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missytexas

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Date: 2/23/09 2:38 AM

I just stopped by Sandra Betzina's homepage because I remembered reading an old article there a year or so ago.

There seems to be a new feature, the PowerSewing web tv, three samples of which are for free but the rest can only be accessed by becoming a member, i.e. subscribe and pay for viewing (3.25 single, 29.95 quarterly, 99 yearly). It says that there's a new show weekly.

Has anyone tried this? Any experience? Is it worth the money?

I think Sandra is a great teacher, and I love to watch her lessons... but the price seems a bit steep at the moment. Your thoughts?

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Date: 2/23/09 2:54 AM

At the bottom of Web Site Talk page click on "60 days" and there you will find a thread for Sandra Betzina's web site.

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Date: 2/23/09 7:35 PM

Thanks for the hint. I had searched the Board for the subject but did not find this thread.Thank you!

But has anyone actually subscribed long enough to report their experience and their take on the shows? Like one person mentioned in the thread, I would be curious to know more about the subjects and what choices one has in viewing them.

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Date: 3/9/09 1:40 PM

I would like to know this information as well! Is it going to be worth what I think is a lot of money?

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Date: 3/9/09 2:42 PM

Agreed. I want to know the level sewer that it is aimed at.

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Date: 3/9/09 9:21 PM

I have subscribed but I haven't watched any yet. I will try to remember to post something here after I've watched a few episodes.

I am a big fan of Sandra (and Ron Collins, too). I started sewing about a year before Sandra started her HGTV show, and before that I had read her books and gained a lot of knowledge from them. So in a way I feel like she taught me to sew.

I really miss that TV show so I decided that I would support this web show by subscribing. I am going to stick with it for a year while they figure out what works best for the new show.

When I subscribed, I got an e-mail stating that I'll be eligible for "members only" discounts and offers on Sandra's products. Since I'm already interested in her DVDs, I thought that was a nice thing to offer with the membership.

[Edited to correct grammar mistakes!]
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Date: 3/9/09 9:30 PM

Here are the titles of the shows posted so far. Keep in mind that the shows are only available online for 3 months; then they start with a new series and the previous series goes away.

Fast and Easy Hems
Curved Seams
Interfacing
Needle Know-How
Bias Binding
Simple Set in Sleeves
Specialty Presser Feet
Men's Patterns
Choosing the Right Knit
Rounded Back

A new series will begin in April (I think).

I paid with PayPal and my subscription automatically renews unless I cancel it (similar to my Friends of PR membership.)

I hope that helps!

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Date: 3/9/09 11:01 PM

Thanks for that info. Let us know how you think the videos are, and if they really help. I do enjoy Nancy's online videos and have a couple of her DVDs - I like Nancy very much. And the online videos are free and the DVDs are reasonable.

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Date: 3/11/09 11:28 AM

HI, I plunged and signed up for it too. I am thinking it is geared for beginning sewers. I actually like it, but so far it is information I already knew, but good reminders. This week it was on adjusting for a rounded back.
They are short programs, but I think in the long run i'll learn something from them that I don't already know.

The week before it was on knits.....I actually want to see more technique, but I'm sure she'll get into it eventually.

I figured for the money I spent, I could learn something more than I know, but won't buy junk with the $$, therefore, not gaining anymore weight, other than sitting on my butt watching it


Next year I may go to pay for view if it doesn't get more technical...but we'll see.....
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Date: 3/29/09 10:52 PM

I have watched a few of the shows now and I agree with Lorri. The shows are geared for beginners, but I'm getting some good reminders and learning a few new things.

I like Ron Collins on the show. I think he provides a good contrast to Sandra's personality and techniques, and there are some moments where their interactions make the show fun to watch. I wish they would showcase more of his techniques or at least have him do a little more of the teaching/demonstrating.

The videos are short. I think most of them are less than 15 minutes, but after watching a few, I think I like them short like that. I don't mind paying for them; I think they are better than YouTube quality and the price seems reasonable to me.

The only real problem I have is the production quality. Sometimes, when they are sewing or pointing to something at the machine, you can't see what they are doing because the camera isn't properly focused on what they are explaining. They really need to fix that because it could be confusing (if not totally useless) to someone who is unfamiliar with the technique they're demonstrating.

Also, sometimes Sandra just half-explains things. I can follow what she's talking about, because I'm familiar with the techniques or the situations she's describing; but this way of speaking could be confusing to beginners. And since the shows are demonstrating beginner techniques, I think she needs to be more specific and complete when she is describing things.

-- Edited on 3/29/09 10:55 PM --

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