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I’m not sure if anyone from the site has ever attempted this.

I’ve gotten to the point in my sewing that all of my friends want me to make stuff for them. I have absolutely NO interest in turning my sewing into a business. I’m a recent law school graduate and aspiring lawyer. I simply don’t have the time.

What I would be interested in, however, is teaching THEM how to sew. Has anyone ever tried this? Have you found any free lesson plans? Do you have any tips on where I should even start?

I’ve tried one on one before and I find that I only think of things to tell them after they’ve already done it wrong lol. I’d like to have a structure in place before even letting them near a sewing machine.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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    Feb 18, 2014, 09.04 PMby iwannasew2

    Hi purplefan: I noticed you mentioned a degree requirement to teach sewing in schools. Unfortunately, many schools across the US eliminated formal sewing classes in the curriculum many years ago (and I’m in a major city.

    Some, however, have hired contractors to do it after school, but its not a part of the regular schedule as it was when I was growing up.

    It’s VERY difficult to get into the traditional ones in my area because most of the instructors stay, secondly, even IF and/or when these stores (and I won’t name them here cause they’re major ones) have the need, they don’t have the time to interview and/or hire due to staff shortages (I ran into this two years in a row and I tried 2-3 locations per store name).

    I agree that the better route is: rec/community centers and even initially volunteering may eventually bring some business :-). Thanks for your comments. :-)

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    Mar 17, 2014, 10.42 AMby judypeg

    I have just given my daughter-in-law a short lesson in quite difficult circumstances. We had no fabric and only an hour. We found a fabric shopping bag, which I picked apart. First we flipped through the sewing machine manual. Then I showed her how the sewing machine works; how to thread a bobbin and how to thread the machine. Next we moved on to sewing a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch – all the other stitches use the same principles – width and length. Then; to give her confidence; she sewed a buttonhole (using the one-step buttonhole feature on the machine) and a button. Finally, because she wanted to make something, we used the remainder of the bag and created a smaller fabric bag, giving her practice using the machine and sewing a straight line; showing her how to construct a hem and the basics of constructing a 3 dimensional object from one dimensional fabric. She is the last person I would have expected to become fascinated but she totally got why I love my sewing machine and how its possible to get completely lost in your sewing.

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    May 1, 2014, 12.47 PMby LizzieG90

    Oh please Kate, I would like the lesson plan as well. My email is joeynlizzie@live.com. … Thank you so much!

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    Aug 4, 2014, 04.38 PMby katexxxxxx


    Sorry, but it is proving far too time consuming and difficult to retrieve this information as is is now two dead computers since I could last read it easily.

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    Jan 12, 2015, 02.48 AMby kcbroncofan

    Kate I would also like the materials that you have. I am getting ready to teach some ladies to sew. I am doing it for free so I have no money to buy any teaching materials. I am unemployed but I love to sew. thank you Judy

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    Mar 2, 2015, 01.11 AMby Gerri Bennett

    I would also like to get the lesson plans and the rest of the materials. Thank you Gerri Bennettgerribennett1@gmail.com

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    Jan 12, 2016, 06.55 AMby GBUTLER

    Hi Kate I would like to have the outlines too. glendabutler68@gmail.com

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    Jan 12, 2016, 06.55 AMby GBUTLER

    Hi Kate I would like to have the outlines too. glendabutler68@gmail.com

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    Jan 17, 2016, 12.54 AMby Gemini70

    I am interested in starting a beginning sewing class for my community school and church. Retired in 2015 and would appreciated it if you still have the curriculum.

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    Mar 24, 2016, 04.55 AMby ejblack12

    Hello I would like to request any material on teach a sewing class and lesson plans as well. Any help you can offer me. Thank you, Evelyn

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