Hey all!! I’m so sorry we missed everyone last week! We had some family things come up out of town and were out for a few days. Hope you don’t mind catching up today.
I left this week’s lesson up to Ryleigh. She said she really wanted to learn how to sew curves better so that she can make some different shaped pillows so that is what we focused on.
I can’t remember if I mentioned before but i’m not a huge fan of stitching on paper. It has a different feel going through the feed dogs and I think that learning and practicing on fabric is just a better use of her time. So that being said, here’s how we practice. I bought super inexpensive muslin ($1.99/yard plus 40% off) and cut it into blocks. Then with a permanent marker I draw lines or shapes. This is a super easy way to incorporate lots of the techniques she’s learning. She knows to back-stitch at the beginning of each activity, clip her threads and I always add in some pivoting.
She thinks’s its fun to do the same shapes and test herself to see if she improves from one to the other and I love that its something she can do independently. I’m going to start keeping a small stack of ready to use sheets with her stuff so that when she spends time at the studio with me she can practice anytime.
We also talked about threading her bobbin. The Sparrow has a drop in bobbin so it’s pretty simple. And they have an amazing threading guide with arrows that makes it even easier to get it right each time. A few times through and she had it down!
I do admit, I love when she can work independently, which is becoming more and more as she builds her confidence and skill on the machine. It gives me time to work on some pattern testing among a few other projects (aka cleaning up my space lol)
While she worked on curves, I got to sew up these cute shorts that we were testing from Lil Luxe Collection. The Papillon Shorties have an adorable scalloped yoke with optional piping and an elastic back and come in both a low and high rise waist. I’ll share a few more pictures of these tomorrow!