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The styles and techniques in our books are brought to life and expanded on by
Pati Palmer and Marta Alto in these interactive DVD videos.

Note: Our DVDs are "all-region playable" and will work on all video systems around the world.

Jeans for Real People
Learn to Fit and Sew Jeans for Your Body!

Marta Alto demonstrates how to fit jeans to several body types. She shows how to sew all of the jeans details with close-up video. LEARN MORE...

3-hour Two-DVD Set
$24.95



 


 


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DON'T MISS THE FIT FOR REAL PEOPLE SERIES...

TWO PANTS FOR REAL PEOPLE DVDs

Pants for Real People, Fitting Techniques  
1 hour 20 minutes

Pati Palmer teaches you how to tissue-fit a fitted and trouser-style pant. She covers how to get the tissue ready, accuracy, common alterations, fabric pin-fitting, and waistband fitting. Marta Alto shows you how to sew a fitted pant and a trouser, including invisible and fly zippers, two pocket techniques, pressing creases, a waistband with give and a non-roll waistband, lining, and invisible hems. Companions to the book Pants for Real People.

Pants for Real People - Fitting DVD Video $19.95


Pants for Real People, Sewing Techniques 
1 hour 25 minutes

Learn how to sew great looking pants that flatter any body. Marta Alto sews a fitted pant and a trouser, beginning with trying on her altered tissue to check it before cutting.  The goal of this DVD is not only to show sewing techniques for two styles of pants, but to show how you can fit yourself using hand-held and full-length mirrors



Click here on on the cover for more about these videos

Pants for Real People - Sewing DVD Video $19.95
 

Jackets for Real People
TAILORING MADE EASY!

Sew a jacket and ALL your FUTURE sewing will improve!  Follow along as Marta Alto sews a lapel-style jacket with double-welt pockets, vented sleeves, sleeve heads and lining for maximum learning. Clear, step-by-step close-ups take you each step of the way.

TWO HOURS and
45 MINUTES

Hi Capacity DVD
$24.95

 

Fit for Real People: BASICS   1 hour 30 minutes

Learn the basics of choosing the right size, tissue-fitting, altering, and fabric-fitting in this interactive DVD. Marta Alto fits a model who needs the most common alterations for the bust, back, shoulders, and sleeves. She demonstrates the same alterations on 3 styles of  tops— a fitted shirt; a loose fitting jacket, and a fitted princess jacket with a straight skirt. Palmer/Pletsch has been influencing pattern company fit products for over 25 years and are considered the "Fit Authorities" by The McCall Pattern Co.

Inside:
-Buy the right size pattern with the right amount of ease.
-Prepare a pattern for tissue-fitting.
-Fitting a darted, fitted shirt.
-Altering for broad back, full bust, forward shoulder, and fitted sleeve.
-Altering a loose jacket.  Adding a dart for a full bust.
-Altering a fitted princess jacket for full bust.
-Altering a straight skirt
-Round and high round back alterations

Fit for Real People DVD Video $19.95
 

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Fit For Real People COMPANION BOOKS

For more in-depth fitting information, see the best seller
book, Fit for Real People by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto,
a 256 page fit "encyclopedia." 

 

For more on pant fitting and sewing see our book
Pants for Real People
by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto.

 

 

For more on fitting and sewing jackets, see our book Jackets for Real People by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto.

 

 

 

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Yes, I Can Sew! HAND SEWING


FOR CHILDREN AGES 5 TO 11.

  $19.95

5-year-olds CAN sew! Boys and girls can make their own collection of hand-sewn stuffed animals.

In Part 1, My First Sewing Book is read to the child watching the DVD. Two voices narrate each illustrated step, from gathering tools, threading a needle, then sewing and stuffing a felt bird. Selected video of children actually doing the steps is included along with the pages from the book. Part 2 is a close-up, speeded-up segment of a boy, Brian, creating his own sewn, stuffed bird.  Part 3 shows how to make patterns for more shapes to sew.

THE DVD INCLUDES 44 PRINTABLE PATTERNS. Using the included pdfs of 44 patterns designed by children, a collection of stuffed shapes can be made---a zoo, flock of birds, a bear family, or celestial shapes to hang as a mobile can be made. Or, children can make a heart for grandma for Valentine's Day.

The DVD also includes a shopping list, a letter to grown-ups, a special rhyme for teachers, and more about the program. Yes, I Can Sew is the newest teaching tool in a system developed and perfected by Winky Cherry in her nearly 40 years of teaching children from kindergarten through 4th grade how to sew. It is based on her book, My First Sewing Book, which can be purchased to go along with the DVD if desired. The book is available as a kit with felt shapes, printed patterns, and thread for making two of the birds shown in the DVD. Or, using just the DVD, the parent can purchase felt and make shapes using the printable patterns.

