The Scoop on Craftsy ~ An Interview with VP Emily Lawrence (Plus Giveaways + a Free Class!)

on May 8 | in Interviews + Profiles | by | with 196 Comments

Over the past year we’ve noticed the website, Craftsy, crossing our radar very frequently. Some of our blog contributors have signed on to be instructors and more and more of our friends are talking about Craftsy classes. Looking around their site, we can see they have a lot of interesting workshops and classes, and the format looks very appealing. As former educators we were more than a little curious– Is this a format that people can really learn from? Is a class well-planned? It is more than a tutorial? Is it similar to a live course? Is it better than a YouTube video? Is it more appealing for people who learn from both visual and auditory instruction? What IS UP with Craftsy?!

We’re not shy, so we asked VP of Production at Craftsy, Emily Lawrence, and she was nice enough to answer all our questions. Plus she told us all about a new FREE class you can take and also gave us FIVE PASSES to a class for a great-looking top, The Sassy Librarian Blouse. (Learn how you can access your free class and enter to win the other after the interview.)

Kristin: Thanks for talking with us, Emily. What is your role at Craftsy?
Emily: I’ve been at Craftsy since the very beginning two years ago, so my role has changed a lot. I started off producing our classes— preparing for the filming, directing the video shoots, editing— and now we’ve built an amazing great group of producers, designers and editors to make sure we’re making classes that are useful and inspiring.  It’s fun and satisfying to NOT do so much as a one-woman band! The one part of my job that hasn’t changed is my very favorite: I get to plan our educational content, developing curriculum and finding just the right instructors to teach at Craftsy.

Kristin: Can you give us a little background on the company?
Emily: Craftsy was launched in May of 2011, but we were founded in the spring of 2010 by couple of brilliant eBay veterans who wanted to create a new approach to online learning.

As a result, we have a crackerjack group of engineers who are continually innovating; they come up with amazing new features that make the classes more effective.  They’re also fun and quirky to work with, so every day at the office tends to hold something unexpected, whether it’s a nerf gun war or a breakfast cereal bar.

Kristin: Tell us about the format of a Craftsy class.
Emily: A Craftsy class is typically 10 lessons long, often around 5 hours worth of video.

Each class is in-depth; if we’re covering a project, we teach you the whole arc from start to finish; if it’s a technique class, you learn lots of different approaches. In every class, we try to diagnose and trouble shoot the common problems a student is likely to run into. But of course we can’t predict every issue that you might have and this is where the Craftsy platform shines.

The class format enables students to ask questions and get help from both your instructor and your fellow students– It’s like being able to virtually raise your hand in the video. Here’s how it works: If I run into a problem with my quilt block 12:44 into the video for Lesson 3, I can pause it and say “My points aren’t matching— What did I do wrong?” That question then appears like a pop-up bubble below the video. You can even take a picture of a block and add to it to the question so everyone can see exactly what’s going on. If you’re working through a class at night, you can usually ask a question before bed and get help from classmates by morning.

Also, Craftsy classes never expire. You can watch the lessons and follow the techniques over and over again. I’ve definitely had the experience of going to a workshop and feeling like I couldn’t remember all the details once I got home. With a Craftsy class, the material— and the achieved Q & A from both you and your classmates— is always available.

Our students love our platform, so another wonderful part of my job is reading the email we get from crafters who enjoy the great access to learning we provide. My inbox is a happy place!

Kristin: What sets a Craftsy class apart from a typical YouTube how-to video?
Emily: YouTube is an incredible resource and I use it for quick fixes all the time, but our classes do something different. Here’s how they stack up:

  1. Interactive help. Our instructors log into the class several times a week to answer questions, and fellow students are always chiming in as well. You also get to see the existing Q & As, so you learn through those questions as well. Finally, you can post photos as part of your question, which really ensures that you get the help you need.
  2. Curation. We carefully curate our instructors and our course offerings, so you know you’re learning from amazing teachers.
  3. Quality. The streaming video lessons are shot in HD and often from the student’s point of view, so you get the best perspective possible to learn the material.
  4. Length. Our courses are the equivalent of a multi-day live workshop.
  5. Control. Each lesson is chapterized and all the material is searchable; this means that you can skip around, search both the video and the Q & A, and go right to the sections you need. You can also take notes to yourself to remind you of spots in the video you want to visit again.

Kristin: What’s the difference between an Online Class and a Workshop?
Emily: At Craftsy, we offer two formats: online classes and workshops.  Craftsy classes are video-based, Craftsy workshops are photo-based. Both include help from the instructor and your classmates, detailed handouts and downloadable patterns.

Workshops typically cover one project, classes are more in-depth and they may cover several projects or techniques.

Kristin: Do you have instructional designers on staff? Do they help with the lesson plans?
Emily: I’m so glad you asked! I think our instructional designers (we call them pre-producers) are the secret to creating an amazing class. The process of teaching in a video-based environment is very different from a live teaching experience. When you’re in a live classroom, you can walk around the room and see where people may be having trouble and then take the opportunity to address some of those points with the broader group. On camera, we need to anticipate those moments. Our pre-producers spend months working through the material with the instructor to make sure the lessons are presented clearly and thoughtfully for this medium.

Kristin: How do you get bloggers ready to be instructors?
Emily: Some bloggers are great instructors— and they teach tutorials on their blogs all the time— but by and large, we work with people who have put themselves in front of students face-to-face. Our mission is to connect great teachers with students around the world. We think that teaching is an incredibly undervalued skill, and we’re thrilled to be able to support, cultivate and reward outstanding teachers in a meaningful way. We’ve had the best experience working with experienced teachers, because teaching is a skill that takes practice.

Kristin: Do the instructors come to you for filming, or do you go to them?
Emily: Right now, about half of our filming takes place in Denver (where Craftsy is based), and half of it is filmed on location in our instructor’s studios or shops. I love filming in the teacher’s space– seeing the way they organize their creative space inspires me– but not every space suits our filming requirements.

Kristin: If someone thinks they have what it takes to be a Craftsy instructor, how to they submit their proposal to you?
Emily: I love getting course proposals! If someone is interested in teaching a class, they should first become a student by taking a Craftsy class, then request course proposal guidelines from us at [email protected].

Kristin: How do I choose the right course for me?
Emily: Check out the itineraries at the top of the course catalog; they identify each class in a given cluster and outline the progression of skills and techniques so you can figure out where to start.

Kristin: Can you tell us anything about the future of Craftsy?
Emily: Craftsy is growing so quickly right now; we’re developing quilting and garment sewing classes left and right. I can tell you that we’re going to be working with some instructors whose modern quilts I find incredibly inspiring. We’ll be releasing one new class a month in our quilting and sewing categories for the rest of the year, so if you don’t see the class you really want right now, check again soon.

