Welcome To Professor Pincushion

Getting started is easy.  Start exploring now or stick around this page for a few minutes for an orientation.  We recommend watching the following video on some of the main features Professor Pincushion has to offer.  We also provide a few select FAQ’s, if you want to get started even quicker.  If you want to learn even more about the site, check out our support page and, hopefully, it will have answers to all of your questions.  You can also contact us directly from the support page if you need further assistance with the site.

 

 

Getting Started FAQ's

Getting Started FAQ's

Sewing Classroom

The sewing classroom is your quick start to learning how to sew.  If you are brand new to sewing this is a good place to start.  Our videos are listed in order from the basics to more advanced.  Make sure to be at least a FREE member of Professor Pincushion and logged in.  You can keep track of your progress by checking off videos as you view them.  Once checked, completed videos will no longer show on the sewing classroom page, making room for the next video you should watch to continue your education.  All of our free and premium videos are displayed by default.  We recommend being a premium member so you can see our entire collection for the highest level of education.  If you wish to sort the content, at the top of the page is a “SORT” button.  On every video page in the information box is also a check box to complete the video.

Post Whats New With You

You can share anything you want to say with all of Professor Pincushion, or even a specific group.

 

You can “post an update” (anything you want to say) by

 

  • browse from the top right bar with your username –> “Activity”
  • Below you will see a section with the text of “Whats New…”
  • Type in what you want to say, then click “Post Update”
  • You can also add a picture to your update.  Click the icon of a camera under the text box
    • Click the “Upload a file” box that appeared
    • Choose a file you want to upload from your computer
    • Wait a few seconds, and a progress box will appear
    • When file is uploaded, you will see a thumbnail image of your image.
    • You can only upload one image per post.
    • Click the Submit button to complete your post.
  • The tabs in the sub tab will only show you those specific activity feeds.  for example, “Personal” is just your activity.  “Mentions” are people specifically addressing you.  You can specifically mention someone by using the “@” at symbol followed by there username.  Example, “@professorpincushion whats new with you”

 

Post an activity update to a group

 

  • browse to the top right bar with your username –> “Groups” –> “Memberships”.
  • click on the group you wish to enter
  • Type in what you want to say, then click “Post Update”
  • You can also add a picture to your update.  Click the icon of a camera under the text box
    • Click the “Upload a file” box that appeared
    • Choose a file you want to upload from your computer
    • Wait a few seconds, and a progress box will appear
    • When file is uploaded, you will see a thumbnail image of your image.
    • You can only upload one image per post.
    • Click the Submit button to complete your post.
  • you can see just activity from that specific group in this view.
  • If you want to see all the activity for all the groups you are apart of you can
  • browse from the top right bar with your username –> “Activity” –> “Groups”.

 

 

Upload A Picture

Sure, you can.  You can upload pictures regardless if you are a Basic or Premium Member.  Basic members can upload to the members showcase.  Premium members can upload to the members showcase and to their blog.  All memberships can also upload a picture via a whats new post . Instructions are below.

You can upload you creations to the

Members Showcase

  • when logged in, using the top menu bar click on “Upload Image”.
  • Follow the on screen instructions.

 

Whats New Post

 

  • browse from the top right bar, click on your username –> “Activity”
  • Below you will see a section with the text of “Whats New…”
  • Type in what you want to say, then click “Post Update”
  • You can also add a picture to your update.  Click the icon of a camera under the text box
    • Click the “Upload a file” box that appeared
    • Choose a file you want to upload from your computer
    • Wait a few seconds, and a progress box will appear
    • When file is uploaded, you will see a thumbnail image of your image.
    • You can only upload one image per post.
    • Click the Submit button to complete your post.
  • The tabs in the sub tab will only show you those specific activity feeds.  for example, “Personal” is just your activity.  “Mentions” are people specifically addressing you.  You can specifically mention someone by using the “@” at symbol followed by there username.  Example, “@professorpincushion whats new with you”

 

 

 

 

 

Upload An Avatar

  • When logged in, find the top menu bar at the top right of the website.  Hover over your username –> Click “Edit My Profile” –>  ”Change Avatar”.
  • Upload a square image that is a .JPG , .GIF ,  or .PNG.
  • If there is a Gravatar associated with your email account, we will use that as default.

