Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Home Ec love


When I saw that Leigh-Ann, Rachel and Courtney were offering Home Ec again this spring, I thought it was the perfect time to share my thoughts about this amazing class. I should preface this by saying that before I took Home Ec last year I had NO idea how to work a sewing machine, and I couldn't have told you the difference between a bobbin and a feed dog. I probably would have thought either of those were a special breed of animal, to be honest! haha. But really, I was pretty clueless. My friend Adie is an expert sewer and crafter and had tried to show me how to sew years back when I first got my machine, but like I had feared I gave up the first time she wasn't there to help me, and my lonely little Singer began to collect dust in the corner. Soon it was put away, forgotten.

Fast forward a couple of years to last spring. I see a post about this new class for beginners. Home Ec. Awesome. I was immediately drawn to it- I was pregnant with Henry at the time, becoming a stay at home mom, and we were in the process of buying our first home.  There was nothing I wanted more than to be able to do crafty things around the house; sew curtains, make little plush animals, pillows, even Halloween costumes for my future son. I admit I was completely intimidated to even sign up for the class. Being that I was a complete newbie to the world of crafting, let alone sewing, trying something this new was a little unnerving. But I did it. And I am SO glad I did.

The class started at the most basic level and moved on from there. I learned the basics, and as although I didn't finish the entire course as things got busier towards the end of my pregnancy, I walked away with SO MUCH knowledge. Now, I am completely comfortable using my machine. I am currently working on a project for my son's nursery, and next week I'll be making curtains for our dining room. I love that I am no longer afraid to use it, and this has allowed my crafty side to come out. I feel more creative than I have in a long time, and it's such a great feeling to be able to execute (okay, at this point I'm still trying to execute) the ideas in my head.

With that said, if you've been thinking about signing up for the class but are on the fence, scared to try something new, or maybe you already know how to sew but want to improve your skills...just sign up. Seriously, just do it. I promise, you won't regret it!  And as for me, I'm off...to sew! And that's SEW COOL. hahaha! Okay. Cheesy, I know. ;)

If you do decide to take the class, let me know! Good luck and have fun.

19 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great class. I'm going to check it out. Thanks for posting about this.

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  2. I should really think about finally doing this!

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  3. I signed up last night. I've been sewing for years, but I still have a few stitching fears I need to overcome. I can't wait to get started!c

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  4. I didn't sign up last year and was so disappointed I missed out. I'm hoping I can come up with some cash to do this years though, my sewing machine has been collecting dust and I really want to learn how to use it!

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  5. Thanks for posting this! I'm living in a small town and the local fabric stores are not offering classes in the foreseeable future. This will be perfect!

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  6. Just got a sewing machine for Christmas and still haven't even cracked open the manual . Maybe this course is just what I need to ensure that it doesn't end up in the corner collecting dust! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  7. Eeeek! Thank you thank you thank you for posting about this! I will definitely be signing up for the class next week and I'm posting about it tomorrow morning. Everything you wrote about beginner sewing fears...that's me! I'm so excited :)

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  8. I just did the Blog Love one, they are fantastic tutorials. So cute and personal and informative!

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  9. oh wow, this is just what I've been looking for! I work long hours most of the time plus have a long distance relationship that takes up many of my weekends so taking a traditional course in the analog world was never really an option for me. at the same time I feel really insecure with my sewing machine and am often frustrated when results are not as professional as I would like them to be. So this is pretty much perfect for my needs. Thank you so much for writing about it and recommending it =) I feel like this course could really change my life.

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  10. Thanks for posting this. I'm desperate to learn how to use my sewing machine and I'm not a natural! Surprised my mum yesterday by telling her I'm going to master it, and then you posted this a few hours later! Thank you for sharing this, will be signing up shortly!

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  11. I'm tempted. I'm doing an offline course just now which has given me so much more confidence using my machine, but there are some projects here which won't be covered in my current class (like using interfacing - scary!).

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  12. Thanks for sharing this. This is definitely something I would love to take, but money is so tight with the baby coming soon, I'm not sure I'd be able to afford it. Maybe I'll be able to scrounge up some extra cash :P~

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  13. That is so great! What a wonderful resource...there really is nothing better than making something for your littles!
    a.

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  14. I would love to be able to sew curtains like my grandmother did for her home. I've always been too intimidating by a sewing machine to do so, however. Maybe it's time to step out of my comfort zone...

    XO
    Carly

    All This is Grace and Charm
    http://allthisgraceandcharm.blogspot.com

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  15. yay! these are awesome. I love sewing, especially making my own clothes!

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  16. I just signed up. I learn so well in a format like this, and I really can't wait!

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  17. My last attempt at sewing was a Halloween costume for my then-two-year-old (now thirteen!) son - it was a disaster! He was the green Teletubby and it was the saddest thing you've ever seen. At any rate, I hung up my sewing needles at that point... but this makes me want to dig that old machine out and give it another go! Hm... we'll see...

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  18. I signed up for this class the other day! I wasn't able to the earlier class they had and I was SO excited when I saw this one. The course outline has so many projects I want to try!!!! :)

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  19. thank you for the link! i should try it. i'm afraid a little, 'cause i'm not very good in sewing and my english isn't perfect, haha. but i really need smth like this. so, i'll sign up today or tomorrow. I'm so excited! thanks again))

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