I just signed up for the "Sewing Date" at the workroom! My secret to making time for sewing projects is to sign up for classes and make plans with friends. I'm more accountable: I don't want to waste money, and I don't want to waste someone else's time.
I'm so fortunate to have found an amazing sewing studio nearby; it's tough for busy people that live far from sewing communities to find a class that works for them.
A few years ago, I started offering private sewing lessons for people that were sold on the merits of taking a sewing class, but couldn't find something that worked for their schedule. After a few classes I realized that these private lessons were an amazing way to get a crash course in sewing. A project that should have be offered in a 4-class series could be compressed into two classes. A beginner sewing machine class could be combined with a basic commercial pattern class in almost the same amount of time.
Sure, we zoom through at incredible speed and we always wish there was more time to dwell on a technique. But crash courses get you excited, point you in the right direction, and force you to learn by just giving it a go. I have always had a sewing style that is quick, efficient, and relaxed. Mistakes will happen, but you'll learn and try again.
Offering these private lessons has worked so well for my lifestyle. I don't have a lot of spare time to teach, but my target students don't have a lot of time to learn. We find a time that works, lay out the learning goals, and then see how much we can accomplish in a crash course sewing lesson!
A couple weeks ago, I offered a pop-up workshop in Markham for students to learn how to use a sewing machine, and in the same class, we dove into the Sorbetto top: a wonderful, free pattern by Colette Patterns. Students got a condensed lesson on how to operate a sewing machine, and then we wasted no time cutting out fabric and assembling the shirt. I'd say the shirts were 80% done by the end of class, which isn't bad for 4-hours.
If you're looking for a great way to learn or improve your sewing, sign up for a class at your local sewing studio or book a private lesson with me! If you feel you're short on time, but want to learn as much as you can, request for a crash course: I think they are becoming my specialty. Keep up with your love of sewing by making plans with friends, signing up for "sewing dates", or joining one of my weekend retreats. Everyone could use a creativity recharge! If you live in the Toronto area, maybe you want to join this Saturday's Sewing Date at the workroom?