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Winning Beginnings

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$47.00 AUD

About Course

The easy to understand course for complete beginners. 

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What if you, an absolute beginner, could confidently sew your first garment in just a few days?

You no longer need to feel intimidated by sewing patterns or confused by sewing jargon. With Winning Beginnings, you’ll gain the knowledge and confidence to start your sewing journey.

Tell me if this sounds like you:

  • I want to sew but I’m put off because patterns look complicated
  • I want to learn but I can’t find lessons that fit my schedule
  • I learned how to sew a long time ago but it’s been so long, I don’t feel confident any more
  • I have a sewing machine but I’m too scared to take it out of the box…

What if there were a way to learn at home and in your own time? 

What if someone could explain everything to you in simple, everyday language? 

That’s exactly why I created Winning Beginnings! 

Follow this simple, self-paced course and you will sew your first garment PLUS have the confidence and skills to sew more.

What Does Winning Beginnings Include?

  • 2 adult PDF sewing patterns
  • Ebook
  • 9 video lessons totalling 3 hours of detailed tuition
  • 2 quizes
  • My super cheat sheet

Right now you want to sew but don’t feel confident with:

  1. your machine
  2. sewing language
  3. sewing patterns

With Winning Beginnings you will:

  1. gain confidence using your sewing machine
  2. discover how to speak ‘sewing’
  3. de-mystify sewing patterns in general, and specifically print-at-home pdf sewing patterns
  4. learn how to sew a simple garment using woven fabric

All of this, in your own time and at your own pace.

Who Am I?

I’m Sarah, the designer behind Waves & Wild. I have been designing and selling PDF sewing patterns for over ten years, and before that I was a teacher! So I’m really excited to bring my two passions and skill sets together to teach you about sewing.

I love helping people start their sewing journey. I truly believe anyone can sew, and sew well with the right support.

What Exactly Will You Get?

  1. Sewing Patterns
    You get 2 full PDF sewing patterns for the Do Re Mi PJs. One pattern uses our female/curve fit measurements chart and one uses our male/straight fit measurement chart. These are the exact same patterns that customers can buy in our pattern shop for $14 each. Both patterns go right from XXS – 7XL. Both are designed for woven fabric and both have 3 length options – short, knee length and full length. Whilst they are designed to be PJs, choose the right fabrics and you could have a fabulous pair of lounge pants/trousers/shorts.
  2. Ebook
    This is a printable PDF to accompany the video lessons. This is a great resource to keep and refer back to at any time in the future.
  3. Sarah’s Super Cheat Sheet
    Print this and stick it to the wall behind your machine! It’s a quick guide to needles and stitches ensuring you always know which one to pick.
  4. Video Lessons
    You get nine clear and detailed video lessons to guide you right from threading your machine for the first time to sewing a full garment.
  5. Quizes
    There is a quiz at the end of each module to help reinforce all the information you have just gone through. They are low-stress and can be taken as many times as you need. This course is about you!

Video Lesson Breakdown

Module 1: Learning the Basics
This module lays the foundations for all your future sewing. You’ll learn skills that are full transferable to any pattern. Remember, you don’t need any sewing knowledge to take this course – I start right from the very beginning! The focus is on using light/mid-weight woven fabrics but I do touch on knit/stretch fabrics a little.

  1. Meet Your Machine: Take a guided tour of a sewing machine, learn how to thread your machine and then take your first stitches!
  2. Stitches: Take an in-depth look at the straight and zigzag stitches. Learn when you would use each, how to set your sewing machine up to sew each, and how to change the setting to suit your need.
  3. Needles: Dive into the mysterious world of sewing machine needles. Learn about some of the different types and become confident choosing the correct needle for your project.
  4. Problem Solving: What to do when things don’t quite go to plan. Learn some of the reasons things go wrong and how to easily fix them.
    BONUS VIDEO: For the enthusiastic students looking to make it to the top of the class, this bonus video show you some extra stitch types and another needle type.
    Quiz Time! There is a quiz to help reinforce all the information you’ve just been given. You are encouraged to use your Ebook and cheat sheet to help you. This is not a memory contest!

Module 2: Putting it into Practice
In this module you will put your new skills to use and sew your first garment! I will guide you slowly and clearly through the whole process, from printing your pattern to finishing your first garment.

  1. De-coding Instructions: I take a close look at the instructions file and guide you through all the information in plain, simple language.
  2. Pre-Sewing: Time to get everything ready. I talk fabric choice, preparing your pattern, cutting and more.
  3. Sew Your PJs: In this lesson we actually get down to the job of sewing that first garment. Every step is explained clearly and simply so you can tackle it with confidence.
  4. Level Up! Drawstring and Topstitching: There are some options included in the pattern that are just a little more challenging. Once you’ve sewn your first pair of PJs, this video will guide you through the extra options you can add on your second pair!
    Quiz Time! There is another quiz to help you remember all the skills you have just learned. Take it as many times as you need until you become confident.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need any sewing knowledge to take this course?
A: No! None at all. This course is designed with complete beginners in mind.

Q: What do I need to take this course?
A: You will need a sewing machine. It doesn’t need to be fancy or new, it just needs to work! All the course videos were created using a budget sewing machine to demonstrate the fact that you don’t need a fancy or expensive machine to sew. There is a blog post to help you if you don’t yet have a sewing machine.

You will also need needles, thread, pins, scissors and fabric. You will need a small amount of woven fabric to practice on during module 1, and then woven fabric and elastic for your PJs in module 2. The instructions for your PJs give a full and detailed list of exactly what you will need.

Q: How do I access the course?
A: Once you have purchased the course you will be able to access the course here, on the W&W website, simply go to ‘my account’ then ‘enrolled course’. You can watch it on your computer, tablet or phone. If you’ve bought from W&W before, you will just use your usual login details. If this is your first purchase then an account will be created and a password will be emailed to you. Don’t forget to check your junk mail if you can’t see it!

Q: How long do I have to complete the course?
A: As long as you like!! There are no time constraints on the course at all. You will always have access to it so you can take your time, plus you can refer back to any part at any time in the future. Once you have bought it, that information is always available to you.

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Course Content

Module 1: Learning the Basics

  • Meet your machine
  • Stitches
  • Needles
  • Problem Solving
  • Learning the Basics Quiz
  • BONUS VIDEO: Extra Needle and Stitches

Module 2: Putting it into Practice