Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Homeschoolers Learn to Sew

Home Schooled students in Cherokee County, North Carolina are practicing their skills as they learn basic home sewing. After learning the parts of the sewing machine and how to thread the machine, they learned the basic terminology of sewing. After measuring and selecting their correct size, the next weeks involved cutting out and constructing a pair of pajama pants with an elastic waist. Emphasis is placed on the students being able to interpret the guide sheet and follow the instructions. Home sewing involves being able to think critically about the process and see the project as a three dimensional garment resulting from a flat piece of fabric. Students are encouraged to add their own creative touches to the pattern. For example, they were able to design their own pocket and decide where they would like for the pocket to be applied. This helps them to realize that many patterns can be altered to reflect individual taste and creativity.
After the pajama pants are completed, the students have expressed interest in a project that is not a garment. This will most likely be some sort of handbag or tote. Students will then have the opportunity to practice with trims, embroidery, and embellishments. Learning to sew is a life skill that is beneficial on many levels. Even if one does not care to sew their own clothes, knowing how to sew can help save money with home furnishings such as curtains and pillows. Sewing skills also help a person to complete minor clothing repairs and alterations. Finally, knowledge of sewing helps a shopper to be more discerning when looking at clothing quality and durability.