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Sewing Machine 101 - Online Class

3 reviews


Whether you are brand new to sewing or an experienced stitcher looking to deepen your knowledge, Sewing Machine 101 is an essential course for any sewing practice. Klum House founder Ellie Lum will teach you all of the ins and outs of the sewing machine, demystifying basic techniques and helping you troubleshoot common problems. By the end, you’ll be confident enough to jump on your machine and tackle your first projects!


In this class, Klum House founder Ellie Lum will totally demystify the sewing machine and help you build a solid foundation of knowledge. Using a sewing machine for the first time can be intimidating, but these easy-to-follow video tutorials will break it all down. You’ll learn to identify all of the knobs, levers, and buttons on your machine and then move on to some basic sewing techniques, such as winding a bobbin and threading your machine. You’ll also get an in-depth overview of machine tension and timeline and learn how to troubleshoot all of the most common sewing machine problems. Finally, Ellie will teach you how to sew a simple handkerchief so you can put your new skills into action!

This class includes:

  • Evergreen access to step-by-step video tutorials
  • Getting Started - A Guide for Beginner Stitchers (PDF)
  • Essential Tools List for Beginner Stitchers (PDF)
  • Anatomy of a Sewing Machine (PDF)
  • Tips for Troubleshooting Your Sewing Machine (PDF)

Course curriculum:

  • Sewing Machine Intro (1:12)
  • Types of Sewing Machines (1:15)
  • Machine Functions (14:34)
  • Winding the Bobbin (4:57)
  • Threading the Machine (9:55)
  • Tension (16:00)
  • Timing (5:11)
  • Sewing Techniques (25:52)
  • Handkerchief Practice Project (15:11)
  • Conclusion (1:01)


This online class requires zero previous sewing experience. It’s designed to help you build a solid foundation of sewing skills from the ground up. It’s also great for more experienced stitchers who would like an in-depth refresh of the basics. No matter how long you’ve been sewing, you are very likely to learn something new!

You will learn how to :

  • Basic anatomy of a sewing machine
  • Different types of home sewing machines
  • How to wind a bobbin
  • How to thread your machine
  • Understanding machine tension + timing
  • Troubleshooting common problems
  • Intro to sewing needles and presser feet
  • How to draft and sew a simple handkerchief


All you really need for this class is a sewing machine and some basic supplies like a needle, thread, and a scrap of fabric. For a more detailed look of our favorite tools and sewing supplies for beginners, download this list!


Klum House founder and pattern designer Ellie Lum has over twenty years of professional bag making experience. With roots in industrial sewing and small-batch manufacturing, Ellie's superpower is teaching makers to achieve professional-quality results on a home sewing machine—and have a hell of a lot of fun while doing it. She’s passionate about empowering makers through sharing her craft.

With a clear, laid back teaching style, Ellie explains each step of the pattern in easy-to-understand language. Her teaching is peppered with helpful tips and tricks, and she has a real knack for melting away intimidation.



Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Rozana Z.
Sewing Machine 101

The best online class I’ve ever owned! Her instructions are super clear and easy to understand. Highly recommend 😍

Dana R.
Helpful Basic Class

I have been quilting for years. I am more or less self-taught. I never learned the basics of a sewing machine. In my quest to expand my sewing skills into bag making etc. I was struggling with the machine. This class really helped me to understand the machine better and make minor adjustments that makes sewing through thicker fabrics a breeze. I am so glad that I decided to take it!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is worth the money! Thank you Klum House.

Kelle E.
Fantastic course!

I taught myself to sew during the pandemic and after making 12 little lap quilts for Christmas gifts, thread constantly breaking and so frustrated.I’d been threading my machine not only incorrectly, but with the presser foot down…so not loading at all in the tension discs. I decided to take this class to see what other basics I was missing. Instruction is so fantastic, clear and helpful. I’d recommend to anyone starting out. Thrilled to know Klum House is local for me and hoping to take some in-person classes since my quilt-making took me to bag-making. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!