Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sewing Classes

For some time now, I have wanted to take some formal sewing classes because I really want to hone my skills.  Simply put, I'm hoping to eradicate all the wadders I make.  Sewing can be an expensive hobby and I want to be able to utilize my tools to the best of their abilities and stop wasting so much gorgeous fabric.

Now, I've done a few online sew-alongs and have thoroughly enjoyed them.  I still need to do Gertie's bombshell dress on Craftsy.com.   In fact, Craftsy is a great resource for online classes and I'm tempted to take some knitting classes.  But, I digress.  While I find online classes very helpful, I'm still looking for one-on-one help with fitting, tailoring, and the such. An online class doesn't tell you what you are doing wrong and I think a teacher would give me increased success in my sewing projects.  I've contacted a few individuals who offer sewing classes but found that I'm more advanced than they were (why would someone who could sew nothing other than a pillow give sewing classes??).  Needless to say, I'm hitting a brick wall.

I'm feeling compelled therefore, to take some sewing classes as the local community college.  I really do not want to do this and I don't really know why.  I have a master's degree and perhaps that's why I hesitate to step onto a college campus once again.  The class is four hours on Saturday morning and I am a busy person who likes to have her weekends free to do as she pleases.  In one sense, this four hour block of uninterrupted sewing time sounds like heaven.  I never get uninterrupted sewing time! I could actually finish something!!  On the other hand - it's an entire morning I would be spending away from my little boy.  As much as I like sewing, my son is far more important.

Interestingly, with shows like Project Runway being so popular and the economy tanking, making things from home have enjoyed a new popularity.  Sewing is having a resurgence in popularity, with many young sewers starting blogs and really making sewing fun.  The sewing community is no longer just senior sewing circles.  It has become sewing cyber-circles.

So, I have a bit of a conundrum.  I can't decide whether to take a college class or continue with online classes.


  1. Hi Beverly, I'm in Phoenix and I have also been thinking about sewing classes. Which community college are you looking into? I have not seen sewing in any of the recent course catalogs but I only get lists for PV and sometimes Scottsdale.
    I've taken Gertie's bombshell course (excellent!!!) and done a few sewalongs with the online community, but you're right, it would be nice to have someone right there with you to explain some of the more intricate techniques. Or even the simple ones!
    Let me know if you find something...

    My blog is here: http://olderthanvintage.blogspot.com/

  2. Hi Beverly, first let me say that I have a notorious problem with Blogger and can't seem to use it properly. I left a comment for you earlier but it seems to have disappeared. I'm just telling you this in case you get two comments that are similar!
    So, I'm also in Phoenix, also a seamstress, and also wondering about sewing classes. What community college are you looking into? I haven't seen sewing listed in the catalogs I've seen but I hope there's something out there.
    Let me know if you find anything, I could *really* use some lessons.
    here's my blog: http://olderthanvintage.blogspot.com/

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