Sewing With Jennifer Valentyne And Frank Ferragine (Video)

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I stopped over at Cityline to teach Jennifer Valentyne and Frankie Flowers how to sew. We turned the lesson into a little sewing challenge to see who could finish sewing a fabric wallet first.

Watch here…

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Jennifer Valentyne:
She knows what she’s talking about.

Frank Ferragine:
Yeah. It’s been a long time. You know what, grade eight. I was talking at the beginning about the handbag I made that fell apart. My mom told me that if I ever marry a girl, make sure that she can hem pants.

Denise Wild:
That’s important.

Frank:
So I’m married. And let’s just say-

Jennifer:
Oh!

Frank:
—nobody in my house can sew.

Denise:
I can teach your wife how to sew and she can. I’ll teach her in an hour and she’ll hem all your pants.

Frank:
I think she knows. She’s just being selective right now.

Jennifer:
Denise Wild from The Sewing Studio, teach us how to sew please.

Denise:
You bet. You bet. So I brought a fun project today. We’re going to do a little challenge. We’re going to make these little wallets that can be used and as Frank suggested maybe for a passport; you could put some cosmetics in here, put your brushes and throw your cosmetics into the side. So–

Frank:
iPhone.

Denise:
Exactly.

Jennifer:
Cool.

Frank:
Yep.

Denise:
Exactly. It’s a real handy thing and we’re going to sew them together.

Jennifer:
Okay.

Denise:
We’re going to learn how to sew. So, Jenn, I’ve given you a bit more of a challenge. What you’re going to have to do–

Jennifer:
Alright. I can handle it.

Denise:
Okay, good. You’re going to have to sew in this pocket and sew the front to back.

Jennifer:
No problem.

Denise:
We’ve done a lot of the work for you, so you don’t have–

Frank:
I like you guys.

Jennifer:
Oh.

Denise:
And Frank yours is already. Your pocket’s already sewn in, so all you have to do is–

Frank:
Okay.

Jennifer:
Lucky you.

Denise:
—is do the sides.

Jennifer:
They know you.

Frank:
Well, they have a lot of faith in me.

Denise:
So the first thing we need–

Frank:
They saw me painting earlier.

Denise:
We need the outfit. So–

Jennifer:
Oh, yeah. Look at me, I’m just ready to go.

Denise:
So, you put this around your neck and that will make you look like you know what you’re doing. There you go. A sewer.

Jennifer:
Okay.

Denise:
That’s how we sew. Okay, so the first thing you want to do when you’re sewing – you want to take your fabric and you want to pin all the way around the edges.

Jennifer:
Okay.

Denise:
Do you want your hole to be on the side or up at the top?

Jennifer:
I want it to be at the top please.

Denise:
Okay. Perfect. So we’re going to sew around the three edges. We’re going to come through first and put pins all the way around–

Jennifer:
Um, hum.

Denise:
—perpendicular to your line of stitch.

Jennifer:
What happens if we don’t put the pins in?

Denise:
The fabric might shift. You don’t have to, but it’s a good idea.

Jennifer:
Do you still put the pins in after all these years?

Denise:
I don’t. I don’t.

Jennifer:
Okay. That’s what I was wondering.

Denise:
I teach everyone else to–

Jennifer:
You’re like, ‘I don’t need the pins.’

Frank:
Her last name is Wild.

Denise:
Right. Right, I go with the flow.

Frank:
She’s the craziest sewer I’ve ever seen. Wow!

Denise:
Okay, so let’s put the pins around. Frank, you’re going to be sewing the front to the back of that.

Frank:
So where would I–

Denise:
So, you’re going to be putting the pins around too.

Frank:
Where’s pin placement?

Denise:
So, let’s go through both thicknesses of the fabric. And you’re just going to be pinning it in like this.

Frank:
Okay.

Denise:
Your stitch is going to go all the way around. So, even if you put, you know – even one on each side will be fine–

Jennifer:
Okay.

Denise:
—and, Jenn, let’s get you to put a couple more on here.

Jennifer:
Two more?

Denise:
Yeah.

Jennifer:
Okay.

Denise:
And then we’ll do one on this side.

Frank:
Sewing has become really popular; for the last little bit, seems like sewing and knitting.

Jennifer:
It’s back.

Denise:
Yeah, it is back. Julia Roberts was just on Oprah talking about how she loves sewing–

Jennifer:
I saw that episode.

Denise:
Yeah. Yeah, that’s good.

Jennifer:
And you know what, both my kids take sewing–

Frank:
I can’t even pin.

Jennifer:
Somebody in the neighborhood–

Denise:
Yes. Your kids are superstars.

Jennifer:
—they take the kids after school. And she brings them to her house and — like for me, you know, I get a little bit of a break, so it’s great for me–

Denise:
Right.

Jennifer:
—but now they’re sewing all kinds of things. My daughter made a little skirt. So it’s great to get the kids involved really early.

Denise:
That’s really great.

Jennifer:
And then I’m going to get her to start making me dresses and things like that.

Denise:
Oh, yeah. There you go, there you go. Well, now you’re going to be able to do that for yourself–

Frank:
Can she hem pants?

Jennifer:
Soon. That’s the next project.

Denise:
Okay, so we’re ready to start right here. What you’re going to do is line up your fabric underneath.

Jennifer:
Um, hum.

Denise:
Right up along here.

Jennifer:
And can I sew right over the pins?

Denise:
It’s not a good idea.

Jennifer:
Okay.

Denise:
You definitely want to take out the pins before you sew.

Frank:
“Can I sew right over the pins?” Geez, it’s a good thing you’re cute.

