Beginning Sewing Homework Weeks 1-4

Week 1 Homework: Endurance

Yay! You made it through your first week. I know week 1 is a lot to get through, but it only gets better with practice. For practice this week please do the following. Trust me students who do the entire list (week 1 is always heavier) end up being my best students :) and remember if you need help I'm available every Thursday! 

*Thread and rethread your machine x10

*Wind the bobbin. Make sure "Bob" is happy without any loops! 

*Memorize Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ Jesus who gives me strength."

*Join us at Goodwill (6530 Niagara Falls Blvd. Niagara Falls, NY 14304) January 15, 2022 @ 11:15 a.m. this event is included in your course fee. Parents/guardians need to stay with their child/children.

My goal is to get you thinking of money saving hacks (remember that tab in your journal) Sometimes we forget about second hand stores. People are often donating perfectly good sewing items to Goodwill! So you can grow your fabric stash at a discount. You just have to be willing to look! Check the electronics for used sewing machines. Often they let you test them out. Look in the blankets/sheets area for yards of fabric or choose a few clothing items to cut into and make something new.  If you can't make it for this trip, go with mom or dad and send me a photo and text showing some sewing notions you found, a fabric you could repurpose and see if you found any sewing machines! Our family loves Goodwill because you get some many things at a great discount and sometimes they add extra discounts for military, seniors and so on.  

*Parents if you are still in need of a sewing machine check out our blog post here with some tips that have helped others in the past! 

*Work on your journal. Add more color to some of the pages, write out some of your sewing goals. What do you hope to learn?  

*Fill out your getting to know me paper, photo release and liability release forms and bring them back to class (if you haven't already). 

*Practice sewing additional lines on paper. You can print these below if you need help and/or draw some on printer paper. You will be sewing straight lines, squares and triangles in the next few lessons. Any practice will help. Make sure to pivot your needle on turns. (Bring this back next week) 


Week 2 Homework: Design/Creativity 

Do you know what I love about week 2? The introduction to fabric! You can use fabric to create so many different things! For homework this week we are going to design! Yay! I love designing (obviously) in your goals/dreams section of your journal I want you to get creative! Maybe you want to make a stuffed animal. Sketch it out. Color in the different fabric/ fabrics. Maybe the animal is polka dot with pink ears. Maybe it's brown but has a rainbow tutu. Whatever you think! Maybe you have a dress you'd like to make or a pillow case. Just get to sketching. Then I want you to list some of the fabrics you might need to finish out your project.  There is no wrong or right way to design. Make sure to bring this back to class. 

Watch Fabric Videos: Jot down some notes in your journals about how it's made. 

Cotton Processing Video

Making Fabric Video 

Making Wool and Silk Fabric Video

Printing Onto Fabric  In this last video you will learn about the different ways designs are printed on fabric. In future classes we will use the heat press method so you girls can design and print your own fabric! Jot down some notes on how fabric is printed. If this type of work interests you let me know and I'll share some design companies that print specialty fabrics where you could design for them and receive a royalty :) 

It's not an accident you have desire to sew and create! Creative people are sometimes overlooked, but not in God's eyes! He used creative people to build the first temple. This week's verse focuses on master seamstress/tailors. To be a master of something means you have worked really hard to perfect your skill. You could be a master seamstress someday! Your work is already impressing me can you image what you could do for the Lord with this skill? 

Watch Temple Video - notice where the fabric is being used! 

Memory Verse 2 Chronicles 2:7  “Send me, therefore, a man skilled to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, and in purple, crimson and blue yarn, and experienced in the art of engraving, to work in Judah and Jerusalem with my skilled workers, whom my father David provided."

Week 3 Homework: Bravery 

Memory Verse: Luke 1:37 Luke 1:37 “For nothing will be impossible with God.” 

Sometimes we just need a reminder to try new things! The more you begin to sew the more opportunities present themselves. Sometimes the opportunities can be scary but you can do it! Sometimes your machine just won't work and that can cause you fear. So learn some tips and tricks and keep going. Remember it's not an accident the Lord gave you an interest to sew. Who knows what wonderful ways you will use this talent for Him!

For homework this week we are going to watch some videos on common sewing machine errors. These errors cause even the most experienced seamstress to want to give up!  The first video features a Singer machine. If you don't have singer that's okay. The advice works across all machines. Take notes/ draw in your machine/problems section of your sewing journal. 

Machine Errors Video ONE 

Machine Errors Video TWO

For a refresher course from week 1 let's also add in some reasons "Bob" might get angry under your problems tab. You can draw a grumpy bobbin if you like as well. Make it fun to help you remember.  Remember even adults ask Mrs. Dannelle what to do and you can answer their questions with these tips. 

Why does Bob get angry??

  • Bobbin is not wound right no loops!
  • Machine needs professionally cleaned. (remember NEVER try yourself especially with canned air it can cause the mechanics to ruin) 
  • Wrong needle/fabric combo. (This can jam your thread)
  • Tension is too loose/tight
  • Need new needle (a dull needle will catch your thread) 
  • Not threaded correctly (this still happens to me sometimes one little loop will come undone!)

Week 4: Encouragement

Memory Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:11 "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." 

This week is our last week of class. It always makes me a little sad as I grow to love being with your kids! Can I say how proud of you I am! Just think a few weeks ago this was all brand new to you. In our last session we are going to work on an encouragement project. I love giving gifts. It's the reason I started this company. We often underestimate how much a homemade gift can mean to someone. So today you will get to do just that. 

Some beginners continue onto session 2 if you are continuing on memorize this verse and receive additional diamonds. Session 2 goes into additional skills. We spend more time at the machines teaching the kids new skills like working with fleece, Velcro and minky.

Session 2 is our baby/doll unit. It helps the kids get an introduction into clothing on a smaller scale! Upon completion of Session 2, students are welcome to join in on any of our clothing classes. 

Register here session 2 by Feb. 4th to receive $5 off use code LOVE2022. Let us know if you refer a friend(s) and they sign up. Word of mouth blesses us and in return we bless your child. Rewards are geared towards more opportunities to sew and might include: free fabric, notions, sewing kits, or  waved lesson fees.  

Interested in private lessons? Homeschool student lessons start at $80 per child or multi child (up to 3 children) discount of $180 a month. Weekly 1-2 hour lessons.  Students are welcome to use my patterns, machines and sewing notions. I'll help them through the patterns I have. Parents will be responsible for any additional patterns and purchasing fabric for projects. I will help prior to purchasing so you buy the right supplies :)  Sign me up now we will figure out a schedule!

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