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Each month Singer Sewing Company hosts a sewing class for the employees at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (aren’t they lucky!). For our third installment of SEWING MADE EASY™ how-to video series, one of those employees, Jamila Jordan, joins Martha to show off how to make a super cute reversible purse using the SINGER® Curvy™ sewing machine. The template and instructions for this adorable bag are available here so you can whip up your own version at home!


For your chance to win a SINGER® Home Essentials™ SteamWorks™ Pro Iron, let us know in the comments below: what was your first sewing project? And don’t forget to comment to win on videos from the last two weeks here and here! You have until 9am on Monday, January 31st to get those comments in!

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    Feb 28, 2011, 02.30 AMby msvaughn

    Thank you so much for picking me as your winner! However, I have still not received the Singer Steamworks Pro. It has been weeks since this contest ended and it seems odd that the winning prize would not have been received by now. I do hope you will check on this and get back to me.

    Gratefully – Susan

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    Feb 3, 2011, 09.49 PMby essential14r

    My first sewing project was when I was 8 yrs old. My sister and I layed our material out and traced ourselves to make pants. Shockingly they didn’t turn out lol!

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    Feb 2, 2011, 11.56 AMby verdefosforescent

    My first sewing project (2 years ago) was a reversyble grocery bag. I made two pieces in one day, and i loved doing them so mutch that after 2 weeks i was the proud owner of 16 bags.Now all my friends have sexy bags to put their vegetable in.And me, i’m still sewing and still loving it.

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    Feb 2, 2011, 12.55 AMby alexiz

    My first sewing project was a wallet, because mine had broke. Ever since then I’ve just been attached to it and sewing non stop! (:

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    Feb 1, 2011, 11.08 PMby peacenluv78

    my first sewing project…i was 14 and took an old pair of denim bell bottoms with sailor front pockets which were badly worn around the bottom leg opening and cut / sewed them into a very cool denim skirt!

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    Feb 1, 2011, 08.28 AMby mirjanam2

    My first sewing project was a small heart pillow with a flounce of lace – it was so cute and I loved it so much. It’s still in my parents house and my kids are playing with it…

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    Jan 31, 2011, 12.55 PMby lauriekg

    I remember cutting apart my knee socks and making them into socks for my dolls when I was about 9. Then I made an absolutely horrible doll dress for the dolly derby in Girl Scouts.

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    Jan 31, 2011, 06.16 AMby ruth-zehntner

    My first project was a purse.

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    Jan 31, 2011, 05.01 AMby tnjen

    My first sewing project was sewing doggie clothes for my grandmother’s daschund Pokey — Lord how I loved that goofy little dog! I used to spend summer days with granny Jane and we got into all kinds of trouble together, often at her encouragement! With my brother too old for babysitting, it was the only time I didn’t have to vie for anyone’s attention or share it with other kids and I loved every minute of getting to be (for once) the center of total attention.

    I came up with the doggie clothing patterns for Pokey all by myself and granny Jane, of course, had to thread the machine and show me how to work it. The machine itself was an old Singer foot pump one where you had to pump the pedal to make it work (I think she was afraid to turn me loose on anything electric!). I remember granny J was amazed that I’d managed to get this particular machine to work by working the foot pedals exactly backwards and sewn my whole project that way. I don’t remember how the clothes turned out – other than that to a kid they resemble the basic shirt shape that I was going for.

    Poor Pokey was a trooper in letting me dress him up in my ‘designs.’ That summer is to this day the one that has the most memories of me and Granny J. I admit I’m sitting here getting a little misty eyed thinking about how much I miss her. When she passed away I tried (with no luck) to get that old Singer (I’d have given anything) but it had been promised to a longtime sewer back before I took up sewing as an adult.

    I DID get another old Singer she had this one the electric one that she’d kept me away from as a child and it was the one I used as an adult to get back into sewing. I still treasure it along with the memories from that time and the gift of a new hobby that helps me remember her and the good times we had.

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    Jan 31, 2011, 02.58 AMby xiaowumei

    My first sewing project was a rag doll. I wanted one just like Laura Ingalls had in “Little House in the Big Woods”. My daughters still play with that doll.

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    Jan 31, 2011, 12.22 AMby sewedup2

    My first sewing projects were a gym bag with drawstrings and a jumpsuit in jr. high school and I’ve been sewing ever since 30 plus years.

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    Jan 30, 2011, 10.49 PMby deliab

    My first sewing project was a simple elastic waist skirt when I was 8. I took a sewing class and ever since then I haven’t been able to stop!

