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Today is the 7th and final lesson in the Learning to Sew Series, and we’re going to culminate this week with a great beginner project. Let’s put together all the sewing skills we’ve learned in this series and make a decorative throw pillow with a zippered opening.

Here are a few materials you will need to complete this pillow project:

  • Fabric
  • Pillow Form
  • YKK #4.5 Continuous Zipper
  • YKK #4.5 Continuous Zipper Slider

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Congratulations!

You have now completed the Learning to Sew Series! We hope this series has helped you feel more comfortable with your machine, confident in your skills and excited to pick up a new hobby. When you’re ready for another project, browse our how-to section on the Sailrite website. Our video library is a great resource, with hundreds of videos full of instructions, tips and advice on DIY projects big and small.

Feel inspired but don’t have a sewing machine yet?

We encourage you to check out our Sailrite Ultrafeed Sewing Machine! From light home decor fabric to heavy canvas or denim, they sew it all. These machines are also straightforward to use and learn, making them great for beginners and experienced sewers alike. Read more about the Ultrafeeds at Sailrite.com.

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How did your pillow turn out? What are you going to make next? Do you feel more comfortable with your sewing machine? Share your ideas and experiences in the comments!

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In this 6th installment of the Learning to Sew Series we’re going to learn how to install piping. Piping adds a crisp, finished look to the edges of pillows and cushions. If you’re just joining the series, be sure to start at the beginning to get all caught up!

In today’s video you will learn:

  • • Where to Start Installing the Piping
  • • Where to Place the Stitches
  • • How to Sew Piping Around Corners
  • • How to Join Piping Ends

 

We use a prefabricated piping in this video, but you can also make piping yourself for a perfect match to your fabric. Learn how in this How to Make Your Own Piping post.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for the Learning to Sew Series Finale, Part 7: How to Sew a Pillow.

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We’re back today with the 5th lesson in the Learning to Sew Series and it’s a good one! Now that you’ve mastered setting up your machine, stitching, and sewing seams and hems, we know that you’re ready to tackle today’s lesson: zippers. Zippers can seem intimidating to many beginning sewers, but we’re here today to tell you that they don’t have to be!

In today’s video you will learn how to create a simple zipper plaque. This zipper installation method is perfect for cushions, pillows and a variety of other applications. Let’s get started!

 

This is just one method for installing zippers and, as Eric mentioned, there are other methods that you can use for different types of projects. If you’d like to learn more about zippers, check out our Sewing Zippers Video Series.

Don’t forget to join us tomorrow for Learning to Sew Part 6: How to Add Piping!

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It’s Day 4 of the Learning to Sew Series and we’re back with a great tutorial for you today. Now that you’ve gotten to know your machine, sewn a few stitches, and learned how to seam, we’re ready to move on to a sewing skill you’ll use in almost every project: how to finish the edges.

Raw fabric edges can fray and don’t look very nice on a finished piece. To hide those unsightly edges you can create a hem or add a binding. In today’s video you will learn 3 commonly used methods of hemming as well as how to add binding to the edge using a binding attachment for your sewing machine.

 

Once you’re feeling comfortable with these hem styles, you can find tutorials for more specific, project-based hem styles in this post on Hem Construction Techniques.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow, as we move on to Part 5 of our Learning to Sew Series: How to Sew a Zipper.

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Welcome to Day 3 of the Learning to Sew Series! Yesterday we learned how to sew stitches and today we’re going to use those skills in an application and learn how to sew seams. If you’re just joining the series, you can catch up on Part 1: How to Set Up Your Sewing Machine and Part 2: How to Stitch.

Seams are used to join two panels of fabric together. They are most often used for sewing larger projects like covers or awnings. There are several different methods for sewing a seam, and we’re going to cover two of the most popular options: an overlapping seam and a semi-flat felled seam.

 

If you’d like to learn more about seams, check out our post on the 3 Most Popular Seams for Canvas for more of an in-depth look at seam techniques.

Tomorrow we’ll be back with Part 4: How to Finish an Edge; you won’t want to miss it!

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Welcome back to the Learning to Sew Series! Yesterday, we acquainted ourselves with our machines and learned how to wind a bobbin and thread the machine. If you missed yesterday’s lesson, you can catch up here. So, now that your machine is all set up and ready to go, let’s learn how to sew some stitches.

When learning to sew, it helps to practice basic skills and work your way up from small projects to bigger ones.  Be sure to practice on scrap fabric before diving right into a project. You’ll feel more comfortable sewing your nice fabric if you’ve had some practice runs first.

In this lesson you will learn:

  • • How to Start and Finish a Stitch
  • • How to Check and Adjust Thread Tension
  • • How to Sew in Reverse
  • • How to Turn Corners
  • • How to Sew Zigzag Stitches

 

Be sure to come back tomorrow for Part 3: How to Sew a Basic Seam. And if you’re not already, subscribe to the blog and get all this great content right in your inbox! Just click the  “Sign Me Up!” button on the right.

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Welcome to the Learning to Sew Series! We invite you to sew through this 7-part video series with us and learn some basic sewing techniques. Made with the beginner in mind, these videos will walk you through all the fundamentals from how to set up your machine to sewing basic stitches. At the end, we’ll put all the skills together and sew a pillow with a zipper!

We will be releasing one video a day for 7-days, which gives you some time to practice your skills before moving on to the next lesson. This series is designed for those who have never sewn before, new Ultrafeed owners, those interested in starting sewing, or those who have taken a break from sewing and need a refresher course. In the course of the video series we will cover:

Throughout the series we will be sewing on an Ultrafeed LSZ-1 Sewing Machine. However, the skills featured in the series apply to sewing on any machine. Some features may be Ultrafeed specific, but you can refer to your sewing machine guidebook for specifications on your particular machine.

Learning to Sew Part 1: How to Set Up Your Sewing Machine

Today, we’re going to start at the very beginning and get familiar with our sewing machines. You’ll learn the parts of the machine and their functions, how to wind a bobbin and how to thread the machine.

Let’s get started!

 

Join us tomorrow for Part 2 in the Learning to Sew Series: How to Stitch. We’ll be posting the next part in the series everyday this week so be sure to check back for the next part or subscribe to the blog to get new posts right in your inbox.

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