So Much You Can Make Once You Know How To Sew (Video)

Morning Live

I stopped by Morning Live to show host Annette Hamm how the technology of sewing has changed, how sewing machines are suitable for every skill level (even kids!), and how a variety of projects can be made once you know how to sew.

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Annette Hamm:
Well, sewing has become a very hot trend among DYI-ers, and Denise Wild of lovesewing.com is here to show us how internet and technology have really, really brought this back.

Denise:
Yeah, absolutely.

Annette Hamm:
And I just asked you – I go, ‘did you make any of your clothing that you’re wearing?’ and you made your skirt?

Denise:
I did make my skirt. It’s a BurdaStyle pattern. It’s called the Starburst Skirt. It’s only two pieces. It took me under an hour to do.

Annette Hamm:
Really?

Denise:
So sewing is something that once you learn, you can easily do more things; you can do things around the home, fashion. That’s what we’re going to talk about today.

Annette Hamm:
Right. And I love how it has come back.

Denise:
Yes.

Annette Hamm:
Yeah.

Denise:
Absolutely. There are so many people who are interested in sewing, whether it’s for themselves or for their families–

Annette Hamm:
Um, hum.

Denise:
—again, or for the home. It’s really up to them.

Annette Hamm:
Okay. So let’s start with some of the pieces then.

Denise:
Yes.

Annette Hamm:
You’ve got a lot of them.

Denise:
So–

Annette Hamm:
All the fun things that you can make.

Denise:
So many things that you can do. I brought some fashion accessories. These are some great clutches. You can do them with–

Annette Hamm:
That’s neat.

Denise:
—faux fur, pleather, you can do them out of denim. Some really fun things. This one was repurposed from a pair of jeans.

Annette Hamm:
Okay.

Denise:
So these are great projects that you can do for yourself or with kids. Speaking of kids, I have this threadless sewing machine; super cute. You can do little tiny projects with felt–

Annette Hamm:
How does it work if it’s threadless then?

Denise:
Um, it kind of felts them together so–

Annette Hamm:
Oh, okay.

Denise:
—so it pokes a bunch of holes until it’s stuck–

Annette Hamm:
Oh, and then it looks as though it’s sewn?

Denise:
Exactly.

Annette Hamm:
Well, that’s cute.

Denise:
Exactly. You can also do things for him; I’ve got some great pocket squares down here.

Annette Hamm:
Um hmm.

Denise:
And these are, you know, if your man doesn’t– you know, likes to dress things up. So you can do that. And things for the home as well. So a pillow, you can add–

Annette Hamm:
That’s so cute.

Denise:
—some sequins to it.

Annette Hamm:
Yeah.

Denise:
Yeah, and then any boxes, you can dress those up with fabric. Those are some fashion fabrics inside the boxes too.

Annette Hamm:
Right. And we’re so fortunate in Hamilton, with Ottawa Street. Like, it’s– it’s the–

Denise:
Yes!

Annette Hamm:
—textile Mecca, right. So–

Denise:
Yeah, absolutely.

Annette Hamm:
So, no shortage of fabric to deal with. And the machines. The machines–

Denise:
Yeah.

Annette Hamm:
I mean, I haven’t really sewn since Home Ec.

Denise:
Right.

Annette Hamm:
Grade eleven.

Denise:
Yeah. There are so many–

Annette Hamm:
So they’ve changed a lot.

Denise:
There are lots of advances in machines. This one’s a great middle of the road machine–

Annette Hamm:
Okay.

Denise:
—from Brother. It’s got some great advance features, but it’s also good for beginners. If you go to brother.ca, you’ll see a whole bunch of options for choosing the right machine for you. This one has so many great features. And you can really get top of the line embroider machines or anything for any skill level.

Annette Hamm:
Right. And what if you are just starting out? I mean, some of these machines can be kind of intimidating, right?

Denise:
Yeah.

Annette Hamm:
And you think, ‘Oh, I’m going to go for the basic, basic, basic one,’ but really, as you get a little bit better, it’s so–

Denise:
You’ll want to upgrade.

Annette Hamm:
—you’ll wish, yeah.

Denise:
Yeah. So I wouldn’t– I would always steer people away from the super, super basic.

Annette Hamm:
Um hmm.

