Monday, April 9, 2012

Take My Sewing Classes!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!  We had four fabulous days of sunshine and took the opportunity to paint the east wall of the house, but there was still time to trip to the beach:


Here I am wearing my blue 1969 Burda Dress, standing on 600 year old lava from the volcano in the background - Rangitoto Island!   We walked the coast from Takapuna to Milford and back, one of my favourite walks in Auckland - and not just because of the cherry yoghurt ice creams we always buy from the cafe at the top end of the beach!  The walk includes lots of rocky promontories like this interspersed with beaches, both big and small:




Enough scenery - let me tell you about the sewing and patternmaking classes I'm taking next term!  There are four options:

  • Sewing Machine Basics - for total beginners, to learn how to use your machine (or the machines provided)
  • Level 1 Sewing - for beginners to fashion sewing, to learn how to use a commercial sewing pattern and basic garment assembly
  • Level 2 Sewing - for those who want to learn more techniques and step up to the next level
  • Patternmaking From a Garment you Love - I taught this class last term and it was such a success that we are now running two classes, and there are already very limited spaces so be in quick!  
You can bring your own machine or use the Bernina Activas provided, plus you can sign up with friends for an additional discount - maybe you can motivate your friends-come-future-sewing-buddies to finally learn how to sew!  Just follow the links for all the details and dates.

Have you taken sewing classes before, and do you have any hints to share?  I'm open to tips and suggestions whether you were a student or a teacher.  It's exciting to do more teaching, and introduce more people to the wonderful world of sewing - the more the better, don't you think?!

22 comments:

  1. Sherry, beautiful beach.. Dress is cute on you xx

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  2. Great dress and beautiful scenery! Good luck with your classes. My sewing teacher had a phrase each week (a stitch in time saves nine) and repeated it throughout the classes. I was 14 and I suppose she was trying to teach us patience.

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  3. Lovely dress! Your classes sound great....hope you get some great students in.

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  4. I'd love to take your classes, but I'm a continent away! I envy those that'll be closer & luckier. Good luck with the classes!

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  5. How tempting! I'd take the Level 2, but I think the travel time from NY would be prohibitive! ;-)

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  6. Sherry your dress matches the beautiful blue sky perfectly.
    I wish you good luck for the classes. I would love to be your student, you have so much to teach.

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  7. Have fun with your classes and spread that love of sewing onto others.

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  8. Wow. Great weather you're having at the moment.
    So when will you be running your courses online? I'd be in the patternmaking and draping classes.

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  9. Sherry, now you just have to get these classes online! Please.

    Beautiful photos & I love the dress.

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  10. Oh and I can - I can I can I can - I live 10 MINUTES AWAY. Read it and weep, fellow commenters.

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    1. Ha ha ha!! I'd love to meet you Mary Nanna!

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  11. Way to go! Like No Regrets, Inc. says - do it online too! I wonder if you offer some Craftsy courses?

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  12. Gosh, I wish I lived in your hemisphere so I could take your classes! I'm jealous!

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  13. Awesome! Congratulations, Sherry. Sounds like some great courses. :)

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  14. It sure was a beautiful weekend! What kind of techniques will you be teaching in sewing 2?
    I'm interested but want to make sure it's not below/above my sewing skills :)

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    1. For Level 2 you can choose whatever pattern you like, so choose one with some of the techniques you want to learn or perfect, and I'll show you what to do! I do hope to cater to your individual skill levels - so you can learn as much as possible!

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  15. You make me feel quite home sick. Would love to take your classes if I was in Auckland

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  16. Janessewandtell, you're not alone!! I'm another homesick kiwi but Sherry's blog makes me feel good!

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  17. I love that you are doing this. I have been thinking about teaching a few classes of my own here in Chicago, but I am not sure if I am up for the challenge yet. I am excited to see how yours go.

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  18. Where can we find more details on your classes? I'm in Auckland and would be interested.

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    1. You can click on the links and they will take you straight to the course description, or if that doesn't work visit leisuretimelearning.co.nz

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