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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!


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    Jan 25, 2011, 07.52 PMby blist

    My first sewing project was a black and white poka dot drawstring bag to put all of my notions in. I was about 10 years old.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 07.50 PMby brendajeannie

    My first project was a handkerchief blouse in grade 7 home economics – it was orange and white gingham check with some awful lace trim around the edges!!!

    I’ve improved since then!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 07.49 PMby fosteretalk

    My first project was a dress. It was made from some material given to us by someone. It was a hidious shade of green with awning stripes. I loved that dress.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 07.48 PMby DixieQueen

    My first sewing project was a poodle skirt. :)

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    Jan 25, 2011, 07.48 PMby mrelia

    When I was about 10, I found instructions for making draw-string bags in an old Girl Scout manual. I made many, many, many drawstring bags from scrap fabric that summer. Then I realized that I didn’t need that many little bags and I tore them all apart to reuse the fabric in a quilt.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 07.48 PMby amybean

    My first sewing project was in 7th grade. All the girls made sleeveless jumpers- side seams, to the knee, and you had a choice of neckline: V-neck, square or round. I was VERY excited about the V-neck, and my choice of fabric: a green and yellow denim. The year was 1970. It didn’t come out very good, but I wore it anyway. Look at me now, Ma!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 07.44 PMby courtneylaura

    My first project was a dress. I got the idea from Gossip Girl. I altered a pattern to recreate the backless dresses that Blair and Serena wear in Season one. Ever since then I’ve been hooked! :):)

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    Jan 25, 2011, 07.42 PMby lelin

    Hello my first project was a little sheep made with a towel, the result was pretty and funny…

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    Jan 25, 2011, 07.41 PMby megrenner

    My first sewing project was a bikini when I was 10. I didn’t actually sew anything I just cut out the pieces and tied them together with ribbon. After that it was an apron

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    Jan 25, 2011, 07.41 PMby mombr4

    I think my first sewing project was many years ago when I was in high school, in my sewing class I made an apron

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    Jan 25, 2011, 07.41 PMby wzrdreams

    My first sewing project was a doll quilt that I made with my grandmother’s guidence. She taught me how to cut fabric, sew with a maching, and press and match seams. I still have the quilt and sewing is a major part of my life now.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 07.41 PMby ibeno64

    My first sewing project was a pair of trousers, wich I made with the help from a teacher in an after school sewing class.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 07.40 PMby vmhutchinson

    If I’m not mistaken, my very first sewing project was in Home Economics class. We made an apron, and we had to also do some cross-stitching on it. It was made out of yellow & white gingham fabric. I cross-stitched an apple on the pocket and did some cross-stitiching across the bottom. I believe my mother still has the apron. It’s got to be 40 years old by now.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 07.38 PMby longishhair

    skirts and a top for my, and the other barbie dolls of the girls who lived in our apartment complex!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 07.34 PMby pojeda

    My first sewing project was a long skirt made with paisley material for a home economics class back in high school. Sure wish they were still teaching home economics in school.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 07.31 PMby ladyq

    My mother had me hemming handkerchiefs, tea towels, and table lines years before my 4-H projects began. She taught me to make very regular stitches… and gave me a ‘press as you go’ attitude that really helped through the years.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 07.04 PMby honolulukelly

    My first sewing project was a skirt when I was 9 or 10 years old. It was a short, tulip skirt made out of cotton fabric.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 06.50 PMby mirela

    My first sewing project was for a doll, a pink circle skirt sewn on a toy sewing machine with a hand wheel.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 06.42 PMby jsanga

    I made an apron haha

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    Jan 25, 2011, 06.15 PMby allychanchan

    My first sewing project was in high school with this amazing teacher. She had us work on our straight stitch by making strips for quilts that we would donate to the local homeless and battered women shelters. She also picked me to work on a stadium quilt with her that we later auctioned off to raise money for a local charity. She actually pasted away this last year from a long battle with cancer. She is truly missed and never forgotten.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 06.13 PMby rachelhead

    My first sewing project was an assymetrical jumper dress. ha. reaching for the stars, I tell you.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 06.09 PMby elisabethdavis

    My first sewing project was a fleece vest for my husband. It sat unfinished in the closet for 5 years! I learned to sew curtains and purses and PJ pants. Then, went back and just finished his vest!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 06.02 PMby leannero

    It was Easter Sunday when I was around the age of 10, I made flannel stuffed teddy bears for my brother and cousins. Sooo cute.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 05.54 PMby bluefish

    My first project was a group project. I was helping my best friend put a Halloween costume together at the last minute for a competition. I had no sewing experience, but studied design, and fascinated with garment construction. He gave me a quick tutorial of how his sewing machine and serger works and started making laced box-pleated sleeves for his puss-n-boots costume shirt. It was a lot of construction work as the sleeves were comprised of strips of 2 different colored fabrics serged together as larger piece of fabric, trimmed to pattern, and then pleated and pressed by hand. It was very time consuming, but got me addicted to sewing. Him winning first prize also gave me the encouragement to continue on with my new interest in sewing.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 05.42 PMby vintagegal

    my first sewing project was an A-line jumper, when I was eight years old. It was a red cotton apple print, and had a back zipper. Pretty ambitious! I made it on my mom’s old sewing machine, that never did work right! Can’t remember ever wearing it, but I am sure I did.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 05.38 PMby rifka

    My first sewing project was a little western shirt for my youngest son. I used a vintage sewing pattern and made a few versions of that same pattern before moving on. It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a little inspiration and what better than the love for your son. He’s just outgrowing the last of those shirts now, four years later. I’ll have to see if I can track down a larger version that pattern.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 05.36 PMby mal

    My first sewing project was a black and white cotton skirt with a side zip. I learned how to make this in a sewing class. I was so worried about doing something wrong to my first sewing machine that I brought it in still all packaged up in the box that it came in!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 05.24 PMby sarahjanesews

    My first project was very recently – I made a dark blue apron for my boyfriend with a flannel pocket and an applique of a tie in the same flannel. It was for a pizza making class we took together and he loved it!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 05.14 PMby heyboo

    I learned to sew by stitching around the edges of upholstery samples that my dad brought home from our family’s furniture store. If I sewed together 3 sides it was a purse and if I sewed together all 4 edges it was a pillow. I was about 5 years old!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 04.35 PMby ersatzimage

    My first sewing project was a stuffed toy rooster made out of felt. I was 8yrs old.

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