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    Jan 30, 2011, 08.42 PMby vbugge

    The first project I completed was a cotton skirt when I was 7 years old, I have loved sewing ever since.

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    Jan 30, 2011, 08.08 PMby lwood

    I remember hand-sewing doll clothes and things for my dog when I was in grade school, but the first time to use a pattern was probably in home-ec class in 8th grade (1975) and I made a backpack which my sister still owns.

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    Jan 30, 2011, 06.53 PMby applik

    I believe it was doll clothes!

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    Jan 30, 2011, 06.50 PMby alana23

    My first project was curtains… a great way to master straight seams! Then my first wearable project was a skirt.

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    Jan 30, 2011, 06.23 PMby RetroDivaSSC

    I am currently embarking on my first sewing project! I am resizing a vintage Butterick pattern no. 6063 . Definitely a learning experience.

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    Jan 30, 2011, 05.16 PMby leonx

    my first clothes sowing project was i made a skirt and tshirt in year six

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    Jan 30, 2011, 02.42 PMby Lucia Rusnáková Domorádová

    I am begginer so my very first project was cushion for wedding ring for my friend. It was very nice.

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    Jan 30, 2011, 10.13 AMby benbrae

    My first sewing teacher was my aunt who took on the task of teaching me to sew one summer about 50 years ago. We decided on a lavendar cotton blouse with set in sleeves and peter pan collar. It took weeks but it was only years later that I realized that in one piece of work, I had learned hundreds of skills. And they were skills that I have continued to use (and hopefully improve upon) for myself, my husband, my children and now my 5 grandchildren. The blouse is long gone but I can still see it so clearly in my mind and hear my aunt admonishing me to rip out seams that were not done to her standard. “If it’s worth doing it’s worth doing properly. Rip it out and do it again”. The gifts she taught applied not just to sewing but I cherish every one and am so delighted to see that sewing is once again enjoying a happy enthusiasm. Thanks for helping with that. — Judi

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    Jan 30, 2011, 06.49 AMby 5294sandras

    My first sewing project was a pair of PJ pants. I used the free Simplicity 0501 pattern which was the first time that I had to put a pattern together. It took some time – but I got a hang of it and was ablae to use it. The pattern waseasy to follw and I have used it many times to make pants for myself as well as for my family members.

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    Jan 30, 2011, 04.16 AMby alexandraa

    My first sewing project with a Singer was to adjust my pretty indian dress I got from my fiance but my very first sewing project was my dancing clothes I made by hand with a lot of tiny accessories.

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    Jan 30, 2011, 03.36 AMby sunintheclouds

    My first was a hideous pea green tie for my dad as a father’s day present. As if the color wasn’t terrible enough I also ironed on donald ducks nephews huey, duey and louie. Hey I was only 10 years old. Dad says he used to wear it to court.

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    Jan 30, 2011, 03.12 AMby scandium

    A sundress made out of fish fabric! I started it when I was 8, lost interest entirely and finally completed it when I was 18.

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    Jan 30, 2011, 01.09 AMby shorne89

    my very first sewing project was making a sash for girl scouts. Even though you can buy them, I decided to make one and earn the sewing badge at the same time!

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    Jan 29, 2011, 11.32 PMby cyanste

    My first sewing project was a pair of pj pants in home ec!

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    Jan 29, 2011, 09.29 PMby daiyami

    My first sewing project was a zippered bag we learned to make in class (the Bernina Seams Inside-Out bag). After that I moved onto pillowcases, and the first real project was a half-circle skirt.

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    Jan 29, 2011, 06.44 PMby sbergeron00

    Oh My goodness! My first sewing project was a Granny Skirt for my little sister in 1972. a rectangle of fabric with 3 inch wide elastic stretched and sewn to the long edge to gather the skirt then sewn together down the short ends and hemmed. I was 7 years old. I still remember that burnt orange fabric and brown wide elastic!

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    Jan 29, 2011, 05.25 PMby Christi Woglemuth

    I think my first sewing project was a quilt for my little sister that i made with my older sister. I made it for her for Christmas

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    Jan 29, 2011, 04.27 PMby rachelnicole

    my first sewing project was a dress… empire waist, pleated top, with puffy sleeves in red satin. Needless to say there were MANY things that my Mom had to help me fix after the first attempt. But I won’t forget anytime soon that wonderful memory of trial and error, while Breakfast at Tiffany’s played in the background, all the frustration, the time & learning skills with my Mom, and the joy of a completed project.

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