The past year has been an incredible year of challenges both for me personally and for my business. Like any new business I have experienced some growing pains. Growing pains in a good way!! New students, new programs, and new opportunities means that my business is heading in the right direction.
Those of you who know me, know that I am constantly trying new things. I have reinvented myself and my business multiple times throughout my adult life. I believe this had to happen in order for me to realize what I was good at. I am a creative person by nature, Every job I have held through out my life involved some kind of customer service, and I always went above and beyond for my customers. It was something I just did… not because of some company policy or because some supervisor told me to. I did it because I knew in my heart that it was the right thing to do. I am a giver by nature and I will do anything for others long before I do anything for myself. That’s just who I am, always have been and always will be. I realized this long ago, but knowing this and using this information to find a job that I could be passionate about and really enjoy doing daily wasn’t easy. I changed jobs often….and when I discovered sewing, and then discovered teaching sewing I knew I was onto something.
Each job I have held taught me something. Each new business I tried taught me as well. I understand now that I had to go through all those experiences so that I can now use that knowledge for my final job. The one I am at now.
What do you want to be when you grow up? I am in my mid fifties and have just now realized what the answer to the question is………”A Sewing Teacher”.
Sewing 4 Fun I believe is now my final chapter in my work history book. Teaching kids is something that brings great joy to me. Watching them develop skills that I know will last them a lifetime is beyond words. It is what keeps me going day in and day out. I know I may never see the results of how I impact these kids beyond my classroom, but in my heart I know the lessons learned in my classroom will stick with them and carry these kids far into their future.
Beyond teaching the kids, I have also found a real need for beginner sewing classes for adults and seniors. There just aren’t enough places for people to go who truly want to learn to sew. Many fabric stores and quilt shops offer sewing/quilting classes sure, but what I see doesn’t meet the need. Many of these classes are focused solely on completing a project and not teaching fundamentals. The difference I want to make in my teachings is I want to make independent sewers out of my students. I want them to have the skills and the confidence to sew any project they like. I realize that making projects is a way of reinforcing the knowledge and understanding of a particular technique and therefore can’t do classes without projects. The difference in my classes is that I teach them why they are doing what they are doing and how they can use those skills in other projects. Understanding the why, and know when to apply them will take them beyond the current project and into independent sewing.
Learning to sew using sewing patterns
What I have also discovered is there aren’t enough patterns on the market today that truly teach you to sew. Most patterns today assume you know the terminology and how to sew already. They are written like a blueprint with technical drawings and specs. Most patterns are confusing to beginners, and there just isn’t enough information to help them along in the beginning. I want to change that. I want to see patterns that have easy instructions, great photos & images and better explanations of the terms used in the pattern directions.
What to do about that? 1) make my own patterns. 2) help you my customers / students understand how to work with the patterns so that you can sew whatever you like. Making my own patterns is far too great a goal for me right now considering I don’t know much about drafting patterns, let alone know how to mass produce them. So looks like I will just have to stick to what I know…..teach you how to use your favorite patterns!
My classes are kept small, and each student is allowed to work on their own projects. Some may choose quilting some clothing, while others may want to make things for the home like curtains & pillows. It doesn’t matter to me. It is all sewing and all fun. By allowing you to work on your own projects, it keeps things interesting and fun. We all learn from one another and get inspired by each others projects. Won’t you join us one day soon?
Adult classes are Tues/Thurs evenings 6:30 – 8:30 – Seniors are Tues/Thurs mornings 9:00-11:00.
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