FREE CLASS: Sewing Machine 911 with Claudia Miller

Everyone can sign up for this informative class for free! It’s a great opportunity to learn more about your machine as well as check out the format of a Craftsy class. Don’t miss it! Here’s what you’ll learn in Sewing Machine 911:

  • How to familiarize yourself with the parts of your machine and how they operate.
  • How to perform basic skills, like threading the machine and winding the bobbin.
  • How to pinpoint signs and symptoms of common problems.
  • How to clean your machine to keep it working well and lengthen its lifespan. (You need this, right?!)

Sign up for this free class HERE.

GIVEAWAY: The Sassy Librarian Blouse with Christine Haynes ($29 value)

The pattern for this adorable vintage-inspired blouse is only available through the Craftsy class. If you sign up for (or win!) The Sassy Librarian Blouse, here is what you’ll learn:

  • How to create eight different vintage-inspired blouses from one pattern.
  • How to take proper measurements and choose the correct pattern size for a great fit.
  • How to lay out and cut fabric for best results.
  • How to add stylish detail with buttonholes, pintucks, darts and more!
  • How to mix and match blouse components like necklines, collars and sleeves.

ENTER TO WIN

To enter to win one of FIVE passes to the Sassy Librarian Blouse class (a $29 value), tell us about how you learn to sew best. Do you do well with written tutorials? Love to take classes in real life? Need someone to hold your hand? Think videos are awesome? We’re very curious about your experiences! We’ll announce the five winners next week.

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196 Responses to The Scoop on Craftsy ~ An Interview with VP Emily Lawrence (Plus Giveaways + a Free Class!)

  1. Christine M says:

    I have learned by trial and error, but in the past 7 years I have really taken advantage of web tutorials, youtube videos, and sewing books. As a teacher myself I can really see the advantages of the Craftsy format. I am interested in the free class as well as I am intimidated by machine sometimes, lol.

  2. Erica says:

    I am a self-taught sewer who learns as she sews. So far, written tutorials with pics have been the way to go with me. But ever since I’ve learned of Craftsy I’ve wanted to try one of their classes. I hope I win!

  3. Tanya says:

    This sounds perfect for how I learn… Step by step, with all the info available to go back over if I missed anything! I love to see visuals – pics or video – sewing is such a visual thing! Especially as being self taught I’m not familiar with all the terminology.

  4. Heather K says:

    I like a little combo of tutorials and figuring things out on my own. I like the challenge of recreating patterns, changing things to my liking along the way.

  5. Lisa says:

    I learn the *best* with a sewing partner to go over the instructions with me…I have a friend that sews with me and we love tackling new, more advanced, projects together. I think an online class would be the next best thing!

  6. Jeanette says:

    I need detailed instructions and lots and lots of pictures. I’ll go over a move many times in my head before I actually stitch.

  7. Lee says:

    I love tutorials!

  8. Sabina Moolla says:

    I like a bit of written instruction as well as visual direction so I always look our for patterns that have both. I’m fairly new at sewing and altho I’m getting the hang of it for crafty things (quilts, bags etc) I’m finding clothes quite difficult. I just don’t get some of the stuff intuitively. So this class would be fab to try!

  9. jessicac says:

    I really need hand holding, and videos to learn! I haven’t really sewn since high school, and am itching to get back into it!

  10. Ellen Ban says:

    I like Video classes as I find I’m a visual learner and need to watch several times!

  11. Marilyn Pennock says:

    I learned to sew in High School home ec. I enjoy video classes but need written instruction for referral.

  12. I am a newbie at sewing. My first contact with this wonderful crafting world was through blogs and tons of different tutorials. The quality vary so much so i use Pinterest to “curate” the most interesting ones. I have learned most self-taught and took two offline classes.
    I like the principle of “classes” – you need to take your time, just like having an appointment. Learning through blog tutorials can lead to a never-ending “research” – I loose all my time looking at these beautiful pictures and daydreaming about my own handmade things :)

  13. Amy S says:

    I learn best with tutorials with great pictures of before and after each step. I also love to have a phone nearby to call my mom, a fantastic seamstress and my first sewing teacher/inspiration when I get stumped!

  14. Carmen says:

    I’m a beginner, so I’m still at the “hold my hand” stage.

  15. Sarah B says:

    Instruction (teaching or lots of pictures) and experimentation.

  16. Sue says:

    I’m a visual learner. I can read instructions over and over and still be confused. Show me and I’ve got it.

  17. Tina L. says:

    I learn best by reading the instructions, take time to understand the techniques and then tackle the project step by step.

  18. Anna (sixtyfourcolorbox) says:

    The difficulty of the project determines how I need to learn something. Most of the time I can read about how to do something and get it. Occasionally, I need pictures or a video to take me step by step.

  19. Jen says:

    I learn best by watching: so I suppose video is best for me.
    jscudiere at gmail dot com.

  20. Laura says:

    I learn best through classes, but I have learned well in the past through videos and online tutorials as well. I hope to be able to take more classes soon.

  21. Joanna says:

    I’ve been doing pretty well with written tutorials. What I don’t understand, youtube videos help explain what I can’t visualize. But when I first started learning I needed one on one help in person. Someone to show me what to do and how to do it. Once I had the basics down I’ve been using the first two mentioned ways to teach myself. :)

  22. Christine B says:

    I learn best by watching and then doing. I have to take lots of notes to refer back to. I’m kind of “teaching” myself to sew. I haven’t learned much of anything. I definitely need some help.

  23. Michelle Mikell says:

    I learn best by doing. Making mistakes & then having to fix them cements the process.

  24. Lara Liles says:

    I am visual so I do well with videos. I just bought myself a sewing machine and have completed several projects. I am ready to make the jump to some clothes so this class would be awesome for me!

  25. Carla says:

    I learn best in a live class, however, if it is something simple, online tutorials are good, too. I do like the idea of a video class that you can store, and then refer back to any time.

  26. jessica says:

    i am a librarian, i really need to make this blouse!
    i mostly learn by reading, very carefully – for some reason i have never taken a class but i think that would be a great way to learn.

  27. Joy says:

    I have learned to sew from my Mom when I was younger but now it is mostly just by reading a pattern. However the sewing classes looked interesting to me just to see how other people did things and I could see how somone else does it better.

  28. sara says:

    I’m okay sewing from written instructions; better with a picture tutorial; very best is a video. Some things, like putting in a zipper fly or welt pockets (or a million other things), are just really difficult to grasp until you see a video, where it becomes perfectly clear.

  29. I prefer to see how another person sews and then doing it myself. I love if it’s a video and I can watch it and stop, and watch again, I think video classes have more patience than real in person classes.

  30. I think I’ve learned best by videos. I took up sewing about a year ago and I pretty much taught myself. Whenever I need help I watch youtube videos. The internet has been a great resource for me. I’ve made tons of friends and watched lots of tutorials.

