Spring Break – Lots of Learning Going On !!!!!

Hello A-Team:

Pictures of the week:  Men’s Fitted Shirts at the National City Swap Meet



I can not thank Chris enough for his awesome questions concerning darts in men’s shirts.

This week there is no class.  Easter Sunday was March 25th.  It is good to have a break every once in a while.  I got a chance to update the grading charts.  I will be able to show you how you stand on hours & projects.  Did you sign up for Sew Pro’s Trip to LA???  It is on April 16th.  Call them.  Amy says they will take your over the phone payment.    Remember:  The Accreditation Team will be coming to view the classes next week.  Have you learned your Student Learning Outcomes?  (SLOs).  Here they are again:

Current SLOs  2016 

SDCE Institutional Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Social Responsibility

SDCE students demonstrate interpersonal skills by learning and working cooperatively in a diverse environment.

  1. Effective Communication

SDCE students demonstrate effective communication skills.

  1. Critical Thinking

SDCE students critically process information, make decisions, and solve problems independently or cooperatively.

  1. Personal and Professional Development

SDCE students pursue short term and life-long learning goals, mastering necessary skills and using resource management and self advocacy skills to cope with changing situations in their lives.

SDCE Fashion Discipline Student Learning Outcomes:        

Students completing a fashion or fashion production course or program will be able to understand and apply concepts, technologies, related skills and techniques by successfully completing class projects in order to prepare for fashion careers.

J McKenna’s Student Learning Outcomes for Spring 2016 Courses:

  1. Sew Like a Pro:  Students will be able to demonstrate advanced sewn product stitching & construction skills as evidence by the completion of an Advanced Sewing Operations Portfolio,  and the completion of basic clothing alterations using garments from their own closet or from a thrift store using professional standards of workmanship.
  1. Fundamentals Of Patternmaking: Collections:  Students will prove their Fundamentals of Patternmaking course learning and competencies by the completion of their first 3 garment (or one 3-Piece outfit) collection.
  1. Tailoring:  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to complete a tailored/couture garment using professional standards of workmanship.  Evidence will be the selection and use of fabrics and supporting materials suitable for the garment which meet established standards for tailored/couture construction.
  1. Sewing Fundamentals 1:  Upon course completion, students will be able to demonstrate basic sewn product stitching & construction skills as evidence by the completion of a Sewing Techniques Portfolio.
  1. Fundamentals Of Patternmaking: Drafting:  Students will demonstrate their Fundamentals of Patternmaking course learning and competencies by drafting and using their five piece Master Dress Sloper to pattern and construct a garment from their text book.

Last week in the classroom:

Drafting:  We are still finishing up our sleeves.  We learned a new method for “walking off” sleeves in an armhole.  Of course, over this break, I made handouts for you.  Teaches you how to make changes 2 – 3 different ways.  Next week:  We will make the skirt front and back and finish up the sloper pattern collection.

Sew Like a Pro-Both Classes:  We are still learning how to construct sleeveless facings.  We are almost done.  Next week:  We will finish up our sleeveless facings and learn how to put in a Fly Front Jeans Zipper.  Both these classes have open spaces.  If you need extra sewing time, you can join us.

Sewing Fundamentals 1:  We are making our way through our sewing techniques portfolio grading sheet.  Next week:  We will be learning to make flat-felled seams, inset right corners, facings, and collars.  Keep those questions coming, Chris!!!!  We even did an extra credit: dart in a seam to show how you can hide darts in a fitted garment.

Tailoring:  We just finished our 7 portfolio Tailoring Operations.  I have one more demo to show you concerning double buttonholes.  I just had to think of another way to do tailored jacket buttonholes without cording because you just can’t do it EASILY, on a keyhole buttonhole.   Remember to bring your pattern guide on Monday, April 4.  We will also read through and UNDERSTAND, what they are telling you to do.  We all know how to read.  We all need to understand that the guide is a guide and not a God.  Words to remember:  You have the opportunity to use different methods, if you don’t like what the guide is telling you.  On Wednesday, April 6, your Tailoring Operation Samples are all due for grading.  I will be taking pictures of your samples and you wearing your jacket toile.  WHAT FUN !!!!!!

