 🙂

  8. I am so glad I stumbled upon this article. I rarely sew and need refresher lessons. I also need to help my daughter learn to sew as they no longer teach sewing in school. Thank you.

    1. That is awesome! I didn’t learn in school. It wasn’t an option at school for me, but there is definitely a lot of great resources available. I will continue to share all that I find.

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