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Date: 2/18/12 9:13 AM

While at my Liquidating Joann's yesterday, I was approached by two different employees, asking if I wanted to work at the new place...I declined(would rather be a good employee than getting caught up in all the "drama")
I then ran in to a lady who is heading up the classrooms that will be offered in the new Joann's. One of the employees told her that I sew everything and we got to talking. (I was actually helping that employee, check out a sewing machine that was returned by another customer).
She asked me if I would like to teach classes at the new place. I jumped on this! I have the choice of being a part-time Joann's employee or a "private contractor". I chose the private contractor. I don't want to get into the Joann's network and end up working on the floor and when ever they need someone to fill in for a sales clerk.
Anywho, I'm going by the new place in a few days and meet up with the coordinator and get all the paperwork done. I can actually help pick what time of day I want to teach and what type of class I want to teach (out of the already pre-planned classes). She said that after a while, we can start offering classes that break away from the set that Joann wants taught. I'm excited. I have been asked to teach for decades(including a summer course at an all Girls school). Something always got in the way...I'm ready this time

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Date: 2/18/12 9:22 AM

good luck in your endeavor.

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Date: 2/18/12 11:48 AM

Congratulations!

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Date: 2/18/12 12:11 PM

Awesome! And great decisions on your part. I taught my first sewing classes at my local Joann's and they were a lot of fun. Good to choose the private contractor (I did that too). The most difficult thing is to find something simple enough for all levels. And I'd strongly suggest that class members bring their own machines as well as know how to wind a bobbin. This keeps the class flowing smoothly and you're not called on to do so.

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Date: 2/18/12 1:02 PM

There isn't any room in our little JoAnn's to teach a class. How many of them have classes?

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Date: 2/18/12 1:13 PM

The Jo-Ann's in our area is in the process of tripling the store size and adding classrooms. I left my name and contact info and told them I'm interested in teaching classes. I hope they call me!

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Date: 2/18/12 1:17 PM

Miss Fairchild, thank you for the suggestions. I'm sure I'll look to you for many more, as I go ahead with this. The coordinator said we might use Vikings(they are renting space in the new store)or Singers(Joann sells them). She hasn't been told yet. There would also be the option of bringing their own machine. I'll have to be schooled on the Vikings, if we have to use them. I really want to do more than a pillow case type of class. I have to see just what Joanns wants us to do first. I called the new store a little while ago(it's not open yet, but is being set up). I am going over there this afternoon to talk with the coordinator. We are suppose to get some snow here tomorrow night and I don't want to chance not getting there Monday morning.

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Date: 2/18/12 6:00 PM

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I'm sure I'll look to you for many more, as I go ahead with this.
Feel free!

What I started with was a class called Bags, Bags, Bags. Members had their option of making a tote bag, a small carrying bag, or a cosmetic bag. They all had zippers in them, and were made from simple squares of fabric. The larger ones had straps. They were my designs, but not much of one--very, very simple. And it only makes sense that Joanns wants you to teach their classes.

You might want to ask if you could take a machine home with you (or practice while in the store). And another pointer, make sure you start on time. People like to chat, and they will, being nice, try to include you, which may throw your time off Beware of this. Break your project down into segments, and give a designated amount of time for each segment; no more than 40 minutes, otherwise you'll lose them. To do this, I figured how long it would take me and then multiplied that by 4. Why 4? It was just a number higher than 2 or 3.

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Date: 2/18/12 6:19 PM

Well I went over to the new Joanns today and am now teaching 3 different classes I'm still debating on teaching knitting 101. The "teachers" are allowed to make up their own schedules. We were given little info packets for each class that will be held.
Funny you should mention the time budget. Joanns has x amount of minutes for each segment. Example: Welcome(5 minutes).
Sewing equipment(5 minutes). Patterns and fabric(20 minutes). It will take some getting use to for me. I think it's going to work out well, because I tend to get off subject so easily. This will keep me totally focused on the particular segment.
I have a lot of reading to do and I need to make up a schedule to hand in to the teaching coordinator. I'm going for morning classes. I have a hard time doing anything after noon.

I need an opinion: I have a problem spreading something out for weeks. When I'm learning something new, I want to get it done, before I loose interest. The classes I'll be teaching that have 2 sessions, I would like to do in the same week. Example: Tuesday/Thursday. Instead of Tuesday one week, and Tuesday the next week. What do you think of this?

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Date: 2/18/12 6:30 PM

Will J's allow you to do this? I would prefer a class like that too. Those spread out over weeks take a long time and you can easily lose interest or not show up if it takes too long.

Bags are a great idea, Miss F. Doing a zipper is also very good. I have never done a bag, but always wanted to do that kind of thing. We were offered PJ pants, a simple apron or a pillowcase. Most girls will love a bag--somehow it must be build into our brains that way.

Jan, I am glad you are teaching. Now teaching 3 different classes? My goodness. Do you have the time???

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