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Monday, February 1st, 2010

Those of us who like to sew, both personally and professionally have known all along what the rest of the world is learning. Sewing is really fun. Have you noticed how do-it-yourself is popping up in magazines, on tv and of course, on the internet.

A few years ago, I registered “Teen sewing” and “Youth sewing” with Google Search. When ever those key words pop up anywhere in cyberworld, I get a shout and link to see what it says. Over the last 4 years, my notifications have exploded in number. Are that many more kids sewing, or are we just talking and posting about it more?

The irony is that all these new young sewers are rarely learning by traditional means, namely from their mothers or grandmothers. They are seeking out teachers or learning by their own trial and error. Learning to sew is not a quick and easy process. There are countless techniques and individual skills to master. And then, there are the fine motor skills that only come with practice, practice and more practice. Project Runway editors make it look so easy.

Sewing teachers UNITE! Opportunities abound! Now is the time to start or expand your teaching.

Let’s share ideas of how to get plugged in to a teaching gig. Not everyone has a studio space with tables, chairs and scads of electrical outlets but we all can reach a handful of excited crafters who love the feel and look of running fabric through their fingers. I invite anyone to comment on how you started teaching. Tune in for my story.

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