- 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: #692,961 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
You Can Make It - Learn to Sew - Level 1 (vhs)
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(Sep 01, 1995)
Editor's Pick Winter/Holdiay 1997 -- Butterick Home Catalog
Top Customer Reviews
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I would give this a five star rating, but the video seems a little outdated insofar as production.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.
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.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished on February 22, 2013 by W. D. Cunningham
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 morePublished on July 29, 2005 by S. King
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 morePublished on April 9, 2004 by Keith C. Gagner
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
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 morePublished on January 7, 2000 by PunkyMunky