Chica and Jo
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Chica and Jo



Sewing 101: Lesson 1 — Finding your way around the machine

by: Jo

Remember back in September when I promised to share with you tutorials for learning to sew?  Well, here it is!  I promise, the rest of the videos in this series won’t take nearly so long!  This first video has been delayed quite a bit from my need to refresh what few video editing skills I possessed.  We decided to start out with just a basic overview of the sewing machine and its parts.  Next time, we will get into sewing a basic line.  How exciting!

Sewing 101: Lesson 1 — Finding your way around the machine


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8 comments so far:

  • 1
    Alex 10/20/2009 at 3:59 pm

    Hahahha, you guys are really funny :)
    The video is very useful though, I have no idea where to start with a sewing machine but now I’m willing to try!

  • 2
    Jo 10/21/2009 at 11:06 am

    Alex, good luck getting to know your machine! It really isn’t quite as scary as I originally thought. I am excited about our next lesson that involves actual sewing. If I can just learn to keep things going in a straight line!

  • 3
    Rachel 10/21/2009 at 4:45 pm

    This is awesome! I love the intro. =) I’m so excited about this series, people are going to LOVE this, you guys are awesome!

  • 4
    Jo 10/21/2009 at 4:58 pm

    Rachel, thanks for the support! We had a lot of fun doing the video even though we obviously ran into a few bumps along the way. You should have seen the unedited footage!

  • 5
    amanda 10/22/2009 at 12:08 am

    thanks so much i need to see this…i havent been able to figure out my machine

  • 6
    Anne 10/23/2009 at 9:10 am

    This is a great video!! Many people are afraid of a sewing machine because of all the moving parts and dials and such, but this helps them “make friends” with their machines.

    I posted a link to your video on Craft Gossip Sewing.

  • 7
    Jo 10/23/2009 at 9:26 am

    Anne, thanks so much for sharing our video on your site! Thanks to Chica, the machine is a little less scary to me now.

  • 8
    Dee 10/24/2009 at 4:25 am

    Great video! I have used my machine, but every time i do i have my manual beside me. I always seem to mess something up, this will help me understand my machine alot more.
    ty for this … I won’t be as afraid of mine as i have been in the past, that upper tension thing has had me baffled…. i think my machine isn’t labeled either… good tips.. thanks again!

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