Since I like to believe that I will someday be competent enough to reupholster furniture, I signed up for some beginner sewing classes at the Stitching Post located inside Jo Ann Fabrics. The Stitching Post itself is separate from Jo Ann Fabrics -- apparently there for the purpose of moving some VERY expensive Scandinavian sewing machines**-- but it's a great service nonetheless. Our teacher was incredibly patient despite my extraordinarily poor sewing skills -- sewing in a straight line is a LOT harder than it looks. And now I have a new pair of PJ bottoms that I made all by myself!
**Note: don't buy those sewing machines unless you are very into sewing or very rich. They are great quality but are actually made by the same manufacturer who makes the Janomes for Sears and Brothers at Wal Mart -- for a MUCH cheaper price.