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Hello A-Team:

Sew Like a Pro: We are progressing nicely with our projects. We should be nearly complete by Halloween. Then, there is only one more weekend left before the BIG show. This weekend, should be used for all the final details. Keep checking back to the blog, to find out when the fashion show will take place.

Sewing Fundamentals: Last week, we learned how to do machine raw edge applique, couching, rickrack, buttons, snaps, sequins, beads, patches, hooks and eyes. Last Thursday, we learned how to do inset seam pockets, lined patch pockets and shirt pockets. The coming week, we will learn all about hemming and zippers.


Advisory for Students – Meningococcal Meningitis Watch

With the recent news about two cases of meningococcal meningitis at SDSU and Palomar College, we would like to provide you with some general information about the infection and remind you that meningococcal meningitis is a vaccine-preventable disease.

Early symptoms may resemble the flu including high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, rash, nausea, vomiting and lethargy. Because the disease progresses very rapidly, quick medical attention is essential.

If you are experiencing symptoms or have questions, please contact your health provider or student health services right away.

People who have had close contact with someone diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis should receive preventive antibiotics. Close contact is defined as those living in the same household, sharing sleeping arrangements, and those who have been directly exposed to oral or nasal secretions of the infected person (e.g., kissing, sharing drinks, toothbrushes, unwashed eating utensils, lip balms or cigarettes/other smoking products, or close face-to-face contact (e.g. at a party) with the infected person). Research indicates that college students residing on campus in dormitories or residence halls appear to be at higher risk for meningococcal meningitis than college students overall.

Antibiotics are NOT recommended for casual contacts like sitting in the same classroom, restaurant, transportation, workplace, or most social contacts.

For information about the vaccine visit:

For additional information about meningococcal meningitis please go to:


From: Gwen Edwards []
Sent: Friday, October 24, 2014 2:32 PM
To: Gwen Edwards
Subject: Gwen Couture studio

Hello all,

I want to start by thanking the many customers and new found friends who have been a part of the shop. I truly appreciate the patronage and support that you have provided in the last 3 years – it’s been a very valuable experience. As many of you know I have recently relocated to North Park – a very big change for me as last June marked the 30th anniversary of Gwen Couture as a design studio centered in La Jolla- hard to believe that I have so many years playing with fabric as a profession! Our new design studio in North Park is the beginning of a new chapter and a very exciting one – one that will be blossoming with creativity and productivity. We will be focusing on teaching and the design and production end of the fashion creative process. We will still carry notions and quality linings however the fabric retail portion of the business will be less the focus. All of you who have signed up on this email list have done so through the shop or through the website – I would hate to be one of the pesky emails that clutter the inbox

Please respond to this email if you would like to receive further emails – I would like to keep in touch with those of you who wish to remain on the email list – I am aware that not all of you will find this of value as retail fabrics may have been the original impetus. Many of the fabrics we stocked are still available through Beach Modern Fabrics – I have attached a link for your convenience.

I’m all about sewing and seamstresses need fabric! Quality fabrics. So we are scheduling a bus trip to Los Angeles to fabric shop Saturday November 15th – it’s an all-day adventure! The first of many I hope. We will be shopping at Mood, International Silks, Oriental Silks and The Fabric Store – cost is $50 per person and it’s an all-day adventure – please contact me for further information if you are interested – space will be limited.

Happy Sewing and all the best,


Gwen Couture

4003 Wabash Ave.

San Diego, CA 92104


O is for Online Safety

Advancing thru our Tech Alphabet, today’s tip is utilizing the letter ‘O.’ O is for Online Safety. Whether it is you, your students, colleagues, family members, or friends, we all need to be cautious when on the Internet. Here are a few helpful guidelines:

1. Make sure you log out when on a site housing personal or sensitive information (e.g. banks, e-mail accounts, CE Faculty Web Services), especially on a shared computer like in the teacher’s workroom at your campus.

2. Make your passwords difficult for scammers to figure out (e.g. use a mix of letters/numbers/symbols; don’t use the same password for all accounts; change important passwords regularly).

3. Never give out any personal information online (e.g. SSN, credit card numbers, usernames/passwords) without checking the source of any inquiry. Many identity thieves can mimic a legitimate business and fool people into passing on their personal information.

4. Don’t be too fast to click on a website link that someone sent you. As we have learned from Kent Keyser, our district’s Information Technology Director, sometimes a link is not what it seems. It could be malware or a virus. Before clicking, move your mouse slowly over the link to see if it is as it appears. Remember, when in doubt, don’t click!

For more information, check out OnGuardOnline, ‘the federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online,’ which is managed by the FTC. There are lots of topics in sections like Avoid Scams, Secure Your Computer, Protect Kids Online, and Be Smart Online:


Links to Learn: Keep reading. This article shows you how to input an exposed zipper !!!!! Download 15 ebooks from Bernina Sewing Machine Company. Take a tour inside a Chic Couture Skirt from Threads Magazine. Video: Kenneth King’s Essential Sewing Tool Kit, Part 1.   Self-Publishing 101.

See you ALL in Class !!!!!

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Be Safe,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244