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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 29, 2011, 04.22 PMby Carrie Wilson

    My first project was a hat, a kind of hippy look, circa 1974/75. I made it in home-ec, on an old, black Singer machine that hated me. I finished it, but I must have torn out about 1000 ugly seams to get it to look right (it was a pieced circle with about a dozen pieces, a button in the middle, with a brim and border). Not a good first project.

    Need to share, though— my brothers first project was a pair of pants, where he sewed together the two fronts to each other, and then the two backs, and then put them together. Looked good.

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    Jan 29, 2011, 10.59 AMby ladyshape

    I believe it was a zebra print cushion with neon yellow ribbon closures. Classy.

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    Jan 29, 2011, 06.34 AMby rdejam

    My very first sewing project was a one piece skort/dress. I can’t remember what they were called but in the ’60s, we wore dresses that the skirt was like culottes.

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    Jan 29, 2011, 03.35 AMby LéonaDy

    I have a ton of first sewing projects I just never finished when I was experimenting with my very very old sewing machine. My first project I actually finished and wore was a pink skirt.

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    Jan 29, 2011, 02.50 AMby dorisj

    My first sewing project was a top I made in Home-Ec class in the seventh grade. Everyone had to make the same shirt but I decided to change mine a little. My teacher taught me how to lengthen the sleeves and the back to make it look more like a tuxedo jacket. It was turquoise and pretty crazy looking but I loved it!

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    Jan 29, 2011, 02.00 AMby astroknot

    My very very first project was an apron for my 7th grade home-econ class. My grandma still wears it, after fifteen years! My first home project was to recycle one of my old shirts into a strappy tank top.

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    Jan 29, 2011, 01.51 AMby aluckmann

    My first sewing project was a purse that I made in high school. No pattern, just very simple and plain.

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    Jan 29, 2011, 01.32 AMby mollyliz

    i was ten and i made blankets and clothes for my dolls!!

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    Jan 29, 2011, 01.24 AMby brandivenable

    My first sewing project was a dress for my niece.

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    Jan 29, 2011, 01.13 AMby diane-s

    My first sewing project was an apron!! I was in 7th grade-I will never forget the lessons I learned from my Home-ec teacher-she was the best!

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    Jan 28, 2011, 10.05 PMby docpattie

    A tank top and wrap-a-round skirt. I taught myself to sew as a young nurse working in a hospital in Northern Montana. Winters where looooooooon there (11.8 months) without much social or mental stimulus.

    Pattie ;)

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    Jan 28, 2011, 08.33 PMby Catlyn Lawson

    my first sewing project was a patchwork pillow in junior high home-ec! its was made from old jeans and flannel shirts-ugly! lol

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    Jan 28, 2011, 07.57 PMby kylawithstyla

    In the 7th grade I took an after school sewing class my mom signed me up for and I loved it. In that class I made a draw string bag! It took forever as my Teacher wanted us to take our time to really do a quality job, it killed me because all I wanted to do was rev up that sewing machine and go to town.

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    Jan 28, 2011, 07.25 PMby veronica

    My first sewing project was making telephone cover.The color was red with green motifs(for christmas),decorated with small doll made from white sock. We keep that telephone cover for many years. That time i was 11 years old.

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    Jan 28, 2011, 03.48 PMby notdeadredhead

    My first project was a pillow that I did by hand in the third or fourth grade. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, so it didn’t look all that great. X^D

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    Jan 28, 2011, 02.29 AMby bekkajay

    I made a bear’s head that had no body when I was about 9. My mother still has it – quite a disturbing item!

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    Jan 28, 2011, 12.47 AMby carriemak

    My first sewing project was a sleeveless printed blouse when I was 10.

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    Jan 27, 2011, 11.36 PMby drewteach

    First project I remember was some doll clothes – on a treadle machine! The lasting reminder of a dear older friend – along with a sterling thimble. What a gift!

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    Jan 27, 2011, 08.55 PMby mochimo

    My very first sewing project (many years ago) was a pair of elastic waist pants. They were wearable and indeed I wore them a lot, but for some reason I considered it a failure. So I did not try sewing again for a long time. A couple of years ago I decided to give sewing a second chance and the Charlie bag was my first project. And a success!

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    Jan 27, 2011, 06.50 PMby goldilox

    a pair of shorts for my class

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    Jan 27, 2011, 06.38 PMby smwhitney

    My Mother taught me to sew & the first project she had me make was a pillowcase out of gingham fabric so that I could learn to sew straight lines. Over 45 years later, I still have that pillowcase.

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    Jan 27, 2011, 06.20 PMby Lori Chapin

    My first project was a reusable coffee cup sleeve, and just last month! I’m learning right now and straight lines are about my speed!

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    Jan 27, 2011, 06.01 PMby stylnsash

    I have been teaching my daughter and wanting to teach my nieces to sew …this is definatly a project they wuld love :)

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    Jan 27, 2011, 03.00 PMby CarolinaRose

    My first project was a jumper I sewed during my Home Economics class. It was nice but I used the wrong fabric. The fabric was cotton but very thin and did not have the body it needed. A few of my classmates really liked it and one even wore it in a fashion show. Since that time I have stayed away from sewing my clothes. I sew mainly draperies, upholstery items, and toys that I usually have given away or promised to someone before they are even finished. I always have an iron out and ready to use when I sew so this SteamWorks Pro would be great.

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    Jan 27, 2011, 01.58 PMby marrrija

    My FIRST sewing project was a pair of trousers and a sailor blouse for my teddy bear. I remember just how proud I was, I was showing it to everyone. It even has (yes, still have it) two buttons. But, my first machine sewing project was a redefined waistcoat. I had that thing in my closet for a long time, it was my aunt’s. Never liked the way it fitted around the armpits. So, I took the liberty to cut it out and remake it.

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    Jan 27, 2011, 01.49 PMby mary-bee

    I designed and made my own Pearl Jam (that gives you an idea of the year) t-shirt! I got an old oversized green tee, tie-bleached it, cut and sewed it to size and used lettered beads to spell ‘Jeremy’ on it. Such fun it was – I was so proud ;)

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    Jan 27, 2011, 12.47 PMby abbeychrissie

    My first sewing project was a quilt. I had never made one before but was convinced that I could do it. I just cut out squares and sewed them together, with no real problem, until it was time for the batting. I took me a while to figure it out, and when I did it came out beautifully. Quilts are my favorite sewing project to make, especially memory quilts, they keep you warm and make you smile.

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    Jan 27, 2011, 12.20 PMby weaverbec

    My first sewing project was an apron. White cotton fabric with pink roses, and a pink ribbon for the ties. I still have it. Of course, it’s a bit small!

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    Jan 27, 2011, 11.39 AMby smallestofall

    My first proper project was a skirt I had to make at school, almost put me off dressmaking for life! Thankfully I still enjoy making things especially for my home but I don’t do much dressmaking even now.

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    Jan 27, 2011, 10.32 AMby Nina Helland Sortland

    My first sewing project was actually a rain cover for my pony. I was 11 years old, and my mum was modelling for the fitting, standing on all four on the kitchen floor. Poor mum, she will never forget, and even years after, she still talks about the time when she was draped with a horse cover <3. I think it is one of her favorite stories from my childhood. My pony (called Knerten, meaning the Tiny), ended up looking sharp, and dry, in his purple rain cover. Later on, I moved on to making things more suited for human. I probably should have made a dress for my mum as a thank you ;-)

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