I have large, round hips, a tiny waist and a large bust. Finding clothing that fits me well and suits my personality is sometimes difficult. This is one of the main reasons I decided to learn how to sew – and that’s where Craftsy comes in.

Craftsy is a very cute website offering classes in sewing, food craft, jewelry making, quilting, knitting, crochet, home & garden, cake decorating, paper crafts and more. Classes come with HD video lessons that guide you every step, supply lists and patterns. If you plan to jump into the Craftsy site, I’d like to offer some tips before doing so.

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  1. Sign up for Craftsy’s e-newsletter. That way, you’ll know when classes are on sale and when a new class is released. Craftsy classes range in price, but saving a few bucks is always a good thing. You also get to see their featured patterns and projects, supply shop sales and more. And Craftsy is pretty good at only sending you classes that they think you will be interested in taking. (For instance, since I’ve signed up for so many sewing classes, they don’t bother telling me when a new knitting project is available.)
  2. If you’re not sure if you’ll like how Craftsy works, sign up for some free classes. The only differences between the free classes and paid ones are: 1) you can’t ask the instructor questions, but you can get help from other students. 2) they’re shorter in length. Click here to see what free classes Craftsy has to offer.
  3. Stay within your skill level. I jumped ahead and bought a bunch of classes that I was interested in, but wasn’t nearly ready for. I’m not sure about all categories, but I know Sewing offers a beginner class that teaches a lot of sewing basics. This will make it easier to transition to some of the more challenging projects. Novice classes also have a green “Great for Beginners” badge on them on the Classes pages. (One of the beginner sewing classes is called Sewing Studio and is instructed by the charming and silly Diana Rupp.)
  4. Use the Wish List function to save items you are interested in. This took me too long to learn. Wish list = good. This way, you can probably get away with buying classes only when they’re on sale and when your skill level is up to the challenge.
  5. Ask the instructor! Don’t be afraid to add a question using the in-class platform, or contact an instructor before signing up to get a better feel for what the class might entail. The video preview featured on every class page will usually give you a pretty good idea what you will cover.
  6. Watch the full class before starting your project. Maybe even before you go buy your supplies. There might be items featured in the class that the instructor uses for convenience that you might want to pick up too. And if the class includes doing a toile (also known as a muslin), you’re better off doing it. The instructor is taking the time to teach you how to do it for a reason.
  7. If you have an iPad or iPhone, get the Craftsy app. My fabric cutting table is my kitchen table while my sewing machine is in my bedroom besides my computer. I love having the Craftsy app on my iPad because it lets me follow along while away from my computer.

With classes of so many different kinds and skill levels, you’ll be sure to find one that’s right for you. So, what will YOU learn today? If you’re a Craftsy member, I’d love to know what classes you’ve taken and enjoyed!

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Jillianne Hamilton is an author, crafter, hobby addict, history enthusiast and graphic designer in Charlottetown, PEI on Canada's beautiful east coast. Her debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, was shortlisted for the Prince Edward Island Book Award in 2016. Her fourth book, The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII, will be published in 2018.

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Hi, I'm Jill! I'm an author, a Lazy Historian, a web/graphic designer, a bookworm and a hobby addict. I live in Charlottetown on Canada's beautiful east coast. Learn more.

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