For more information about The Winky Cherry System of Teaching Young Children to Sew and My First Sewing Books, visit our children's pages.
 

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Teach Young Children
to Sew
NOW in DVD format

This one-hour DVD is for children and  teachers (parents). You can teach a five-year-old to sew!  You can also teach 10-year-olds hand sewing skills they can use while babysitting. Parents will love you because you'll also be teaching valuable "Life Skills" (manners, patience, following rules, coordination, responsibility, etc.).

If you are a parent who decides to teach your own child, use this video to help you with the instruction.

  • The video is based on three parts
  • Part I  -  A sewing class with 5 - 9-year-olds.
  • Part II  -  A close-up, speeded-up segment of a child sewing a stuffed animal.
  • Part III -  Winky helps you become a good teacher - all the tips you'll need.

Teach Young Children to Sew Video (DVD) $19.95

Special Combination offer:
Teach Young Children to Sew
Teaching Manual and DVD

Teach Young Children to Sew Manual & DVD $29.95  

 

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Learn Machine Embroidery
Machine Embroidery Made Easy with Marta Alto

Watch how to create perfect stabilizing, perfect hooping, perfect stitching, plus creative ideas for clothing, the home, children, and accessories. Let Marta explain seven things that will simplify machine embroidery.
LEARN MORE...

1 hour 43 minute DVD - $24.95

 

 

 

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Will This Fabric Work for You?
Pairing Fabrics to Your Designs

Pati Palmer and Katrina Walker guide you through the steps to making a perfect pairing between fabrics and patterns. Make your fabrics work with your designs using special techniques. Pati and Katrina explain fabric sewability and discuss the easiest fabrics to sew. LEARN MORE...

2-hour DVD
$19.95



 


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LOOKING GOOD Live!
Look like a million...for considerably less!

What you need to know about style, line, design, and color to flatter you.

Featuring wardrobe consultant Nancy Nix-Rice and based on the classic wardrobe book, Looking Good. Learn how to look like a million NOW—not after you lose 20 pounds, win the lottery, or build a bigger closet.

Nancy shows you how to dress the body you have and make it the best it can be. Learn to create “points of connection” between you and your wardrobe—colors, styles, design details and accessories—to spotlight your assets and minimize your challenge areas. See Cindy’s wardrobe transformation and discover techniques to update your own closet. Whether you buy clothes, sew your own, or both, you’ll never again have to utter those famous words: “I have nothing to wear.”

For more about this DVD click HERE or on the DVD cover.

  1 hour 40 minute DVD  $19.95  

SPECIAL OFFER:
Looking Good Live! DVD plus the new book Looking Good...
Every Day
for only
$39.95
*
- save $9.95

*book with regular binding;
with coil binding $44.95


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Full Busted? Sew Clothes That Fit!

Full-busted women buy oversized clothes so they can button the front. Now you can buy patterns to fit your upper chest, neck, and shoulders and easily learn to alter the front to fit your C, D, DD, or larger cup size. This two-hour video could forever change your appearance!

2-hour DVD
$19.95



 

From Madeline, St. Louis, MO
"I just want to thank Marta and Pati for giving me back my sewing.
I've been sewing since I was 7 years old and always loved it.  But,
since the 1980s over-sized styles went out, sewing my own clothes has
been a misery for me.  So, I've mostly sewn for others and worked on
quilts.  I have shelves of books on sewing but none address a true
full bust. So that Y-dart solution is just fabulous and has restored my enjoyment of sewing." 

"I am finally getting some decent clothes made for myself that actually fit! I just can't thank you both enough for putting together the Full Bust DVD.  It has answered so many questions and solved so many problems. Now I can finally make use of all those beautiful fabrics in my fabric collection!"

For more about this new DVD click HERE or on the DVD cover.

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Sewing...Good to Great
IT'S IN THE DETAILS

See the most difficult sewing details demystified. Marta Alto has been teaching sewing since the 1970s, both as a traveling educator and in hands-on workshops. She has learned her craft by doing it and teaching it, so she knows first-hand where people have difficulties. The techniques she demonstrates here will improve your skills in making beautiful finished garments.

2-hour DVD
$19.95


 

Included: perfect darts, lapped and invisible zippers, facings, edge finishes, pocket styles, Hong Kong finish and to-the edge linings, hems in many fabrics, machine embroidery tips, and covered snaps over BIG buttons.

