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Sewing Lessons?

Friday, May 07, 2021

My mother launched me into learning how to sew when I was in elementary school, and I taught MY daughter (and her friends) how to sew, but an adult friend of mine wants me to teach HER, and a couple MORE friends have chimed in that they, too, want to learn... and will I teach them, too?

So, the question arises: what EXACTLY should I teach them? What beginner projects can best equip them for later sewing success? I’ve kind of been scanning what certain online sources recommend for a simple sewing curriculum and they are all over the map, emphasizing a variety of things...

But I thought I would ask you, my Sparkly friends, partly because I know just how diverse and experienced you all are in all kinds of arenas, but also because I know just how HELPFUL you all are!

If you had only about 3 sessions to teach sewing, what skills would you be sure to teach? What projects would you use to teach those skills? If you could add a few MORE sessions, which techniques or projects would you add to your sewing curriculum?

Tomorrow I’ll share my vision so far.

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    I had sewing lessons when I was in grade school. I don’t remember what grade, maybe 6th or 8th? Anyway, I learned to draft patterns to make dresses, shorts, blouses, etc. Do I remember any of that? Sorry to say, no I don’t. I wish I did, and it would be nice. My mother was an avid crafter. She would sew, she would crochet, and she was a person who could tie a very nice package. She would also be able to do great wraps. Did any of that rub off on me? Oh no, not a bit. I wish I had learned from her. So I’m sorry I wouldn’t be able to give you any advice at all. I wish I could, though.

    36 days ago
    1. Reading a pattern and how to find the grain of the material
    2. Adding a zipper on a square first then a garment
    3. Paper piecing as it is fun

    3a. How to mend properly

    Items to make

    1. Skirt
    2. Dress
    3. T-shirt ( those stretchy things stretch my patience)

    Our school seemed to be the same as yours ... apron ...nightie.... skirt... very popular items :)

    Some memories flooding back ... enjoy :)

    36 days ago
  • JAMER123
    Goodness, it's been years and years since I learned in 4-H and home economics. I thing the best teaching tool is the pattern, learning how to size it to an individual body style. The cutting can then come out well. Doing the stitching of seams is usually quick work. Prep is always the hardest but the most important to be happy with the outcome. Or as suggested above to a scrap material piecing together and cover a pillow. That's a stitch and trim project. You might want to ask each what they want to learn and their project ideas.
    36 days ago
  • no profile photo VALERRIE
    In 7th grade, all girls had to take sewing in Home Economics and the boys did wood working.
    The first project was an apron that tied around the waist in the back (no bib).
    No pattern, just a long sewn waistband, to which you hand basted a yard of material, gathered the loose stitches, pinned, and then machine sewn onto the waistband; lastly hemming by machine.

    The 2nd project was a skirt with a zipper. Simple A-line with a hand sewn hem. Very easy and quick.

    From there, I took a short summer class in the city where we made a button down dress.
    All of this was a life saver for me as out of necessity I had to make all of my own clothes through high school: jacket, slacks, dresses, including 2 prom dresses. Not sure if this is relevant, but go and have fun!
    36 days ago
    I taught myself to sew when my girls were toddlers, so I've never had any proper instructions. When my oldest granddaughter learned to sew at summer camp (when she was about 8 or 9 years old), she was taught to sew scraps together first, and that became a patchwork pillow case. Your adult students would likely be able to make something more advanced, but I thought that was a good, simple project that was useful, too. You could even set a zipper in that and stuff a pillow form into it for decorative use.

    Having someone to show me how to read a pattern and the correct way to sew with the pattern pinned to the fabric would have helped me immensely years ago. Or even tips on buying and cutting the fabric, too.
    36 days ago
    took sewing in school if i remember correctly it was figuring out the pattern that was the hardest, so maybe how to understand patterns. i made a simple shirt and and an apron. but to this day i never understood what i did, how you get to the sewing is the real mystery Hugs, I hope they give you some nice gifts for your time. Hugs
    36 days ago
    Hmmmm . . . I have not sewn in YEARS. Not sure what to suggest. I just remember that we made a simple jumper (Butterick pattern, as I recall) to learn simple seams and setting in a zipper.

    36 days ago
    Sounds like a fun challenge for you!
    36 days ago
    I've only ever sewed during my sock monkey phase, and that was by hand! I can also do buttons and badges thanks to scouts 😅 I really should get my mom to teach me properly sometime!
    37 days ago
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    37 days ago
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