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Seven Core Sewing Skills with Cynthia Guffey (Online Sewing Class)
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Posted on: 10/28/13 7:20 AM
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This is one of three roughly hour-long classes from www.dailycrafttv.com presented by Cynthia Guffey. The price of this class is under ten US dollars, and it's a major bargain!

This was my first exposure to Cynthia Guffey, and I can see why so many sewists sing her praises. She packs a huge amount of information into the hour, with lively humor throughout. Her teaching style is to explain principles behind each technique as she demonstrates it. This style suits me perfectly, because I find that it allows me to translate the specific techniques she demonstrates to situations that are similar but not exactly the same.

One minor peeve with the dailycrafttv platform: they don't include bookmarks to go to specific topics. So after watching this video and realizing I'll be coming back to it often to refresh my memory, I jotted down the major topics and their timings.

1. 00:00: Layout, cutting, marking
2. 17:20 Stay-stitching and sewing curved seams to avoid stretching [I thought I knew this stuff but this part had eye-opening new info for me]
3. 24:20 How to press seams open, and avoid accidental creasing and overpressing [ding! ding! ding!]
4. 28:45 Proper seam alignment (demonstrated at shoulder, especially where one seam (shoulder) would intersect with another [collar]) [Must master this one!]
5. 33:15 Marking, pinning, sewing, and pressing darts
6. 39:20 Clip and flip method to remove bulk at intersecting seams [Wow!]
7. 47:30 Stay-stitching, pinning, clipping, and pressing a concave-to-convex (e.g., princess) seam [The end of the struggle!]

This class has already changed my sewing for the better, and I whole-heartedly recommend it!
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Rhoda K said...
Thanks for your review. I have this class, but have yet to watch. I saw Cynthia at a sewing expo way back in '98 and was so inspired!
10/29/13 7:40 AM
RisaJ said...
Thank you for your excellent review.
10/29/13 9:09 AM
ASiverson said...
Thank you for your wonderful review. I will hop on over to the site when I get a chance! TFS!
10/29/13 10:06 AM
KarenTeel said...
I bought this one and the jacket and skirt class. I have watched this one at least 6 times and pick up something new each time. I am taking everyone of her 7 or 8 classes at the Sewing Expo in a couple of weeks here in Illinois and I cannot wait. Wish she was closer so I could sign up for longer classes. Love her humor and am in awe of her knowledge and the fact she will share like this. This class is well worth the money.
10/29/13 10:26 AM
CindyBklyn said...
I'd like to thank you for your review. I've signed up with Daily Craft TV and enrolled in Cynthia's three classes (and a few other classes). So very excellent. Thanks again.
2/8/14 5:02 PM

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