Having a new student of any age can be a challenge. Not only for the student but also for the teacher. Not knowing the level of what they can achieve you take it slow till you see their work.
Being creative and thinking out of the box has helped in these ventures with my students that average in age from 16 to 60.
My new student is in her twenties. She is due in 8 weeks to have her first baby and has never sewn.
Our first project? I taught her what a seam was by having her recover a lamp shade with her favorite material for the baby’s curtains and matching blanket.
By teaching her to use the lampshade as a pattern and using the glue gun instead of the machine, she learned to seam the pieces together to make a finished product.
Today is curtain day…
Since I polish my table I was afraid that the material would be too slippery with the student first learning so I had set the machine on a table cloth.
By removing the table cloth after she became familiar with the machine she was able to not only guide the material but finish a complete curtain on her own.
Now she can go home and hang her curtains… stay tuned for part 2, the baby blanket.