Our top recommendations

Need help beyond our blog? Here are our favorite additional resources to get you started.
  • Books for beginners: Are you new to sewing? Want to build up your library and learn some techniques? Check out the top recommendations for books from our readers.
  • Craftsy online classes: Need something a little more visual? Craftsy has online video-based classes from world class teachers. Use our special link to see sewing classes currently on sale!
  • Our sister web site offers free step-by-step lessons taught by professional sewing teachers. Past sewalong classes have included the Dahlia, the Anise jacket, and the Albion coat. Visit Sewalongs and sign up to be notified of new and upcoming classes!

Sewing machines we use


Bernina 350 PE

This is our main sewing machine in the studio, and it is a gem. Bernina makes the absolute highest quality machines available. They are precise, easy to use, and have loads of accessories that make sewing more fun. Visit your local dealer to find the exact model that's right for you.


Brother 1034D Serger

Would you like an inexpensive serger that's simple to thread and performs like a workhorse? Of course you would. The Brother 1034D is an unbelievably good value. We've used this serger for years to sew knits and finish edges. It's incredibly reliable. Just check out the amazon reviews! Purchase on Amazon →


Janome 900CPX Coverstitch

This Janome is the latest addition to our studio. There is also a slightly upgraded version for a little more that does a triple coverstitch, but you can do just fine with this little guy too. We've found it easy to use and a great tool to add in if you start getting into knits. Purchase on Amazon →

Free Stuff


The Colette Guide to Sewing Hems

This free ebook covers nearly every hem technique you can think of, from blind hems to hand rolled. It's completely free for you to download when you sign up to our site.


The Sorbetto Top

If you're new to PDF sewing patterns, try the free Sorbetto tank top. This simple shell top has been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times and remains a huge hit!


The Pattern Hack Pack

Sign up and get free downloadable PDF instructions to create new variations on our existing patterns! Make your patterns go farther and get inspired to try something a little different. We'll send you new hacks each time we publish a new one.



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