  31. Alli says:

    I do the best with written instructions that have lots of pictures. I usually don’t prefer video demonstrations since I feel like I can get to the learning part faster by reading. This class seems it has the perfect topic for a video, though — I bet it’ll be a lot easier to learn about clothing fit and 3D sewing issues this way! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  32. Joanna says:

    I am largely self-taught, so I have really relied on online tutorials, youtube and a few in person classes. I like online tutorials that are heavy on step by step pictures with lots of descriptive text–I learn by both reading and seeing conceptually. I generally turn to youtube for a quick clip of techniques (like how the heck to make a blind hem). I have taken a handful of quilting classes and one garmet sewing class in person. Generally, I can’t take these classes because I work a ton and have a hard time being able to commit to being somewhere at a specific time. And I can admit that I have a hard time learning hands on stuff like sewing in an environment with lots of folks at different levels. It’s too hard to get it and wait or not get it and get left behind with no time to catch up. I hate feeling like I can’t go at my own pace.

    I have taken one online class (not from craftsy) and rank my experience as middling. Her information was good. The videos were decent. But after the class the materials went away. And there were so many projects that I couldn’t keep up–so it was kind of critical for me to be able to access the class materials after the class was over, so that was a huge point of frustration for me.

  33. Jody says:

    I hope to be able to take classes someday. I am largely self taught–trial/error, books, tutorials, etc. I like to be able to “stop” whatever I’m looking at, try out the technique, and go back to the instructions as many times as I need to. BTW, this blouse is really cute. Would love to win this!

  34. Becki says:

    I take a lot of quilting and craft classes locally. There really isn’t much available for garment sewing. I also look for videos online when I hit a problem that I need to solve! I am looking forward to beginning the Craftsy classes I have already bought once graduation season is over.

  35. Polly says:

    I like to take classes but don’t get a chance to do that much. Written tutorials are normally great and youtube for when I’m in a pinch about picturing what needs doing. I’d love to win this!

  36. Jen V says:

    I am mostly self-taught from reading books, patterns and tutorials. I have watched some online videos and found them helpful at times. I never have time for classes at my local sewing shop so online classes just might be the solution. I like the idea of doing it on my schedule. At first I thought diving it and figuring it out ws the way to go but now I know that there is no need to reinvent the wheel. Experienced sewists have a lot of tips, tricks & techniques that save me time, trouble and frustration. Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. Lynnette says:

    I love taking classes in person, but Craftsy classes and online tutorials are SO convenient and last forever while memories fade.

  38. Linda S says:

    I learned to sew in home ec. in 7th grade (back in the dark ages when they still had home ec.). I’ve only dabbled since then–halloween costumes, etc.–but am getting back into making clothes now. I haven’t taken a real class, but have learned quite a bit from tutorials on various “sewist” websites.

  39. Agnes says:

    I am very visual- i like to look at books, or websites, or, even better, videos. I study them for a while, and once i understand the point, i get down to it. I don’t like going to classes that much becuse of my chaotic schedule, but i love learning new ways of doing things. I even dream about how certain cuts work.

  40. Holly says:

    I do fine (mostly) with written tutorials, but if they are accompanied by a video then its a bonus – I can read about it and see it – that covers all of my learning bases!

  41. noreen says:

    I learn best by screwing it up the first time. Directions never make sense to me until I have to pick out my stitches and do it over… and over…

  42. Char says:

    I learn best in multiple ways! I must say I learn by just diving in and doing, I love taking classes or watching videos but then I often refer back to written directions for clarification. I must say, I love the Craftsy block of the Month class. It seems to be the right mix of styles for learning for me! -thanks!

  43. Kelly says:

    I love all the great tutorials available through various blogs and learn a lot using them. I have taken classes locally but time is always an issue so an internet/video based class is great. This blouse is lovely and I would love to learn to make it?

  44. Emily Kleinman says:

    I like to take classes. Something to be said for live people to answer questions!!!

  45. Jamie says:

    I learn best through reading, tutorials and pictures. I wanted to learn to sew so bad growing up but no one was around who could show me more then a hand sewn running stitch. So to the library I went I soaked up all I could and tried them hand sewing techniques I could. When I was 19 I was gifted my first sewing machine and went to town.

  46. Meagan says:

    I am a visual learner. So I would have to say that the best way I have learned how to sew has been from my grandma sewing with me. I also LOVE tutorial on blogs! Pictures really help! Thanks for this opportunity to win! This would be super fun to do!

  47. Eleanor Nunez says:

    Prefer tutorials with good quality photos; and good quality videos as well.

  48. ~Heather says:

    I prefer to be in a class with someone holding my hand. That said, I sure seem to learn an awful lot the hard way: by making my own mistakes and figuring how not to make those same mistakes again!

  49. Darcie says:

    I’m mostly a learn by doing type. My mom taught me as a kid, and I’ve mostly just gone from that point. I’ve taken some classes, but mostly it’s the experience of just jumping in and doing it. Perhaps I’d have more skills and techniques up my sleeves if I was willing to take a class or two again!

  50. Katrina says:

    I learn best with an expert right next to me like my grandmother, guiding me step by step. It’s rare we get to spend time together though so I make the most of all of the above…books old and new, online tutorials with plenty of pictures, and video how-tos work best since I am such a visual learner.

    LOVE the look of that librarian top and would love to try out a craftsy class too!

  51. Lynn says:

    I love to take classes. I enjoy the interaction with the instructor and other students and I always have a question or two!

  52. carole says:

    I do well with videos and tutorials on line and I also love a really great book. I would love to travel to classes and retreats but with two small children, I only have time in the middle of the morning and after eight o’clock at night – so online is great for me! I also have just bought a new sewing machine and the couple who own the shop are wonderful sewers – garments and quilts – and I can call them during shop hours and ask questions or pop in at the weekend. It’s nice to have a relationship with a real person too.

  53. Kathie M says:

    I learn best by doing. Clear instructions with lots of pictures of how to do things certainly don’t hurt! My grandmother taught me the basics when I was 13 and I got very friendly with my seam ripper.

  54. Suzanne says:

    While I am largely self- taught, I do take classes at a local shop and love anything that is hands-on. I have never tried a video class but I’m sure I would love it since I can see exacly what I need to do….thanks for the chance to win!

  55. Morgan says:

    I do especially love in-person classes, being able to ask the instructor questions as they come up is invaluable. I also love to meet others with an interest in sewing, crafting, etc., see what they are working on and listen in on their questions and problems and solutions from the instructor. However, my schedule and finances do not permit me to take as many classes as I would like and so I find on-line tutuorials invaluable (as well as sometimes you tube video tutorials). Can’t tell you how much I have learned from some of these. They are a great resource!

