Alright y’all, last Tuesday marked exactly a month since I taught my first class at Sips N Sews. Figured that meant it was time to update everyone on how it’s going!
Update 1: I love it! I absolutely love it. It’s so much fun and exciting every class.
Update 2: I am absolutely exhausted. I am passing out hard at the end of each day and am yawning every 30 seconds while typing this.
Update 3: I am sewing all the time now and I love that even more!
Update 1: Why I love, love, love it!
As of now I am focussing on beginner level classes. That means most of my students have never seen a sewing machine before or are very shaky in their understanding of how to operate one. I get to help change that!
By the end of a Bootcamp class, everyone can operate, thread and troubleshoot a machine. We cover all the starter basics and I get to learn more about what brought my students in to begin with.
By the end of an Introduction to Construction class, students have learned how to buy supplies for their own projects and properly read a pattern they pick out. We also make a pillow case for them to keep or donate!
By the end of project based classes, each student has a finished product and skills that can be applied to other projects in the future.
And by the end of every class I have helped a room full of people start or grow their sewing journey! It’s rewarding as hell and leaves me feeling like I am making a difference in preventing the skill from dying out in future generations.
Update 2: I am fucking tired.
Teaching is now my fourth job. I often work 10-14 hour days split between multiple locations. I rarely eat a meal at home and probably need to shower more often than I currently do. I pass out without washing my face or brushing my teeth most of the time. My mental capacity is shot outside of work hours because I just can’t do it by the end of the day.
This blog post itself has taken me a week longer than I expected it to because I keep zoning out while typing it. I’m finally finishing it with the aid of coffee and forced concentration.
Update 3: I am sewing again!
I took a break from sewing for quite a while. I’d work on projects occasionally but I wasn’t very creative or inspired. I also almost never finish a project because I’d lose steam halfway through it.
Being in a sewing studio, talking about sewing, teaching sewing and seeing other people sew kind of makes you want to sew. Like, all the time.
And I am sewing all the time! I feel creative and inspired and motivated. It makes the extreme exhaustion worth it. After years of working hard for other people, I am happy to working hard at what I love for a change.
Update Roundup: I am really, really happy and can’t wait to see what comes next with this wonderful new job!
Sign up for one of my sewing classes here.