Nike is on to something. “Just do it” is really great advice. The fact that you miss 100% of shots you don’t take and that fear of failure kills more dreams than actually living them out is enough to get me to act on an idea I’ve been kicking around for a bit.
The small town I live in has virtually no learning activities offered and we are a good 45 minutes away from towns/cities that have classes and skill share opportunities. So I’ve been thinking about teaching sewing (which I’m good at and love) right in town where local people can have a chance to learn a great skill and save money on gas and time, as well as keeping the class affordable for everyone, too.
So…I took the Nike challenge and set up a series of classes for this month to help people learn how to sew on their machines and to guide them, step-by-step, through using a sewing pattern and through the garment construction process. It’s to be an informal and small class that will be hands-on. Sure you can read books and watch videos to learn skills, but learning happens at such a profound speed when you have the opportunity to apprentice with someone who has the knowledge you would like to gain.
Now that the excitement of setting up all the classes and booking the venue is wearing off and I wait to see if anyone will actually sign up, the fears and doubts creep in and I think maybe this is all silly and who would want to learn sewing when you can just buy shit already made and I don’t have a degree so maybe that makes me unqualified to teach anything?! YIKES! What have I done????
I keep reminding myself that what I have done is created a space and time to give the opportunity to people in my community to learn to sew from a professional seamstress with over 15 years of experience in a comfortable learning environment close to home. Whoever does come to my classes will come because they desire the skills to sew well and I will help them get there. I love helping people to help themselves and I love teaching and sharing what I know and what works for me.
If this idea is a failure and nothing comes from it, at least I can say I tried and I am sure I will learn something from it all.
SEWING CLASSES Taught by Tillie Vuksich
Sewing 101-Learn to use your machine July 6 (8am-11am/1pm-4pm/6pm-9pm)
Sewing 102-Sew a little girl’s dress. July 16(8am-11am/1pm-4pm/6pm-9pm)
Sewing 103-Sew a little boy’s button down shirt. July 20(8-11am/1-4pm/6-9pm)
Sewing 104-Sew a tote bag and zippered pouch. July 27(8-11am/1-4pm/6-9pm)
$24 for each class. Max of 10 students per class. You can choose from three class times.
Learn on your machine and make new sewing buddies!
Classes held in the meeting room at Mill Village Motel in downtown Eatonville, WA.
Sign up at least two days before class to hold your spot. Pay class fee with Paypal (email@example.com) or by mailing check to: 10710 440th St E, Eatonville, WA 98328
Questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
(There is a small supply list for Classes 102, 103 and 104 that I will give you at sign up)
All I do know for sure is that I always have fun sewing and these classes will be educational as well as enjoyable and you will leave with the skills to sew from a pattern or your imagination. And to sew like a pro!