Friday, July 16, 2010

Home Ec!

So I've had a sewing machine for a few years but after the first initital tries (and when my friend Adie wasn't there to walk me through it step by step), I totally gave up. My wonderful sewing machine has been sitting in a storage warehouse for three years, probably sad from misuse and hoping one day I will come rescue it from the concrete walls! Well...I think that day has come. I've always been very, very intimidated by sewing, but completely in awe of those who can do it well. The reason I got the machine in the first place was because I would see so many of my friends and family construct such awesome things. One person in particular makes the most amazing window treatments and I've always been blown away with their seamstress skills. That same family member got me the machine for Christmas awhile back and I was SO excited...



When I saw Leigh-Ann's post for a new class that she, Rachel and their friend Courtney were putting on, I was immediately intrigued. Because I'm beginning this new journey into becoming a full-time SAHM/homemaker, I've been thinking more about trying my hand at sewing again, and this class just popped up at the right time.



I'm almost positive I am going to take it, and I have to admit I am still a little intimidated, mainly about setting up my machine! Once I got it all going I really liked sewing, but I struggled with remembering where to put the thread, how to wind it, etc. Very confusing. So I hope this class clarifies all of this for me, and I am certain it will.

SO...I wanted to post this to number one spread the word about this class, because the ladies who are running it are some of the most inspiring women I know (er, read!), and two, I'd love for you to join me. Click here to be transported over to Leigh-Ann's blog to read an in-depth post that got me quite excited!

Are any of you thinking of taking it?

44 comments:

  1. If I had a sewing machine and the extra money I would definitely take it!

    http://velvetbirds.blogspot.com

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  2. Oh wow I have been wanting to take lessons for ages, this might be perfect for me.

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  3. i have one so now that i'm going back home maybe i will start using it! xo

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  4. I also have a sewing machine that I never use. I have no patience to sew when the thread keeps coming out! haha I must try to relearn!

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  5. I start sewing when i was 10, my mom teaches me. But i was lazy and don't sew often.
    Five years ago, i saw a corset (and the price..) and starter sewing again. I have to exercise myself in patience, thereby you avoid little mistakes. Meanwhile sewing is some kind of relaxation.. and i have a little wardrobe sewed by myself.

    So have fun with your sewing machine and good luck in the class :) and be patient

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  6. I am thinking of taking it! I've had my sewing machine since March and only know how to do a couple simple thing on it. All of the projects are AWESOME!

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  7. I like to watch every hand-made thing couse all of them reflects a particle of author's soul :)
    Pregnancy is fine time to bigin any craft to fulfil free time.
    I've started doing a lot of hand-made stuff during "belly-time";)

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  8. you make me want to get my sewing machine out and start sewing. Although i don't need the class because i've had 6 years of sewing in classes I can't wait to see what you make!

    xoxo
    Chrisitne

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  9. I wish this class was around about a year ago when I'd first gotten started. I think I'm a little more advanced than that I don't want to pay 60 bucks to go over stuff I already know. But I really hope they do another level class. They teachers look really awesome and I think you'll really enjoy sewing. I'm working on a baby outfit right now. I have a feeling you'd enjoy sewing little outfits for Henry. :)

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  10. I just asked my best friend if I could borrow her sewing machine so I could learn how to sew! I can sew by hand, but I'm not that great at it. Plus my next project is a quilt.

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  11. I'm just the same--I was so excited to get my sewing machine as a Christmas gift a few years ago, but I've never so much as taken it out of the box! I totally fantasize about making all kinds of cute things, but am so intimidated by the whole thing. I want someone to come to my house and sit there with me and walk me through it--haha.

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  12. The hardest part about learning to sew is threading the machine and understanding the way the bobbin works. Once you learn, its like riding a bike, you don't forget. The rest is easy peasy...put the fabric in and hit the gas! Done! You'll love it. I found this craft book to make stuffed animal monsters, so much fun!

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  13. im thinking about taking it, but i can't decide. i've just been learning to sew from books...

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  14. Once you learn how to control the machine, the threading & all the nobs, it's sooo easy. You'll be wonderful at it, I promise.

    Love and Turtledoves,
    Jaco

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  15. I'll have to sign my mother up for this class because she just got a new sewing machine (a self-threader, no less) but all she can do so far is hem pants and sew pillow cases. I'd love to get her comfortable with the machine. Her last one was a singer made entirely of steel (I swear for how much it weighed) and came with no manual so it was always a guess how it worked.

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  16. Awww how much fun is that? I love sewing!

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  17. I'm not taking the class (I already know how to sew) but I wanted to comment saying how awesome it is that you're trying this out! Sewing is such a rewarding hobby. :)

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  18. That is so (sew!) exciting! learning to sew is not only fun, but it is very useful. once you know how to set up the machine, it really is quite simple. You will have a lot of fun once you can make things for baby Henry and even teach him how to sew when he's older! Good luck!

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  19. I would love that too but not sure if I would have the time for it... and I would need to buy a sewing machine with no space to put it in our apartment!! Although I do want to be more creative..

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  20. I am! I took the RVA summer camp and it was a great way to help me get creative after a long slump. I love that you can do the lessons at your own pace!

    See you there!

