Sewing machines: Beginner's guide to using a sewing machine Learning to sew – video guide

Which? sewing machines expert Victoria Pearson shows how to thread a machine, and gives tips on using your sewing machine for the first time.

If you've not yet chosen a machine, take a look at our sewing machine buying guide for help with choosing the best one for the sewing tasks you're planning, or head straight to our sewing machine reviews.

To really get to grips with your machine, you also might want to sign up for a sewing class – we've listed some below.

 

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Your first sewing project

For your first sewing project, why not try following Victoria Pearson as she shows you how to sew a simple cushion cover? 

 

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Sewing courses and schools

Sewing courses

There's a wide range of vocational and hobby sewing courses available at universities and further education colleges. An aggregator website such as Hot Courses will help you narrow down ones available in your area.

There are also a number of well-established sewing schools around the country, offering courses and individual tuition:

  • Alison Victoria School of Sewing, Leicestershire 01530 416300
  • Esther Faye, Lincolnshire 01522 753722
  • Gill Arnold, Solihull 0121 608 1414
  • Modern Approach Sewing School, Preston 01772 498 862
  • Liberty School of Sewing, London 0207 731 1234
  • Recycle and Sew, Hampshire 02380 227100
  • Sue Hazell, Oxfordshire 01608 644 877
  • Suffolk sewing school, Suffolk 01284 830754

Some sewing machine manufacturers, including Bernina, Husgvarna and Janome, offer discounted sewing tuition or are linked to training events when you buy their brand of sewing machine - check your instruction manual to see what's available.

Free sewing advice online

There are hundreds of blogs, how-to guides and other websites full of tips and advice on how to learn to sew. In addition to our video guides, there are a variety of videos on Youtube offering help to the sewing novice. 

Or you could check out specialist sites including iSew, Start Sewing, The Sewing Forum and WikiHow's sewing section.