MA Bay Comm. College (Early Childood Ed.)
My name is Rebecca. I have been sewing for more than 50 years, and I enjoy teaching others this wonderful and useful craft. I value making things of use and beauty, and have taught both young and old students to sew, both by hand and by machine.
I emphasize safety and understanding of the use of tools and developing one's own manual dexterity, whether it comes naturally or not. I take a student from the beginning of planning a project to it's completion, including choosing fabrics and notions, cutting, construction and finishing techniques. Enjoying the creative process together and coming to understand what it takes to bring a plan into manifestation is part of the learning. I believe anyone can learn to sew.
I teach by example, explanations and inspirational show and tell, giving encouragement and constructive criticism along the way. I have had experience as a seamstress in two small business situations, as well as my own home-sewing business making women's and children's clothing. This year I have taught sewing to middle school girls in a small private school. I have enjoyed all these experiences with sewing, and still love to make hand sewn gifts. My name is Rebecca. I have been sewing for more than 50 years, and I enjoy teaching others this wonderful and useful craft. I value making things of use and beauty, and have taught both young and old students to sew, both by hand and by machine.
I emphasize safety and understanding of the use of tools and developing one's own manual
I found Rebecca to be very pleasant and knowledgeable. I presented her with the rather unusual request to tailor some blouses to a smaller size. I had a plan of action in my head but Rebecca thought there might be a better way to approach the issue. She pinned the blouse in a way that should allow me to proceed on my own. I think my session with Rebecca was time well spent! Thank you, Rebecca.
I think my lesson was not useful. Summarizing the time and the cost - it was not worth it. I didn't learn anything from this lesson. At the sewing lesson, I was expecting at least to sew, but all this time we spend talking about my projects. I made 1 very insignificant stitch. I thought that I spent enough time by covering details of our lessons in the email. And was hoping we wouldn't have to spend much time by doing it again, but I was wrong. This lesson was very uninspiring. After this lesson, I would rather go to sewing school for a lessons or buy a new clothes and forget about learning how to sew, because money wise it is not worth it.
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I am experienced and can teach all the basics of sewing by hand and machine. This includes hand stitches used for different purposes, use of hand tools and machine, planning for a project using a pattern, buying needed materials, cutting out with a pattern , marking, construction, and finishing techniques, including zippers, buttons and button holes, elastic inserts, pressing as you go, some fitting techniques and alterations, different kinds of seams and hems, top stitching and more.
My sewing training started for me as a child at home with my mother teaching me to use her singer sewing machine to make simple straight seams. I would make patchwork pillows and aprons and doll clothes with my older sister. From 6th grade on(about 3- 4 years) I was in a sewing 4-H club where I gained a lot of confidence sewing my own clothes. the mother of one of my classmates
ran the group and patiently taught us a lot in the atmosphere of her own home where we girls were treated like one of her own, taking turns on two machines to learn much of what I know about using patterns and different kinds of fabrics, as well as a variety of sewing techniques. In Jr high school home economics classes I continued to learn about making a simple dress or a skirt from a pattern and how to sew with a fabric with a nap, like corduroy, for a garment to look right.
Many years later after i was married and running my own small sewing business from home, I took a couple of Adult Ed classes in tailoring where I gained some confidence in altering garments to fit properly as you sew.
I have sewn quilts with other women, worked on church vestments in various brocades and trims and worked for a small women's clothing business making cotton knit garments for women, and most lately taught sewing to middle school girls in a small private school in the area. Having hand sewn many gifts for friends and family, I am known by my works among people who know me and they ask me to do sewing and alterations and repairs for them. Now I am offering to teach others who would like to develop this skill also.