My First Sewing Class

Last night I took my first sewing class—Sewing Fundamentals, Where do I begin? I’ve always wanted to learn how to sew, but never quite got around to it. I guess I figured it would always be there and that when my knees and hips eventually give out from too much running and biking, I’ll take upĀ  sedentary hobbies like sewing and knitting. My mom has always been a passionate quilter, so I’ve grown up around a sewing machine and surrounded by dozens of quilts. But I also realized that having a mom who knows how to sew doesn’t necessarily motivate you to learn how to sew yourself. Like when you can just say, hey mom, can you hem these pants? Or hey, can you make me this quilt? How about these pillows? Why learn myself?

But then in strange twist of fate, I found myself in a job co-managing one of the biggest quilt shows in the country. And eventually I realized, I can name every major brand of sewing machine and thread, but I still can’t sew. And that’s when I decided that I needed to take the first step. And so I registered for a beginner’s sewing class at Sewcial Lounge, which bills itself as a “modern sewing lounge and fabric studio” on Monroe Street. And then my friend Julie mentioned that she was also interested in learning how to sew, so she signed up, too. Before class, I purchased my supplies—a 16″ by 16″ pillow insert, woven fabric, measuring Tape, pins/pin cushion, shears, marking pencil, seam ripper, and coordinating thread.

The class was 2.5 hours and there were just four students—by design (I, for one, needed a lot of personal assistance). The shop owner and teacher, Sara, is young, funny and relateable. She warned us that the first part of class is dry and all about the sewing machine. I admit I found my eyes glazing over at times, especially after a full day of work, but Sara made it bearable. Eventually, we turned on the machines for the hands-on part. We learned how to install a needle, wind and insert the bobbin, and thread the sewing machine—none of which I’ll actually be able to do again on my own. I found all of the steps, machine parts and holes a bit overwhelming.

I was relieved once we actually began sewing—mostly because the sewing machine takes over and does a lot of the work for you. But even then, it felt awkward—the whole stepping down on a pedal like you’re driving part. Yet, I was driving a sewing machine. I couldn’t sew in a straight line to save my life, but I was sewing. And that, I suppose, is the first step. I must say I was quite pleased when I made my first pivot. I finished my pillow case with just a few minutes of class time to spare and eagerly stuffed my pillow form inside and poked out the corners. As long as you don’t turn the pillow case inside out and examine the stitching, it looks pretty lovely, I think.

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One Response to “My First Sewing Class”

  1. Jackie

    Do you realize how many years I’ve tried to teach you to sew…… You would look at the sewing machine and yawn. I knew it was just a matter of time. Glad you had fun at your first sewing class.


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