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Learn to Sew a Shirt or Blouse

Marta Alto shows you how to fit, cut, mark, and sew two styles of shirts. One has a collar with a band, the other a convertible (fold back or button up) collar. She covers fit, fabrics, choosing the right interfacing, sleeve placket and cuffs, hems, and buttonholes.  Marta can make a quality shirt in two hours or less. Each one you make will be faster and easier to sew!

2 hours 7 minutes DVD
$19.95

 

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Sew an Ultrasuede Jacket

Learn all about sewing Ultrasuede while Marta Alto sews a blazer-style jacket. Includes cutting, marking, flat method constructions, and quick lining. You'll have the "confidence to cut" into these wonderful fabrics after watching this video!

1-hour DVD
$19.95


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FRUSTRATED BY INTERFACINGS?...

Perfect Fusing
Success with Fusible Interfacings in ANY Garment

Tired of struggling to fuse interfacing to jackets and other sewing projects? Marta Alto simplifies interfacing decision making in this expanded DVD video.

50-minute DVD
only $14.95

For information about the Palmer/Pletsch PerfectFuse interfacings click here.


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SERGING/OVERLOCKING DVDs...

Serger Basics and Creative Serging 
now available as interactive DVDs!

(See detailed descriptions below)

Sewing with SERGERS
Basics I & II
Combined/Revised DVD  $19.95

Creative
Serging I & II
Combined/Revised DVD $19.95

Sewing With SERGERS Basics
Parts I and II included in a single DVD

Part I: Learn to master serger basics with the help of this two hour video based on our book Sewing With Sergers.

Part II: Learn practical reasons for using your serger on garments with the help of this one hour video based on our book Sewing With Sergers. This video is the sequel to the sewing With Sergers Basics video.

Creative Serging I & II
Parts I and II included in a single DVD

Part I: Marta Alto and Pati Palmer will show you how to maximize your serger and have FUN using it. In this two-hour video based on the book Creative Serging, see close-ups of all the tips that make decorative threads work on YOUR serger, PLUS great fashion ideas

Part II: This is a continuation of our Creative Serging video and is also based on our book Creative Serging plus The Serger Idea Book. Marta Alto and Pati Palmer will show you MORE great ways to use YOUR serger for decorative over-locking. And you'll see a fashion show of creative clothes.

FOR MORE ABOUT THESE TWO DVDS CLICK HERE OR ON THE COVERS ABOVE.

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21st Century Sewing 
From Solid Beginnings 
to New Heights... 
Home Ec Goes High Tech


Tips and techniques to make sewing fun, fast and trouble free.

Some of the solid basic sewing skills we learned in home economics are still important to a quality garment, but many today do not have formal sewing education available. In this DVD Marta Alto shares the most important things you need to know to sew well, and identifies new products that makes sewing easier and/or better.

Of course, the sewing room has become computerized as well—machines that cut thread at the end of the seam automatically, memorize buttonhole size and shape, needle position choice at the end of a seam, and more beautiful automatic embroidery options than ever.  However, you can enter 21st century sewing with any machine you own, but be sure to at least add a serger for finishing and fun. Watch Marta's serger DVDs to master that machine!

The DVD is organized into four blocks of time. Organize your sewing time so you get it done!

1.         Buy correct pattern and tissue fit
2          Notions, cutting, marking, and fusing
3.         Pressing, collars, sleeves, zippers
4.         Finishing, buttonhole, hem tips

Note: A variety of sewing machines are represented. Models will change over time.

This is a good introduction or re-introduction to sewing, and a companion to Mother Pletsch’s Painless Sewing.

21st Century Sewing
1 hour DVD Video $19.95

 

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Smart Packing
It’s a suitcase,
not your closet!

Do you always travel with too much luggage and can’t imagine how others manage with so little?

Are you afraid of paying excess and overweight baggage fees when flying?

Your answer is here: watch a pro in action as packing expert and author Susan Foster shares tips and tricks from savvy frequent travelers.  MORE INFORMATION...

40-Minute DVD -- $14.95

  

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A New DVD to Help Us Slow Down, Breathe, Relax,
and feel better...

The Resting Postures
A Practical Guide for Reducing Pain and Improving Our Ability for Self-Healing

Those of us who sew ask a lot of our bodies when we sit so long at our machines. Here's help in recovering from all that sitting!  We are all able to improve our ability to heal ourselves. In this video Dr. Michael Sears takes the viewer through the breathing exercises and resting postures that can make a difference.

For more about this DVD click here or on the graphic above.

 

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