Professor Pincushion has been picking up the thread and needle for over 15 years. She has experience in apparel and home decorating sewing, quilting, and embroidery. She’s taught private and group sewing lessons and continues to develop her own original projects featured on ProfessorPincushion.com, Family Fun Magazine, and multiple craft sites. Professor Pincushion strives to produce high quality, sewing tutorials so that anyone can learn how to sew.
A sewing machine is a wonderful piece of machinery, if you know how to use it correctly. In this lesson, Tova from Professor Pincushion explains how to set your machine’s thread tension correctly, by first demonstrating what too loose tension looks like, then what too tight tension looks like, before finally showing what ideal thread tension looks like. With Tova’s help, you’ll be able to diagnose any thread tension issues you encounter, and calibrate your machine accordingly.
Create an elegant clutch to match any outfit! This lesson from Professor Pincushion takes you through every step of transferring the pattern, cutting, lining, and sewing a silk purse with a metal frame (no sow's ear required). Learn how to embellish your external fabric with a folded design, and then embroider the lazy daisy stitch on the corner of your purse. The lesson comes with a downloadable pattern for the purse, and the video includes handy tips for stitching corners.
Quilts are a form of history, able to tell stories through the different pieces of material incorporated into the design. A great way to recycle material or to repurpose scraps with sentimental value, quilts make thoughtful and beautiful gifts—if you can bear to part with a labor of love (for those who can’t, create a family heirloom that will get passed down through the generations). While they do take time to make, a handmade quilt is well worth the effort and will last for decades to come.
Did you have a sock monkey when you were a kid? These classic childhood toys are not only a thoughtful gift, but are also fun to make! In this lesson, Professor Pincushion walks you through the entire process of assembling your monkey, from raw sock to the pom pom hat on top. Watch Tova and improve your slip stitches and whip stitches. You don’t have to be a sewing expert—as long as you can follow directions, you too can make this unique gift that is sure to be treasured for years to come.
Your favorite jeans may be expensive, or maybe they just fit perfectly. But just because a hole appears in your favorite Levis or Lucky’s doesn’t mean that you need to retire them. Extend the life of your jeans (and save some cash while you are at it) by learning how to repair them. All you need is a thick piece of cloth, scissors, straight pins, thread and the zig zag stitch on your sewing machine. They may not last forever, but your favorite jeans just got a new lease on life.
Learn to make a classic fashion accessory - the bow tie! Hone your sewing skills with this easy lesson, and make this easy and customizable tie. Professor Pincushion explains the necessary materials, how to prepare your fabric, and finally how to pin and sew your tie together. Whether the tie is for Dad on Father’s Day, groomsmen in a wedding party, or your prom date - your sartorial creation will lend class and distinction to whoever is wearing it, wherever they go. Free pattern included!
Looking to use your sewing skills to create a unique gift for that special someone in your life? Boxer shorts are not just for men anymore! After all, whoever you make them for will enjoy lounging around the house on a lazy day even more while wearing boxers hand-crafted with love. Professor Pincushion demonstrates how to put them together, including close-up step-by-step instructions for more difficult parts, like adding buttonholes and how to get the elastic through. Free pattern included!
Making great-fitting garments begins with accurate measurements. Taking measurements is the first step in any sewing project, and a single inch can make or break the success of a DIY dress, shirt, or pants. This lesson demonstrates how to measure a bust, waist, hipline, sleeve, neck, and more. You’ll also learn how to read pattern sizes, which vary considerably and are completely different than retail sizes. You’ll be making expertly fitted clothes before you know it.
Ever had a favorite shirt fall apart? Rather than shopping for a substitute, why not sew another shirt exactly alike? This lesson demonstrates how to make a sewing pattern from a favorite t-shirt, tank top or collared shirt. Learn how to diagram each piece, including the front and back bodices, sleeves, collars, elastic-gathered hems, even ruffles! Making sewing patterns is a fun, easy and cheap way to bring new life to a tired - and beloved - wardrobe.
Learn how to sew an oven mitt using your own fun fabrics! This 15-minute lesson is a step-by-step demonstration that will teach you what materials you need, how to choose heat-tolerant fabrics, and how to construct the oven mitt from start to finish, from cutting and quilting the fabric and batting to finishing off the binding and loop. This is an easy sewing project that makes a great DIY gift for family and friends.
Need a nifty coin purse? These little purses have a zipper closure and are super easy and fast to put together. Our tutorial takes you every step of the way so even beginners can sew this tiny purse. Make one for yourself and all your friends, because we all have loose change. Even better, add a key ring to make it extra portable and handy.