Collections:  There is a month left.  In the right hand side bar, there are the rules and flyer for Mesa’s 2016 Golden Scissors Fashion Show.   Read it. I have already asked questions about it.  I need to send in pictures on April 26.  We will talk in class.  After the show, we will concentrate on making a Tech Pack for our garment (s).  Thank you for your patience while I worked with the tailoring class.

Links and Things to Know !!!!

Joan Hankin’s Stash.  Email her.  She wants to sell it all for $1 a yard.  The fabrics are all cotton like.  You have a variety of knits and wovens.   sewingsister5@cox.net.  Her phone number is:  619 442 8128.  I do have samples of the fabrics.  Ask me in the classroom.










Check out Elo’s Website!!!!!   Good morning my friends. I would like to introduce you to my first food blog. More recipes coming up soon. Stay tuned http://www.chefscanteen.elodesigns.com/

For more about the artist visit:  www.artshop.elodesigns.com

Richard’s Great Fashion Videos and Websites:  These need to be seen to be believed !!!!  I need to add the following about Richard’s links.  I do believe that at least one link, uses nude models.  They had to use a nude model to do what they did.  It is still worth seeing what they SPRAYED on her !!!!!!





The following is from Janet Prey.  She lives in Michigan.  Someday, I want to take classes from her.  She IS terrific.  She teaches the Islander System of Sewing.  Here are her 6 Tips for Interfacing Shirts.

Interfacing is one of today’s most missunderstood products in home sewing. It is important to know there are several reasons for interfacing a pattern piece:

  1. To create a crisp appearance such as collars, cuffs and plackets. 2.To reinforce areas where buttons, buttonholes and topstitching will be applied. 3. Adds to the longevity of the garment. To follow are 6 tips for interfacing shirts that rival top ready-to-wear garments selling for hundred dollars.
  1.  Choosing only high quality fusible interfacing is a no-brainer but I felt the need to say it anyway. The quality of the interfacing you choose is equaly as important as the quality of the fashion fabric.
  1. Two types of interfacing are required in the classic button-up shirt: a firm and a soft. The firm is applied to the collar, cuffs and buttonhole placket. The soft is used on the pocket hems, collar facing, cuff facings, sleeve plackets and button placket.
  1. Leave the seam allowance on the interfacing everywhere except the collar points.
  1. Cut and adhere interfacing to all pieces well in advance of starting to sew.

      5. Use a quality iron made for garment sewing. It must have good steaming capability and it should be heavier than the       average home iron. For best results in fusing interfacing, use a pressing cloth, lots of steam, firm pressure but you don’t need to apply your entire body weight. *Apply heat and shots of steam for 30 to 60 seconds or according to the instructions from the manufacturer. Now, don’t touch it! This is very important and where many fusible interfacing projects go wrong. It should cool for several minutes before you handle it as you could disturb the the glue before it has a chance to set and permanently adhere to the fabric evenly.

  1.  I use my press for fusible interfacing, it’s the best! All the same rules apply; to create steam use a damp press cloth, clamp the press shut until the alarm sounds. I open the press and close again for one more alarm, let it cool and it never fails.

“It doesn’t get any better than that!”

Remember to read the manufacturer’s directions on any fusible interfacing as they may vary in time, temperature and steam or no steam.

When I have the time, I ALWAYS put it into my blog posts.  See you all next week !!!!!


I’d rather regret the things I have done than regret the things I haven’t done. Lucille Ball

Hello A-Team !!!!

YES, THERE IS CLASS THIS WEEK !!!!  San Deigo Continuing Education does NOT have spring break till the following week:  March 28 through April 1.

Upcoming Events:

Yardage Town:   End of the Month Sale will be on Saturday, March 26, 2016.  30 to 40 % off almost everything in the store !!!!

Sew Pro’s semi annual trip to the LA district will be on April 16, 2016.

Del Mar Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival will be on May 12, 13, and 14, 2016.  Check here:  http://www.quiltcraftsew.com.

Come to Class and Learn !!!!



