Hey all! Welcome to the HipForums Basic Sewing class!! I hope everyone enjoys this and takes something away from it This class will cover basic sewing techniques including how to use a sewing machine, straight stitch, zig-zag stitching, making hems, adding pockets, making gathers (or ruffles), creating patchwork, and making simple clothing pieces and accessories. I will also cover how to make use of your fabric scraps and also recycling old fabrics! Learning to sew can change your world. Not only is it a beautiful art that can fill your life with happiness, joy, and creativity, but it is also an amazing way to save money. Think about all the money you’ve spent in the past years on buying clothing. Yikes! It is such a great feeling to wear a one-of-a-kind piece that you made on your own. It is especially wonderful to use scraps and recycled pieces to make something completely new and cutting back on waste! I will assign sewing projects every couple weeks with step by step tutorials with pictures so you can follow the steps to make your own piece. After making something, post up pictures of your work with an explanation. This should be fun! A little about my and my experience: When I was 11 years old my grandmother gave me my first sewing machine. She taught me how to use it and very basic ideas, but 99% of my sewing skills are self-taught. I learned a lot of stuff from TONS of trial and error and other techniques I learned by doing research. The past few years I have learned so much more because I have learned to read patterns and I have utilized the internet for new information! Just so you know...many of the techniques I show you may not be how others do it..or it may not even be the 'traditional' way to go about things...but I gaurantee that I know how to make a sturdy, long-lasting piece that is also visually attractive. Once you get the hang of it, you will be able to create your own masterpiece! My sewing machine is a 1978 Singer Stylist...yeah it's old so when I'm showing you how to use the machine, keep in mind every machine is different and mine is very outdated...but still in wonderful condition. Let's start off like this: Introduce yourself and discuss any sewing experience you have, whether or not you have a sewing machine, and what kind. Have fun!!