Installing nvm

FreeSewing is built with Node.js, a JavaScript runtime.

You’ll need to install Node.js on your system, and to do so, we’ll use nvm, short for Node Version Manager.

Using nvm has a number of benefits in comparison with installing Node.js from the Node.js website, or from a package that came with macOS.

  • You can easily switch between different Node.js versions
  • Everything gets installed in your home folder, avoiding permission problems

To setup nvm, follow the install instructions in the nvm README.

After the installation, try running the following command:

Bash prompt

If all goes well, it should show you the nvm help.


If you get nvm: command not found or something similar, close the current terminal window, and open a new one. Now nvm should be found.