Tuesday, January 25, 2011
So the "challenge" in this project turned up in the grading of the pattern. This was my first adventure in grading footwear, which came with its own set of challenges, but the time consumer ended up being grading 9 sizes in 2 different styles! It was just a ton of pieces!
My little Fairy and Monster reluctanly waited 3 weeks to wear their slippers. Their slippers were the samples that hung in the Arts Center window to help advertise the class. There are some warm and happy feet here tonight!
Friday, January 14, 2011
I have been teaching sewing classes inour community’s
since the end of September. Today I taught the first of a two part class on fleece animal hats. I have enjoyed all of the classes I have taught and today was no different. It is a delight teaching students a new skill, and developing old skills, and I always manage to learn something new as well. Before we actually begin sewing we go over the different parts of the machine, their names and what they are used for. When we get to the “Thread Up Take Lever” I always tell my students the following story…. Arts Center
One summer (many, many summers ago when I was 19) I had a job working for a man and woman who owned a small custom drapery shop on the outskirts of
. During my training….oh how I wish I could remember his name…the man, who was an older man…though when you are 19 everyone seems old….taught me a very valuable lesson. He said, “Think of this little lever here (thread up take lever) as a man. When it is here at the top he is “home” and you have no troubles, but if he strays away from home things get messy.” Sexist and politically incorrect?...probably, but an extremely valuable tip! If you always begin and end a seam with the Thread Up Take Lever at the top or “home” position you are much, MUCH less likely to end up with a tangled mess once you begin sewing. Tulsa Oklahoma
Today in class one of my students likened the presser foot lever to the garage door. “Once your man is home, don’t forget to close the garage door!” I think she just earned a place in the new and extended version of my story!