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  21. I signed up on Thursday - right after Leigh-Ann posted. I am so excited for the class it's going to be so much fun!

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  22. I was thinking about taking this course too because the ladies are awesome and because my sewing machine is also 'resting' after I just got so frustrated with setting it up and the bobbin jamming. I was the same as you and couldn't figure it out/didn't have anyone to ask. I know this course would be perfect....but it kind of clashes with going back to work. :-(

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  23. I've been thinking about taking it. I only have two more weeks of summer until school starts back and I head back to work, so not having enough time is my only set back from signing up now. I've been dying to take one of Rachel's online classes and this one would be perfect!
    Margaret

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  24. That is so cool that there is an online class!
    I have a sewing maschine.. it's not really mine, i borrow it from my auntie. I wish i had my own!
    But i do sew, i have to cuz i study fashion design (: Hope to be big one day!

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  25. I just signed up for this class. I took an RVA craft class last fall, and it was so inspiring. I actually ended up learning how to crochet because of it.

    I'm kind of sad I didn't do more crafting before my first was born. But, I'm determined to do more handmade for baby no. 2. I'm hoping this class will give me the confidence to tackle some baby related sewing projects in the future. At very least, I know it's going to be good times.

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  26. I have a vintage singer. unfortunately i gave it to my aunt. we had no room in a house we had back then. now i have all the freaking room i need. i miss it

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  27. i think i'm going to take it. I'm trying to figure out if it's in the budget right now. It's so worth it, but I have a feeling I will go crazy over fabric like I tend to do and go broke!! i just need to suck it up and join already...

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  28. I just signed up yesterday! I'm self taught. I can sew straight lines which has helped me out a ton in the past, but other than that I'm pretty clueless. I'm hoping we're taught how to maintain a "healthy" machine! I've never REALLY cleaned mine or done anything like that and I'm afraid it's going to explode or something while I'm sewing. I'm also super excited for all the projects. A little intimidating, but it should be fun.

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  29. I should be taking this class! I have had my sewing machine for about a year now and I pulled it out to sew something simple and could not figure it out. My boyfriend did a better job with it than me! :( I definitely need some basic skills before trying again.

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  30. Good luck on the sewing class, I just learned myself!! It is super fun!!! & thanks for the compliment on my booties!! I am a big fan of your blog!

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  31. Read the post about this class on Rachel's blog last week and I freaked out. I'm definitely taking it!

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  32. I will definitely be taking this class!!

    My fiance and I plan on starting a family once we're married and I've been finding lots and lots of cute baby items that I was only "wishing" I could sew. Hopefully, with the help of this class, I'll be able to now :)

    Thanks for bringing it to our attention and congrats on little baby Henry!

    -Steph.

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  33. YAY! It looks like lots of your readers are taking this course.

    I feel the same way as you do. I got a sewing machine about 3 years ago and have only dabbled. The time I did, I got really frusterated by all the things to do to prep it, etc.

    I am totally taking this class and hope you do too. I always see clothes in stores that cost $60+ for a shirt and say to myself "i can make that" and I am hoping to make something wearable and curtains...

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  34. yes I am the same I need some help with my sewing machine and I couldnt believe my eyes when I saw leigh Ann was taking a class. hooray! see you there!

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  35. Good luck! I want tone but am afraid to learn! We are trying to conceive next year, so making baby things would be fun!

    Http://howdycactus.com
    (I am Beeface on twitter and whatnot, just started new blog!)

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  36. Thanks for sharing about the class Danielle!! You're so sweet :)
    xo, LA

    ps. for those worried about it fitting your schedule, Home Ec is a take it at your own pace class and the private blog will be up for an entire year :)

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  37. Eeek! Thanks for sharing this on your blog. I'm SO excited for this class!

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  38. i'm taking it! i've taken a class that leigh-ann taught before and it was great! looking forward to this one!:)

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  39. congrats on your first baby :) i'm pregnant again and in the 5month, finally past the yuck. xo

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  40. Hello there.. long time lurker but first time commenting.

    I LOVE to sew!! It is such a release for me, but i've been doing it since I was young and as have an AA in Fashion, so its my thing. haha. but you should defiantly try it out. I saw what they are teaching for the class and they are some great projects. Good stuff to learn too!

    After you get more comfortable sewing you should check out the book "Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby" Perfect!!

    http://www.amazon.com/Handmade-Beginnings-Sewing-Projects-Welcome/dp/0470497815/ref=pd_sim_b_2

    http://www.lizzypost.blogspot.com

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  41. Me, me, me! I'm going to take this class! It saves me bugging my poor mother all the time, and will allow me to actually learn how to make clothing (and other things) that I LOVE! Especially with all my chain-store clothing issues!

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  42. I am taking it too!!
    My dad bought me a sewing machine last year for my birthday & its still in the box. Its the singer simplicity. is that the one you have?
    excited and nervous about this class.

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  43. It was 4 am this morning and I saw leigh-ann's blog and finally really looked at the whole course load and projects and was like "i don't know how to do like 75% of this stuff and I have a sewing machine and think I can sew" so realizing I don't really know anything besides turning on the machine and running fabrics under it in a whoosh motion I spur of the moment signed up and now I am super excited! I hope you sign up to so I can see the cute projects you make!

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