Monday, April 9, 2012

Learning How to Sew

I was thinking as I was sewing, about my Home-ec class in middle school. My Mom had already taught me how to sew with a pattern on her Featherweight, but I was excited to buy the supplies. We had to purchase basic sewing stuff,a set of needles,measuring tape, seam ripper, pins. We had to buy a dress pattern to make and fabric for class. Mine was this crazy green and yellow print a-line dress with a yellow collar. C'mon- it was the late 60's going into the 70's! Anyway we made the dresses and had a little fashion show for our Moms. It was really fun and we acted silly and pretended we were models. I still have my same seam ripper and some of my little supplies. Did your Mother teach you to sew? Did you learn at school? I used to make all my clothes, and now sew home stuff and crafts. I can't imagine not sewing.
Just in a reminiscing king of mood. I've been busy sorting and still trying to downsize. I'm listing a bunch of stuff on Etsy that I'm parting with this week. Check it out.
I hope everyone enjoyed Easter and family time together. Before we know it summer will be here.


  1. Every time I see one of Renee's beautiful creations, i wish I would have inherited the sewing gene. I don't even like threading needles. I'm envious of your talents.

  2. It is such a joy to create with a needle. My mother has such amazing skills but no desire to use them. I love to visit with my machine daily. Smiles...Renee

  3. I love sewing!! My mom sews, but since I don't live in the same state, I taught myself a couple of years ago. I am either sewing or crocheting, and love it!! xo Heather

  4. Your post brought back memories of 8th grade home ec! I had sewn before, but never in such a directed way. I hadn't used tracing paper, for example. I think I had to re-do the armhole facings on that dress five times before my teacher was satisfied! Now I wish I'd saved that dress for posterity!

  5. Thanks for the memories. My mom taught me to use her Singer machine when I was 4 or 5. By 6 I had made my first 4-H project. An apron that brought me a Blue Ribbon. I continued in 4-H for many years, took Home Ec in high school and eventually became a Home Ec teacher. Home Ec has evolved to Family and Consumer Sciences. Here in Arizona there aren't many "sewing" classes offered today.

    I'm so glad my mom taught me to "sew". My sewing machine has provided me with many wonderful memories over the years. Now I do mostly machine embroidery projects and quilts.

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