I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. Albert Einstein

ALL Winter Holidays

Hello A-Team:

The year has gone by so FAST !!!!  Can you believe it?  This is the final week before Winter Break.  Classes will resume January 6th, 2016 !!!!  This is the last A-Team email till the new year.  I will send out a post to remind everyone when classes resume.  Computer Patternmaking will resume January 6.  Sewing Fundamentals 2 will NOT resume until January 11.  

Last week, in Sewing Fundamentals 2, we only met on Monday.  On Tuesday, I had to go to an eye doctor because I broke a blood vessel in my eye.  Thank God it was only a surface vessel and I came back to teach on Wednesday.  Last Monday, we practiced with the school’s and student’s straight stitch sewing machines.  They run differently than sergers.  The two machines are staples for sewing.  Note:  the very first sewing machine you should purchase should be a straight stitch sewing machine.  You can do a great fake double needle stitch that looks just like a cover stitch.  You can stop your edges from raveling with the various utility stitches available on a straight stitch sewing machine.   And there is the famous 2 mm x 2 mm zig-zag stitch that can sew knits with a small width seam that stretches.  On Monday, we will begin to sew our shirt and pants.   Remember to bring your scrap fabric to test your stitches before you start to sew.  By following your pattern guide, you will create your first garments !!!!  When you run into pattern guide interpretation problems, I will be there, to guide you.  I am also planning on demoing our embroidery machines, just in case you want to embroidery on your shirts or pants.  SEW FUN !!!!!

In Patternmaker Class, we finished our final sloper patterns this week.  I sent out emails stating that the 5 students who finished their patterns, would get them plotted by a fellow student.  This happened on Thursday night around 11 pm.  Thank you Pedro !!!!  This coming week, we will be back in room 209.  Now is the time to make up the garment/project toiles.  We have about 5 weeks to make up the toiles, and correct the patterns.  In this way, if you ever want to plot out your garment/project again, the pattern will be perfect !!!!  Side note:  I tried on Richard’s Patternmaker corset, after he set the grommets.  Maureen laced me up.  The fit was marvelous !!!!    

Terrific Links:

How Silk is Made.  Thank you Jena !!!!!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqFm_7KyfHI

This link is from Hungry Girl.  I love all the Weight Watching advise on the site.  Check out survival guides to 10 chain restaurants.  http://www.hungry-girl.com/go-to-guides/ultimate-chain-restaurant-survival-guide-roundup  

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/45848/gift-to-sew-easy-and-classic-wool-scarf?utm_source=eletter&utm_medium=eletter&utm_content=th-eletter&utm_campaign=threads-eletter  Sew up a classic wool scarf with Kenneth King. 

Free CUTE monkey ornament machine embroidery.  http://www.advanced-embroidery-designs.com/freedesign.htmlhttp://www.advanced-embroidery-designs.com/freedesign.html   Remember, if you do not own an embroidery machine, download the design in the .PES format.  This is the most universal.  

Have a Happy & Safe Holiday Season !!!!!!!!!!



Do or Do Not. There is No Try. – Yoda

Morgan's Personal Helper.
Morgan’s Personal Helper.

Hello A-Team:

Isn’t Morgan’s helper cute????  Even though they really really want to help you cut your fabric and sew your projects, be very aware, that they also can get into pins & thread.  Make sure supplies and notions are put away in such a way, as to NOT encourage cats or dogs to use them as play toys.  This also goes for when you wrap holiday gifts.  Take care.  There is danger in ribbon.

So last week, in Sewing Fundamentals 2, we mastered the serger and one of its many uses:  To prevent raveling of woven fabrics.  Then we moved on to learn how to mark notches and other important symbols on the non-public side of our cut fabric pieces.  On Monday, we will have tender loving care (TLC) lessons for the straight stitch sewing machine.  Missing this class tells me that you are going to bring and use your own straight stitch machine for the rest of your time in this class.  And that you already know how to care for it.  Make sure you bring some fabric scraps to try different things that can be done with any straight stitch machine.  As a fun aside, we will see some wedding pictures from one of your classmates, Whitney.  CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!  On Tuesday, you will be cut loose, to sew up your garments using the instructions on your pattern guide.  I will be here, for questions and concerns.         

