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You Can Make It - Learn to Sew - Level 1 (vhs)

Pamela Tripaldi , Michael Tripaldi Jr.  |  VHS Tape
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Pamela Tripaldi
  • Directors: Michael Tripaldi Jr.
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • VHS Release Date: September 1, 1995
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000042OIM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,467 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews


1998 Winner for one of the Top 500 Most Unique & Interesting Products in America. -- National Mail Order Assoc. NMOA

Editor's Pick Winter/Holdiay 1997 -- Butterick Home Catalog

Product Description

If you have no sewing experience or need a refresher, then Level 1 of the You Can Make It series is the one for you! A comprehensive guide for beginning sewers. Level 1 starts at the very beginning with buying your first sewing supplies and ends with the finishing touches on your garment. Your first project is a simple skirt. You will learn how to select fabric, read a pattern envelope, layout your fabric & pattern, how to cut, and how to mark your pattern. You will also learn how to interpret the pattern directions and sew each piece together. You won't believe how easy it is. You not only learn how to sew a skirt, but you also acquire new skills. You can apply those new skills to other simple sewing projects. Plus, you can build on your knowledge in future projects. You won't believe how easy it is to learn to sew with Level 1.(110 min.= -2hrs.)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of You Can Make It Videos... January 7, 2000
I love to sew, and I am self-taught. I have been unhappy with my sewing because while I know some complicated things, there are easier things that totally evade me, and I am not always sure which procedure to use. These Video's are a joy. They are the answer for me and worth every penny I have spent on them. If you want to learn to sew this is the way.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners... August 26, 2003
I will preface my review with this information: I have enrolled in and dropped out of two sewing classes (one at a junior college and one at a sewing store). Several people have tried to teach me to sew, but I have always felt like a hopeless case.
I bought the "You Can Make It - Learn to Sew - Level 1" video a few weeks ago. I had no sewing experience, as I dropped out of the previously mentioned classes before I actually made anything. This video was very helpful for me. You really can sew a skirt with the help of this video. I made a skirt for my toddler and am very proud of the way it turned out. The first project was fairly simple. Of course, learning anything new takes some practice, but the video does show the skills you need.
I watched the video completely through one time and then I watched each segment right before I started working on that segment. A few times, I would watch the segment more than once. That is the great thing about this video -- you can rewind it again and again.
I would give this a five star rating, but the video seems a little outdated insofar as production. I'm not sure if it is the music or the instructor. It is certainly a minor point and I believe the sewing instruction a beginner receives is worth putting up with a somewhat dull presentation. The instructor does say some amusing things, but her voice is monotone and it is hard to tell when she is being serious and when she is being light-hearted.
One of the final segments is hemming the skirt. The instructor advocates hand hemming and does not show how to machine hem. I have recently found a message board for sewing support and many of the people there do machine hem for everyday items such as kids clothes. I know an important aspect of these videos is to learn "correct" methods. I think you will have to learn short cuts such as machine hemming elsewhere.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really easy and informative teaching video January 12, 2000
I have been sewing for many years and felt that I needed to brush up some of my skills and bought the "You can make it" videos. I found the teaching techniques excellent and the video lessons were well staged and I enjoyed them. Congratulations on your good work. Hope to have many more lessons
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginner but could be improved October 5, 2003
By A Customer
I did extensive sewing 20 years ago but am just now getting back to it. Thus, I bought this series to serve as a review of sewing techniques. So far I've been very pleased.
As others have mentioned, Level 1 teaches you how to sew a simple skirt with an elastic waist. (Level 2 moves to a skirt with zipper and waistband.) My main criticism about the series is that Pam needs to be a little more enthusiastic and speak with less of a monotone. My criticism about Level 1 is that I think she should have gone into more detail about fabric selection and preparation -- a mistake at this stage could be both costly and aggravating for the beginning sewer. Thus, I suggest that this series be used in conjunction with good books on basic sewing techniques.
I also agree with the comment regarding machine hems. I think many beginners will be frustrated with discovering that she covers only hand-sewn hems in Level 1. (She discusses machine hems briefly in Level 2.)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can MAKE It with comfort January 18, 2000
I have seen Video #1 and was viewing it for the purpose of teaching. Although, I didn't get to teach from it. It was very simple to follow and the instructor very detail in the explanation of all steps involved. I would highly recommend this video for beginners and those who need a refresher course in sewing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I can make it you can too! January 7, 2000
This You Can Make It program is very detailed and me being an inexperienced sewer I was very happy to see that little extra effort put forth to help me learn the very basic skills such as cutting out patterns and reading the guide sheet. I can see the time,consideration,effort,long hours and detail in all the videos. Of all the disney movies I've watched with my kids I'd say this beats them all.I have bought all five of them each one is unique in it's own way.I began knowing nothing and now I am almost as good as Pam.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good starting point..
I bought the whole set of videos years ago when I was starting out. The Level One video is a great place to start if you have never sewn before. Read more
Published 18 months ago by W. D. Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Indepth Sewing Instruction
This video is a must for anybody who wishes to improve their sewing skills. The presenter instructs clearly in an unhurried style, which gives you confidence to have a go... Read more
Published on July 29, 2005 by S. King
5.0 out of 5 stars I give You can make it - Two Thumbs Up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am just learning to sew and it was like sewing with Pam side by side. I did learn proper way to set up patterns and I did complete a skirt:) The only thing is that they are a... Read more
Published on April 9, 2004 by Keith C. Gagner
5.0 out of 5 stars U can make it level 1
A very helpful video; the quality of the film is amateur-ish in many ways, but it definitely lives up to its name!
Published on January 7, 2000 by Patricia Buckley
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy step by step instructions
Last year, I bought levels 1 through 4 of the You Can Make It series. These videos helped me to save hundreds of dollars, not to mention time, while I learned to sew the correct... Read more
Published on January 7, 2000 by PunkyMunky
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning can be fun!
The video was GREAT! It was well thoughtout and presented. The projects shown have real value. Speaking of value, I think the information presentated compared to books our... Read more
Published on January 5, 2000 by John Schatz
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