  56. Leah says:

    I love to take classes in person because it is so helpful to have someone nearby to help you troubleshoot. But an on-line tutorial with lots of photos works too (depending on how tricky it is).

  57. Marie Leighton says:

    I love to learn and enjoy all forms of learning. For sewing, I learn best from an experienced instructor. Although reading and tutorials are great, I find that an experienced sewist always has valuable information that only time and experience can teach. When they pass that on, and demonstrate, it’s pure gold. That’s what makes these Craftsy classes so great – it’s the best of all worlds. Video
    “rewind” and review! Q&A, input from other classmates, and it is even available when I can’t sleep, have a few minutes to spare, or don’t like what my husband is watching on tv. Trial and error is a factor for me too, but with the classes that never expire I can start all over again if I need to do so.

    I’m currently enrolled in the Starlet Jacket class with Gertie, just waiting for my fabric to get here. I love this trend toward modest, retro-inspired clothing. That’s my personal style preference so please keep it up!

  58. sangeetha says:

    I love visuals, so videos, illustrations etc… work really well for me

  59. Emily says:

    I love taking classes but, because of where I live, I don’t have the option to take them often! Instead, I read as much as I can: books, magazines, blogs. I also try to take in as much as possible from the internet, looking at pictures and tutorials. I bookmark what I like and reference it if I have trouble later!

    (I also call my mom when I’m having a real problem! :D)

  60. rachel says:

    im more of a visual and hands on when it comes too sewing ,i have been a member of a local textile group which was great but stopped ,books and the internet have been my sources of information and the great community of crafters online they can be the best for fresh ideas on approaching an old problem and give you wonderful tips on how to homemake some expensive sewking essentials .Great offer on the free class and the blouse is lovely .

  61. I signed up for the Craftsy BOM class and I am really enjoying it. The combination of video tutorials when I want them and as often as I want them, combined with written course instructions works perfectly for me. I have tried learning from books before but often a single instruction leaves me baffled, so having the opportunity to see the instruction in action solves my problem.

    Great giveaway, I love that blouse!

  62. Jennyroo says:

    I like tutorials online with lots of pictures! Hand holding is good too, though not always possible! LOL!

  63. chibidani says:

    I learn best with a combination of in-person (or through video) instruction and written instruction, with a small dash of trail-and-error thrown in.

  64. Carole M says:

    Live classes are best, however I am becoming quite adept at learning from online mediums.

  65. Kimberly says:

    I do well with written tutorials, especially if they are very detailed. I find classes to be very helpful as well!

  66. Courtney P-F says:

    I learn best through trial and error. Yes, it pains me, but I have to physically try something before I really learn it.

  67. Nienke says:

    I try learning from books, but I’m not a very patient reader and need a more visual approach. My grandma taught me some basic sewing skills, but we currently live 6000 miles apart, so she’s trying to answer my questions by phone. Quite hard! So when I discovered Crafsty about 1 month ago, I was so thrilled! It’s definitely MY way of learning!

  68. Kathy Laird says:

    I have taken one online class. It was an awesome experience and I would definitely do it again. What a great giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity!

  69. Andrea says:

    I work really well with written tutorials, as long as they have lots of photos! I’ve used a Craftsy workshop before, and I’m currently starting up the Couture Dress course – it’s AHMAZING!!!

  70. LauraH says:

    I learn best by seeing things and then reading or listening to instructions. I think a video would be a great tool to use because I could rewind it and watch it as often as I needed! Thanks so much!

  71. Kathleen says:

    I do well with written tutorials. But I am currently taking the BOM class at Craftsy, my first video class and I am LOVING IT!! This is my first attempt at making quilt blocks and Amy is an awesome instructor and very easy to learn from.

  72. Donna Lee Williams says:

    I LOVE Craftsy. I have already viewed one of the sewing classes – the one that Diana Rupp teaches, and have just ordered a second one. I really like that one can view the lessons over and over again. I watched the entire series of lessons in Diana’s course before I will begin actually constructing the course projects. It is great to see how everything comes together, and then to be able to go back and work step by step thru the project.

  73. Ginger says:

    I think I learn best with written instructions/classes. I have taken many online sewing classes, but none with a video format. I’m gong to check these classes out, they sound neat.

  74. kathyh says:

    Over the years, I’ve experiences just about every type of learning from classes, to one-on-one, reading blogs, to sewing with Nancy.
    I don’t have a favorite – just depends on my work schedule and my budget. I have taken the making chocolates class on Craftsy and liked the questions/answer/faq portion to elaborate on certain points.

  75. Leslie R. says:

    I really love the online video format. I can access the tutorial over and over. What a timely, brilliant idea.

  76. Hilary S says:

    I like written tutorials with lots of photos, and then it’s trial and error. My computer isn’t near my sewing machine, which makes things a little tricky, but I could always move one of them!

  77. jackie says:

    pictures pictures pictures. I skip all the reading and writing. that’s why I love to put together Ikea furniture it’s all in pictures. Same with quilting/sewing

  78. Ella says:

    Tutorials and pictures are my favorite! It helps me with some of my spatial deficiencies. Thanks for a chance at the great giveaway! Craftsy’s online classes are fab.

  79. Kristin M says:

    I learn the best through having the materials in front of me, whether in person, via book or video. I need the ability to sometimes think things out and then ask questions. In quick workshop or demos that can be hard. I like the thought of being able to return to the videos and see it again.

  80. Melissa says:

    I just wing it!

  81. Kendra says:

    I learn to sew best from videos. I am just finishing my “Bombshell Dress” from Gretchen Hirsch’s Craftsy class and loved it!

  82. Lori Thayer says:

    I taught myself everything by trial & error, then going to the library and studying the resources available.

  83. lm says:

    I’m a visual learner and I like illustrations better than photos. when I use a blog tutorial, I usually end up winging most of it rather than going back and forth from the computer.

  84. Danielle says:

    I learn best through trial and error. While I am NOT a huge fan of the “rip out” I have learned more through my mistakes than I have from the description on a pattern. I am loving all of the new vid formatting classes that are online…..It makes taking a technique class attainable for busy sewists.

  85. blue.crab says:

    I do alright with tutorials, but this is a great idea. I love the idea of being able to ask questions and have personal responses. I can usually follow pictures, but sometimes a video or face to face is so much quicker.

  86. Cary says:

    I learn well by written tutorials, but if I’m really stuck on something a video clip really helps!

  87. JamieS says:

    When I learned to quilt, I started with a beginner’s class at a local quilt shop, which was very helpful. However, having an instructor at my beck and call, so to speak, as a Craftsy class seems to allow is a great idea. Since my first class, I’ve learned from books and magazines. Being able to ask questions and go at my own pace, would be very helpful. Thanks, Craftsy and SewMamaSew.

