Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Needles and Pins

For a while now I've had the desire to start a sewing group here in town, specifically for people who want to learn how to sew or improve their sewing skills.   Ideas were swimming all over the place -- drapes, pillows, duvets, crib bedding, pillow cases, chair cushions, ottomans, slip covers, pajamas . . . you name it.   Over 20 people signed up.   We were all so excited to get going, but alas, we could not find a place to meet.  We looked everywhere, including our church building, but we failed.  Not enough electrical outlets, not enough space for a large group . . . it was disappointing.     There are a lot of sad people around here, let me tell you.  And I'm one of them.  I actually finish projects when I carve time out of my day to meet with friends.

But, hope is on the horizon.  I came up with an idea.  Why not post sewing tutorials online.  That's at least a start, right?  The more I thought about it, the more excited I got.   So I'm doing it, just as soon as I get past The Queen Bee Market (which by the way, you should attend.)

Temecula friends who lost out on our sewing class, I'm launching a new blog specifically for sewing.  I'm working on it as we speak.  And the best thing about it is that everyone including you bloggers out there, can use it for free, at any time that works for you.

So this is an official heads up.  If you've ever wanted to learn how to sew, now is your chance.  If you already have a sewing machine, dust it off, and get it in good working order so you will be ready to go.  I'm going to launch the first few lessons on May 15th.   

Here's what you can expect.

Lesson #1.  Secrets to Successful Sewing.  These are things you need to know before  you begin. (Start here first, even if you have experience sewing.  It will save you hours of frustration.)  If you are thinking about purchasing a machine, definitely watch this before you buy.   It could mean the difference between loving to sew, or hating it so much you sell the machine on E Bay after your first project.

Lesson #2: Your Sewing Machine is Your Friend.  This lesson is overview of a sewing machine and all the cool things a basic machine can do.  Important to know folks.  

Lesson #3:   Pillows.   In this lesson you will learn how to make a pillow and tackle the dreaded button hole.  It will also cover some fun ways to embellish using ruffles, trim and cording.

Future lessons will include:

How to read a pattern, home sewing (duvets, pillow cases, dust ruffles, window treatments, seat cushions, ottoman slipcovers, etc.), and clothing (pajama bottoms, swim suits, easy skirts, etc.)

I'm also going to talk my creative sewing buddies into guest posting. (Eve, Eunice, Ann, Majorie . . . that means you.)

That's just the beginning.  More will be added as time allows.  And, I would love your input.  Is there anything that you would specifically like to learn?  If so, let me know.  The sky's the limit.

Check back here on May 14th, so you can get a link to Needles and Pins (the name of the sewing blog).  


P.S.  Don't ever put pins in your mouth, it's dangerous.  That's lesson number one :)


Jenni said...

ooooooo! very excited! i actually have a really nice sewing machine but use it for the BASICS and it usually takes me 45 minutes to got the bobbin in right (no joke, i get so mad)!

can't wait for your new sewing blog! is there anything you can't do?!

Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training said...

Great idea! If I lived closer I would definitely come! “Must Learn to Sew” has been on my list of things to learn for a long time.

It’s been awhile since I’ve visited your blog. I’m off to see what I missed.

Kendra aka "Dometic Princess in Training"

Eunice said...

Soooo interesting that you're posting this today. I've often taught of teaching my niece to sew (or knit) via the internet. Also, today I realized that the quilt art people that I so desperately want to find and meet with to stimulate my creativity might have to be found online verses having people to meet with face-to-face. Also, I'm teaching a young mom how to sew tomorrow. She loves fashion and has never touched a sewing machine.

Eve said...

Fun! I didn't realize you had tried to start a full on sewing group, how did I miss that memo? Okay, I know how, I probably ditched RS. ;)

But this sounds fun. Inspire me, please. I haven't sewed much since LAST queen bee. Lame.

Ruby Girl said...

how fun! i really need to learn how to sew. it would be such a great hobby & quite convenient i think! you seem like a hoot. annndd... regarding your comment on my blog, i'm sure you would look GREAT in long stockings!! <3 EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

This is such a good idea. I personally hate sewing, but that's likely just because I can't cut a straight line and don't have the know-how. But I will tell my little sister to check out your sewing blog so she can benefit and possibly make something. Yey!

Butterscotch Caramel said...

Okay, I see that you are moving to Utah. I am in Utah. Where are you moving to? I need some sewing refresher courses. I would be a customer.


Noelle said...

I'm so excited, I've been trying to teach myself to sew. I will be following along!!!!!

Kristi said...

swim suits? that sounds tricky.- but I think that would be cool. i am a pretty good sewer (clothing and textiles was my major at BYU- for a year), but I am always up for new ideas and tips!

Angie said...

Yay! But I really needed this Sat night when I attempted to make dresses for the girls. Disaster. Ugh.

Kelly said...

I can't wait! I just got a new machine because I want to quilt more - I haven't sewed by machine since 4-H!!! Thanks, Crystal!!!

Amanda O'Tremba Oster said...

I'm excited about this. I don't live in your area, and no one lives in mine, so . . . YAY! I've been wanting to sew for a long time, but have no idea where to begin; thus, I haven't. Now maybe I can. THANK YOU for following through on your idea and blessing me (and others, of course) with your creativity.