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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, 10.55 PMby karenkimrey

    My first sewing projects were Barbie clothes. My first sewing project that I could wear was an a-line dress made of bright yellow broadcloth. It was sleeveless with a zipper in the back and I can remember having to take that zipper out three times before I got it in correctly. The dress also had a band of lace about 2-3 inches wide down the center front.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 10.53 PMby luckypalm

    My first project was a skirt. I was 10 years old at the time and immediately became hooked on sewing. 40 years later, I’m still hooked.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 10.48 PMby kmtwriter

    I can’t clearly remember my very first sewing project because I started hand sewing very early on. My grandmother was a professional seamstress who worked many years for a famous American fashion designer who was known for his craftsmanship and hand-worked details. As a result, my sister and I always had scraps of fabulous high-end European fabrics, beads, and trimmings to fashion into doll clothes.

    The first “big” project I remember doing on a machine was a simple elastic-waist skirt. I was thrilled because I got to use my grandmother’s old Singer treadle sewing machine (she didn’t let me touch her professional electric machine). I loved that treadle machine because I had total control over the speed. I don’t remember much about the skirt but I do remember that wonderful experience of learning to sew with my grandmother.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 10.45 PMby grnapple

    My first project was a scrunchie… I was so proud of myself :)

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    Jan 25, 2011, 10.37 PMby krdrox

    Mine was flannel tweety bird pajama shorts on a blue and red plaid background. How awful!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 10.30 PMby claireg

    My first sewing project was a pair of horrible pants in 7th grade home economics class.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 10.29 PMby rita61

    My first sewing project was doll clothes, after I sewed lines and lines of holes in paper with no thread to get used to the machine; it was a Bernina with a leg control, not a foot pedal. Thanks Mom :-)

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    Jan 25, 2011, 10.25 PMby dkswife

    The first thing I ever made was doll clothes for my Barbies.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 10.24 PMby CarolPeterman

    Wrap around pants in lime green! I think I was in 4th or 5th grade.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 10.21 PMby etchedinthread

    My first sewing project was a sleeveless, back zipped dress. My Mom cut the dress out and left me to sew it up. She didn’t thread the machine, didn’t tell me about darts, zippers, facings or give me any instruction. But I wore it to school the next day. I was 12 and in 5th grade.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 10.11 PMby darlienjoanne

    I really enjoyed watching Martha Stewart and the other gal make this fashionable purse! Looks like it is just what I need for the Spring. I might even add some pockets for the inside. The steamer looks great and doesn’t take up a lot of space. My husband and I live in a small, 500 ft. apartment and would be ideal for us.

    Darlene

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    Jan 25, 2011, 10.06 PMby carolshepp

    My first project – clothing for my baby doll.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 10.05 PMby ella-grace

    When I was six my mother helped me sew a pink and white polka dot tube dress for my barbie. I was so proud.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 09.55 PMby alasse

    My first sewing project was a light blue satin Lord of the Rings gown which I don’t have anymore because it really didn’t go all too well… but in my defense, I had never used a pattern or a sewing machine before :D

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    Jan 25, 2011, 09.54 PMby BirdSews

    My first sewing project was a 70’s era halter top I made with some leftover fabric my mother had in her stash.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 09.54 PMby Maureen Kubisz

    More than 40 years ago, I made an elastic waisted skirt for 4-H.

    Maureen Kubisz

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    Jan 25, 2011, 09.53 PMby sh3wh0must

    I sewed my first project when I was 8 years old – a sleeveless romper, and I still have a photo of myself wearing it – I won’t say how long ago it was taken ;)

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    Jan 25, 2011, 09.44 PMby Heather Stewart

    My first sewing projects were hand sewn Barbie clothes and my first machine made project was a circle skirt. Wow, it’s been a long time – I was only 7.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 09.41 PMby jennie8

    Gosh, for some reason I was adventurous and wanted to knit a zipper pouch. Didn’t turn out too well, but hey zippers aren’t so scary anymore ;)

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    Jan 25, 2011, 09.38 PMby shellidawn

    First sewing project came via my Basic Sewing class at F.I.T.! …a pencil skirt. It’s so cute!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 09.37 PMby yellowmae

    I don’t know if I can remember my actually very first project …. I worked alongside my mom ever since I was very young.

    hmmm I know there were a lot of stuffed animals in the beginning. :-)

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    Jan 25, 2011, 09.34 PMby misschristiana

    My first sewing project was a simple summer dress I made for a friend’s wedding. She asked me to wear a specific color and after weeks of hunting for the dress, I found some fabric in the clearance bin at a fabric store and whipped up a dress one week before the wedding! I don’t know how I did it since I didn’t even know how to read a pattern, but my friend was pleased with the result.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 09.32 PMby sherblamzoid

    My first proper sewing project was a dress for my aunt, I was supposed to copy one she already had so had to make my own pattern for it which didn’t work out so well. It doesn’t look great and doesn’t really fir right but for my first ever dress I’m still quite proud of it.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 09.31 PMby ALorena

    Looks like an interesting tutorial- am going to have to try it once I get my sewing machine set up!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 09.28 PMby angelical

    think it must have been clothes for a doll… At the time, my parents managed the local hostel, an my mother, grandmother and I would move the sewing machines into the big dining area, where they could use the long tables for cutting fabric. They would make beautiful clothes for me (my own designs – of course!) while I got to play with the fabric scraps on my cute pink miniature sewing machine (it worked, btw)
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    Jan 25, 2011, 09.27 PMby wkc

    My first project was a straight skirt and top. Cotton. The top was a big, 80s print. I learned a lot and got the sewing bug.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 09.27 PMby miip

    My first sewing project was a gift to a friend – a fantasy flag of her design. it taught me to avoid quilting for many years! :)

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    Jan 25, 2011, 09.25 PMby splendarose

    I really appreciated this entire broadcast. I feel very confident and will make several of those wonderful purses for not only myself but also my granddaughters aged 6 and 8. It was refreshing to see a “newbie” sewer “teaching” Martha Stewart how to construct the bag. This serves as a reminder that we can always learn something new and that students are also teachers in that if we teach with an open mind we can learn much from them. My two granddaughters have taught me a lot about how to organize my sewing room. They showed me how to use little ponytail holders as wraps to keep my bobbins neat. And it’s just plain fun to share sewing techiniques period.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 09.23 PMby CraftyGemini

    My first sewing project was taking an old pair of designer jeans that no longer fit and turning it into a funky purse full of fun embellishments!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 09.20 PMby faeawynn

    my first sewing project was a set of quilted pillow cases for my parents. They didn’t turn out so great but my dad still has them saved and brings them out for company :)

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