The excitement of the six folks who signed up for an adult sewing class earlier this week is nearly indescribable. During introductions it was obvious that it had been more than a few years since any of the participants had sewn. Going back to junior high days, one lady said she had made something but never wore it. Others in the group chimed in with similar stories.
The project for the evening was a “10 minute table-runner.” Again the group chuckled because we had allowed two hours to complete it. Four members of the Central Kansas Thread Benders Quilt Guild were on hand to guide the participants in the construction process.
The first order of business was for me to demonstrate threading the machines. Thanks to a Golden Belt Community Foundation grant and donations from FCE Council we have some new sewing machines that operate at the push of a button. No one opted for me to attach the foot control, which is becoming a thing of the past.
The helpers from quilt guild introduced the workshop participants to using a rotary cutter and mat. Everyone was then ready to sew their table runner. Class members were nervous but ready for the challenge. The machines have a wonderful feature that allows the sewer to adjust their sewing speed. Most opted for the slow to medium speed. Everyone finished their project with time to spare. As they were admiring their handiwork we discussed possible future projects.
Sewing is a life skill that can bring a lot of joy and positive self-esteem to people who give it a try. It is always fun to see the enthusiasm and excitement in youngsters when we teach kids’ sewing classes. I would have to say, though, that our class with adults last week was just as rewarding.
The next opportunity for sewing is just around the corner. As part of the 48 hours of 4-H we are offering a sewing class for youth on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Extension Office Meeting Room. We will be making personal care organizers for the Lifegiving Center as our project. Call our office to let us know you are coming.
Donna Krug is the Family & Consumer Science Agent with K-State Research and Extension – Barton County. You may reach her at: (620)793-1910 or firstname.lastname@example.org