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Beginners have learned how to:
-Thread sewing machine properly
-Wind thread on a bobbin
-Sew a straight, curved and pivot corners for squares or zigzags
-Sew a French seam
-Attach a zipper and button on the machine
-Read a store bought pattern
-Create a simple basic pillow or article of clothing
Each student must be prepared for lessons with the following:
-Sewing machine with a zipper and button foot
-Sewing machine bobbins
-Thread (all purpose)
-Needles (Universal 90/14, 80/12, 70/10, 65/11)
-Fabric pins and pin cushion or magnet
20+ years experience. Includes: pattern drafting, pattern adjustment, sizing difficulties, tailoring, alterations, ornamentation, etc. Past experience has included custom corsetry and theatrical costuming.
Beginning students will learn the parts of the sewing machine, understand the basics of hand sewing, general techniques, and create simple, fun projects for themselves. The focus will always be upon clean, solid finishing and the student will form good sewing habits.
Intermediate students will learn more specific techniques, such as inserting grommets, working with trims, and pattern alterations. The strong habits built up from beginning sewing will continue to bear fruit as we learn more complex material.
Advanced students will explore pattern drafting and more specific techniques such as when to use cartridge pleating over box pleating and couture finishing techniques.
My sewing curriculum is designed so that first time learners will feel motivated to keep on sewing. The first three projects are usually completed within the first 3-4 lessons. After learning how to operate the student's machine, together we will make a draw string bag, a skirt (for a doll, for a student or someone else) and a stuffed animal. These first three projects lay an important foundation; students learn basic and useful skills they will use over and over again as they begin to choose their own projects that we work on together.
I believe that if the student- whether a child or an adult- enjoys sewing and sees what they are capable of from the start, they will be more eager to learn more and take on new challenges.
Currently developing sewing worksheets for children.
I focus on Machine sewing. I don't like hand sewing so i avoid it; however, i do know several stitches and when they are preferable. I really enjoy creating the projects that we will make together step by step; however, if you find a pattern you like, i can walk you through how to do it!
I learned to sew as a child and have made many items; from skirts and pajama pants, and stuffed animals to quilted Christmas stalkings!
I tend to work in cotton materials, but have some tips and pointers for other fabrics as well!
I've been sewing since I was 8 years old. I love all kinds of projects and have worked with clothing, costumes, drapes, decorative pillows, upholstery and quilting. I believe any student can master the art of sewing.
I can teach you to sew just about anything! Including clothing, accessories, draperies, stuffed animals, and nearly anything else you may think of. Learn how to: understand and use sewing patterns, pick out fabrics for your projects, cut fabric, use and clean your sewing machine, and even hand sewing!
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