  88. Valerie says:

    I learn best with concise instructions along with a photo–just to check that I’m doing it correctly.

    I’m did not know about this site and am very excited to hear about it. Thanks SMS for all the inspiration!

  89. I learn by books and static information as well as watching videos whereby I can replay the segments showing a technique that I may be struggling with. I like diagrams, in colour, short concise instructions and photos.

  90. lisap says:

    I learn best by visual aids and bullet point directions. My mind and eyes get lost in a lost of words. I like online tutorials that have good photos and perhaps some good graphic overlays such as arrows, measurements, lines, circles drawn over them. Thanks, Craftsy! I am sure I will become a frequent visitor!

  91. Hettie says:

    My husband’s grandma taught me basic sewing & I got hooked pretty quickly. Since then I just tend to try to figure things out on my own, with an occassional call to Grandma for the icky bits. Playing with a pattern that introduces a little new and a lot of simple simon stuff works best for me.

  92. Shell says:

    Figgy’s loves Craftsy!!! No need to enter us into the giveaway b/c we take all the classes already. Just wanted to chime in and say I think they are a great company.

  93. Melissa P says:

    I learned to sew by watching my mother, but also, I just dove right in and applied a trial and error method. I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I gotta say that I love Craftsy. I have purchased one of their classes and plan on more. This new format of online learning fits my schedule.

  94. VickiT says:

    Oh I would love to take this class. I have sewn clothing before but, it was years ago and using only the skills I learned in high school Home Ec class. (we will not discuss how many years ago that was K? LOL) The problem I have also is that I am a visual learner combined with the fact that I don’t recall all the sewing terms, or possibly the class clown teenager I was never REALLY learned them in the first place. But, seeing things as opposed to just reading a pattern really do help a lot. I would love to learn to sew beautiful clothing for my DIL because she could benefit from that learning by having new clothes to wear. Both she and my son lost their jobs in the past six months while she was pregnant with my Granddaughter so they are struggling. New clothes that look nice would help her a lot with the stress of the new baby, no jobs and lack of money to buy new clothes.
    Thank you also for the free class because I really need to learn how to clean and oil a sewing machine. I have a nice machine myself to use which is sealed and doesn’t need to be oiled but I also have an older machine which hasn’t been used in a long time. It needs to be cleaned really well and oiled but I don’t know the first thing about that. If I could do that myself then I could give that machine to my DIL to use and possibly I could get her to sit with me to watch a class so we could learn together to make clothes for her. So thank you very much for the free class on machines.
    Years ago I had that ‘no fear’ type attitude in sewing but, as I have gotten older and have become more of a perfectionist, that sometimes stops me from moving forward at all when I don’t understand what I am reading in a pattern. This class would be awesome to help me not stop in that way since I could ask questions and see the points in which I am having some problems.
    Thank you for the interview because it was nice learning more about those behind Craftsy. I never knew some of those things.

  95. Sharon says:

    I have started learning to sew by reading books and blogs. Finding a relatively easy pattern that I can use for gifts for family or friends and doing that particular pattern many times. When I am done I look for another one that is useful but not to hard for me and I learn so many things everytime I repeat a pattern and I get more comfortable trying new techniques. Always learning and dreaming of the things I will be able to make some day. Thanks for the great giveaway and for bringing this site to my attention!!

  96. Kristie says:

    I love the blouse (and the Flea Market Fancy fabric too!). I am a self taught sewer. I’ve learned mostly through blog tutorials, though I’ve recently taken a few pattern making class. I think learning how to make the variations on the blouse with a single pattern would be a great way to augment what I am learning in class. Thanks for a chance!

  97. Jenelle says:

    I am currently taking two Craftsy classes and enjoying both. I like to learn through a combination of trial-and-error and using both written and video tutorials. I haven’t had as much luck with live classes since I like to be able to learn at my own pace and return to the class material often. Thanks for the chance to win!

  98. Thriftylady says:

    To me, sewing is more about visualization and putting together ideas. Nothing beats the idea of watching someone execute a sewing technique. The next best thing to video tutorials is just taking the plunge and begin sewing.

  99. Annie says:

    I have struggled through enough vague printed instructions to know that I really do much better working with an online tutorial or video, where I can SEE what they’re talking about!

  100. Louise says:

    I’m in the middle of Couture Dress class with Susan Khaljie and its amazing, I’m learning so much that although I might have read about before I didn’t realise how important things are. Its definitely a good vehicle for learning……

  101. tracy_a says:

    I actually really like craftsy’s format – I can play and replay if I get stuck.

    I don’t learn well in an in-person class – I’m nervous that the teacher won’t like me or will be persnickety in some way. And it only takes one student to steer the teacher into another topic. Or maybe I haven’t had great in-person teachers!

    This class sounds interesting, because I don’t really know how to sew or fit garments, and I’m not a standard shape.

  102. jennifer says:

    I have taken ‘in-person’ classes, read books and sat down with sewists to work on a project. The one option I haven’t tried yet is video (I purchased Gertie’s bombshell class but need to ‘up my game’ before I am ready for that challenge). They all work reasonably well for me, but the preferred, is in person training. Showing someone my issue and having them walk me thru the fix guarantees a “got it!” reaction.

  103. tracy says:

    I’ve never had an online class but have watched several videos on blogs. That’s really helpful, along with tutorials and books that are well illustrated/photographed. Of course, the ultimate instructor is my mom, who sewed RTW for 25 years.

  104. Linda says:

    I learned to sew in 4-H, by following a pattern and the guidance of my personal instructor, my mom. I have tried making, sewing and crafting everything you can think of. Nowadays, I follow tutorials or figure out things on my own. I’d love to win the blouse pattern. It’s so pretty. Thanks for the chance.

  105. susan says:

    I’m mostly a self-taught sewer — which means I learn by making mistakes! Using a professional, quality video I could skip right over the mistake phase and actually make something wearable the first time!

  106. Aurélie says:

    I need some visual support, so tutorials with lots of pictures or a video explanation work best for me. I need to be able to go through it a few times, so a traditional class is maybe not the best option for me, but a video class might be just perfect! Thanks for the awesome give away!

  107. Serendipity says:

    I’m a visual learner, so anything that includes great pictures or videos is what it’s all about for me. Thanks for the opportunity!!

  108. persis says:

    Written tutorials with good illustrations or pictures work well for me. Very cute blouse!

  109. Cinnamon says:

    This is so cool! I need to check out Craftsy right away.

    I learn in a few different ways. First I like to see the method being used/taught. Then I like to try it myself. But if I want what I’m learning to stick for good, I have to apply it and teach it to others.

  110. Laura V. says:

    I do best by videos or hands on learning with someone teaching. I am doing the Craftsy BOM and am loving it!