Denise:
A machine like this one is fantastic. And then what I would recommend is to get resources. So look for books, look for educational videos, look for–

Annette Hamm:
Which you do?

Denise:
Yes.

Annette Hamm:
You do your own videos. I put that little plug there.

Denise:
I have a DVD. I have a book. And you can really walk through and get that help. Learn from a sewing class or work with a teacher–

Annette Hamm:
Um hmm.

Denise:
—one on one, because that’s the best way to learn.

Annette Hamm:
Right. And there’s– there are all kinds of classes around too, right, so–

Denise:
Absolutely. Absolutely, you can take classes in person; you can do courses online as well.

Annette Hamm:
Okay. You’re going to take me back to high school now.

Denise:
I am. We’re going to sew. I’m going to flip this around. So, one of the great things about this machine is this little dial in the front; you can choose your machine– choose your stitch easily.

Annette Hamm:
Okay.

Denise:
It automatically sets your stitch length and stitch width. So it’s just like a digital camera, where you press a button and it does everything on its own.

Annette Hamm:
Okay.

Denise:
So, all you have to do is we’ll pick one of these beautiful decorative stitches, in the front.

Annette Hamm:
Okay, and it shows on the–

Denise:
Exactly. We’ll pick a corresponding number. Let’s say– which one do you want to do?

Annette Hamm:
Um, I want to do 40.

Denise:
Perfect. So we’ll change the dial to 40 and then you just press the pedal. The machine does all the work. It’s that easy.

Annette Hamm:
Nope. Yeah. Oh, I for–

Denise:
So, you don’t need to press it–

Annette Hamm:
Oh, yeah.

Denise:
You can kind of just hold–

Annette Hamm:
Oh, you don’t even have to guide it through anymore, right?

Denise:
Yeah. You can kind of direct it, but does have feed dogs that pull the machine– pull the fabric through. So if you’ll notice out the back, we have this beautiful stitched–

Annette Hamm:
Wow.

Denise:
—detail that–

Annette Hamm:
I am doing that. Hands-free. That’s so cool. Now what about things– I’m just going to turn it around–

Denise:
Yeah, yeah. You bet.

Annette Hamm:
—so they can see it again. What about things like, I remember, like, replacing the bobbin was so hard.

Denise:
Yeah.

Annette Hamm:
And doing buttons holes?

Denise:
Yeah, let me show you on this machine. It’s a great detail; there’s a little picture right here in the front.

Annette Hamm:
Okay.

Denise:
It really walks you through doing the bobbin.

Annette Hamm:
Right.

Denise:
Sort of–

Annette Hamm:
And if the bobbin, if you don’t know – it’s kind of what brings the thread from underneath.

Denise:
Exactly.

Annette Hamm:
Because, you need thread on both sides, right?

Denise:
Exactly. It’s a little plastic container that pops into your machine; you fill it with thread and it helps to create the stitch.

Annette Hamm:
Um hmm.

Denise:
And it’s often something people have troubles with. So, again, you can look online for tutorials, you can take a class to learn how, or, you know, in your manual it will tell you as well.

Annette Hamm:
Right. And how much are sewing machines now? What do they go for?

Denise:
They really range. So, you can find a– this one is a great machine. It’s about five hundred dollars and you’ll really find anything from maybe 250 all the way up, up, up; they go into ten– sometimes tens of thousands of dollars.

Annette Hamm:
Wow! For top of the line.

Denise:
Yes. So, not for a beginner, but yes.

Annette Hamm:
For like trading up, I’m sure people who are like trading up are looking to sell their other one, so–

Denise:
Definitely. Online is a great place to look if you want to get a used machine. And I definitely recommend that you don’t spend any less than 250, on either a used machine or a new machine. If you go too–

Annette Hamm:
Too basic? Yeah.

Denise:
—too basic, then you might have challenges.

Annette Hamm:
Okay.

Denise:
You’ll think it’s you, but it’s your machine.

Annette Hamm:
Okay, Denise, some great ideas here.

Denise:
Yeah.

Host:
I’m kind of getting inspired to get the sewing machine–

Denise:
Perfect.

Annette Hamm:
—out again.

Denise:
Perfect!

Annette Hamm::
Okay, so we’ve got the link up to your website on our website chch.com. We’re going to take a quick break and be right back to wrap up the show.

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