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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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    Jan 25, 2011, 04.10 AMby manati

    My first sewing project was a dress that I made for my girl 1st birthday. I had no idea what I was doing so I picked a very easy pattern from the store. When I was done I realized I had made a top in a size 4 which work great like a dress for a 1 yr old. hehe

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    Jan 25, 2011, 03.55 AMby kimprevost

    My first sewing project was a Wizard of Oz Dorothy dress. One for me when I was about 8 or 9 and a matching outfit for my American Girl doll. My grandma loves to sew she taught me how to do it and made me sew 99.9% of it lol We actually entered in into the Del Mar Fair and got a first place prize for it!! Its why I still love sewing so much now and I can’t wait to teach my daughter!! :)

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    Jan 25, 2011, 03.47 AMby fabled

    My first sewing project was an afghan quilt. My mum had signed me up for a sewing class (probably to spare herself the hazard of teaching me) in the sixth grade. It was yellow and blue with stars, moons and perry-points. I still have it. _

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    Jan 25, 2011, 03.33 AMby kallers

    My first project as a born-again sewist was a skirt made out of an antique lace pillowcase.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 03.26 AMby snowpants

    My first sewing project was a little bean bag frog that I hand stitched and filled with rice!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 03.08 AMby Amelia Blakeman

    My first sewing project was a turtle pin cushion made of felt and filled with beans! All hand sewn with little button eyes. I think I was 8?

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    Jan 25, 2011, 02.56 AMby Purplerachel

    When I was 4 years old, my Sunday School had a Thanksgiving celebration, there was a certain activity that I wanted to participate in but to do it I first had to sew a pilgrim bonnet. That didn’t sound like to much fun to me, but I was forced to make it. After sewing all the seams, including the opening edge I was convinced that sewing wasn’t my thing. My view of sewing has certainly changed since those early days.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 02.42 AMby chillwear

    I will never forget my first sewing project, we had to make a tote bag, not my idea of a creative first project. It was my first sewing class ever at the dept store JC Penney, back when they carried fabric and held classes.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 02.40 AMby jirey

    my first sewing project was my junior high school’s skirt uniform. it was bigger than my size, and i needed to fix it in many places.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 02.19 AMby darbyscloset

    My first sewing project was a purse made out of an old pair of jeans. Well okay that was my first fave sewing project, my first project was a red and white checked nightgown. Darby darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

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    Jan 25, 2011, 02.17 AMby sunbeachsurf

    When I was about 17, my mom taught me the basics and we made a skirt and matching headscarf. They were a great Hawaiian print!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 02.14 AMby jack-murley

    My first sewing project was an olive green satchel.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 02.06 AMby Natalia *

    My first sewing project was royal blue fleece baby bunting for my newborn nephew. One of the first steps was to insert the zipper and having not yet discovered the zipper foot, it turned out quite horribly. But I learned alot from the project.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 01.47 AMby moon0014

    A tote bag…made from outdoor canvas so I could use it on my little boat. Still have it!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 01.45 AMby cambra

    My first sewing project was barbie clothes haha. My first wearable project was a plaid pencil skirt with a kick pleat when I was 15.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 01.36 AMby hyunjoo

    First project … hand sewed a cow (with milk glass in hand) pillow in home economics 17 years ago with ms nadeau :) memories :) … my other “first” project from last year was my holiday ruffle neckline dress :)

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    Jan 25, 2011, 01.34 AMby ellenjane

    I think my first “sewing” project was doll clothes. But my first “grown-up” sewing was in high school home economics class, and I think it was a straight wool skirt, lined. Wish I had it now, cause I’m the same size I was then, almost 50 years ago!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 01.27 AMby sewsusan

    I believe it was a jumper…oh so long ago!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 01.20 AMby threadsquare

    The first I actually remember was one of those pillow kits they served up in grade school or junior high. I chose a whale, and hand-stitched three little fish to his side that were supposed to be swimming along with him. But my mom had me cutting up scraps and stitching them together long before that…I just can’t remember the end results!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 01.19 AMby Diah Lestari

    My first sewing project was a skirt. It was made in sewing class when I was in junior high. But I think even earlier project was a simple pencil case I made myself when I was in elementary. Nothing curvy, only rectangle with a line of lace and button to cover it.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 01.04 AMby sigrid02

    My first sewing project was when I first got my sewing machine and had no idea how to use it, so the top that i tried to make had wonky seams and i don’t think that i had the measurements right because it didn’t fit at all.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 01.00 AMby Kim Campos

    My first sewing project was a Snow White quilt. My Mom started my sister and I sewing as children.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 12.59 AMby wodnesdaeg

    I remember making doll clothes as a child and using my mother’s sewing machine to patch jeans. The first complete adult sewing project I can remember was a tropical print sundress. It didn’t come out but one of the shoulder ties was definitely wonky.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 12.59 AMby Crystal Henson

    My first sewing project was a pillow for my doll. 20 years later I’ve been sewing again. My first “adult” sewing project was a plastic bag holder.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 12.51 AMby lauramae

    My first sewing project was hand embroidery – a counted cross stitch kit. My first experience with a sewing machine was not until high school. A couple of friends and I made our own Sense and Sensibility-styled dresses for a drama class project, and then went as characters from the book for Halloween. I haven’t been able to stop sewing since!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 12.37 AMby koh

    My first project was a denim pencil case with 3 zipped sections I designed when I was about 11.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 12.36 AMby 1margaret

    My First sewing project was a doll back in 1964. The various steps taught me to have patience that I didn’t know that I had! It was so much fun. I was hooked on sewing and have been ever since. Sewing is my favorite hobby. I have an old Singer. The reverse doesn’t work. I just turn the material and keep on sewing!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 12.11 AMby makurochan

    my first sewing project was some clothes for a china doll that my grandmother gave me when i was around 5 or 6. my mom taught me how to hand sew so i could make all kinds of pretty little things for the doll _

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    Jan 25, 2011, 12.09 AMby Georgia Fogle

    My grandmother taught me how to sew, and our first project was a square pillow. I was so proud, and so was she. =)

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    Jan 24, 2011, 11.59 PMby elisabetsy

    I made several things with the help of my mom when I was young, but in about 1985 (6th grade?), the first thing I made all by myself was a full circle skirt out of a lovely watermelon-pink fake linen-look material. I remember how carefully I followed the pattern instructions and how much fun it was to wear when I was finished!

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