As a little girl I would make clothes for my Barbie dolls by using scraps of fabric, paper towel, newspaper or whatever else available—much to my mom’s frustration. So in high school I took sewing in home economics just because my best friend did—I passed, my friend didn’t. From that experience a passion for fabric and design was born. At the age of 15, I received my first sewing machine from my mom as a birthday present and I’ve been sewing ever since.
In 1998 a good friend enlisted me to help her teach a sewing class at our local church during the summer. I found that I loved sharing my knowledge with others and decided to pursue teaching. In 2004 I worked as a volunteer in the Chicago Park District teaching children as young as six hand sewing and adults machine sewing. Each week I saw how happy and proud the children felt after completing a project—especially those children that were not athletic. Their self-esteem soared and they looked forward to coming to class each week. Adults learning to sew also felt a great sense of satisfaction and enjoyment which encouraged them to continue.
TV and video games compete for kids attention which doesn’t benefit them in the least but rather have negative affects. However, clinical studies have proven that a hobby like sewing can boost a child’s creativity and self-esteem. Likewise in today’s fast paced environment, learning to sew can be calming, reduce stress, and build self esteem in adults. Unfortunately, the opportunities to learn to sew are few. Chicago Public Schools have removed sewing from the curriculum and classes to accommodate working adults are not that accessible.
A recent survey indicated that the majority of sewers are now over the age of 50. This means an entire generation has little or no basic sewing skills. My goal is to fill this gap by teaching sewing in a creative, encouraging environment for all ages and to ignite a whole new generation of sewers.
Our motto at Making It SewFun is “there are no mistakes, only learning experiences.”