"A Successful... Training Specialist" Sew News Magazine March 1996
Who is talking about YOU CAN MAKE IT?
"You left nothing out, you are detailed and comprehensive. I want to learn it all so I can become one of your teachers." ; Peggy, NY
"Your teachers are the best! I've been sewing all my life, & I still learned so much! I recommend your method to everyone." ; Ann, TX
"The last time I learned how to sew was in high school, now I know how to sew. Thanks to my You Can Make It sewing teacher," ; Cindy, FL
"Just wanted to let you know that I Made It', and Thank You. You sure made it easy for me to learn a skill I wanted. With limited suppliers near me, you gave me all the answers." ; Lynn, PA
"Thank you, I am in love with your program. I have used another program for kids and get so frustrated with it that I am always hand drafting patterns and crossing things out of their books and pasting my things in. I opened my package and said YES, teach them about fabrics, teach them skills, why they are doing things, what things they have to do and where they can venture off with their creativity. I am really happy with your program and looking forward to exploring it some more.” Pamela, WA
"Thank you so much! My package arrived and not only was I surprised at the size, but also the quality of the materials inside. I fully expected the content to be outstanding, which it is, but the binders, page protectors etc, we are all of the highest quality. Thank you for not skimping on materials. After watching the first DVD, I am eagerly anticipating ordering more DVD's and getting started on my, "you can make it" journey. " ; Sandra, KS
"This program is terrific! I'm happy to be part of it!" ; Ellenmarie, PA
"As a former Home Ec. teacher I think your program is A+" ; Nancy, NY
"I'd like you to know how impressed I am with the professional look of the binders & the thoroughness of content at each Level." ; Sue, CA
"I really like the program. I'm having a lot of fun and meeting really nice ladies." ; Kathy, NC
"I am so grateful that you shared your gift for sewing. I truly enjoy sewing, & teaching has been very rewarding for me. Classes are always full & it is so inspiring to see a student get it' and move onto the next level" ; MaryLou, PA
"I have always loved to sew. And I hope to pass along that love to others. I look forward to a long and happy relationship with You Can Make It. I think it is just the best. I know it will make passing along to others the love of sewing. And I am sure it will enable me to supplement my retirement income for years to come." ; Eleanor, NJ
"Thanks for all your work to make this dream a reality" ; Melva, AK
"Just a note to Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a You Can Make It Teacher. It is a wonderful program, and I enjoy it as much as my students do." ; Ellen, PA
"I thought I'd like to teach sewing, but now I know I love to teach sewing. Thanks" ; Susie, CA
"Wow! Does ??? know about you? If they did, well they would not be happy. Your videos are wonderful! I should have gotten your videos before I went to a ??? basic sewing class. Oh the torment of that class. Now, look at me! In the comfort of my own home and going over all those sewing skills. You are excellent! I had a few "light bulb" moments as I watched you straighten the grain, match pockets, talk about pattern direction. Amazing! I am such an expert! I know! I went to ???, I went to two sewing classes given through sewing stores, and I would learn, but I would forget. It's not like I spend all my time sewing. By the time I got around to making a skirt, I would forget some very important skills and end up with a skirt that was not quite right. Now I can pop in the video and say, "oh yeah" that's how you do it. There is no stopping me now. Thank you. Thank you" ; Anna, AOL
"I'm grateful for the video. I couldn't possibly retain all this information, now I can go back and watch the tape over & over. " ; Patricia, NY
"I'm writing to tell you that I'm very pleased with the Level 1 video, send me my Level 2. I've only sewed by teaching myself and there is so much I don't know. I'm glad you have the videos. They're a big help right now. Thank You" ; Elaine, NJ
I've never sewn before. I'm just learning. Your videos are great. I learned so much in Level One. I like the fact that I am acquiring a new skill. In fact, in my opinion, sewing is a technical art. It is a mechanical skill, and I think of my sewing machine as a woman's "Power Tools". Eventually, I want to be able to design my own creations. My motivation for learning to sew is to make things I cannot find in the stores and express my own individual style and fashion sense. Reviewing the list of skills that are taught in the seven levels of the video series, I have confidence that I will achieve my sewing goals. Thanks again for making these videos available to the public. ; Lorraine, CA
"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 way. My only experience with sewing was through home economics in high school, but I'm now sewing my own evening dresses and furniture covers. I highly recommend it to everybody who wants to learn how to sew." ; R. Estes from TN
"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." ; Kathleen M. B. from Miles City, Montana
"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." ; Joy K. W. from Bermuda
REVIEW by Rose: "LEARN TO SEW"
VIDEO LEARN TO SEW with You Can Make It, Level 3 [Rating: ++++]
Running time: 150 minutes (color)
[Rating key: + fair, ++ good, +++ very good, ++++ excellent]
"Out of six possible levels, I chose the third (how to do facings, collars, sleeves, front closures, ruffles, pockets and sheer fabrics) to review. For me, it was beneficial to watch the entire Level 3 first, then re-watch it with sewing machine and suggested supplies at hand. Pam Tripaldi delivers easy-to follow instructions at a good pace. She offers a list of needed supplies with a time-out break, allowing you to get organized. This step-by-step method is complete in every detail. Pam gives extensive visual and easy-to-understand verbal instructions. Like a good journalist, she explains "why, where, what and when" in the sewing process. Being able to freeze-frame (pause) the video and rewind to review any portion makes it easy to proceed at your own speed.
The six levels are: (1) The basics with no experience needed, pattern layouts, guide sheets, tissues, cutting, marking, sewing, hemming; (2) If some experience, print fabrics, altering skirt patterns, darts, pleats, zippers, waistbands, Velcro, buttons, straps, hooks; (3) Takes sewing to experienced level, facings, collars, sleeves, front closures, ruffles, pockets, sheer fabrics; (4) See how easy advanced techniques can be, easy layouts and matching stripes and plaids, bias tape, altering jumper patterns, piping, stitched elastic; (5) All about pants, how to make and fit them; and NEW (6) scheduled to be available soon."
You Can Make It - Learn To Sew Level 1. Skills are taught in an appropriate progressive order.
Information is presented in indexed sections that make it easy to find a section of the tape to review as needed. The handy pamphlet inside will provide you with counter information to help you locate specific sections by a timer.
The material presented in this video is very appropriate for teaching the beginning steps of sewing.
Video is clear. Shopping lists are included in the literature and on the tape.
Voice is clear and easy to understand.
The ability to sew well is an art to be admired and this skill should be easy to learn with this instructional series. The You Can Make It - Learn to Sew video, is an appropriate choice for beginners of all ages. It is an excellent teaching tool for 4-H classes, Home Economics classes, Home School use, or for anyone with a desire to learn the art of sewing. This video was reviewed by experienced seamstresses as well as those with no sewing knowledge. All agreed that the instructions given were easy to understand and to follow.
Reprinted by Permission-Copyright-1996 by PJS Publications, Inc. Peoria, IL