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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 26, 2011, 09.07 AMby littlemisssew

    my first real sewing project were curtains for our new bedroom when i moved to finland :)

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    Jan 26, 2011, 08.12 AMby ndimi

    When my daughter was 5 years old she had to dress up for a school function. Excitedly she showed me a gorgeous dress in a shop. As a single mother struggling to make ends meet, that dress would have swallowed my entire month’s grocery money. In one of those mysterious coincidences, I happened to see a pattern in a shop window I walked past, almost identical to the dress of my daughter’s dreams. The pattern said “Make in 2 hours”. I found fabric at a waste centre (she was only 5 – still small! LOL), cut it out on the floor in my tiny bedsit, and sewed it up for her. That “2 hour” dress took me a WEEK! My daughter adored it and wore it every chance she got until she grew out of it. And I didn’t sew anything again for YEARS – too traumatized. Hee hee

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    Jan 26, 2011, 07.45 AMby vanwebb

    My first sewing project …was a tiny pin mouse that i made with my grandma at the age of five she made me cut out a “pattern” for the newspaper it was 3 circles and then she helped me pin it to the fabric and cut it ,,,:) she let me sew it on her old signer with he foot pedal:)…..

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    Jan 26, 2011, 07.32 AMby luciasmom

    My first sewing project was a lovely cheetah costume for my darling girl. It’s still my favorite thing I’ve made all these projects later!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 07.14 AMby cands2010

    My first sewing project was when I was 5 yrs. old. I made barbie clothes out of scrapes my mother had , they went the best but that’s how my love of sewing started!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 06.54 AMby tutubi

    My first project was a totebag. I was ten and saw someone make one on TV. My mother wasn’t even home. I had seen her sew for years and I saw the lady on TV do it. So I just went to her sewing machine and did it. She wasn’t even mad when she saw what I had done. I was so proud.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 05.54 AMby monoui

    My first project was a costume (Sailor Venus) from an anime called Sailor Moon, for the fabric I chose pleather.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 05.42 AMby hcarroll

    One of my first sewing projects was a doll. I believe this was possibly a McCalls pattern.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 05.09 AMby eurkavee

    my first sewing project was a hounds tooth skirt. it has uneven pleats and a big red zipper down the back. i still wear it to this day though – 6 years going strong.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 04.29 AMby bleuedee

    Wow! The steamer would be soooo cool to have! I need all the help I can get with my projects. My first project was a bib type of sun dress that had the longest zipper I had ever seen. What a nightmare!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 04.29 AMby Anna Nguyen

    My first sewing project was a cover/case for my ping-pong paddle. Of course, that was eons before I knew about clipping curved seams before turning them, so the cover had more wrinkles and puckers in it than my then-90 year old grandmother! :)

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    Jan 26, 2011, 04.27 AMby dalia49

    My first project was a jumpsuit that I had to sew for my home economy class a long, long time ago.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 04.14 AMby vflsun

    I love the bag. I think I’l make a couple of those for some little girls that I know.


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    Jan 26, 2011, 04.05 AMby susieq3123

    My first sewing project was an apron I needed for the cooking semester of “Home Economics” I took in high school. My mother helped me with it & it was the best looking one in the class, with its frills & long ties!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 03.43 AMby megawench

    My first costume was a halloween costume for my self with my mom! I don’t remember how old I was (between 2 and 4) or what costume it was, but I’ve been hooked ever since!.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 03.29 AMby Heidi Kelly

    My first real sewing project was a tshirt quilt of all my souvenir tshirts since I was young. It was such a success I collected more tshirts and made another.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 03.23 AMby marloncosta

    My very first sewing project is posted on Burda. It was a simple pencil skirt that I made for my lovely wife. I found this tutorial online on how to draft the pattern for a pencil skirt based on specific measurements. So I decide to take the challenge and make my wife and brand new skirt.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 02.56 AMby avery576

    My first sewing project was a pair of pajamas for my husband. They came out pretty good and he practically lives in them. :)

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    Jan 26, 2011, 02.44 AMby tru

    my first project was with my small singer C-clamped to the table with a crank. It was a rectangle seamed and gathered at the top to make clothes pin dolls. I used this Martha Stewart demo to make a simple cool summer nightgown with wide straps. Tru

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    Jan 26, 2011, 02.39 AMby Anna Ortwerth Avery

    My first project was a pillow case in home ec class. We embroidered on it after and I was hooked from then on.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 02.38 AMby icedivastar

    My first sewing project was a corduroy skirt with a matching bag.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 02.35 AMby miaow

    I’m sure I made doll clothes earlier but what stands out in my mind clearly is sewing “Jams” shorts. Oh they were ugly but at the time sooo sweet. They clashed perfectly with my pair of coral colored converse!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 02.29 AMby MNMNME

    My first sewing project was in middle school home economics class. I made a tote bag with a pocket with a cross stitch koala bear on the front. I can remember being so excited to use an actual sewing machine:-) My home ec teacher made us practice for weeks on paper, with an unthreaded sewing machine.I can only imagine how dull the needles must have been at the end of each class:-) I do remember the seam ripper very well… I wasn’t fond of it then and certainly am not a fan now:-)) Although it took weeks to complete the tote, I can remember how proud I felt when I got to show it off and got to claim- “Yes, I made that!”

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    Jan 26, 2011, 02.27 AMby fernandam

    Wow – love this little bag!!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 02.23 AMby quartney28

    My first sewing project was a simple little skirt that I made my first year in 4-h at the age of seven. I still love to sew just as much, unfortunelty I no longer have all summer off to do it :(

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    Jan 26, 2011, 02.22 AMby nadinewoods

    My first project was an apron when I was in the 7th grade eons ago!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 02.16 AMby hstorm799

    I studied up techniques on BurdaStyle, scored a free dress pattern from Fitzpatterns, and posted my first ever sewing project here: http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/one-shoulder-dress-top

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    Jan 26, 2011, 01.53 AMby girliemum

    I taught myself to sew almost 10 years ago now. I was desperate for fashionable nursing shirts. Many hours of many days with my baby laying on my lap and I learned how to free hand a nursing top pattern and assemble it using clothing from my wardrobe as inspiration. However, my very first attempt on putting a shirt together ended with the bottom sewn shut. Much like the recycled t-shirt shopping bags from 2 weeks ago =)

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    Jan 26, 2011, 01.52 AMby oohlela

    My first sewing project was a jumper that zipped up the front. The fabric was a very large floral print and the zipper was crooked. I was only 7 and I thought it ws the bomb!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 01.48 AMby livingdead666

    I used to make clothes for my favorite stuffed bunny toy, Bun-Bun. My mom would help, and I would design little button-up shirts for him and trousers, sometimes hats.

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