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Islander Sewing System

teenmd | Posted in General Discussion on

Does anyone have any feedback on the Islander Sewing System? What is it and how is it unique? Thanks.


  1. suesew | | #1

    Margaret Islander always had wondrfully informative classes teaching ready to wear techniques and faster, simpler methods. Since she is no longer able to teach I believe that her neice is carrying on in her place. If you have never taken any of Margaret's classes , You are bound to learn something.

  2. carolfresia | | #2

    Margaret Islander published several how-to videos a number of years ago on sewing, with techniques based on industrial sewing techniques. These are wonderful videos--I learned  a lot from watching them. I believe Margaret has retired, and Janet Pray, her niece, now runs the company. Janet has just come out with a book that teaches many of the techniques shown in the videos; this is really handy for when you want to refer to photos and written instructions. Check out the website: http://www.islandersewing.com, I believe it is.


    1. bellefille | | #3

      I bought the new book and learned something new in Chapter 1!  Also, Islander has been advertising for people who are interested in learning to teach their method.  I believe it is the first time they've offered an opportunity like this.  I'm bummed that I'm not able to take advantage of it at this time (I think it begins next week-the 19th in Michigan)     Sigh. . . .  maybe next time!

      Linda 03052

  3. teenmd | | #4

    Thanks for all of the information.

  4. brsnyder117 | | #5

    I have a few of her videos and replay them every now and then, learning something new every time. The technique for sewing without pins in itself has increased my sewing productivity and accuracy by about 1000%. (Which is good, because I seem to get distracted and have to "unsew" quite a bit <g>). I think that technique is on Industrial Techniques part 1 video.

    I have read that the new book is not nearly as good as the videos, but of course it is nice to have information right there in front of you. It is written by her niece.

    I saw her teach once at G Street Fabrics and she was great! I don't think you will be disappointed by any of her videos.

    I bought her shirt pattern and was less impressed. As sizes went up, the shoulders got bigger and bigger. Better patterns know that women's shoulders aren't necessarily large when the rest of the body is. But the techniques in the pattern are the same as in some of the videos, so buying a pattern (even if you use the techniques on another pattern) is an inexpensive way to get a taste for her methods.

    1. bellefille | | #6

      Oh, what a brilliant idea!  I never would hae thought of that!!!

      Linda 03052

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