Introduction: Where to Sew From Here

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Congratulations! You just learned how to sew! I hope the skills and techniques I've covered in this class have helped you understand the basic concepts behind working with a sewing machine, and let you practice them in a fun and engaging way. Of course, if you ever have any questions, feel free to ask them.

If you've made it this far, you're probably ready for some more advanced projects or at least itching to practice your skills.

One easy way to do this is to just try creating more variations of the projects we've already made. Combine techniques, alter sizes, add new details, or sew with different fabrics. Experimenting in these realms will help you understand and master the essential skills we've learned and think creatively about how to put them together. Design is really a combinatory skill, and is mostly about finding unique ways to put old ideas together so they seem new. If you find some awesome inspiration from an Instructables project, post an "I Made It" to show the author how you've made their idea your own!

Since we've started learning how to follow sewing patterns, you could also try picking out a few of those to follow. Sewing from patterns is a great way to advance your sewing skills and start to understand garment design. There are tons of great patterns to choose from, so check out my list in the Encyclopedia section for some pattern company suggestions.

Of course, one of the best places to look for inspiration for new sewing projects is right here on Instructables! You'll find all kinds of projects here (especially in our Sewing, Fashion, Decorating, and Costume categories), from extremely basic to quite advanced. I've created a collection of some of my favorites which you'll find at the bottom of the class page. I've organized them from basic projects through more advanced ones and included some at the end that will introduce you to new skills. So go forth and sew! And when you come up with your own unique projects, post them as Instructables and enter them in our awesome contests so you can win sweet prizes and we can all see just how much you've learned :)

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