When you are just getting started, these are the most important things you want to learn - threading your machine, winding and loading your bobbin, selecting your stitch, managing tensions and changing your presser feet. Check out these YouTube videos from Baby Lock to get you started:
Once you have mastered the basics, check out these videos to learn additional sewing techniques on your Baby Lock Zest:
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Learning in the Classroom
Now that you know the basics of your machine, it's time to get stitching! Projects led by an instructor with a group can help you continue to learn how to get the most out of your new sewing machine. At our sister store - Urban Spools Sewing Lounge - we offer classes to grow your skills, be inspired and find a community of sewists. Here are classes we recommend to help you get started on your sewing journey:
Intro to Sewing Learn the basics about using a sewing machine from threading, supplies, seams, and sewing straight lines. This class builds a foundation that will take your sewing where ever you want to go!
Intro to Sewing 2.0 Are you looking for beginner projects to complete using your new sewing skills? This class will focus on sewing projects designed for sewists with less than 5 hrs of experience on a sewing machine.
Intro to Quilting, Level 1 This two class series covers all the essentials of quilting from fabric selection, rotary cutting, and piecing. Create a small quilt top perfectly sized for a play quilt, baby gift or wall hanging.
Intro to Garment Sewing Learn the basics of garment sewing from taking size measurements, garment sewing tools and materials, and how to read a garment patterns to give you the confidence and skills to start sewing garments!
Pinot & Patchwork Join us for a relaxing evening as we create a simple project over fine wine and fine company. Everything is included in the price - all you have to do is show up, enjoy the hospitality and have fun creating a fun sewing project guided step-by-step by the instructor.