In recent years I've referred so many to videos and tutorials by some of our biggest sewing experts. These are people who have been editors in Threads magazine and been published in sewing magazines internationally. Some have had their own television programs on sewing, lovingly videotaped on our VCRs in those early days before youtube and DVRs. Several have written excellent books on our wonderful art form, the type that are staples in our sewing spaces and that we depend on so much for clear and solid instruction. Several had done all of the above or several as with genius often goes a lot of hard work, for years and for many, decades. Year after year they amaze us with their knowledge, skill, creativity and generosity.
As I try to help newer or returning sewists I refer back to this group of "Stars" all the time and pass their brilliance on to those who need it. As I pondered putting the work of these artists, the links they are already sharing, into one convenient page, it dawned on me that these are our "Stars" and this post is my way of giving them their much needed Academy Awards of Brilliant Sewing and Teaching. I don't have a lot here because, as with any award, this is for the best and most notable. It is also for the most helpful tutorials. How do I know they have been the most helpful? The number of views they have gotten over the years, for one. Then there are the clicks on Pinterest as well as the immediate appreciation when offered to someone I don't even know on a forum or FB sewing group.
Our "Stars" share some commonalities. They are all great teachers. Not everyone who can sew brilliantly is a great teacher. These people are. They reduce the issue to the simplest terms in clear language. They are all warm or funny and with personality to engage us and they are incredible at what they do. I see so many youtubers and bless 'em, they work hard and many are quite good. I will leave it at that and just say they are not in this league.
Without further ado here is the list of tutorials, video-ed and posted by them or shown by others giving them full credit. May we have the envelopes, please?
#2 - "The Kenneth King Hem".