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Posted by: Stormyshay

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Member since: 3/9/08
Reviews: 2 (classes: 1)
Skill level:Beginner
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Posted on: 5/19/08 7:33 PM
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This Beginning Sewing class was offered through the Jefferson County Public Schools Lifelong Learning Program (out of Louisville, KY). I find the class through a google search.

The Lifelong Learning Program offers a variety of classes in textile arts including the beginning sewing course as well as sewing for the home, making fabric bowls, etc. They offer some classes year round. However, some classes such as the textile ones are offered following the Jefferson County Public School calendar, which runs from August to May. I took the Spring 2008 session.

The class met over the course of four weeks from 6pm-8:15pm at a local high school. The class was taught by Mrs. Suzanne Klemenz, who was a home economics teacher before she retired.

The class is a wonderful class for learning beginning techniques. Mrs. Klemenz takes a real interest in her students and genuinely wants them to succeed. She is willing to stay later if a student is having difficulty. During the class one student's machine was broken so she brought her Viking machine for her to use at the next class.

Throughout the course students will make a pillow sham, a zippered bag using the Lazy Girl Designs Perfect Pouch pattern, as well as a reversible vest.

I will admit I had hoped I would learn a little more about pattern layout and directions in the class. However, this was not the case. The first two projects were ones where you measure fabric and then cut according to those measurements so no pattern was required. A pattern was used for the vest. But several modifications were made to make it reversible so the directions were not followed.

Overall, I was pleased with the class. I felt that I learned how to sew a straight seam, which we all know is the foundation of sewing! By the end of the course I had also learned about different fabrics and several helpful hints for when I would be sewing on my own. Since the class I have taken on a few projects on my own and had success.

The teacher is a real gem and it felt as if I was learning to sew from my grandmother. :)

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nancy2001 said... (5/22/08 7:17 PM) Reply
It sounds like a great class, Stormy.
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