I taught my first two sewing classes this summer, and I loved it! Both were intro-to-sewing-knits classes, using the Grainline Lark and Cashmerette Concord patterns.
My first class! It was great to have some familiar faces – I’m grateful to them for their support!
Here are a few things I’ve learned:
- Everything goes a LOT slower than I predict! But stressing about time takes all the fun out of it for everyone, so we lengthened our class and now there’s time to enjoy each stage of prep and sewing!
- Every machine is different… and the settings that get a workable stretch stitch are totally different on every machine. Be prepared to experiment.
- Lark and Concord are both beautifully drafted, and the sizing charts are excellent. In a nice cotton spandex (like Art Gallery knits or Laguna jersey), the sizing has turned out every time.
- Have a wide range of sizes is important. It’s been great to have women of all sizes walk into class, and been able to have a pattern that will work for the. We’re adding Thready Theory and Jalie men’s/boys tees next time to that we can be even more inclusive!
- Women know their fit issues. It’s been great to be able to ask women what fit problems they often have in RTW, and help them pre-emptively make sure the pattern will work for them! Also, knitters make great sewists!
- Teaching is exhausting! It’s like the first day of school – all adrenaline and excitement, and a long nap afterwards!
- Students are awesome. I’ve been so impressed by everyone who has taken the class! The big buzzword in teaching these days (in my area, at least) is “grit” – and these women have stick-to-it-ness in spades!
Lovely, talented and resilient students!
I’ve got two classes book for the fall, so if you are within driving distance of Waterloo, Ontario, you should join us! I’m teaching at a brand new store called Spool and Spindle – they’ve got a nicely curated collection of high-quality fabrics online and in person, if you are interested! I’ll be teaching “Everyday Tees” again on October 23rd, and an intermediate class called “More Than a T-Shirt” about t-shirt hacks in November.
I’m so excited about teaching hacks – I hope we get some adventurous sewists!
Have you taken any sewing classes? I’d love to hear the best (or worst!) advice, wisdom, or experiences you’d had with a sewing teacher!