In Computer Patternmaking, we are beginning our last week of classes in the computer classroom, using Patternmaker.  We should be all finished with our final patterns on Thursday.  DO NOT “CUTE PDF” your pattern(s), till I look them over.  However, it is okay, to place your pattern(s) on the prerequisite 36″ x 108″ paper inside Patternmaker.  After you get the OKAY….then CUTE PDF your final pattern(s).  Over next weekend, we will get them printed.  Then, its back to the sewing room to make sample ‘toile’ garment(s).  You will need to have one pattern hook for your cut patterns to hang on and you will need inexpensive fabric that simulates your final fabric.  Make note of how much fabric, you are using for your toile.  This is approximately what you will need for your final garment(s).  Your ‘toile’ is due at the end of January.  There is plenty of time to work on fit.  The ONLY push I have for this course, is that you come to class regularly and sign in.  Some of you come to class, and don’t sign in.  These students will be in for quite the shock, when I can’t give them a final grade.  

Here is a reminder for all my classes:  Without a ‘C’ hours grade, no matter how good your final project is, you won’t pass the course.  Read the evaluation at the back of each syllabus.  You need to come to class 80% of the class hours as part of your grade.  NO EXCEPTIONS……

Links and Things:

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/45803/a-secret-to-threading-a-needle?utm_source=eletter&utm_medium=eletter&utm_content=th-eletter&utm_campaign=threads-eletter  The Secret to Threading a Needle

http://view.e.quiltingdaily.com/?j=fec21c70776c007a&m=fe90157370600c7b71&ls=fdf615747467007476127372&l=fec7157172610279&s=fe2a16747461007b721272&jb=ff67157577&ju=fe6517757466057b7712&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=qd-nln-nl-151201&utm_content=802847_QE151201&utm_medium=email&r=0  Foiling Letters on Fabric

http://www.suebox.com/store/Embroidery-Collections-amp-Designs/Everlasting-Embroidery-Collection/09-Ribbon-Design.html  Free Beautiful Ribbon Embroidery from Sue Box.  Format of choice when you don’t own an embroidery machine:  .PES  

Looking for a Job?

MANPOWER is coming to San Diego City College to interview for jobs available now!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

San Diego City College

1313 Park Boulevard

San Diego, CA 92101

Business Technology Building

 To RSVP prior to the event, e-mail an electronic copy of your resume to ppugnier@sdccd.edu.  On Tuesday, December 8, come to Room BT‑203 (at the corner of 16th and B Streets) starting at 10:45 a.m., and check in at the front desk.  Dress in business attire and bring a resume printed on standard paper.

Interviews are on a first‑come, first‑served basis.  Meet and greet style interviews will last approximately 10‑15 minutes.

Part‑time and full‑time positions in various industries are available.


Manpower is a world leader in the employment services, creating and delivering services that enable its clients to win in the changing world of work.

 —–Original Message—–  Terrific trip to LA…….GO !!!!!  I am sad because I can NOT go…..
From: Gwen Edwards [mailto:gwencarin@gmail.com
Sent: Monday, November 30, 2015 7:28 PM
To: Gwen Edwards
Subject: Heart felt Happy Holidays!

Hello All,

Don’t spend all your money in December!  We are scheduling another wild ride to Los Angeles on Saturday January 9th in the party bus!  Anyone who is interested shoot me an email and get on the list.  Space will be limited.  We will be going to Mood fabrics with the option to go to The Fabric Store as well.  It’s a long strenuous day of fun – The bus fee is $60 and we will enjoy discounts as a group at both Mood and The Fabric Store.

Stay well.  Be Joyful.  Sew as much as you can!

All the best,


Gwen Couture

4007 Wabash Ave.

San Diego, CA 92104



See you all in class !!!!!

Be Safe !!!!



Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one. Brad Paisley

vintage sewing girl 2

Hello A-Team:

I hope you had a great holiday break.  It is time to come back and learn some more.  

