Sewteacher.com is a grassroots business created by and designed for working professionals, stay at home moms, amateur decorators, and anyone who is interested in creating original decorative and functional products for their home.
The Sewteacher philosophy is based on the idea that quality home decorative goods and professional sewing products aren't only for those who can afford to hire high-priced decorators and seamstresses. The DIY or do-it-yourself movement is growing as quality goods become more expensive to buy, and more consumers across the nation are seeking ways to make their own products in a more cost effective manner. The added benefit of the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment that comes from designing and making your own home goods only adds to this growing phenomena. We here at Sewteacher firmly believe in the do-it-yourself attitude, and our goal is to help you design and produce your own home decorative products such as pillows, window treatments, bedding, using the same methods and tools the professionals use, at a fraction of the cost!
Sewteacher instructional videos feature our Creative Director, Beth Bates, a professional seamstress with many years experience making window treatments, bedding and pillows. Beth will walk you through the steps in a calm, relaxed manner, using easy to understand instructions and examples, all the while giving you special insider seamstress tips and suggestions. Beth will show you how the professionals do it, so you don't have to hire them to do it for you!
How to Use a Sewing Machine
Seamstress Beth Bates demonstrates how to use a sewing machine.
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Beth Bates: Hi, I am Beth Bates with the company SewTeacher at sewteacher.com. Today, we are going to be learning how to use your sewing machine. The first thing we will learn to do is how to wind your bobbin, then how to thread your sewing machine. We will change out the feet on your sewing machine and do some basic stitching. After that, the last clip will be some troubleshooting if your machine is giving you some problems.
The tools you will need of course, is a sewing machine, a screwdriver, a pair of scissors or snips, the different feet that come with your sewing machine, a bobbin and some thread. You will also find it helpful to have a piece of scrap cloth that you can practice your stitching on.
Before we begin, I like to go over some basic safely issues. Please be very careful when using such sharp objects such as scissors and pins and needles. Also, small children should always be supervised around a sewing machine.
Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am a former Elementary School teacher as well as a professional seamstress. I have combined these two talents and have created instructional DVDs teaching people like yourself how to sew quality, professional items for your home. What separates my DVDs from the others is that there is no confusing verbiage, no patterns, just simple, easy to follow, manageable steps. Let's go ahead and get started using a sewing machine.