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Basic Sewing with a Sewing Machine

A course by Julia Reyes Retana
Architect and textile designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined April 2017
, Architect and textile designer

Learn to create unique and functional pieces from scratch with your sewing machine

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (645)
  • 17614 students
Basic Sewing with a Sewing Machine

Learn to create unique and functional pieces from scratch with your sewing machine

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (645)
  • 17614 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 19 Lessons (2h 50m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

Sewing seems an art full of secrets, but the reality is that it is accessible to all those who have patience, motivation and care for details. If you want to learn how to sew, Julia Reyes Retana - architect, textile designer and founder of the Chocochips brand and workshop - will teach you the basic techniques of sewing with a sewing machine.

In this course you will learn to use your sewing machine from scratch, you will know the basics of sewing and you will create three original and functional pieces.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Equipment and Tools
  • U3
    U3. The Basics of Sewing
  • U4
    U4. Bag with Satchel
  • U5
    U5. Patchwork cushion
  • U6
    U6. Universal tote
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Julia Reyes Retana will welcome you to this course and will tell you how she decided to leave the architecture to open her own sewing studio "Chocochips" in Mexico City. In addition, it will show you its main influences, inside and outside the textile world.

You will start knowing your sewing machine, the basic controls and each of the accessories that usually bring. You will see the tools, fabrics and materials with which you will work throughout the course.

You will learn the fundamentals of sewing, starting with how to thread the thread in the machine, and then give your first stitches. You will review with Julia what are the maxims of the sewing that she applies to her work.

Now, get to work! Your first sewing project will be to create a bag with a drawstring. You will learn two methods to make and cut a square or rectangular pattern, then embroider it with a machine and assemble your first piece.

The second exercise will be to make a cushion of patchwork , with which you can release all your creativity. You will know a trick to get squares divided into triangles, very simple and effective. You will learn to put the closure and you will join the two ready faces to finally assemble your cushion.

In the last exercise Julia increases the level of difficulty and will teach you how to create a tote bag step by step. First, you will design your bag based on a template. You will see how to use the pattern and identify each of the pieces that form it. You will continue to assemble the two sides of the bag, one of them with a small piece of patchwork . Then, you will learn to create a lining for your bag with a pocket and as a last step, you will assemble all the parts to make it a reality.

What is this course's project?

You will make three pieces: a bag with a drawstring, a cushion of patchwork and a bag or tote bag with many possibilities.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To all the people who want to learn how to sew and enter the incredible world of textile creation.

What you need

To complete this course you do not need previous knowledge because Julia will teach you from scratch. You will need to have a sewing machine (mechanical or computerized), an iron, natural fiber fabrics, threads, fabric scissors, thread scissors, ripper (just in case), pins, tape measure, marking down and closing.


17614 Students
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Julia Reyes Retana

A course by Julia Reyes Retana

Architect and textile designer

Julia Reyes Retana is an architect and since 2004 designs and sews small collections of objects with textiles as a common factor. He also designs stage design, lighting and costumes for theater, attended a diploma course and has taken multiple courses of various textile techniques. A career that has led her to found her sewing brand "Chocoships" in 2015, where she produces her own collections and teaches sewing courses.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Equipment and Tools

    • Basic anatomy: Controls and accessories
    • Tools
    • Fabrics and other materials
  • U3

    The Basics of Sewing

    • To skewer!
    • Now yes ... Sew!
    • Maximum of sewing
  • U4

    Bag with Satchel

    • Let's cut a pattern
    • Embroidering by machine
    • Armed with the sachet
  • U5

    Patchwork cushion

    • Preparing your patchwork
    • The closing
    • Putting together the parts
  • U6

    Universal tote

    • Design your bag
    • Deciphering and cutting the pattern
    • The two faces
    • Cover
    • Now yes, the final assembly
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Basic principles of sewing

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Basic Sewing with a Sewing Machine. A Craft course by Julia Reyes Retana Best Seller

Basic Sewing with a Sewing Machine

A course by Julia Reyes Retana
Architect and textile designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined April 2017
  • 99% Positive reviews (645)
  • 17614 students