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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 (1K)
  • 29619 students

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

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (1K)
  • 29619 students
  • 19 lessons (2h 50m)
  • 13 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Ever thought sewing seemed like one of the more difficult crafts? The reality is something quite different⁠—it's accessible to anyone with patience, motivation, and attention to detail. If you want to learn to sew, then architect, textile designer, and founder of the brand and workshop Choccochips Julia Reyes Retana can teach you the basics of sewing with a sewing machine.

In this course, learn to use a sewing machine from scratch, get to know the basic notions of sewing, and make three original and functional pieces.

What will you learn in this online 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 begins by welcoming you to the course and telling you about how she decided to leave architecture to open her own sewing studio, Choccochips, in Mexico City. She shows you some of her main influences from the textile world and beyond.

Start getting to know your sewing machine, the basic controls, and each of the accessories it usually comes with. Also look at the tools, fabrics, and materials needed throughout the course.

Learn the fundamentals of sewing, starting with how to thread the machine so you can do your first stitches. Julia then walks you through the key principles of sewing that she always applies to her pieces.

Now it's time to get to work! Your first sewing project is creating a bag with a drawstring. Learn two methods to make and cut a square or rectangular pattern, then embroider it using the machine and assemble your first piece.

The second exercise is to let your creativity take over and make a patchwork cushion. Discover a very simple and effective tip for getting squares divided into triangles to make up part of the body of the cushion. Learn how to attach the zipper and join the two sides to put it all together.

In the final exercise, Julia takes the difficulty level up a notch and teaches you to create a tote bag step by step. Design your bag by working off a template. Look at how to use the pattern and identify each of the component pieces. Continue by assembling both sides of the bag, one of them with a little patchwork piece. Finally, learn to create lining for your bag with a pocket and then attach all the parts to bring it to life.

What is this course's project?

Create three pieces: a bag with a drawstring, a patchwork cushion, and a tote bag with many possibilities.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who'd like to learn to sew and dive into the incredible world of textile creation.

Requirements and materials

You don't need any prior knowledge to take this course as Julia teaches you from scratch.

In terms of materials, you need a sewing machine (mechanical or computerized), an iron, natural fiber fabrics, thread, fabric scissors, thread scissors, a stitch remover (just in case), pins, measuring tape, marker pen, and a zipper.


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Julia Reyes Retana

A course by Julia Reyes Retana

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Architect and Textile Designer

Julia Reyes Retana is an architect who, since 2004, has been designing and sewing small collections of objects with textiles as the common thread. She also designs scenery, lighting, and costumes for theater, has a diploma, and has taught multiple courses on various textile techniques. All this led her to found her sewing brand, Chocochips, 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. 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 (1K)
  • 29619 students