When it comes to learning how to sew, I am a big fan of the website Crafsty; it’s the primary source of how I learnt to sew. That and a lot of practice and mistakes.
There are a variety of courses, teaching pretty much all of the core skills that you will ever need no matter what skill level you are. In fact, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and much more.
Just What is Craftsy?
Craftsy is an online craft community that offers quality video courses with skilled and industry known teachers. It also has:
- a marketplace where independent designers can sell patterns,
- a supplies show with deals on yard, fabric and class kits, and
- a project section where the over two million members (just like you) can share pictures of their latest craft success.
One of the main reasons I love using the Craftsy videos is that I can watch difficult techniques over and over again, at any time that I like. It’s all good and fine sitting in a classroom watching a teacher, but if you don’t get to practice and master that skill straight away you will often forget just how to do it. With videos that you can access at any time, you can always just re-watch.
You can still ask your instructor any questions you have, as most classes are instructor led (and have the benefit of peers to talk to as well).
If you’re not happy with any class that you buy, there is also the 100% refund guarantee. Whilst I haven’t had to ask for a refund yet, I have contacted support several times and I can guarantee that they are wonderful bunch of people to talk to and I always leave happy.
Behind the Scenes
Before the staff at Craftsy start filming, they spend hours researching what classes are in demand and what content should be covered. They test specific techniques to determine the best viewing angles for the camera, and to make sure that each step is clear enough for viewers of all skill levels. The staff and hired instructor create a detailed outline for each lesson, which the instructor can teach following the outline. So the classes aren’t entirely scripted word for word (this makes me think of high school oral presentations for assessment), but are thoroughly researched and planned.
Almost all of Crafty’s classes are filmed in Denver, CO. They actually fly in the instructors from all over the world to spend several days filming. That explains why most of the sets look the same (despite the instructors living world-wide). The film crew then spend weeks touching up the footage, reducing it from hours and hours of footage to only a couple hours of footage that can be watched, re-watched.
What Do I Recommend?
For a full list of my Craftsy reviews, take a look at my reviews section.
If you need something to just get you up and running, try one of the classes from the Bag Making Basics series.
As your skill progresses, you might be interested in learning how to custom fit your own clothing with a class like Fast Track Fitting – so your garments look even better on you! Or if you are more interested in accessorising, consider Making Leather Bags.
What’s better than making your own clothes though? Paul Gallo teaches Fashion Draping: Dress Making Basics and Fashion Draping: Bias Design. Then there are flat pattern drafting classes led by Suzy Furrer Patternmaking Basics: The Bodice Sloper and Patternmaking Basics: The Skirt Sloper.
Finally, if your not sure about buying a class yet, there are plenty of free classes to try out.