Barbara Edmondson. I’ve been teaching sewing to children and women since May 2008. I’ve enjoyed sewing since I was 10 years old 1967) and I enjoy teaching. I took tailoring class in high school. I was sewing corduroy jeans with zipper and pocket in home economics class in junior high when the other girls were making elastic waisted skirts. I’ve studied on my own through the years. I’ve also been a preschool teacher, cub scout leader, women’s group leader, American Sewing Guild group leader.
Who can be a student?
Girls ages 10 and up, young ladies, and grown women. For children younger 9 and under, call Sewing with Susie at 713-303-9225.
Do I have to have my own sewing machine and tools?
No, but if you do, bring it so you can get used to using it. If you don’t have one yet, don’t go rush out and buy any machine. You may begin by using one of mine, and I’ll give advice on what to look for and where to go when shopping for your own sewing machine. Students may use my pins, scissors, rulers, etc. until they buy their own. Students will use my irons and ironing boards.
What do sewing lessons cost?
"Introduction to the Sewing Machine" is a 1+1/2 hour private lesson for $39. You are not required to own a machine, I have some.
After the Intro lesson, class (2-3 students) 2 hours long,once weekly, paying for a month at a time at $25 multiplied by how many times your day falls in that month. If you need to use one of my machines, it's $27. Students may start anytime of the month. Students pay for the next month of lessons at the end of each month if they wish to continue. If your schedule won't allow you to come weekly, call me do discuss options, because some students may want to just take one lesson.
Private lessons, 2 hours, $45.
Summer camps may be available, depends on how student enrollment goes in summers.
What is a class or lesson? How are students taught?
First timers will have a private lesson “Introduction to the Sewing Machine”. Then, students begin sewing a project at their next lesson! Students will be taught about fabric and patterns, then begin cutting out and sewing a pattern, beginning with simple projects first. Students will be doing their own pinning, cutting, ironing, and sewing with little help as needed, after instructed. (What I mean is, they make their project, I don’t. That way, they can learn more and say they made it! ) All these things are part of sewing. Students will work at their own pace. Each student works individually on their own project, which may not even be the same project classmates are working on. They can learn some more things when watching me teach different projects to classmates.
When are sewing lessons or classes? How long do they last?
I teach Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays - morning, afternoon, and evening. Contact me for current openings. The “Intro to the Sewing Machine” private lesson is usually 1+1/2 hours. Regular classes are 2 hours at a time, once weekly; paying for a month of classes at a time. Private lessons last 2 hours, but 3 hour lessons may be arranged. Private lessons can be paid one at a time, or scheduled weekly for a month at a time. Summer camps can also be arranged. I love to teach homeschoolers weekly throughout the school year!
How many students in a class?
At this time, I teach one, two, or three students in a class, each with their own machine.
What will they learn?
Students will learn about fabric, tools, measuring, cutting, ironing, all while making their project with a sewing machine. Some hand sewing is occasionally included. I start students out with the patterns I desigend especially for beginners, (See the Shop section of this web site). After some of those we move on, other deisnger's patterns. The project will be decided upon when registering for the lessons. I then help students go in the direction they are interested in, be it garments, home décor, or quilts, or gifts. Students will purchase pattern from me and then go buy fabric, thread, whatever is needed, and bring to lessons. Student will learn about math, measuring, fractions, reading and comprehension, fitting, problem solving, creativity, designing. They will gain self confidence. They will learn sewing skills so that they can actually make what they’ve been imagining!
Where are lessons held?
Lessons are held in my house in Klein, Texas (in Gleannloch Farms). Address will be provided when you set up an appointment.
May I come meet you and see your house and patterns before I decide to register?
Yes, I prefer it that way.
Can I see photos of students and projects they made?
Yes, I have many photos on my web site, to see them click here