Feelings on Video Tutorials

Hi everyone, I have a big question today, and your answers will really help me decide how I present my “How To Sew” series in the next month or so.

For sewing instruction, do you prefer using a video tutorial, or a regular written tutorial with pictures?

I was chatting with Jessica from Me Sew Crazy the other day about how I should go about sharing all the information in making a tutorial for my Keyhole dress, when she suggested videos. (She’s just so sweet and brilliant!) After thinking about it for a bit, it really made sense. Most creative people are visual learners, and our blogs are usually half pictures anyway.

So, I took the shirred skirt tutorial from Friday and remade it in video form (making the top below instead of a skirt). Now you guys can take a look at both versions and let me know which you think would be easier to follow/understand.

***Disclaimer – This is my first video and I know it isn’t the best quality. The lighting is, in a word, crap and I also feel that 20 min. is way too long. But, those are things that I can work on for next time. Most of my videos would be 5 min. or less. This is also on my family account because it was so long, but I’d make a channel specific to my blog.***

So what do you think? Is it easier to follow along when you can pause and rewind? Any thoughts you have on the subject would be a great help! I really want this up coming series to be helpful for anyone new to sewing, or learning a new technique.
Thanks in advance for your help, and thanks for visiting!
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5 thoughts on “Feelings on Video Tutorials

  1. Your little model just kills me =) Is she always that expressive?

    I like the idea of a video tutorial because some things are hard to understand when you're just reading & looking at a picture. So I can see where video would be very, very helpful. At the same time, I think it's really important to completely read a tutorial before beginning a project. I would struggle committing 20 minutes to just watching a video before jumping in on the project. I did see where you said you could cut down on the time – I think if you could make them 5-7 minutes then this could be extremely helpful. Especially to learners who need to see something done before they can do it.

  2. Thank you for sharring your tutorial! Your fit model is such a doll! I like both video and written. People learn dfferent ways, so it is really hard to say which is best. I like to read, then I like to see a visual. I will admit I am more of a visual type of person. You have answered alot of questions I had. Thank you again and keep up the good work! I look forward to seeing more!

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