  111. ht says:

    I’m mostly self-taught from books, but I have taken the odd class, online or in person, and found it to be so valuable. The thing with book-learning, is you don’t always know what advice you’re looking for. And they don’t have the answers to all your questions. Also, I love that sassy blouse and would love to win the class!

  112. Melissa says:

    I love videos or step by step instructions with photos. I learned how to crochet via an online class. It made it so much easier to understand than trying to learn on my own.

  113. Amanda says:

    I love your online classes – I am in two. Mostly I like to buy sewing books because they give me lots of patterns and lots of tips.
    In the end, it’s all about trial-and-error, anyways. I learn as I go.

  114. Sally H says:

    I am a visual learner, but also take the time to read through instructions before starting. The blouses look lovely, thanks for the chance.

  115. Jenny says:

    I’ve learned well from being shown something in real life (mom/sister) and from books, and really like the newer formats of picture-heavy online tutorials and videos. This sounds like an interesting alternative — a bigger time commitment, which could be challenging right now, but also probably more confidence-inspiring when it comes to learning how to fit/adjust clothing patterns, something I’d love to be able to do.

  116. Taysha Riggs says:

    I love picture-filled tutorials

  117. Fawn says:

    I love to take classes. I signed up for a free craftsy class last month and I’m so eager to dive into that! I think the pop ups for interactions/asking questions are brilliant! I’ve used one or two tutorials but often times I end up looking up how to do something for the tutorial. This sounds like a great way to bring more classes to the masses!

  118. Laura says:

    I love the written tutorials that have plenty of pictures. But I would enjoy taking one of these Craftsy classes too – I hadn’t heard of them before. Thanks!

  119. Kim says:

    I’m loving Craftsy! I signed up for the Couture Dress and then loved it so much I promptly bought 2 other classes! It’s been my favorite learning experience so far because you see all the details from start to finish and you can rewind any time or mark a step to come back to. Gertie’s Bombshell dress is my favorite class, boning in a dress is something I would normally shy away from, but I feel confident that I can do it with this class being accessible 24/7.

  120. craftytammie says:

    i like the combination of written and video for learning. I can usually figure things out from written instructions, but when i hit a snag, it’s nice to have a video to walk me through it, step by step.

  121. wendy says:

    I learn best by trying things out and making mistakes and sometimes (gasp!) failing. Written/pictoral instructions are easy for me to follow, but there’s always an ‘aha’ moment that comes from working through the process myself.

    I love the blouses!!

  122. Heidi says:

    Love that blouse! I’ve learned almost all of my sewing from online tutorials or books that I’ve gotten my hands on. It’s a lot of trial and error. I would love to check out one of these classes, particularly on garment sewing, since this is something I haven’t played with much.

  123. Gayle B says:

    I like clear diagrams and well written instructions. But for trickier techniques, a video guide would be very helpful.

  124. Carrie says:

    As much as I love the social aspect of a live classroom, I do so much better with a video or written tutorial! I’m new to sewing, so first I have to work my courage up to try something new. Then, I spend quite a bit of time looking over the instructions or watching the video before I dive in. I love trying new things, and am always so excited when a project is successful. What a confidence builder! Your classes sound like something I would love, thanks so much for the chance to win one!

  125. beth says:

    I love taking classes in real life, but I am learning quite a bit from the crafty classes I have taken and tutorials with lots and lots of photos!

  126. Karin says:

    I’ve never taken an online class but I love tutorials with a lot of photos.

  127. LeAnn says:

    Love videos so that you can watch a part and rewind to really learn. Tutorials are very helpful with lots of pictures and detailed explanations. I learned to knit and crochet and sew by having books out and watching videos or tutorials together until I got it. I really would like to take this Craftsy class b/c I have never made a blouse and this seems like a great way to learn.

  128. mjb says:

    I’m old school, I love reading books! But I’m sure there are things I could learn from an instructor in this kind of classroom setting. I learned to cook from watching the food network, so this is the same kind of idea.

  129. Tabitha says:

    So far, I like a written tutorial with an accompanying pdf. I like to be able to go back and check stuff. Also, having weekly or daily “assignments” that you post on your blog or flickr really helps with staying focused.

  130. MollyP says:

    I’ve been following Craftsy for a few months and I really like their concept and content. They are so unique and so needed. I usually learn by written tutorials, but recently discovered a couple of great sites that offer video tutorials. I am a big fan of videos now. Thanks for the interview and a chance to win, SMS!

  131. Catherine Lassen says:

    I learned to sew years ago in the girl scouts. Then when my children were little I picked up a book on smocking. The pictures were really helpful, but I made the most progress through practice. I also love the occasional class because feedback from an instructor is invaluable.

  132. OMG I so need this pattern & class!

    I am actually a self-taught sewer, no one in my family sews nor do any of my friends :( but they love their handsewn gifts :) I really wanted to be able to make my own clothes (and “things”) so I bought a sewing machine (my wonderful hubby since upgraded me to a nice wonderful Janome) and started learning. I do well with written tutorials, but I’m more of a visual learner, so I do best with tons of pictures and brief text. I have a couple of sewing reference books that are heavy on pictures and brief on text, and that has helped me tons.

    I would love to take a class in real life, but alas, there are none in my area. I have no LQS!!

    I am most grateful to online communities with forums, like sewmamasew, where I can post questions and get multiple answers from lots of “experts.” THAT has helped me become a better sewer too!

    Fingers crossed!

  133. Rebecca says:

    It helps immensely to be able to see it done, and then do it myself… I am definitely a visual learner.

  134. Anomori says:

    I am mostly self taught, I learned mainly through books and blogs. So I can say I do well with written tutorials, but I like it best when they have good drawings or photos, so I can see how things are done. I started with japanese pattern books, which have really good drawings. I discovered Craftsy a few months ago and I have to say I love it! I like the added benefits you get from the video. Thanks to that I fully understood some things I had been reading about.
    Thank you very much for this interesting interview and this giveaway (I’ve been tempted by this course since it was released).

  135. Valery says:

    I love classes in person because inevitably I try to take a shortcut and then need help figuring out how to fix it. And visual how-to’s that walk me through every step are great, especially when they share what worked and what didn’t work.

  136. Carmen says:

    I’m definitely a tutorial user! I couldn’t stand the pressure of being in a class and keeping pace with everyone else, so being at home with a tutorial allows me to make mistakes and go over or jump ahead as I may need to. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  137. KarenH says:

    As a teen I learned to sew by written pattern instructions as it was all I had available and I would get help from a neighbor when needed.

    Now many years later when I have a question I look up videos and blogs for information. Photos and video are much for helpful than just written instuction to me.

    That blouse pattern is adorable! I’d love to win this class.

  138. Rebecca says:

    I always used to be one to learn easily from books, but in recent years I find I need to see action, so either video or a live person. Craftsy classes are amazingly great. They cover pretty much everything you need to know, and if something is overlooked, the teacher will answer any question. Fabulous learning environment.

