My husband gave me a sewing machine for Christmas and I loved the idea of it.
Learning how to use it proved to be a little more difficult.
So I signed up for a 4-week class at the local high school's "continuing education" program to get me farther than reading the instruction booklet did.
The class was great. We had to bring with us our sewing machines (duh), a beginner pattern, fabric and the sewing essentials (scissors, seam ripper, measuring tape, etc.) and for three hours over the course of four Monday nights, Alicia, from Sew-It-All, spent time with each student walking us through the often confusing process of sewing our projects.
When someone in the class got to a point where others could learn, Alicia would say: "If anyone would like to learn how to make a button hole (zipper, dart, etc.), gather 'round." (OK. She doesn't really say "gather 'round like Tim Gunn...")
I signed up for the next session of sewing classes because I haven't scratched the surface of what's to know about this craft. But just as knitting was overwhelming when I first started, I'm hopeful that I'll eventually turn a corner. I have to -- I've already bought a few more patterns and some really fun fabric.
Here's my first project, finished last night at class. (Thanks to Terry for the perfectly matching monkey sock slippers!)
Sock Monkeys on Pogo Sticks PJs