Change my PUBLIC name

  • You can change your Public Name by navigating the top right menu .  Click your username –> “Edit My Profile”.
  • In the “Name” field you can change the name that is displayed to the public on our website.
  • This public name is different than the USERNAME that you use to log in.  Please continue to use the username that you provided when you created your account when logging in.  The public name will be what everyone else sees when you post something on the site.
  • You cannot change the username that you use to log in with.

Members Showcase

You can upload you creations to the Members Showcase (Album)

 

  • using the top menu bar –>  “Upload Image”.
  •  follow the onscreen instructions.
  • Currently there is a limit of 20 images allowed in the album.  If you need more space, let us know at support@professorpincushion.com

 

Delete – Edit A Picture From Your Members Showcase (Album)

 

  • using the top menu bar –>  “Upload Image”.
  • Click on My pictures tab
  • Click on one of the images to view it
  • Near the Bottom of the Page is a “Delete Picture” or “Edit Picture”
  • Click the “Delete Picture” to delete it.
  • Click the “Edit Picture” to edit it.
  • When editing, make the changes you want, then hit save

 

 

Ask The Professor A Question

Ask any sewing related question you want and Professor Pincushion will try to answer.  Other members can answer as well, because we are all here to learn and help each other.  You can even ask questions on how to use the site or anything else related to Professor Pincushion.

Ask a question

  • The main navigation menu has a link called “Ask A Question.”  Click on it
  • You must be logged in to post or answer a question
  • Scroll to the bottom
  • Title your question
  • Type in your question, make sure to be specific

 

Answer A Question

  • The main navigation menu has a link called “Ask A Question.”  Click on it
  • You must be logged in to answer
  • A list of the latest questions will be displayed, you can search the answers using the search built into the ask a question page.
  • Click on a question to read the question and answers for it.
  • At the bottom you can type in an answer
  • There is a checkbox that is automatically checked to favorite that topic.  Keep it checked if you wish to receive email updates of new replies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add A Friend

If you wish to friend other members, follow these steps.   Any time you see a members avatar, you can hover over the avatar and a box will load information about that user.  You can then click the add friend link to invite that user to become friends with you.  The person you wish to friend will receive a notification that you would like to be friends and they can accept or deny your invitation.  Same applies if someone wants to be your friend.  You can also click on any avatar to see that users profile, and click on the “add friend” button near there avatar on their profile page.

Create A Group

Have a passion for sewing and want to connect with like minded members?  Create a group.  A group can be used for anything you wish.  Examples could be: Dress making, Denim Lovers, Needle Felting, Teddy Bear Groupies.  There are endless possibilities to the many different groups you can create.  You can invite other members or even allow others to join on their own.  Groups have a dedicated activity feed, so you can just see what’s new with others in that group.  Its an online hang out.

 

Make your own group

 

  • Click HERE to view all groups or make your own.
  • Click the “Create A Group” button
  • Name the group and make a description for it.
  • Click Create Group And Continue
  • Choose if you want the group to be public, private, or hidden
  • Choose “All group members” for the group invitations section
  • Choose “No Email” for Email Subscription Defaults
  • Click Next Step
  • If you have a group avatar you wish to use, you can upload it.  You can always change it later if you don’t have one now.  If you created a group, you can click on that group, then click the “Admin” tab to change the group name or description.
  • Click next step
  • If you have friends, you can invite them now.  If not, don’t worry you can invite people later.
  • Click finish

 

That’s it you made a group.  To view what groups you belong to, browse from the top bar to “My Account” -> “Groups”.  If you made a group, you can click on your group, and click the “Admin” button to make changes to the group.

 

Join A Group

Want to hang out with others interested in the same stuff as you?  Join a group(s) that best fits you. Here is how to join a group

 

  • Click HERE to view all available groups
  • View all the groups and read their descriptions.
  • When you see one you like, just click on the “Join Group” button to the right of the group
  • You may also leave a group from this page.

