There are times when I want to watch something other than dramas, comedies, news, or movies, and be both entertained and learn things related to sewing. These are the free videos and programs I’ve found and enjoyed.
Let’s start with YouTube, which is a vast source of instructional videos.
Professor Pincushion is a channel offering over 200 professional quality video tutorials with information and projects. A new video is released weekly. There is even an android app which makes the videos easier to find. Her voice and style is pleasant and upbeat, and the videos are clear and informative.
Amongst my favorites are “How to Create Patterns from Existing Clothing- Intermediate” and ” How to Sew a Hemstitch Using a Wing Needle”. The latter is an example of a technique I wouldn’t have searched for, because I didn’t even know about it! I’ve since found out this is a technique used in heirloom sewing.
Fashion Sewing Blog TV is a channel run by Colleen G Lea. When I was looking up the different types of elastic waistlines I watched “Sewing an Elastic Waistband with No Casing”. I also recently watched “Forming Pintucks” about the 3 types of tucks.
The Crafty Gemini features Vanessa’s videos on sewing, gardening, and cooking. I like her “Beginning Sewing Projects” videos.
For full episode TV shows I have found the following:
Sewing With Nancy originates from Wisconsin Public Television. Nancy Zieman’s show features quilting as well as other sewing topics.
If you’re American, you have probably watched Project Runway. But have you watched Project Runway Australia or Project Runway Canada?
Project Runway has aired thirteen seasons, as well as all-star editions, on two different cable networks. I was able to find seasons 1-9 available on YouTube.
The four seasons of Project Runway Australia are available on YouTube. When I starting watching Season 1 I had to look up the definition of “daggy” as it’s a word that came up repeatedly on the show. Daggy is defined as not stylish, out of fashion, not trendy, not cool. Daggy can also be more literally defined as not neat or unclean having to do with dirty wool matted around a sheep’s behind. Besides learning new slang words, you will also find lots more fun and camaraderie than fighting among the contestants on this Australian version.
Project Runway Canada aired for 2 seasons and starred model Iman as the host. She is a formidable presence and was tough on the designers.
Only two seasons were produced of Project Catwalk, the British version of Project Runway, which featured model and actress Elizabeth Hurley.
Interestingly, Project Runway only lasted a few seasons in every country that aired its own version, but in the U.S. it goes on and on.
The Great British Sewing Bee was a big sensation among sewing bloggers when it first aired. Tilly from the popular blog Tilly and the Buttons was a contestant. I originally watched it on You Tube, but it has since been taken down. The 4 episodes are still available as of this writing through the link I provided. I missed watching the second season, and I can’t currently find any viable links.
Craftsy has a few free sewing classes, and I’d recommend their paid classes as well.
The provided links for videos are current as of July 2014, but shows may only be available for a limited time from a listed source.
Do you have any video favorites or know of any TV shows I have missed?