I am a self taught sewer who has returned to sewing after being away from it for a number of years. I have recently heard about the Margaret Islander videos and wanted to know if anyone has tried them. As they are a bit pricey, are they worth the investment?
Mary Ellin, I love Margaret Islander's tapes. They're not glitzy productions, but she really shows you how to streamline many common contruction tasks. If you don't want to purchase the tapes without previewing them, you might see if your local ASG chapter or library can loan you a copy. "Industry Techniques" (I forget the exact name) and "Shirts" are the ones I've used, and have had great success adopting her techniques.
Thanks for your input, we just had a demo of some of her techniques which is how I heard about her. I was looking for an opionion if the tapes were worth their price.
I have purchased video tapes (not from Ms. Islander, though) and found that if the video has also a companion book...it is a better learning time for me.
I like to read directions, too, and see still photos. However, I viewed Margaret Islander's "Shirts" tapes in a post-surgical fog, taking "careful" notes throughout (as careful as they could be, considering my state of consciousness at the time), and didn't get around to trying her techniques until a good year or more later. When I got out my notes, they were so clear and straightforward I immediately was able to make a very respectable shirt for my husband. To me, that was a real test of how sensible and easy her teaching is! She takes all the mystery out of sewing collar stands, making nice narrow hems, flat-felling seams, and more--all of which can be tricky to do. As you can see, I highly recommend her tapes.
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