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Ralphetta | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I didn’t want to duplicate a previous discussion so I typed in video and searched.  I didn’t find anything. 

I wanted to know if anyone had first-hand knowledge of good videos on tailoring, jackets and/or  advanced techniques.  I have Sandra Betzina’s video on making pants and I think it’s extremely good. 

Has anyone seen anything they would recommend?

If there IS previous info on videos…could you direct me to it so we don’t rehash the same thing?



  1. kayrosie | | #1

    I didn't know there were videos out there. I would like one on prefecting bridesmaid dresses and bridal gowns. Any ideas where I can find that.


    1. Ralphetta | | #2

      Years ago a good sewing machine store in my area had a nice selection they would allow customers to borrow....free!  I viewed a few.  Some weren't impressive, but I liked the Betzina pants one so much I bought a copy.  I think I remember at least one that covered "special" tailoring issues..like welt pockets, and other finishing details but I couldn't afford it at the time.

       I believe I remember some advertised in Threads? and maybe Amazon.com.  But, I really wanted to get reviews so I wouldn't waste my $$.

      A GOOD video can do so much more than illustrations. 

      I thought that I remembered an occasional video review in Threads, but I could be wrong.

      Maybe someone can give us some suggestions.


  2. mem | | #3

    I have some by Roberta Carr which are very good if rather dated in a fashion sense. They were distributed by Mcalls Patterns.

    1. Ralphetta | | #4


      Tell me more, the "fashion" is secondary.  I'm interested in the how-to.  What subjects do you have?

      1. mem | | #5

        I have one on pants fine sewing and i think there was also one which included taloring jackets . It is VERY high class sewing but really helped me lift my standards .I think if you google Roberta Carr you should find something.

  3. ctirish | | #6

    Hi, I have some videos from Cynthia Guffey, she is a perfectionist sewer who not only teaches but has a custom clothing company.  I saw her at a Sewing Expo and bought several of her videos. Her videos are very specific but she doesn't show any of the humor she has when you see her in person. She came to a local sewing center and did a great talk and demonstration of her techniques.  Her patterns do not come with good instructions - she assumes who know about construction of a garment ( or have one of her videos)

     I went to Amazon.com and searched on sewing videos and DVDs and it came back with quite a few including Cynthia's, Marilyn Green, Palmer Plestch - Sandra Betzina does some of their videos.

    I  am not sure where you live, in the US some libraries have them or can get them for you. If you are not in the US I would check the equivalent of Amazon and see what they can get for you.  If you are in Connecticut, let me know...

  4. ctirish | | #7

    I forgot to add I googled Roberta Carr as suggested and I did find several videos from her and they did look good.   .....jane

    1. Ralphetta | | #8


      Although I knew videos were available I wanted to hear from people who had used them, in order to know which ones might be the best.

      1. ctirish | | #11

        Have you found any videos you like. I have never seen a Palmer Pletsch  video - if you get one of those, let us know how you like it.  Did you look at Cynthia Guffey's videos? I do like the way she explains things - the 'plus'  about videos is you can rewind  and rewind until you get it.

        1. Ralphetta | | #12

          I'm still looking and listening for feedback because I don't want to waste my money on something I'm disappointed with.  There hasn't been much response from people who have videos.  I was looking for reponses with "terrific, great, I just love it,etc.," otherwise there really isn't much sense in buying a video instead of a good book." 

          I was looking because there are certain steps that are SO much easier to understand when shown in motion than in a diagram.

          When I find something I like, I will be sure to pass on the info.

          1. mem | | #13

            I would definitely recommend the Roberta Carr ones . Maybe we Aussies just arent as effusive as you Yanks !!

          2. Ralphetta | | #14

            Thanks!  I'm just hesitant about parting with my money for something "good." I always think of good as just mediocre...somewhere in the middle.  I'm glad you wrote again.

  5. West Australia | | #9

    The Palmer/Pletsch team have put out a number of excellent videos including jackets, pants a fit. Suggest you google Palmer Pletch and follow the leads. I have them and love them.
    Good luck

    1. Ralphetta | | #10

      thank you

  6. jatman | | #15

    Hi Ralphetta,

    I'm not sure if you noticed or not but Threads sells a shirt making video by David Coffin.  On the site you can get a small preview of the video.  I've ordered it because I liked the preview so much.  However, I have not yet received it, so I can't tell you if the whole video is as easy to understand as the clip that is shown.  I have to agree with you - that it's easier for me to understand something if I see it done rather than reading about it, no matter how many photos are shown! 

    Good luck!


    1. SewNancy | | #16

      I have the video, and it is very good. I also have the book and I think that you need both to get the most out of the video. I don't like his CD book on pants. I really don't like this format. I really just find it hard to use.

      1. jatman | | #17

        I do have the book on shirt making already.  I just received it and haven't really looked at it yet.  It's good to know that having both isn't overkill and also good to know that the CD book format is not really the same as having a video/book combination.  Thank you!


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