We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill

Statue of Liberty

Hello A-Team:

It is at the end of a perfect day, that we all get a chance to look up into the sky and see gorgeous fireworks.  It is also a chance for us to reflect how lucky we all are, to live in this country.

Thank U Vets

Yes, there IS class this Wednesday.  By July 6th, we should all have our shirts cut and be ready to fuse and mark our fabric. Bring your samples in.  I will be grading them.  Remember to bring in your Press Cloths.  It would also help to bring a clear ruler that is 2 inches by 18 inches.  We need to cut off some…but not all… our seam allowances from our interfacing.  This will help to eliminate bulk at the edges.  I know this will NOT take us the entire class period, so we can begin to sew up our shirts.  WHAT FUN !!!!!

Fun Links and Things:

Jobs:

I have some clients that have jobs that need filling. What we are looking for:  – 2 experienced full time sewers for a company in south bay that makes medical supplies like diapers.  – 1 experienced cutter, full time for a company in south bay that makes medical supplies like diapers.  – 1 Merchandiser/Buyer who doesn’t have to be very experienced, but whom is a good communicator, to cover a 4 month maturity leave.  IF you are interested in any of these jobs, email Joan McKenna.

https://www.flickr.com/groups/1608093@N23/pool/  Christine found this on Flickr.  There are 400-something pictures.  A feast for your eyes.  Thank YOU, Christine !!!!!  I personally LOVE all the gents who posed for the pictures.

https://issuu.com/urbanthreads/docs/may_2016  This is a feast for anyone who machine embroiders.  It is the latest Look Book from UrbanThreads.  They do exciting embroidery designs.  And they have great pricing.  Check out their site:  www.urbanthreads.com.

The San Diego Fashion Guild is having a fashion show.  Information is on their facebook page.  Thank you Jena for submitting this.

Richard sent this in.  http://sandiego.makerfaire.com/makers/   Sounds like fun to me!!!!  Check out the Maker’s Fair!!!!   Thank you for sending this to me.

See you all in class !!!!

Joanie

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!!!!

Dear A-Team:

I can’t believe that Winter Break is over already………. I am so ready to come back to class. I know you all are too. During this break, I had the opportunity to visit Britex in San Francisco. If you every get a change to go to San Francisco, go there. Its ½ block from Union Square !!!!!!

Let’s recap the week before Winter Break. It was a fun fun week !!!!

Flat Pattern Manipulation: This was the week that we learned how to do knockoffs from readymade complete garments. We did shirts and pants. The technique is easy. Just time consuming. This being said, if the fit is perfect on the readymade completed garment, then the knockoff is worth the effort to achieve the same fit. On Wednesday, we also had a Holiday Raffle. I also collected your final project croquis to grade.

January starts our final project. I have all your final project croqui drawings. I hope you have all been thinking how you plan on patterning your creation. I will be available to help you, if you run out of ideas. See you all on Wednesday, January 2rd.

Your First Commercial Pattern: Everyone individually worked on their pajamas this week. Some of you are close to finishing. Remember, I need to see the completed pajamas and take a picture of them to be able to grade you. On Tuesday, I did a demo on elastic waistbands. Those who were in the Portfolio class, remembered how to do it. On Thursday, we had a Holiday Raffle. Everyone walked away with a gift. We also went over how to make buttonholes on all the different school sewing machines. Diana Jasso won the grand prize: A Singer Child’s Sewing Machine. Hurray for Diana !!!!!!

A question came up in this class that I want to address in this post. The question was: Why don’t I run this class like I run the portfolio course and guide you through the sewing process? If I did that, you would never bother to read the pattern guide. In this class, that is the most important skill to acquire. You need to learn to read…..and critically think the directions. Do they seem logical? Can you think of a better way to do an operation? Learning that the pattern guide is a GUIDE and NOT the All Mighty is important for you to be able to be creative and customize your garment. You need to be able to visualize and execute your apparel dreams. You absolutely need to make your garments your own style. I know, this course seems to be the tougher of the two Sewing Fundamentals courses. There are lessons to be learned in both courses.

This week, Your First Commercial Pattern resumes class on Thursday, January 3rd.

January Fun things to do !!!!

