Last year I had the honor of teaching a beginner sewing class for adults who had never sewn before in their lives.
|Learning about bobbins–Day 1 of bootcamp.|
|Finished Tote–with gusset!|
This was not a refresher course for lapsed Girl Scouts and 4-H members. These women had never touched a sewing machine.
What motivated these women? Their daughters had started sewing lessons to learn to sew and these moms wanted to get in on the fun. And fun it was!
I called the class Sewing Bootcamp and promised that after two 2-hour classes, they would be able to fearlessly sit at a sewing machine make stuff. We started by learning that the sewing machine had a top thread AND a bobbin—and how to wind that bobbin. Then we raced through basic cutting, stitching a straight (or straight-enough) seam, pressing, and accepting that as beginners, sometimes “good enough” is good enough.
By the end of the first class, this adventurous group had wound their own bobbins, threaded their own machines, and made small tote bags. And not ordinary tote bags, mind you. But tote bags with gusseted corners!
After that, there was no stopping the Bootcampers. The following week we learned the basics of standard sewing patterns, cut out a pair of pajama pants, and finished them—including the waistline elastic. Whew! Bootcamp was the perfect name for the class. Sewing muscles were discovered and strengthened—and buzz cuts were not required.
If you’ve taken an introductory class and want to expand your skills, or you are just getting a hankering this summer to sit down at a sewing machine and learn how to sew, check out the Liesl Gibson DVD bundle at the Sew Daily Shop.
How did you learn to sew? Tell us about it in the comments below.