Denise:
What we’re going to do before you press the pedal, we’re going to lower what’s called the presser foot–

Jennifer:
Yeah.

Denise:
Right here.

Jennifer:
Yeah.

Denise:
That way it’s pinching the fabric in place. And then you can pull out that first pin and put it into your pin cushion.

Jennifer:
There we go.

Frank:
And you want to put the stitch right into the corner, right?

Denise:
Exactly, yep.

Frank:
So–

Denise:
You want to bring it right out here. You’re going to be doing what’s called an edge stitch. So you’re staying fairly close to the edge.

Jennifer:
So am I going to go back and forth to do that little first stitch?

Denise:
Exactly. The very first thing you’re going to do is called a backstitch. It’s a stitch in reverse, which will secure the thread ends to prevent it from fraying.

Jennifer:
Did I do it right?

Denise:
Yeah. Yep, this little button right here.

Frank:
That’s your reverse?

Denise:
Yep, you’re going to hold it down.

Frank:
So you’re going to go forward?

Jennifer:
Hold and press that button–

Denise:
Like this. See, okay.

Jennifer:
I just reversed it on my own.

Frank:
So go forward first?

Denise:
Yes. So let’s–

Jennifer:
I’m learning.

Frank:
I’ve got no power!

Denise:
It isn’t plugged in.

Frank:
Are we good?

Denise:
No. You have no power. Okay, we’re going to watch Jenn.

Jennifer:
Sorry, I’m just doing it. I don’t know–

Denise:
Perfect. No. That’s good. We’re going to go all the way around

Frank:
I still can’t get my pants hemmed.

Denise:
Oh, there we go, the light is on. The light is on. You’re ready to go.

Frank:
Okay, good.

Jennifer:
I have a great tailor you can go to for just a couple bucks.

Denise:
Okay, you’re going to press the pedal to go forward. And then you’re going to press and hold this lever down.

Frank:
And go back.

Denise:
That’s your reverse. Yeah, that’s securing your threads.

Frank:
And then we’re good.

Denise:
Perfect. And now you’re ready to go all the way around. So when we get to the end–

Jennifer:
Can I just make a maneuver where I turn it?

Denise:
Yes. That’s called pivoting, however, what you want to do– Oops! Okay, you can do–

Jennifer:
No, I didn’t do that right.

Denise:
—around your corner.

Frank:
This is going well.

Denise:
Okay, bring it all the way to the end. I’m going to show you guys how to pivot.

Jennifer:
Okay.

Denise:
Where are your pins? You forgot to pin– oh, there’s one.

Frank:
You said one on each side?

Denise:
Okay.

Frank:
You’re the girl who doesn’t pin.

Denise:
Okay, as you’re approaching the end–

Jennifer:
Yes.

Denise:
We’re going to stop for one second.

Jennifer:
Yeah.

Denise:
Press this button. That’s going to put your needle down into the machine.

Jennifer:
That button right there?

Denise:
Yep, you bet. So that is going to hold your fabric in place. You’re going to lift up the presser foot and spin it around. That’s called pivoting.

Jennifer:
Oh, that’s a better–

Denise:
Yeah.

Jennifer:
—pivot then what I did.

Denise:
Yeah.

Jennifer:
Okay, so.

Denise:
Now we’ll lower the presser foot and we’ll keep going to the end here.

Jennifer:
Okay.

Frank:
Can you help me pivot?

Denise:
Yeah, you bet. So let’s come a little bit closer to the end.

Frank:
Okay. Pivoting sounds like a figure skating move.

Jennifer:
Do you have it on a slow speed?

Denise:
Yes. You can speed up if you want to.

Jennifer:
I’m getting better.

Frank:
Okay.

Denise:
I knew that you were just starting out, so we have a slow speed– so you’re going to press this button to put the needle into the–

Jennifer:
I didn’t even need to do anything. Look at that.

Frank:
That button there?

Denise:
Yeah. Press it one more time. That’s good. Now lift up the presser foot. Pivot your fabric around.

Frank:
Here we go.

Denise:
We’re going to lower the presser foot and now you’re going to sew all the way to this end.

Frank:
That’s fancy. I don’t have to do that back thing?

Denise:
Do you mean your backstitch? No, you’re only doing your backstitch when you start and when you stop.

Jennifer:
Done.

Denise:
Perfect. Okay, Jenn’s pocket is done–

Frank:
Slow and steady.

Denise:
—now, you’re going to catch up to Frank.

Jennifer:
It’s not bad. I made the one mistake, but look at the way I did the finish.

Denise:
That’s really good. Yeah, you did it nice and straight.

Jennifer:
Thank you, Miss Wild.

Frank:
What are you doing after the show?

Denise:
Hemming your pants, apparently.

Frank:
Exactly. So we’re going to see the finished product after the break, but also, I’ll be cooking muscles. Those kind of muscles. With Jason Parsons.

Jennifer:
I can’t believe we did it, but we got his pants everyone. Frank’s pants. They’re off, because we said we were going to hem them while you do your little cooking segment. So Frank, how do you feel?

Frank:
I feel great. You know. Sporting the new style.

Denise:
Yow!

Jennifer:
You’re looking good.

Frank:
I just got to walk in this direction. And, just by the way, the finished project. Jenn did a great job.

Jennifer:
I did a great job!

Denise:
Yes.

Jennifer:
I could have won in a contest.

Denise:
You both did a great job.

Frank:
So–

Jennifer:
And now, while you’re cooking, we’re going to finish your pants off for you.

Frank:
I got short legs. Twenty-eight inch inseam.

Denise:
No problem.

Jennifer:
Okay, there you go.

Denise:
Okay, we got it.

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