Sewing Fundamentals 2:  Apparel Construction.  In our last 2 classes, we had pattern fittings, read our pattern guides, learned about grainlines with a PowerPoint, and laid out our shirt and pants patterns with a nap layout and on grain.  Then I sent you home to cut your fabric out.   Tomorrow, in class we are NOT following the syllabus.  Bring all your cut fabric attached to your patterns.  Bring all your fabric scraps.  We are going to have a class on TLC for sewing machines and sergers.  If you have a sewing machine, you want to use in class, learn how to clean, take care of, make bobbins for, this is the class to bring the machine to.  We will go over threading straight stitch machines.  Printout and bring:  Trouble Shooting Your Machine, from the downloads page of this blog.  We will also master the use of the serger.  Be prepared:  This class can take up to 2 class periods to teach.  

Computer Patternmaking with Patternmaker.  There are 2 weeks left before we are going to get our patterns printed.  I WANT you all to be ready.  I hope you all worked on your patterns during the break.  Those of you who are late with your patterns will have to get them printed yourself.  So work hard and I will see you all on Wednesday night.


http://www.urbanthreads.com/free.aspx  Great Xmas Embroidery Design.  Remember to download it in PES format.

You NEED to go to this site !!!!! http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=f8c95083dae7cbbbdc4d7ab5f&id=08d021b792&e=aa6f2dee5f     This is a great website to visit.  They have sewing gift baskets.  So give your loved ones hints about this site !!!!!  And then if you tinky down the page, you will find 10 sewing videos. I may not agree with all they have to say, but  this is knowledge at its finest.  Spend some time here.  You will pick up lots of hints and tricks.  

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/44990/how-to-make-a-fortuny-gladstone-bag-part-1?utm_source=eletter&utm_medium=eletter&utm_content=th-eletter&utm_campaign=threads-eletter For all you bag lovers, see what Kenneth King has to say about taking apart old bags to see the construction and take a pattern.  This is part 1.  I will publish the link for part 2 as soon as it comes out.  


See you all in class.  


If Opportunity Doesn’t Knock, Build a Front Door. Milton Berle

Early Fall 2015 Portfolio Class 2
Sewing Techniques Portfolio Class Picture – Fall 2015

Hello A-Team !!!!!!

This is a busy time of year !!!!  

Sewing Fundamentals 1:  The Sewing Techniques Portfolio just finished.  Sewing Fundamentals 2: Apparel Construction will start on Monday, November 9 at 2 PM.  If you are planning on coming, print out your syllabus and classroom etiquette from the right hand column of this blog.  Bring your CSIDs card and Come Learn to SEW.  Sewing Fundamentals 2 teaches the same things as Sewing Fundamentals 1…..just in a different way.  As an instructor, I like to touch as many learning modalities as I can.  This variety leads to great learning experiences.  If you get a chance, before class, buy the McCall’s pattern listed in your syllabus.  Call around for the adult size.  Try Yardage Town in El Cajon.  The phone number is in your syllabus, page 2. 

In Computer Patternmaking, we are now patterning our final designs in Patternmaker.  Now everything is coming together.  You can see why you needed to draw out your designs on croqui.  You can see why you need to do quarter-size patterns before you begin your patterning in Patternmaker.   Remember, this Wednesday, there is NO CLASS.   It is Veteran’s Day.  Do something nice for any veteran you find.  They make life as we know it, possible.  On Thursday, November 12, we will continue patterning our original designs.  

Links and Things to Look at:

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=682d8b94-8b4d-46ee-84c0-a7c8ac386fe2&c=4037f070-aa6a-11e3-aebf-d4ae5275396f&ch=40ea2970-aa6a-11e3-af36-d4ae5275396f396f&ch=40ea2970-aa6a-11e3-af36-d4ae5275396f    If you tinky down the page, there is a free turkey embroidery for you to grab.   If you are given a choice, grab it in .PES format. 

http://dzgns.com/DesignsPlus/?page_id=936  More Free Designs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0wFiAAN6Vw   San Diego Fashion Week Highlights.  Fun to watch.  

http://stores.islandersewing.com/content/SewingMythBuster%20Handout.pdf   No two sewers ever agree.  This is fine.  I STILL love the advise from Janet Pray.

2015 veterans day 8.5×11        This flyer tells you all about the workshops and opportunity events scheduled for vets.  Check it out !!!!

See you ALL in class !!!!!

