Detail of the process of sewing a reversible tote bag on a sewing machine.
Barley Massey showing you how to sew using a sewing machine.
Some of the tools you need to learn to sew, including scissors and fabric.
A pile of colourful thread spools.
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Learn how to use a sewing machine: Online Course

Barley Massey
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  • Level: Easy
  • Make in 2-4 Hours
  • Price: £20 - £50
  • Sewing
  • Type: Online Course Only

Sewing is an invaluable skill that you’ll use over and over again in so many projects, from making your clothes to creating gifts for loved ones.

Learn at your own pace with Barley Massey, expert seamstress from Fabrications shop and studio in East London.

Follow Barley’s step-by-step instructions in 14 detailed videos, taking the guesswork out of learning.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand all the different parts and features of your sewing machine
  • Wind a bobbin up and thread a sewing machine
  • Feed fabric through the machine, sewing different stitches
  • Understand how to hem and seam fabric
  • Apply a pocket and appliqué patch to fabric

You’ll also learn basic machine maintenance and how to solve common problems.

With UNLIMITED ACCESS 24/7, you’ll be able to drop in and out of the course at your own pace.

Designed for those who have little or no experience of using a sewing machine, or those looking to refresh lapsed sewing skills, you'll soon develop the confidence to progress onto making simple creations of your own.

Barley says, "I'm really excited to share the sewing skills I love with more people and bring a little bit of the Fabrications experience to you. I know how much joy sewing has brought to me. Learning to sew is the start of an adventure once you get into it."

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About this online sewing course

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Is this course suitable for beginners?

This course is perfect for everyone, including those who have no experience of using sewing machines and those who are looking to refresh their skills.

Course curriculum

  • What you'll learn
  • Meet Barley Massey (0:56)
  • What you'll need
  • What you'll need (2:07)
  • Step 1: TTour of the sewing machine (1:46)
  • Step 2: Winding the bobbin(3:55)
  • Step 3: Explaining different fabrics (1:42)
  • Step 4: Threading up (4:17)
  • Step 5: Getting started on the machine (3:54)
  • Step 6: Stitch functions (1:40)
  • Step 7: Seams (9:59)
  • Step 8: Appliqué (6:17)
  • Step 9: Patch pockets (2:26)
  • Step 10: Hems (3:02)
  • Step 11: Machine maintenance (3:46)
  • Step 12: Troubleshooting (5:17) 

Course Preview

Learn to sew: course curriculum

What do I need for this course?

You can source the required materials from most craft shops or specialty stores. Contact us for advice if you’re unsure of where to find these items or post in our support Facebook Group.


What you'll need to get started:
  • Sewing machine, including bobbins and spare needles
  • Medium-weight cotton fabric to practise on
  • Thread e.g. Gütermann, Swann etc
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Pencil & pen (optional)
  • Small embroidery scissors (optional)
  • Pinking shears (optional)
  • Old fashioned knitting needle (optional)

Course preview

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Barley Massey in her store Fabrications of Broadway Market in London.

Barley Massey

Barley set up Fabrications in 2000 on Broadway Market in Hackney, East London. Her focus has been on reviving traditional textile techniques, eco-design and upcycling. Fabrications is a mini department store of creativity and design, selling Barley's own creations, homewares, fashion and accessories. They supply all the tools and supplies to fuel other crafters and offer classes in sewing, textiles and crafts.