Saturday, June 19, 2010

Titus 2: Sewing, Part 2

The Titus 2 first beginning sewing class went exceptionally well. We had a handful of ladies with their sewing machines and owner's manuals attend. Everyone learned something new -- even me! Who would have thought that space age technology would have been used on the humble gears of a sewing machine? Of course, it WAS European. Ahem.

The next sewing class is still for beginners, but anyone may attend. We will be measuring, marking, cutting and sewing a reversible table runner for your table.

What to bring...
To prepare for it, attendees must do a little homework. First, measure the longest side of your dining table (or the table you want to sew for). For round tables, just measure the diameter (how long it is across the middle). Keep that measurement in mind for the class. Then purchase (or find in your stash of unused fabric) two yards each of two different (but complimentary) fabrics that are on a bolt at least 44" wide. They ought to be cotton or cotton/polyester. If you are more adventurous, check the home decorator fabrics and look for flannel-backed vinyl, or something brocade. These bolts are usually 56" wide and will afford you more extra fabric for placemats or other items you wish to make.

Also bring a spool of thread that matches the fabric, and bring it to class. If you'd like to add embellishments (such as ribbon or tassels or rick-rack) select those things and bring them along. Straight pins in a pin cushion will also be helpful, as will fabric scissors (these would be the sharpest scissors in your house that you diligently protect from use on such things as plastic blister packs or flower stems), a tape measure and a marking pencil or chalk. Don't worry if you don't have all these things -- there will be some on hand at class as well. Once you know how to make your table runner, you can use leftover fabric to make matching place mats -- the steps are the same; just the shape is different.

And don't forget your sewing machine and owners manual! We could also use a couple ironing boards and irons.

At the class...
Due to the fact that there will be variations in the amount of time each person may take to accomplish each step in class, early birds may begin as soon as they arrive, and although the class will be addressed step by step as a group, individual progress will be assisted. The Lord provided helpers at the last meeting who were gracious and good company, and I trust He will watch over our efforts in our next class as well. Even better than a make-it and take-it sewing class, these events are a place where the love of Christ is exhibited and friendships can flourish. Please attend, even if you don't have a machine. To tell you the truth, I never got to sew until I was out of my mother's house -- she made the things I selected, pinned, marked and cut -- the preparation for the machine! So see you there!

Thursday, July 8th, 6:30-8:15pm, join Laura Vollmer for the 2nd Basic Sewing class as she helps you use your sewing machine to make a table runner. Experienced sewers are welcome to come and help the novices.


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