 

That’s all you have to do, if it’s a public group.  Some members might have to wait for approval by the group administrator to be accepted.  You can click on the name of the group to enter it and see its activity feed on whats new.  You can also post an update of your own to the group to start interacting with others.

 

Mention Someone

Want to direct an update, or comment to someone specifically, but still for all to see?  You can “Mention” someone.  If you want to message someone in private, use a Private Message (browse from the top right bar with your username –> “Messages” –> “Compose”).

To mention someone in an update, or comment

  • Find the person you wish to mention.  You can mention that persons username or display name
  • in the update or comment, user the @ (at) sign. then there username with no space after the @ sign, then whatever you want to say.
  • Example  “@professorpincushion What are you working on today”
  • professorpincushion will receive an e-mail notifying them (depending on there email preferences) that they were mentioned and in the top bar of the notifications area.  It will tell that user they were mentioned and then they can go view it.
  • Our auto complete feature can also help you with mentioning someone.  Just start typing the @ (at) symbol and the user you wish to mention (No space after the @ sign).
  • Members containing what you typed will be displayed.
  • Click on the user you wish to mention, and your text will be replaced with the proper @USERNAME.
  • If you click on the user and nothing happens, the box disappears, start typing your @USERNAME again and the search will happen again.  This time, don’t click on a user, manually type in the users AKA @USERNAME.

Favorite Something

If you see something you like on the site, you can add it to your favorites.  You can check it out later, make a list of things you want to look at, or just make a list of cool things.

To add something as a favorite

  • Browse around the site.  Usually, to the right or under the item will be a “Favorite” link.  Click that and it will add it to your favorites.
  • Not everything can be Favorited.
  • Items in activity feeds usually can be Favorited.
  • Forums can be Favorited.

 

View your favorites

 

  • Browse from the top right bar with your username -> “Activity” -> “Favorites”.
  • To View Forums favorites browse from the top right bar with your username -> “Forums” -> “Favorite Topics”.
  • A list of Favorited items will be visible.
  • You can reply to or leave a comment on this page as if you wish
  • You can also remove the item from your favorites by clicking the “remove favorite” button

Private Messages

Private messages are communications with other members on Professor Pincushion.  You can create, view and delete messages in the messages area.

 

Create A Private Message

 

  • browse from the top right menu bar with your username -> “Messages” -> “Compose”.
  • Enter the username of the member you wish to contact
  • Add a Subject
  • Write the message you want to send
  • Hit Send

 

View and Delete A Private Message

 

  • browse from the top right menu bar with your username ->”Messages” -> “Inbox”.
  • You will see your messages here if any.
  • Delete messages by clicking the “Delete” button

 

View Sent Messages

 

  • browse from the top right menu bar with your username ->”Messages” -> “Sent”.
  • You will see your messages here if any.
  • Delete messages by clicking the “Delete” button

 

Private Message Quota

 

  • There is a limit on how many messages might be allowed on your messaging area, so keep it neat and clean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chat Live

You can chat live with other members about sewing.  Make sure you keep it clean and always be wary of strangers, as this is the internet.

Chat Live

  • You must be logged in to participate in the chat.
  • Browse from the top bar to “Chat”
  • You can also go to the main header of the site, hover over the “Socialize” menu then click on “Chat”
  • Follow the rules in the chat.
  • Never give out personal information.

 

 

I’m Basic and want to go Premium

Great, it’s easy.  Just visit the “My Membership” page when you’re logged in and follow the on screen instructions.

 

About PROFESSOR PINCUSHION:

Starting in 2009, the Professor Pincushion team had a vision of creating a sewing tutorial website in which beginners could learn and master the art of sewing. Our site launched in March of 2010 and we have since produced over a hundred sewing related tutorials that cover everything from sewing basics to fun and original projects. Regardless of the subject, we always strive to create HD quality videos that takes the viewer step by step through each process so that nothing is left out and the mystery behind learning to sew is revealed to all.

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