Sacha’s<25: A complete sewing curriculum for ages 13 to adult (younger with a parent’s help) teaching you all you need to know about sewing and how to actually sew!
Home in the Trenches Product Rating (out of 10 stars)
Is it worth our time? 6 stars
Did it help us learn? 7 stars
Is it worth the money? 5 stars
Is it useful to me? 7 stars
Practicality- 5 stars
Quality- 5 stars
Kid Rating- 6 stars
What is Modesty Matters?
Modesty Matters, LLC is a home-based business with multiple resources focused on creating modest clothing styles for today’s young ladies and girls, as well as enabling others to do the same through simple, step-by-step “how-to” video lessons, patterns & instruction kits, available on CD-ROM and/or DVD, or by simple download (aka digital download). We make sewing SIMPLE!
You Can Sew! consists of 65 video classes where we walk you step-by-step through each portion, integrating four major projects along the way. It comes with five DVD’s, a written text, and a CD-ROM containing exclusive simplified patterns in PDF format that are used to expand and develop your skill set.
Click here to see a quick video describing the course!
My daughter Joy and I are quilters. She has been sewing on and off since she was 5 and we bought her a sewing machine when she was 6. However, both of us really don’t know a lot about actually sewing clothing! I was so excited when this curriculum came up for review because I have people ask me all the time if I can teach them or their daughters how to sew. I can teach quilting and in fact taught 7 girls how to sew and make quilts this year. However, I did not feel comfortable trying to teach anyone how to sew clothing. I don’t know all about reading patterns etc.
Here is where You Can Sew! enters the picture. I was thrilled to hear I would get to review this with Joy who is 11. She is actually on the young side for this curriculum as it is recommended for ages 13 and up.
We started by pulling out the DVD’s and started watching the lessons. We realized that the DVD’s do not work in one of our DVD players. There is no way to see on the menu which lesson you are choosing. This became very frustrating to us but thankfully we tried them in a different DVD player and the menu screen worked.
The lessons vary in length from 1 minute to much longer. (The longest we watched was less than 15 minutes and it completely covered making the skirt) After we watched the video Dee, the instructor on the video, would tell us what our homework was. It might be something that only took a couple minutes to do or it could be taking a trip to a sewing store to look at fabrics or purchase what we needed for our next project.
Since we both knew how to use our machines and the basics about them we whizzed through the first videos. I felt they were very informative. If you had no idea how to use a sewing machine you would learn a lot. All machines are different but she does a great job of giving you the basics and with your machine manual you would be able to figure it all out with ease!
If you follow this course from beginning to end you will learn how to sew and make the following projects:
- pin cushion
- A line skirt
- A line dress or nightgown
Here is a quick run down of what is covered in the first 10 lessons to give you a feel of the flow and speed in what is covered. I also have included a few notes I had made while we watched the DVD lessons:
Class 1:Short class video goes through items needed for sewing…then tells us homework of learning names of items and being able to label them in the homework sheet. Worksheets went very well together with class instruction. Also tells us to read assigned reading before starting next video portion. After each portion there is text to remind us of what we need to do!
Class 2: Reviews sewing items quickly…field trip or by Internet to see some items and prices. Show and tell binder. Sewing machine diagram for homework. Videos are edited…spliced together. (This became very noticeable early on as you can see. The editing at times is a bit distracting from the lesson)
Class 3: Parts of the sewing machine. Show them on paper diagram then on a couple machines. I liked that she showed these on a couple machines because everyone’s machines are a bit different.
Class 4: Threading the machine. Great to be able to see on video on different machines.
Class 5: Bobbins …We learned about bobbin types, how to wind them etc. I don’t think that she explained part of this quite correctly! There are 2 different types of bobbin housings. She left out an important part of this lesson!
Class 6: Presser feet types and installing a needle. She says for homework to practice with different stitches. Hmm…we haven’t learned how to operate the machine at all yet! Didn’t talk about putting Presser foot up and down yet or tension. This is where I felt the lessons came out of order. We shouldn’t have been practicing sewing yet.
Class 7: Posture/position–only 1:30
long, Same info as in text.
Class 8: Speed v accuracy–practice going too fast and at good pace. Now she reviews how to stitch 2x in same video. 4 min video
Class 9: Safety. Really after she has already had us sewing? Once again I felt this was out of place in the lessons. Should have been earlier on.
Locking the stitch. Confused on placement of this video? 3:15 in length.
Class 10: Straight and zig zag stitches…practice on wide ruled notebook paper. Mentions proper hand positioning. Says to zig zag with line in middle but she doesn’t do this on the sample. Bit confusing?
It is recommended that this course take a semester to complete. However, we only had about 6 weeks to review this so Joy and I watched the videos and then jumped ahead to the project that her sewing skills were ready for which was the skirt. I ran into multiple problems at this point. Nothing which couldn’t be worked out. But, if I were a new sewer I would have been totally confused! Anyways, they are listed below, but I wanted to show you a few pictures from this part of the process.
This is the pattern for the skirt. You have to print out the pattern and then tape it to a window to line it all up. A little bit time consuming, but here it is!
Here Joy is sewing the hem on her skirt. The project probably only took her 2 hours total and that included taping the pattern together.
Look at that huge smile. I am so proud of her for completing the project. She wore the skirt the whole rest of the day. She said it was very comfortable. I like the length of it. She felt that it got in the way at times and would like to make another one that falls just below her knee.
What I liked:
- This concept of teaching with DVD and instructional manual is great!
- The lessons are very short manageable segments. We combined a few of them at a time when we felt we could.
- Love that Joy was able to sew a skirt. Gave her great confidence!
- It is very informative for the very beginner sewer to the intermediate one!
- Good customer service. When I had problems (see below) they were very helpful to get them resolved.
- I learned some great tips. Wash your fabric in salt water in order to seal the colors in the fabric. Helps with fading!!!
- If you can’t find someone to teach you how to sew or find a sewing store with beginner classes this is a great way to learn at your own pace.
What I didn’t like:
- Unfortunately, it seems to me that they needed someone to go through and make sure things were in the correct order for the lessons and to make sure she didn’t give contradictory instructions between the text and video lessons. I found this numerous times in the instructions for making the skirt. The written text instructions would say to make a rolled hem with 1/4″ seam and then she would tell you 1/2″ in the video, another time it was a 1″ difference. That can be huge when you are sewing a clothing pattern.
- DVD menu didn’t work on one of our DVDs.
- All 65 video lessons begin and end with the same music. Oh my, I really don’t ever want to hear that music again. And the editing of the videos is too much. Within a 2 minute lesson it is faded in and out or over the speaking multiple times.
- The original CD rom, which comes with the curriculum with all the patterns, was missing the child size skirt pattern. They have since fixed it for all future buyers.
- The original pattern for the child size skirt was not correct I had to call them and let them know that the pattern actually didn’t fit the width of fabric that is standard in stores today. This would be a huge problem for a new sewer. They had to redo the patterns and email them to me again. OOPS.
To sum it up: This could have been the best curriculum ever for learning how to sew. With some production work and someone making sure lessons flow in the correct order and things aren’t contradictory at times I would love to highly recommend it. Right now though, I think it would be frustrating to use straight through as a new sewer–there are just too many quirky things in it as I mentioned above. I have enjoyed the few times I have spoken with Dee and love her heart. I hope that they will fix these problems and that I will be able to give this curriculum all 10′s in the near future!
The important information:
Home Economics: You CAN Sew Curriculum
Order from: Modesty Matters- http://www.modestymatters.net
Price: $159 for the complete package
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Disclosure/Disclaimer: I received the above product free of charge for review purposes. I am only expected to give an honest review.