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Class Reviews > Palmer/Pletsch Beginning Sewing Teacher Training Workshop

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Posted on: 10/17/06 12:23 PM
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This was a four day workshop taught by Janet Corzatt in Portland, Oregon to train teachers of beginning sewing. The workshop is one of many offered by Palmer/Pletsch Sewing School. This class treated us as beginners, but we covered each level of classes in a day. Each level would take 3-5 weeks of one session each week for beginners. This class was well-done, well thought out and well taught. Janet developed the patterns that are used for the program. She also developed the class outline and samples. In each class, the beginners will make a couple of samples (for example, directional stay stitching, grading seams) and then work on a project. The first project for the first level is a butcher's/artist's apron and is intended to teach pattern reading and fabric selection and basic sewing skills. The next level covers other samples and the project is a robe--sleeves. The next level makes other samples and the project is pajamas--collar and elastic waist. The fourth level is a three week class of samples only--zippers and elastic and a tiny bit of sewing with knits. The intent of these classes is to take beginners and get them started on the road to being independent sewers. The class is held inside the Fabric Depot store in a large well lit classroom. The school is well equipped with tables, ironing surfaces, cutting surfaces, irons, pressing hams, sewing machines to borrow. Janet was well prepared and well organized and kept things moving. She imparted a lot of information in those hours of classes. She explained what to expect from beginners and reminded us of things we had forgotten about being beginners and sewing machine features that many beginners won't have. WE also got plenty of sewing time and enough shopping time. Fabric Depot helps class attendees by running a tab (dangerous, too!). Lunches were catered so we moved to a different part of the classroom to eat and continue with our lessons about the business of teaching and minimized the time away from working on our projects. The patterns that were used in teh class were provided as part of the class fee as were the meals. We had a "get acquainted" dinner at Pati Palmer's wonderful house. Ordinarily, it's a graduation dinner, but Pati had other things on her schedule (a friend's wedding and a busienss trip) so our dinner got re-scheduled. I also signed up for the optional makeover and color analysis and shopping tour. I certainly did my part to support the economy of Portland during that week I was there! I highly recommend this class as it was excellent. I also appreciate the vision of Pati Palmer, Janet Corzatt, Marta Alto and the others involved with this school to teach people to teach others about this thing that we love. The class was about $700 for the 4 days. The other optional sessions had their own prices which are listed on the website. The hotel was not included in the class rate, but the school arranged for a special rate at teh hotel and the hotel shuttle took us to and from the airport and class each day. Very nice.

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cindy-lou said... (1/12/09 3:37 PM) Reply
Denny, your review was VERY helpful. I really want to do this workshop!
Denny1600 said... (11/27/06 10:08 AM) Reply
Moley--I'm VERY jealous. Please do reviews on the classes because I'm thinking about taking the fit class and the instructor class that goes with it. I've already been asked if I'm going to teach fit and I haven't even taught the first beginning sewing class yet!
moley said... (11/26/06 5:59 AM) Reply
As I have booked 3 courses for next year I was very pleased to read these comments. Thank you.
Denny1600 said... (10/20/06 11:34 AM) Reply
Ruth C--I do plan to teach. I'm meeting with a quilt shop owner next week to see if it will work with her store. I think so, as the beginner projects all call for regular cotton or flannel. Then, the students can decide if they want to go quilt or make clothes or--like me--do both. Patzee--I think Janet Corzatt charges about $60 for most of the beginning sewing sessions. Since each level is 4-5 weeks and 2 1/2 hours each week, you're paying a reasonable rate for the sewing skills to get you to be an independent sewer.
Aixoise said... (10/19/06 1:43 PM) Reply
This is an excellent course. Since taking it 2 years ago, I've been teaching sewing to adults, h.s. students, and younger kids, modifying the content as appropriate. It's been really rewarding to fill the gap that exists now that so few schools offer sewing classes. The training and materials from P/P are a great foundation for teaching.
Patzee said... (10/18/06 3:25 PM) Reply
I visit thre Fabric Depost around once-a-month when I head to Portland. I've always wondered if the beginning sewing classes, etal, were worth the cost.
ryan's mom said... (10/18/06 6:38 AM) Reply
Sounds wonderful! Makes me think about vacationing on the West Coast :) !
kremmer said... (10/18/06 3:18 AM) Reply
Thanks for this in-depth review. Very interesting.
Tall Mary said... (10/18/06 2:14 AM) Reply
I have been looking at this course for 2007 as I hope to teach others to sew. Your review was a great overview of what to expect. Thanks.
Ruth C said... (10/18/06 0:16 AM) Reply
Thanks for describing the class--I've taken other P/P classes and I've always wondered what this one was like. Do you now intend to teach sewing somewhere?--I think it would be fun to do.
10Ksteps said... (10/18/06 0:08 AM) Reply
What a great experience. Thanks for such a detailed report.
KascadeKat said... (10/17/06 5:02 PM) Reply
I am currently taking Janet's Beginner Sewing series and the classes are wonderful! I decided to take these classes after taking on a shirt project that was beyond my depth. I've learned so much and I think I have a much better place to start growing my sewing skills.
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