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The Primers: LEARN ABOUT SEWING - Beginner Sewing and The Tools of The Trade

Learn about the tools of the trade and basic stitches in Sewing

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Are you curious about sewing?

Have you ever looked at a garment or pillow and wished you could make something that suited YOUR style and taste, rather than buy what was being offered in the store?

We all have a need to express our individuality, whether it’s through the clothing we wear, the way we choose to adorn our homes or in the need for creative relaxation…

Perhaps the idea of learning to sew felt like it would be too difficult?

If the thought of learning to sew has felt like a challenge, then allow me to demystify the world of sewing for you, so YOU can begin to express your unique style through sewing!

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I am Monica The Creative Beast and I bring my extensive experience in professional sewing, for places such as the LA Opera, to guide YOU through the world of sewing and the tools of the trade.

This primer course is about learning the basics of Sewing with an overview of all the tools used for Sewing.

Learning about the various tools of sewing, how they are used and what they are used for, will provide a strong foundation to help you feel inspired to learn more and take steps toward expressing yourself through sewing.

Creating your own clothing or home decor ideas will bring great satisfaction, and making gifts for family and friends will feel special for each recipient receiving something tailor-made for them.

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A few of the things you will learn in this self-study course:

  • Types of needles and what they are used for
  • Types of threads for sewing or embroidery
  • A look at hand sewing and some of its history
  • A general overview about sewing machines

This course provides a video demonstration of the most basic of all stitches, the Running Stitch, with a bonus lesson demonstrating the Whip Stitch.

Each lesson will provide a vocabulary of terminology used in sewing, which helps to demystify the world of sewing.

You will also find a gallery of projects that utilize hand sewing, to inspire YOU to give hand sewing a try! And hand sewing provides a wonderfully creative outlet for relaxation, and who doesn't enjoy some relaxation in their day?

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This course provides:

  • 8 lessons with overviews about the basic tools of the trade for hand sewing
  • A list of the basic supplies you will need to learn the simple hand sewing techniques provided
  • An introduction to sewing machines with terminology
  • 3 detailed lessons about 3 sewing machines and the variations of their inner workings

There is approximately 40 minutes of video instruction in this course.

Your Creative Guide: Monica The Creative Beast

My experience with sewing begins in childhood and includes studies in Fashion Design and Pattern Drafting, as well as work in Los Angeles creating costumes for stage, film and amusement parks though costume shops LA Opera, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and Paul McAvene Designs.

Sewing is a wonderful skill and a fun way to express yourself creatively, whether making clothing, costumes or home decor that suit your taste and style!

My hope is that this course will help demystify the world of Sewing, and encourage YOU to try it for yourself. I start with hand sewing because hand sewing is a skill that has been passed down for centuries and is still relevant today.

Whether used for garment repair, embroidery, crafts and even book binding, one of my favorite creative pastimes, hand sewing is also helpful for relaxation and meditation. The current Slow Stitch Movement is a way that many use hand sewing as a form of calming meditation, which is discussed in this course.

I also hope to inspire YOU to tap into your Creative Instincts through the wonderful world of Sewing - I look forward to seeing you in the classroom!


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Hello and welcome to "The Primers" Ecourse series!

"The Primers" are a series of quick, bite size lessons about various forms of Creativity. They are intended to provide you with a general overview of each craft and the tools used for them.

Vintage Primer School Books
Vintage Primer Schoolbooks from the olden days...

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This is an introductory course for beginners who are thinking about learning to sew. I hope it inspires you to try your hand at hand sewing!

Intermediate and advanced practitioners are always welcome to join the classroom.


Your Instructor


Monica - The Creative Seamstress
Monica - The Creative Seamstress

My history in sewing goes back to the age of six, when my grandmother put a needle in my hand and taught me how to sew.

I have been sewing, in one form or another, ever since!

I often made my own rag dolls, and the occasional stuffed bear or rabbit. I loved making rag dolls and I loved making rag doll clothes, and little blankets. When my grandmother taught me to knit, I even knitted little doll sweaters! (But that is another craft story for another day!)

With my childhood play rooted in sewing and clothing, it should come as no surprise that I eventually went into Fashion Design and Pattern Drafting...mostly so I could make myself better fitting clothes and costumes! ;)

Having the additional skills in pattern drafting, along with my extensive sewing skills and background in 3-Dimensional Art, an amazing world of work as a costumer opened up for me. Here is a list of the highlights of my costume career in Los Angeles:

  • Jim Henson Creature Shop
  • Disney Imagineering
  • LA Opera Costume Shop

These wonderful sewing experiences are what make me qualified to guide YOU on your own path to sewing, whether it is learning to sew by hand, or to begin your own journey in machine sewing, to create your own clothing, costumes, stuffed toys, or home decor goods of all kinds, including sewing a slipcover for a beloved chair...yes, I actually made one of these!


My Slipcovered ChairMy beloved 'comfy chair' - I enjoy reading in this chair, with the slipcover and heart pillow made by yours truly!

I hope you find this sewing ecourse helpful, as you journey on your path of Creativity - thank you for being here!


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Thank you so much for purchasing my ecourse, it is greatly appreciated! Be sure to thank YOURSELF for committing to your Creative Instincts by being here as you invest in your creativity and learn to stay connected to your Creative Instincts!

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