Thursday, March 3, 2011

6 Advantages of Taking a Sewing Class

Good Morning Friends,
I am lovin' my new sewing machine and this week alone I've had three, yes THREE, sewing classes at the store where I bought it.  That store is hopping with nice friendly ladies all in the same position as me, wanting to learn more about sewing.

Now, I remember learning hand embroidery at the age of 5 or 6 on a tea towel and it was probably around the same time that my mother showed me how to make a straight stitch on her Singer.  Since that time I've sewn many things.  You might think then why would I need to take sewing classes.  I've created my own list of advantages and reasons why I'm enjoying them immensely.

1.  To teach me how to use all the bells and whistles that come on my machine.  I compare my old Bernina that had 8 stitches to our television we had growing up with a knob to turn the channel and we had 3 stations on our TV.  My new Brother has 70+ stitches and our TV has 100+ stations and requires 3 remotes to operate!  This new machine has so much more technology built into it I need classes to learn how to operate it.

2.  To teach me how to use all the presser feet that come with the machine.  My handy husband says he can do most anything around the house as long as he has the right tools for the right job and it's true.  The right tools make any job 10 times easier.  I must say, with my old Bernina I got pretty lazy about changing the presser feet and would do 99% of my sewing with just the basic presser foot.  The two ladies who teach classes at my shop have us changing the presser feet several times through one project depending on what we are doing and it really makes a difference in both ease of manipulating the fabric through the machine and the finished look. 

3.  I've had some great refreshers on the difference in needles, thread and changing the tension on our machines.  Did you know universal needles really are NOT for all fabrics?  Just the quick change to a proper needle to match the fabric can make a world of difference in the finished look.  If you are going to spend the money on fabric, patterns, and notions, that adds up, so don't use cheep thread or wrong needles that really can affect the finished look of your project.

4.  It is getting me out of the house for reasons other than grocery shopping or running my business.  This has been a refreshing change for me.

5.  I've made some new friends!

6.  I love learning new things so this has been great FUN!


Tanya said...

enjoy your new machine!

Tina at akagramma said...

Sounds like fun! I know the basics of sewing..I've sewn a lot of clothes for my kids but I would love to take some classes for more tips on sewing.
Have fun!

Erin said...

It does sound like fun. I think I read blogs for the same reason...teach me new ways to do old things or teach me new things to do with things I think I already know all about. It is all about learning more.

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

Great post!!! I learned to sew many, many years ago (my mother's insisted - thank goodness!) I've gotten really rusty and a sewing class would be awesome.

That One Girl said...

I wish that there was some place around here to take sewing classes. I never had any interest in learning when I was younger and lived around my Momma. Now that I'm older and realize that there are so many AWESOME things that can be done at home with a sewing machine (And I've learned the value of something homemade and stitched with love) I live in North Carolina with my Marine husband, and she moved from our home state of Ohio to Texas!! While this is great for her... it's not so great for me! I desperately want to learn to sew from my mom. She did get me a video for Christmas, but it's just not the same, yano?


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