Giveaway: Essential Sewing E-Course by Whipstitch

Whipstitch is a longtime friend and sponsor of True Up. Owner Deborah Moebes started out on Etsy, branched into a brick & mortar fabric store and sewing studio in Atlanta, GA, and recently authored the book Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew, One Project at a Time. She’s a very experienced sewing teacher, and you don’t have to live in Atlanta to be her student!

Deborah has been offering e-courses for the past several months, and her Essential Sewing class starts this Monday, perfect for those of you who got a sewing machine for a holiday gift but don’t yet know how to use it. Well procrastinate no more! Deborah is giving away one spot to a True Up reader this weekend!

All the e-courses are a combination of blog posts, PDF downloads, video, audio, and chat. The online portions are best attended in real time but don’t have to be. Everything you need to know about time commitment, supplies, and everything else is in this FAQ.

Just leave a comment on this post about why you’d like to take Essential Sewing, and I’ll pick a winner randomly early Monday morning. Good luck, and thanks to Deborah for the giveaway!

P.S. Our Tanya Whelan giveaway also ends Monday, enter here.


  1. Tracy says:

    Very nice! I would LOVE to win. Fingers crossed (:

  2. Anna Mae Jones says:

    I would like to take this course so that I can regain some of the skills I have lost by not sewing much in the recent past. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  3. Laura Reid says:

    I got a new sewing machine for Christmas. I got it threaded but now I’m not sure what to do next! This e-course would give me much needed direction & instruction!

  4. Pam Hunter says:

    Returning to sewing and I would love, love, love to participate in the e-course. Looking to perfect my skills.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win … good luck to all!

  5. Wendy Ramos says:

    Winning would be awesome! Thanks for the shot,

  6. Linda says:

    I would love to win this as a gift for my daughter!!!

  7. Sewing princess says:

    I would love to learn new techniques and tips, and meet virtually other seamstresses
    Thanks for the generous offer

  8. Gillian says:

    I’m desperately in need of basic skills and advice, so that I can move from novice to intermediate! It would be a joy to join the course!

  9. Jana says:

    I have been trying to sew a little at a time (unfortunately never spent the time to learn from my mom growing up & she doesn’t sew much anymore). However, my attempts have been thwarted at pattern reading. I would love to take this course!!!

  10. Kim says:

    Would love this . . . have some sewing ability . . . but no courses and spotting basics!

  11. Jennifer Chick-Gray says:

    Wow, what a great opportunity. I taught myself to sew 3 years ago. There are lots of techniques that I don’t know. This class would definately fill those holes :)

  12. toni-anne says:

    Lack of confidence or something is getting in the way of getting out those big ideas of things I would like to make but really don’t have the skills and know I would very much benefit from a course. I also know I do well when I have some-one to guide me, going on the past courses I have taken, it is the support and direction that is so essential to me getting “it” and once gotten don’t look back. I’d love to get these wheels of mine turning again, thank-you.

  13. mo says:

    I’m entirely self-taught so I am sure that I could use a class to learn how to do things the *real* way!

  14. Jenni says:

    Ive been sewing for years, but Deborah is such a good teacher, I know I’d learn tons and refine my skills!

  15. Really Mealy says:

    This is such a great opportunity! I’ve had my sewing machine for 6 months and would love to learn how to move beyond straight lines. I have been collecting books here and there, but find it all quite daunting. Keeping my fingers crossed :) !

  16. love books on sewing… full of new inspiration.

  17. Amy says:

    I would love to take this course. Thanks for the chance!

  18. Krista says:

    I would love to win this. I want to make a t-shirt quilt and curtains, but just got a sewing machine for Christmas and no skills to start the projects. So glad I learned about your site!!

  19. Cindi Gay says:

    I actually have the free time during this time frame! I’d love to win.

  20. annmadeinbrooklyn says:

    would LOVE to win this! my sewing skills need A LOT of work–this looks like the perfect way to get back on track!

  21. Jacqueline says:

    I learned a lot of my sewing skills piecemeal. I’d love a chance to really solidify my skills and gather new techniques that I may have missed.

