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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 27, 2011, 10.13 AMby danab

    My first project was the bed sheets for my babygirl, I was so pride that i made them by my self.

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    Jan 27, 2011, 06.34 AMby kathleens

    My first sewing project was a bright red Kimono style dress. My mom helped me sew it to help me cultivate new interests in high school during a life crisis. Sewing has been such a soothing activity ever since!

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    Jan 27, 2011, 05.57 AMby evenhoward

    i remember making a doll quilt with the help of my mother at about age 3. we used the kind of fabric that is pre-printed with a ‘quilt’ design and i was so impressed that it looked like the real thing with just a bit of sewing.

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    Jan 27, 2011, 05.20 AMby vasea

    My first sewing project was a dress for my doll

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    Jan 27, 2011, 05.19 AMby luxihere

    My first sewing project was years back when i was in school. It was a ‘panty’ using basic cutting as taught by my aunt who used to conduct sewing classes!

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    Jan 27, 2011, 04.49 AMby vwbug74

    My first sewing project was for 8th grade for Home Ec. I chose a pattern for baby doll top and decided to use a shiny black fabric, that ended up looking like leather. That was not a good first project! The pattern was difficult and had a lot of tucks, gathering, and ruffles, plus the fabric was not easy to work with! Yes, it turned out ok but only after a lot of help from my mom and teacher. It took me twice as long as the other kids to finish my project.

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    Jan 27, 2011, 04.39 AMby mcee

    My first sewing project was a doll dress back when I was 6. I made doll clothes with a needle and thread (not very well) until I was 11 or 12. My first sewing machine project was in grade 7 home ec ( i was probably 13) and it was a tote bag, complete with pockets and grommets. I used it until it fell apart. Now as a grandmother, I sew lots.

    I like the reversible bag – it looks easy enough to teach to my 7 year old twin grand-daughters.

    Mona Comox BC Canada

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    Jan 27, 2011, 03.55 AMby kdreams1

    The first thing i sewed was a pillow for Mother’s Day in the fourth grade. My teacher showed me how to sew and ever since then i’ve always tried to learn more.

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    Jan 27, 2011, 03.13 AMby Fabi Vargas

    my first project was a skirt for myself

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    Jan 27, 2011, 01.46 AMby karenelisam

    My first sewing project was a bathing suit cover-up (made basically like a pillow case dress) at age 7.

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    Jan 27, 2011, 01.01 AMby generationbubz

    The first time I ever remember sewing was at 3 years old. I asked my mum how to hand stitch with a needle and thread and a scrap of her fabric. I remember sitting there on the change table watching her change my baby brother’s nappy and saying to me “you have to do 3 stitches in the same spot to start off!”

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    Jan 27, 2011, 12.19 AMby kathnick

    When I was 8, my mom showed me how to hand sew, and I made a skirt for my barbie, with an elastic waistband. First sewing machine project was a tiny quilt for my kitten, at age about 10 or 11.

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    Jan 27, 2011, 12.02 AMby magnusson

    Besides the boring pillow slip in grade 8, my first project was a cute pair of boxer shorts with cherries and polka dots.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 10.47 PMby shortpants

    My first sewing project was for 6th grade home ec, I made a pair of pants out of polyester with the elephant bell bottom insert. Oh the memory!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 10.15 PMby Laura Roth

    My first sewing project was for a 4-H style show and it was a halter top and matching short set made with a watermelon print.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 10.04 PMby cocorara

    It was a pin cushion that I made with scraps from my mum’s collection when I was about 5 or 6…it didn’t hold many pins though!!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 09.41 PMby mukami

    My first sewing project was a bag. I took a couture class in Brussels for 3 days and fell in love with with the world of couture. For the fabric I chose to use denim and a flowered cotton for the lining. I cut out one of the flowers from the lining to decorate the outside of the bag. I love my bag because its versatile, roomy and I made it!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 08.37 PMby LinnyWood

    My first project was a tank top – out of polyester! After all – polyester clothing was brand new on the market and our community college offered a sewing class so we could learn how to “fashion” this material.


    These days – can’t remember the last time I’ve worn poly. Been a cotton girl for years and years.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 08.35 PMby Alicia Maxie

    My very first sewing project I believe was a yellow jacket and black dress. I believe it was a crepe fabric. and I used a decorative black stitch on the yellow jacket and a black collar. I can still see it in my mind and that was way back in 1998. My mom had an older modern sewing machine. You know the ones with the table included? I remember wearing it a church conference I attended in Philadelphia in the same year. I had switched my major from biology to textiles, Fashion Merchandising, & Design. It was quite a jump, but being a fashion designer was something I wanted to be when I was a little girl!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 08.21 PMby knickfan

    My first project was a 4-H bathing suit cover up made by sewing together two beach towels! I’ve progressed considerably, needless to say, but I was so proud at the time that I made a matching babushka! I was 10.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 07.55 PMby cheveuxrouge

    I remember being very young, sitting near my mom (who was smocking) and making little toys for my cat with scraps of fabric.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 07.50 PMby Gilberto Gonzalez

    My first project was the Kasia skirt. I tried making it for my sister but it turned out to be a disaster. I was also a great learning experience.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 06.40 PMby vibe scratch

    My first project was a skirt at my home economics class. It was long skirt and I used silky material which gave me static every time I wore it.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 05.53 PMby cecenm

    Taught by the best I actually got my first lessons in sewing by “Sewing with Nancy” before she got her own TV show. She was my Home-Ec. Teacher in seventh grade. My first sewing project for a grade was an apron. I failed and she made my sewing project an example of what not to do. She tore my pocket off! Because I didn’t double stitch. Its one of my proudest moments in sewing memories for me. LOL

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    Jan 26, 2011, 05.53 PMby bookwyrmhole

    My first sewing project was a bag made of Capri Suns that I made in middle school. I still love it!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 05.43 PMby JenniferCrosby

    I started jabbing a needle and thread at scraps from Mom’s stash before I was 5 years old. I’m fairly certain my first project was something for either a Barbie doll or a baby doll … probably Barbie. The first time I cut out a pair of pants, I tried to argue with my … I couldn’t see how those odd shaped pieces could possible form a pair of pants. “Trust me,” she said – and she was right.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 05.35 PMby lilmisssunshine

    Coming from a long line of seamstresses, my first project was doll clothes for my babydoll Melissa when I was 8 years old. Wayyyyyyy back when…… :)

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    Jan 26, 2011, 04.27 PMby msvaughn

    My first sewing project was a dress for my baby doll. My mother showed me how to sew on her Singer sewing machine and I loved the special time I spent with her learning.


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    Jan 26, 2011, 04.18 PMby knuckleknuckle

    My first sewing project with my mom was a pair of shorts made out of denim that faded from dark to light and had hot pink binding. Oh yeah!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 04.15 PMby superflorence

    I had made some cushion covers before, but my first real project was a burda style dress pattern. I didn’t understand the pattern or much of sewing basics and it goes down in infamy as a sack with arm holes!

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