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Date: 1/20/13 2:20 AM

just starting my first sewing class 101. I am making pajama bottoms as my very first project. I am having a great time. A lot of the women in the class can't figure why I'm there. Since I have been doing embroidery, I figure it's about time to learn how to sew from an experienced teacher. I learned how To read Patterns, getting the fabric ready to sew. I already know how to run the sewing machine since my wife bought me one. But yet there is a lot of skepticism among the women in the class. I don't let them bother me. The class ends in 2 weeks. I'm going to sign up for the next advance class to learn how to put pockets in, darts and other things. my wife have a broken zipper on her jeans and just did not have the time to get them fixed, so I said I will do it. it was not as bad as I thought it was. zipper came out great in the jeans and my wife is very happy. that's all that matters. I wish some men attended the sewing classes. at least I have somebody to talk to.

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Date: 1/20/13 8:26 AM

The women I meet in the sewing world all seem to accept me. I don't understand why women in your class would be skeptical of you. Maybe it's your own preconceived bias. Try engaging them in your class.

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Date: 1/20/13 9:10 AM

My husband takes the occasional quilting class with me. In fact, since he is a math head.. he is better at it than me. I am more of the creative type. I would not worry what they say .. they just have to have something to talk about.

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Date: 1/20/13 9:54 AM

I would love to have some guys in the classes that I attend.

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Date: 1/20/13 9:55 AM

This topic puts me on my soap box. I teach sewing at Joanns. I've had the pleasure of having men in some of the beginner classes. In the basic "this is a sewing machine and this is a pin cushion" class, most are starting at the same level, so snobbery has no place in my classroom. I had one man who signed up for the basic beginner class wanting to make cushion covers. He seemed very frustrated that he wasn't going to be taking a cushion cover home with him. He was also having a very difficult time threading and running the sewing machine. So what I saw, was some one who had an unrealistic idea of what sewing involves and expected to magically absorb the knowledge without effort. To set the record straight, I've had women do the same.

You sound like the type of person who puts his shoulder to the grind stone and takes it a step at a time...BravoI would love to be in a class with you. Some of our greatest designers are men. And I'm willing to bet most started with learning their way around a sewing machine. I taught both of my sons to sew.

One other thing, from a teacher's view: when I start talking about measuring and body types, if I have a male student, I make sure to include him. I explain to the class how things can differ when sewing for a man or a woman. Example: cuff lengths, types of materals one or the other would choose for slacks or shirts. Even when the cushion guy was in my class, I used his goal of making cushions part of our class discussion(ie. home dec fabric, piping, different closure techniques).

You are doing great. I look forward to seeing some of your future creations in the Review Gallery

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Date: 1/21/13 6:14 AM

Good for you! We had an ASG Meeting yesterday and asked for the third time this month how to gain some male interest. We had 3 boys and 2 girls in our last youth session and adult men would bring another asset to Youth Education.
My nursing class in 1983 had our school's first male nursing student. Being a military nurse I worked alongside both male and female nurses and technicians including many young males in my specialty area of labor and delivery. I'm married to a Marine who can sew on his own buttons and make repairs. He took up knitting in the early 90's to keep his hands occupied during the long ship transports overseas to theaters of war.
I firmly support gender diversity. I also know how closely some of the same gender sub-groups become. They both have their benefits and strenths. I am sure you will find a male sewing buddy to connect with in addition to the females who befriend you in class now.
I wish you a future filled with many wonderful sewing adventures!

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Date: 1/21/13 10:01 AM

Sandi, I was an L&D nurse for 16 yrs! 3 guys in my class, all military getting BSNs. I've worked with 5 male L&D RNs. I just switched to neonatal intensive care.

I've been teaching my boys to sew. They have their own sewing baskets, supplies, stashes, and machines. In my husband's country, men were traditionally the tailors. Now women sew professionally also. But boys sewing for fun and not pay gets some negative feedback. They're armed with enough names of famous male quilters and sewists for a rebuttal.

As to classes and camaraderie, well, col47, give it time and accept that there may be many reasons, to which you aren't privy, why you aren't getting the reception you'd like. Maybe the students are already a social group, long established. Maybe they are there more for the class and less for the social aspect. Maybe some avoid unnecessary socializing with men for religious or cultural reasons. Maybe some have households full of men and they see the class as their opportunity to spend time with other gals. Who knows? Who cares? Just get out of it whatever you can.

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Date: 1/21/13 10:16 AM

It seems that it partly depends on the attitude of the teacher. When DH and I took a guild quilting class together a good 15 years ago, the guest teacher seemed to have trouble adjusting to the idea of a man in class. It was hand applique, and she kept a sharp eye on him until it was evident that he was competent and not going to do damage. She kept saying "Now, gals...", too. [I was glad he had not chosen to take another class which turned out to be as much menopause support as quilting-related.] We figured she was the one with the issue, not him.
A friend and I are trying to convince DH to let us teach him to sew shirts, though he says that will be after his current quilt (still in design phase) is done. He and I were in a local shop the other day, one that is more clothing-centric than most, and the owner was very supportive of the idea of him being in a class (should we convince him of that).

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Date: 1/21/13 11:44 AM

I'm curious to know are the women in your older 45 and above or younger. I would think that younger women wouldn't have a second thought to a man being in the class. I think some woman assume since they are taking a sewing class it's going to be all women and they feel more comfortable in that situation. Especially in an educational circumstance.(remember high school) A lot of women are just self conscious around men, especially ones they don't know. I've only taken one quilting class 10 years ago and if a guy had been in the class I think that would have been great. And the crowd mentality. A lot of people who don't seem to fit into society's rather strict stereotypes are considered the odd man/woman out therefore excluded from the group, therefore in terms of young people bullied, in case of older just ignored or questioned. Look at the class as something to learn and not there to make friends. All classes won't be like that. Seems you have a group of narrow minded people in the class with you.
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Date: 1/21/13 12:55 PM

I think it is great, a sewist is a sewist to me. I teach my neices and nephews to sew, they do not see difference in the fun they have.

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