Sewing through TV

by Ramona on June 14, 2013

I was trying to figure out what to post today. Sometimes this is an easy task, other times I’ll be searching for something on the internet and an idea strikes. That is what happened for this post. I was working on July’s ASG Online! webinar on the basics of computers. Now you may ask, what do sewing and computers have to do with each other? Well, if you’ve got a current model machine, you already know that answer! They are almost all computerized these days whether just being electronic with lots of decorative stitches (remember the CAMs???) or they come with an embroidery module.

George TripponWhile doing research on computer terminology I came across a video on the “Sewing Friends” Facebook page  posted by a noted stylist and designer, George Trippon. The YouTube video Mr. Nejamn posted is of a man who pre-dated the “Sewing with Nancy” program — I know, hard to imagine, huh! This wonderful man was funny, he was entertaining, but the best thing about him, is he taught viewers to sew through television. His name was George W. Trippon. Mr. Trippon was a designer and design school owner in Hollywood. Check out the video I’m talking about by clicking on the photo. If you don’t watch any of the other videos that are linked in this blog, at least watch this one. He’s hysterical and you’ll get a good giggle out of a sewing master.

Now this post is not about Mr. Nejman nor Mr. Trippon, but about how technology and sewing has changed our lives. And I think most will agree with me, for the better. I tried for over an hour, scouring the internet, to discover which was the first “sewing show” on TV.  For me, I think the first “sewing shows” were the old movies I used to watch with my parents from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s that showed the most beautifully detailed gowns. The fit was perfect, the fabric luxurious, and it made me want to walk into the scene and live the lifestyle those women and men enjoyed.

Though I didn’t come up with a definitive answer on my quest (perhaps someone reading this can help me out), I did find things from decades past that are worth watching. Just search “sewing TV 19__’s” and lots of suggestions will pop up. Here are a few you may enjoy (just click on the link to view). The early TV related to sewing involved commercials or educational film, and later on the format for the sewing TV shows as we know them today began to appear.

1940’s :




 Today of course, sewing instruction is right at our fingertips…errrr….computer keyboard or remote control. TV stations like PBS and Create carry regularly televised shows. We can record or DVR the shows and watch them when it is convenient for us.

And there are of course even more convenient ways to get our “sewing fix”. Many of our favorite “sewing stars” have their own on-demand video and TV. Some are free, and some are subscription services. Check out Nancy Zieman, Peggy Sagers, Martha Pullen, Sandra Betzina, Ellen March and It’s Sew Easy, to name a few!

If you wish, you can purchase DVD’s and pop them in the drive to view:

When our favorite PBS sewing shows are not on, or we don’t subscribe to a specialty cable TV channel, there are many other options to get our sewing shows. They are available in pretty much any format we wish. Don’t you just love the marriage of sewing and technology! I know I do. Enjoy your favorite fiber artists any time day or night.

Sew ’til next time,


P.S. Don’t forget to check out your local library! They often will have DVD’s to loan.


Tee June 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Wow, this made my day!!!! I never heard of this wonderful man, but I sure did enjoy looking at his shows. There’s lots on him in Youtube! Thanks so much Raymona, best blog post I’ve read in a long time!!!!!!!

Carolyn Newton June 15, 2013 at 3:02 am

Thanks Ramona, these were so fun to watch. Took me way back, miss those days.

Ramona June 15, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Tee, you made MY day with your post! Mr. Trippon was such a joy to watch! His whimsy made sewing techniques memorable. Thanks for your comment and I hope you’ll continue to follow the ASG blog. ~Ramona

Ramona June 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Carolyn, you and I are dating ourselves! LOL I’m glad I’m not the only one who remembers Mr. Trippon and some of those 60’s commercials on sewing machines. I don’t remember the earlier ones, but then we didn’t have a TV! LOL Glad they are on YouTube so all generations can enjoy them and see the progression.

JC June 21, 2013 at 1:57 am

Hey. I only heard of G Trippon last year when someone you tubed that he passed (I think on New Years Day 2012).

Very resourceful blog post (as all are). Was wondering -since you mentioned Kathleen Fasanella is your favorite blog, could you please post her blog name here or on the facebook page? I’d like to subscribe to it. Thanks so much for another great post! -Joan.

Ramona June 21, 2013 at 2:10 am

Hi Joan,
Thank you for your comments. Just click on the Fashion Incubator icon, the link is embedded and should take you right to the page. I’ll also put it on Fb. ~Ramona

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Ramona July 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Sewing is such a wonderful craft and I think we can learn so much from those who have preceeded us. ~Ramona

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