Be Safe !!!!



The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Capt. Jack Sparrow

Hello A-Team !!!!

This coming week, is the end of Sewing Fundamentals 1:  The Sewing Techniques Portfolio.   Last week, we learned how to make three types of pockets, and we learned how to hand hem.  We also practiced blind hemming with a sewing machine.  I personally do not like this technique, but it is good for curtains and drapes.  On Monday, we will be learning three ways to input a zipper and we will be having buttonhole practice.  On Tuesday, your portfolios are due during class.  Class pictures will be taken.  The week after this, will start Sewing Fundamentals 2:  Apparel Construction.  Sewing Fundamentals is now taught in 2 parts.  Each part will teach you to sew.  So don’t worry if you are just coming on board to learn.  Print, read your syllabus and come to class.

In our Computer Patternmaking Class, we are now back in room 208, to begin computer patterning our final project with Patternmaker.  For the past three weeks, we made muslin toiles to ensure that our measurements were inputted in the program correctly.  We worked on our final croqui images so that we knew what our final project will look like.  AND we made quarter size patterns of what we need to do in Patternmaker. What creativity !!!!!  How exciting !!!!!  


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-E1j9DxEEUw      This fun video is about vintage sewing in the 1948.  Thank you Kelly for sending this !!!!  YOU WILL LAUGH at the attitudes portrayed.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqEuVgO8Rno   The Joan Dress – This video is over an hour.  I have NO IDEA why it is called the Joan Dress.  I just could NOT resist putting this video in my blog.  She follows her pattern guide to sew the dress.  And she does an excellent job on putting in the back zipper.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IdxkC6bmkNI  A NEW take on shoes with Feetz…… using a 3D printer.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9faErEnVb8s  Ever wonder how a professional dress form is made?  Well here is your chance to see a video on it.  This video is for Alva Forms.   Get a cup of coffee and sit and relax.  There is really 2 videos here, back to back.  The first one, is a commercial for the second one.  Enjoy !!!!

I find my motivational quotes from the tag that hangs on the kind of tea I like.  The company’s name is Good Earth.    Here is my last motivational quote for the week:  The author is unknown.  Don’t let someone dim your light, simply because it’s shining in their eyes.  

See you all in class !!!!


Knowledge is Power

Hello A-Team:  

Motivational Quote:  Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.  It’s about learning to dance in the rain.  Unknown Author.

Do YOU know how to fix this common                          pattern problem????

Learning to sew means that the above problem will never ever happen to you again !!!!  Sounds too good to be true???  Come to class and learn !!!!  Knowledge is power !!!!  Knowledge is a skill that can be sold for profit  in the job market, along with confidence and courage.

Sewing Techniques Portfolio:  Last week, we finished up learning all about sewing prep.  I hope you all realize how important this is.  Without it, nothing, and I do mean nothing, gets done well.  And of course, as the instructor, I want all my students to be stopped in their daily routine and asked, “That’s a fantastic shirt, pants vest, etc.”   Later on in the semester, you will learn how to fix the problem in the picture.  This will occur in Module 2.  We also practiced TLC for sewing machines.  We learned the difference between basting and default stitching.  We mastered a technique to sew knit fabric with a straight stitch sewing machine with the famous 2 x 2 mm stitch.  Next week, we will start learning how to do seam finishes and all kinds of crazy seams.  Plus we will discover how to handle darts………

Computer Patternmaking:  Last week:  We started manufacturing our initial sloper garments in our Patternmaker Software.  This will be a bodice and a pair of darted pants.  Once our personal measurement table checks out, all the macros in Patternmaker are there to be utilized.   This week, we will continue with this.  By next Thursday, we need to have all the seam allowances,  all the text, extra notches put on, and then….we need to place the pattern pieces on 36 inch wide x 108 inches long “paper” inside the Patternmaker program.  Then we get to PDF this.  Put it on your USB and off you go to get the pattern printed at your local Staples or Fed Ex.  

Remember:  Next Saturday, October 10, is a Fandango Field Trip to the LA Garment District.  If you want to go, call Sew Pro’s to pay for your ticket on the bus.  1-858-279-2500. 