  139. Chelle says:

    I generally learn from written instructions and illustrations, with a few tutorials thrown in. I attended a couple of sewing conferences and those classes were amazing. I’d love to try an online class some time.

  140. Laurie says:

    I have taken a Craftsy class before and I really like learning that way. Face-to-face classes are ideal for new techniques but don’t always suit my schedule. I would love to take this class as I am just getting in to garment sewing.

  141. aurelia says:

    I’ve never taken a live class, but tutorials with lots of pictures, or videos work best for me.

    I love the blouse!

  142. Barb says:

    Wow, what a cute blouse. I’d love to win the course. I’m an auditory learner – so I like to read the pattern, look at photos/video and listen to someone explain the process. Thanks for the chance to win.

  143. Anna says:

    I agree that for me to really learn something, it has to be in conjunction with actually creating the project. Just watching a video or reading through a tutorial gives me an idea of how a technique works, but unless I’m wrestling with the materials I either forget or don’t quite get it. I can get help, though, from video classes, books, tutorials, any way really, but being shy, it’s hard to go to live classes :->

  144. Ramona says:

    I usually look for pattern and/or instructions and dive right in. I’ve been sewing since I was a child…my mom did every kind of needlework imaginable, so I had a strong influence. I’ve taken a few Craftsy classes and LOVE them. Can take them on my schedule, really great teachers! Gotta say that again…Really Great Teachers! Thanks to Craftsy for putting this platform together. And thanks SewMamaSew for the post and the giveaway. (I’ve seen photos of this blouse completed by some of the participates. Totally precious!)

  145. Martha says:

    I’m definitely a visual learner. If I can’t figure out how to do something, I look up a video or tutorial first. If I can watch someone do it, there’s a much better chance of it sticking with me.

    I’d never heard of Craftsy before – thank you so much for featuring them! Their classes look amazing!!

  146. Patricia says:

    I have taken one class on Craftsy class and love that I can work at my own pace. I prefer the video and haven’t had to print the written materials…yet. I’m glad that they’re there for reference.
    I don’t like group instruction because I do tend to enjoy moving along and not have to wait for instruction. Video tutorials are terrific. I can replay the bits that I need reinforcement on.

  147. Samina says:

    I’m definitely a learn-by-watching kind of person, so I guess I’m a visual learner. I find that I absorb info far better by watching a demo, so I’ve got several Craftsy classes that I’m getting ready to sign up for.

  148. Jenny says:

    Trial and error works best for me. I grew up watching my Grandma and Mom sew and make mistakes and fix them so I don’t get too worried about perfection. I have an arsenal of seam rippers. When trying something new or something I haven’t done in a long time, I do read tutorials online but seldom watch videos. Written directions seam to work better for me.

  149. Anna says:

    Photo tutorials usually work well for me (especially if I set up with my iPad at my sewing machine!) but there really are times when you need to watch someone doing something. Just this week, in fact, I’ve made my first attempt at tatting. I don’t think I’d have gotten it to work if I hadn’t found some good video tutorials.

    I don’t suppose there’s any chance Crafty will do a tatting class? That would be pretty awesome.

  150. Cindy says:

    I learn best by first reading, then watching someone else do the technique, and then trying it myself. I would love to take this Craftsy class! Thanks.

  151. Meghan says:

    I tend to figure things out on my own but have reached a point where I’d like some instruction.

  152. Heather says:

    I love taking classes, but getting a babysitter for one is not so easy. I’m learning a lot right now from great tutorials!

  153. Suzanne says:

    A combination of videos and photo tutorials with detailed descriptions of the photos.

  154. marthaeliza says:

    I know this makes me sound like a hermit, but I learn best either alone with a video tutorial (sometimes that “moment” between pictures in a photo tutorial is what I am missing) or one-on-one with a friend who is working on a project next to me. Live classes either go too fast or too slow, and if I get too much information at a time I am frustrated by how much I know I will forget. I love Craftsy!

    I was looking at the sassy librarian blouse course info just the other day — I would love to take it!

  155. Jess says:

    My favorite way to learn sewing techniques is tutorials with great photos. Thanks for the giveaway!

  156. Sarah McKinney says:

    This sounds like a great idea. If you do not have a parent or close friend that sews. t
    There are not classes available in many locations. Also many of the classes are not scheduled at times that are useful to many. This gives people a very one on one type of instruction that may not be available in a large class. You get to observe up close. You can ask questions. Way to go Craftsy. It is not the person watching over your shoulder but it is the next best thing. Sarah from Denver

  157. Miranda says:

    I’ve never taken a sewing class. I did some in jr. high but I don’t count that as a class. I do pretty good with pictures and books. I’m lucky to have a Mom who has been sewing for a long time. I usually just ask her about things. If she can’t help then I go looking on the internet. This looks like a great prize!!

  158. Wendy says:

    I learned to sew one-on-one and by studying patterns — would love to try a video class!

  159. Westin's Mom says:

    I am a very visual learner. I like to hold it in my hands where I can mentally dissect it, so to translate that to video, show lots of close ups and details. The librarian blouse is right up my alley!

  160. Stephanie Wehrman says:

    I learn how ever I can. I would love to take classes in person, especially to learn how to use my serger, but there are not any available in my area. With 3 little kids, I need classes I can take whenever- like naptime! Still have a long way to go in sewing but really enjoy it!!!

  161. Debbie says:

    Ihave been using Craftsy for a couple of months. I lovethe blouse. This would be fun.

  162. I love videos for learning. I find it very helpful to see what i should be doing. Written instructions are ok, but i’d rather see it happening. Craftsy sounds really cool. Thanks for introducing it to me.

  163. Erin says:

    I think videos are great and I love to follow along with pictures as well. I am a visual learner so real life pictures and video work much better for me than drawings and wording.

  164. Lauretta6 says:

    I have beend dying to take one of the classes on Craftsy but did not know how I would like it.
    I learn better when someone shows me how to do something.

  165. Lindsay says:

    I am currently signed up for three classes through Craftsy and I’ve gone through and watched some of each so far. I’ve learned SO much from them – especially Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine. Definitely worth the money, esp considering what you’d pay for a class at a quilt shop for something similar. I love that I can go back and re-watch sections and ask questions. I’m excited that they’ll be adding even more quilting and sewing classes. And I’d love to win the Librarian blouse class!

  166. Suzanne says:

    I really appreciated this interview. I too was wondering what IS UP with Craftsy. Now that I have read it, I’d be more inclined to take a class. I am a visual learner and do well with seeing the demos rather than just reading them. I think I will be signing up for a class soon.

  167. Stacy says:

    I learn best visually, so usually detailed photos will work for me. I do like watching videos, though, as the teacher will often let valuable tips drop as they go. Things that seem obvious to an expert are a gold mine of information to me!