  22. Ashley says:

    I do a lot of sewing but only know how to make a few things! This course would give me techniques and experience doing something outside of my comfort zone. Great giveaway!

  23. Laurie Landry says:

    I just got a sewing machine for Christmas and would love to win! My desire to create definitley does not match my skill level at this point!

  24. Kelly says:

    Well, I’m attempting to teach myself how to sew with Deborah’s book. Last night I attempted the bias tape project and I sewed something together I shouldn’t have! I need help! Would love to win the class. :) Thanks!

  25. Lucy B says:

    Hi there,

    I’ve just started sewing again (haven’t touched fabric since high school) with two other friends. We are doing well but there is definitely room for improvement and I’m sure I’d be able to share some helpful tips with them by taking a course!!



  26. Lisa R says:

    New sewing machine in hand and a load of beautiful fabric on my desk….now all I need is the skill!

    To minimize my huge clothing addiction A friend and I are embarking on a create and wear project for 2012. We have a month to create an item of clothing and then on the last day of the month we will wear these items. I know I will improve over the months but some specialist help would be much appreciated.


  27. Connie De Grandis says:

    I would love to win this because although I’ve been sewing for a couple of years I don’t have any REAL formal training. I’d also use this course as an excuse to go to ATL and be able to shop for fabric at their brick and mortar store by telling my hubby that I really neeeeeed to meet my teacher! ;)

  28. Kelli says:

    Deborahy is so great and I would love to take her e-class since I’m 5 1/2 hours away from the shop.

  29. Laurie says:

    This would be a wonderful class! I am crossing my fingers for a little “happy birthday present to me” on Monday :) Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  30. Helen says:

    I’d love to have the opportunity to do the course as I am tied to home

  31. Helen says:

    I’d love to have the opportunity to do the online course as I am tied to home so can’t get out to attend – and I really need some mentoring- wanting to learn to sew causes me bunny in headlights syndrome! Here’s hopeing!

  32. Munaiba says:

    I usually hand stitch but I really would like to gain control of my machine and I think this ecourse would be great.

  33. Mary P says:

    Although I’ve been sewing for 20 years, mostly I’ve done quilts so I have very little skills outside of that. This class would be awesome to expand my skills.

  34. Bekah says:

    My sister and I taught ourselves to sew, and it was quite comical at times. I would love to take this class to see all the ways I can improve what I now love to do.

  35. SLS says:

    Well, I need to learn some of the formal stuff. Everything I know I taught myself. Pick me :)

  36. Michelle says:

    I want to be more confident about my sewing skills before I start more advanced projects.

  37. Tiffany W says:

    I have been interested in Whipstitch e-courses for a while. I would to attend one.

  38. Michelle Pomfrey says:

    I would love to win this because I love to sew and I would love to learn from experts some ways to perfect my techniques.

  39. Ellen Cowell says:

    Wow. What a giveaway. I would love to win as I have every intention of sewing but often jump to projects too advanced and get stalled out. Having a solid foundation and the momentum to keep going in a group format would be awesome!

  40. Christy says:

    This is an swesome prize! I would love to win – my husband and I are about to buy our first house, so we’re saving EVERY penny (which means I can’t do fun things like sign up for online sewing courses).

    Thanks for the chance – and good luck to everyone! :)

  41. Mary says:

    This is awesome! I’ve seen thenook on Amazon and been totally intrigued by it.

  42. Valery says:

    I would love to win. I was recently laid off from my job that I had for the past 12 years the week before Christmas. Since then, I’ve been trying to figure out what direction to take in life and have been toying around with the idea of starting a home based business, so my husband and I could try to start a family together and allow me to be home to take care of our baby. I live in Georgia and looked into signing up for classes at Whipstitch, but unfortunately they’re all booked up until March. I have a lot of ideas on things to create and have always been a hand sewer and would love to learn how to use a machine properly, so I could get started on trying out some of these ideas. Thanks for the consideration!

  43. Rebecca says:

    Ooh, I’ve just caught the sewing bug so this would be fantastic. Thanks very much for the chance to win. xxx