Links:  You know, most of the links I give to you, I think are great.  This one, is no different.  Only, I swear to you, do NOT use any kind of pins when you use a serger.  I don’t care where you put them.  This is an accident waiting to happen.  This being said, I feel the video has some terrific tricky fabric techniques to share:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srQ6-c-P0gU&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=Baby+Lock+List&utm_campaign=711ee09b11-10%2F1+BL+consumer+enews-less+than+N+greater+than+G&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_32babebce8-711ee09b11-274787417

http://www.advanced-embroidery-designs.com/freedesign.html  If you do not have an embroidery machine:  Start collecting freebie embroideries in the PES format.  It is the most universal.  

Sensible Advice:  For the school district and all of us !!!!!

From: Kent 
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 4:18 PM
Subject: Email, Internet and Identity Reminders

For District-wide Distribution:

Every Fall term, I like to send out a reminder that hackers, spammers and identity thieves have spent their summer thinking about us!

Please remember to be careful and to scrutinize the emails you receive and open.  If you don’t know the sender, or you rarely, if ever, receive emails from the sender and the subject doesn’t look right, then don’t open it.

Also, don’t click on any internet hyperlinks within the emails if they look suspicious.  (Remember, you can usually move your mouse curser over the hyperlink to see the actual URL.   If you don’t recognize the URL and/or it does not match the sender email domain, it’s probably not legitimate and the email should be deleted.)

Remember my Internet motto.  Whether from an email or a website, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

District IT and all other reputable companies will never ask you for your network or login account ID, or your password via email or on a web form.  Please remember this whether you are at work, or on your home computer doing your personal business.  Your name and email address are usually not considered Personal Identifiable Information, but your address, phone number, bank accounts, credit cards, mother’s maiden name, passwords, etc., should always be protected.

Lastly, please protect your email account and never share your password.  One compromised district email account which is used for spamming can impact our “email reputation” causing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) such as Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, etc., to either slow down our email delivery (referred to as tar pitting) or block it completely for a day or two.  You can imagine the panic this causes for our faculty and students at the beginning of the term!

Anyhow, I hope I haven’t scared you too much but safe computing has to be a way of life as our personal digital footprints continue to grow exponentially.


Director, Information Technology

See you all in class this week !!!!!

Make Money with your Skills ! ©

Be Safe,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office:  619-588-2244


The Joy of Learning

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Hello A-Team:

Learning takes place every time we get together.  It’s exciting to build upon.  Remember Life isn’t about waiting for the learning to come to you…..YOU need to chase the learning.  Store it in the file cabinets of your mind.  It WILL come out and be very useful.

Portfolio Class:  Last week, we became the master of our grainlines.  We learned how to lay and cut fabric.  We practiced fusing, and serging for the first time.  This coming week, we will learn all about marking our fabrics.  We will discover how easy it is to take care of our sewing machines.  AND We will begin to sew.   

Computer Patternmaking Class:  We started off last week, by learning how to work some of the icons in Patternmaker.  In Thursday’s class, we tried to input our measurements and make our first patterns.  We learned how to make measurement adjustments.  You gotta understand that if you get the measurements correct, you can open any pattern in YOUR SIZE.  Yes, it will need to be tweaked, but NOTHING major.  YOU will be able to redesign the patterns to achieve your own looks.  It’s easy.  We just need to get our measurements in correctly.  Making a sloper will be the test of our measurement accuracy.   This week, we will continue the process and learn to use some more tools.  


So this week, my producer did a test YouTube video of me.  What do you think?  Let me know. https://youtu.be/dklBYqrFdhE  

Ecommerce for your fashion business: http://www.scalingretail.com/fashion-retail-business-blog/  Free advice !!!!  Anything to help my business I need to see.  Especially if it is free !!!!

Repairing Stay Fabric Snips Video: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/44389/how-to-repair-a-stray-snip?utm_source=eletter&utm_medium=eletter&utm_content=th-eletter&utm_campaign=threads-eletter

Here is Kimberr’s corset sale flyer:  Kimberr's Sale

Have a Terrific Week !!!!!

Make Money with your Skills ! ©

Be Safe,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office:  619-588-2244