  168. Karen says:

    I love Craftsy! My grandmother helped me learn to sew but mainly I am self taught (before the internet). I think video tutorials are really the best way to learn and having instructors available to answer your questions just makes it so much more useful. I wrote a review of 2 knitting classes that I am taking on Craftsy…http://fruitofhands.blogspot.com/2012/04/knitting-with-craftsy.html

  169. Chris Pessoa says:

    I learn best with videos. It’s easier to understand if I’m watching someone doing it.

  170. Cheryl says:

    I love to learn by watching videos online. I am taking the craftsy block of the month class and I love it. It is so helpful and I have learned so much as a beginner.

  171. Gerwerken says:

    I am primarily self taught. I learned to sew by reading books, articles, and tutorials, trying, failing, and trying again. The Advent of online tutorials (especially video tutorials) has been invaluable for me. Sometimes a video can convey what is very difficult to write about.

  172. Sara says:

    I’ve learned to sew mostly by trial and error – online tutorials have been a huge help with trickier tasks. Craftsy looks like a great way to learn, too.

  173. Jaimee says:

    Typically, I do pretty well by reading directions and following photo tutorials, but i’m taking the Block of the month class on Craftsy and love it!

  174. Jeannie says:

    I use a combination of books, live classes, and blog tutorials. I also experiment a lot at home just for practice of different techniques. I love the chance to see what someone posts on their blog and get most of my inspiration there!

  175. Ellen M. says:

    I am a visual learner, so videos are definitely best, followed by tutorials with lots of pictures. I just signed up for two Craftsy classes because it looks like a fantastic way to learn – there are so many features that videos on their own don’t provide. Thanks for the chance to win!

  176. Jen says:

    I learn best from hands on experiences. I have and can learn from written tutorials, videos and in-person instruction. In person is great because you can ask questions on the spot, but sometimes large class sizes make it chaotic. As far as written tutorials, pictures always helpful and details descriptions of each step. Not all tutorials are created equal and my success seems largely based on the level of detail. Videos are great because I can play them over and over again during a critical step or when I have forgotten a particular technique.

  177. Sarah says:

    I love classes in person, it’s the best way for me to try something new while having someone looking over my shoulder so no fatal mistakes are made!

  178. Anya says:

    I prefer to learn from videos…written instructions are also good, but only if written well. Thanks for the chance!

  179. meghann says:

    I’m almost entirely self-taught – unless you count the semester of sewing we did in Grade 8 Home Economics – and I’ve relied almost exclusively on books to learn new techniques. In recent years I’ve also learned quite a lot from written tutorials online. I’ve never taken an online sewing class, though – I’d love to try one! xo

  180. Andrea says:

    I am so excited about Craftsy classes! I spend a lot of time reading and learning from sewing books and I love written tutorials with photos as well, but if there is some technique that is really stumping me than I go looking for a video. There is just something about seeing something done that helps me to understand it better.

  181. Teresa says:

    I learn best visually so diagrams, pictures, and text are the best combination so videos are fantastic really.

  182. Hannah says:

    I’ve learned pretty much everything I know about sewing from blogs or from trial and error. I think I could definitely benefit from taking an in-person class, but unfortunately there aren’t ever any in my area that seem very appealing. It sounds like Craftsy might be the next best thing!

  183. Cherine Fleyfel says:

    I am a visual learner. Written tutorials take longer for me to figure out. I normally go to hands on classes, but they are expensive and are rushed.
    I love online videos because you can re run them as often as you like and I think they are better than hands on lessons because a real life class comes to an end and whatever you missed or misunderstood causes wasted time and frustration. Being able to ask questions later or revisit an online video lesson is worth its weight in gold.

  184. Miya says:

    It took Diana Rupp’s book to get me started, but everything else
    I’ve learned (or been inspired to try) has been from the amazing generosity of bloggers who post about their projects and create free tutorials! Google is my friend :-)

  185. Tracy says:

    I think my preferred method of learning would be classes in real life. It is not often though, that I can locate classes in real life that are for current & trendy styles and I have found that written online tutorials are pretty great! The variety of what can be found on the internet is amazing. The selection of classes at Craftsy has always looked great. I am really hoping to get to try the Sassy Librarian Blouse class!

  186. Kamiyaku says:

    Thank you for posting this! I, too, have noticed Craftsy. I have taken a few classes in real life and regularly referemce.sewing.books, but the video tutorials would be a great alternative. That means I can reference them at any time – middle of the night or not – and see how the techniques are being applied. Seems like it’s the next best thing to a real live class (convenient and afffordable) and I would love to try it out!

  187. Carolyn says:

    Tutorials are a great way for me to learn a pattern. I don’t feel I can take the time to attend a class unless it is over the web.

  188. Bianca says:

    I’m pretty sure I sew best with seeing how something is done, through video or real life. I haven’t taken a class, so I don’t really know. I get along with picture tutorials awesomely as well.

  189. Sarah says:

    I’d still call myself a beginner when it comes to sewing, especially garment sewing. Unfortunately their aren’t any classes available in my area, so I haven’t been able to take any! craftsy sounds like a great idea to solve that problem

    Great interview! thanks

  190. Rosa Gonzalez Hernandez says:

    Fine, I started sew a few months ago. First I see same videos, later I see some paper tutorials and then I find a teacher in my town. All is needed for me to learn, a few I can understand on pdf files or similar, something I need to see how to do it for example on videos, and with another works need some people near you. So, I combine all to get good results.
    Thank you for the chance to win.
    Best regards.
    Rosa

  191. Truly Myrtle says:

    I have learned through trial and error – but the idea of a class really appeals to me. There is so much I would love to learn! It’s tricky for me to get away for hours at a time as I have four small children, so the concept of an online tutorial/class/course is very tempting :)

  192. Amy says:

    I am a big fan of these type of video tutorials. Though, taking classes in person, reading, looking at photos or images, and just plain trail-and-error also are fun ways to learn!

  193. Stella says:

    I love this class…I’m taking it right now and am thinking about gifting it to my sister. I learned to sew first in Home Ec in junior high which was a disaster. Then my friend showed me some basics when I was in my early 20’s and I took off. Mostly I learned alone by trial and error and reading instruction (egads! pre-internet) and now I watch a lot of videos. But it was always great to have someone to ask questions to and share your sewing triumphs!

  194. Em says:

    I have never taken a class, but I love hands on, tutorials with lots o pics, & of course books!

  195. Bruinbr says:

    I am very visual, so tutorials with lots of pictures or classes themselves work best for me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  196. min says:

    I learn best by going s-l-o-w-l-y and at my own pace. I’m the only one awake late at night and so I’m thinking a video would suit my needs. I never knew something like this existed!

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