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Can Make It Program.
Successful ... Training Specialist" Sew News
Magazine March 1996
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left nothing out, you are detailed and comprehensive.
I want to learn it all so I can become one of your
teachers." ; Peggy, NY
teachers are the best! I've been sewing all my life,
& I still learned so much! I recommend your method
to everyone." ; Ann, TX
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
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." ;
program is terrific! I'm happy to be part of it!"
; Ellenmarie, PA
a former Home Ec. teacher I think your program is
like you to know how impressed I am with the
professional look of the binders & the
thoroughness of content at each Level."
really like the program. I'm having a lot of fun and
meeting really nice ladies."
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" ;
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
; Eleanor, NJ
for all your work to make this dream a reality"
; Melva, AK
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
; Ellen, PA
thought I'd like to teach sewing, but now I
know I love to teach sewing. Thanks"
; Susie, CA
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.
; Anna, AOL
grateful for the video. I couldn't possibly retain all
this information, now I can go back and watch the tape
over & over. "
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
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
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
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
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
When I purchased the Level 1 tape I knew nothing about sewing, only how to thread
the machine which my mother actually did for me. But I really wanted to learn
how to sew and this video has helped me so much. I learned how to read a pattern
which I had thought was impossible, how to lay out the fabric and cut it, and then
there is the sewing which she actually shows you at the machine. I really love this
tape. It has started me on the wonderful world of sewing. If you really are a green
beginner then this tape is for you. I even completed the skirt and it looks great. Highly recommended.
" ; Pat B. from MI
If you have sewn in the past and want to refresh your
skills, I highly recommend this video. I have sewn for
years but it was always the same thing. I wanted
something different and my children were asking for
new things. I called You Can Make It after visiting
their website and decided to purchase the Level 2
video. Pam is very thorough in her explanation and
takes you step by step through the sewing process. I
have sewn several skirts in the past but I learned
several new techniques that have already benefited me
greatly. She is also there after the sale if you have
questions or need clarification on a given topic. I
have used the level 1 video with two of my daughters
in their home schooling curriculum with great success.
This is an excellent series of tapes and I recommend
that they be added to your sewing library. Her love of
sewing is apparent and her teaching skills are
; msrobin from Maryland
If you think that you would like to either learn to sew
or improve your sewing the Level 2 video is for you. You
will have a very nice skirt when you are done."
; A viewer from Boise, ID
"I purchased the 2nd in the series
and it is great! I have watched it twice and so far
beginning to sew a couple of things.
I do very much recommend this series to any one wanting to learn to sew. It is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!
; Stacy L. of WI
by Rose: "LEARN TO SEW"
LEARN TO SEW with You Can Make It, Level 3 >[Rating:
time: 150 minutes (color)
key: + fair, ++ good, +++ very good, ++++ excellent]
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
The mottos "Learn to sew or teach others to
sew" and "The You Can Make It program will
teach a skill, not just a project" are right on
target! I only need to add, with this program you will
enjoy sewing and creating at the same time. (Now, I
wish I could find more time to sew.) Even if you are
an experienced sewer, this will supply great sewing
hints. Level 3 is well worth its $36.95 (US) list
price and gets our "stamp of approval!"
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
and click on "NEWS"
Make It - Learn To Sew Level 1. Skills are taught in
an appropriate progressive order.
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
material presented in this video is very appropriate
for teaching the beginning steps of sewing.
is clear. Shopping lists are included in the
literature and on the tape.
is clear and easy to understand.
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
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