On Sunday, January 20, 2013, the 33rd annual Martin Luther King Day Parade will be held on Harbor Drive, Embarcadero. This is just a reminder that you are invited to participate and walk with Continuing Education faculty, staff and students at the parade. We have an awesome float entry this year !!!! Come and support Continuing Education !!!

As I drove around and gave out flyers for my new Spring courses, I picked up 2 Threads Magazines. The back panel of Threads is ALWAYS a treat. In the December 2012/January 2013 edition, the 1930’s evening gown has the most wonderful SQUARE armscye. There is also an article on Sewing Habits. Here are some highlights: Balance tension through the feed dogs. Fit as you go. Increase your stitch length. Choose fabrics appropriate to the garment design. Get comfortable with hand sewing. Use the right scissors for the task. Make sure you mark your fabric with the pattern markings. Invest in quality. There is also a GREAT article on vintage details of suits. So awe inspiring. And don’t miss the article on Dior’s Couture Secrets!!!

In the February/March 2013 edition of Threads, I found 3 terrific articles plus the back panel. The back panel has a 1930’s orange dress that took advantage of the different ways one can use the grains on silk charmeuse. So the pieces stand out because they are all a slightly different shade of the same orange. They wrote an article about this dress starting on page 28. The bias cut dress was cut with 4 different grainlines. It is a terrific dress !!!!! The other articles I found, concerned Tailoring, Pattern Drafting and Seam Finishes.

And yes, I will bring the magazines to class this week, so that you can look at them.

Links:

http://www.linkedin.com/groupItem?view=&srchtype=discussedNews&gid=90600&item=198974985&type=member&trk=eml-anet_dig-b-pop_ttl-hdp&ut=1-nS-91YiW5BA1 Career Opportunities in Various Fields

Hello Joan,

I am hoping you all had a pleasant Christmas season, and wish you the best in the new year as well.

We are still hoping to find a qualified seamstress for our shop. If this person has previous experience we could most likely put them in our shop as a head/lead seamstress and paid accordingly. If there is a more recommended approach to finding such an employee please let me know. Again your assistance is always very much appreciated. Best regards, -lp

Hi Joan,

Hope all is well with you. I miss getting your midnight emails 🙂

I just wanted to let you know I had a call from a fellow that was looking for someone for a full time position working as a stitcher on industrial machines to create banners and other marketing items. Here is his contact info: Arthur 858 678 8909. The company is called ” Above All Advertising” and it is located in Mira Mesa. – Just thought I would throw that out there in the event you had a student looking for such a job opportunity.

Take care,

Gwen

Gwen Couture
5745 La Jolla Boulevard
(858)454-8599

http://www.abc-free-machine-embroidery-designs.com/archive/ Free machine embroidery designs

http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f8c95083dae7cbbbdc4d7ab5f&id=01d010a87b&e=aa6f2dee5f Bold Color Sewing Machine rolling tote bags

Hiya….so in the proud vein of being one of your “black belt sewers”, I would love to share with you and your class my blog. You can find it at www.spinnerlady.wordpress.com Check out the historical costuming. Unbelievably gorgeous !!!!!

On a more serious note:

http://lindeegembroidery.com/sandy-hook-what-can-we-do/ The Sandy Hook Snowflake

From: SewCal Gal [mailto:sewcalgal@live.com]
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:11 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject:

I released a blog post (http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com/2012/12/hugs-do-you-need-quilty-hug-or-know.html) to heighten awareness of some ways to help those impacted by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I’m not sure if the fibre-arts community has heard about the call for snowflakes, but I wanted to share this with you. If you know of anyone that might be interested in this, please feel free to share.

The PTA for the Sandy Hook Elementary school has a call out for snowflakes (paper, fabric, machine embroidered, knitted, etc.). They want to decorate the school, for when the kids return in January. As such, I began to wonder if HP employees might be able to help? Some of those adhesive papers that cling to windows or walls could create some fun snowflake scenes to decorate the school.

I understand that these snowflakes need to be received by January 12, 2013. They can be sent to the PTA:

Connecticut PTA

60 Connolly Parkway

Building 12, Suite 103

Hamden, CT 06514

Here is a link to the PTA website with more info: http://www.pta.org/parents/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3459

Best Regards,

SewCalGal

www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

See you all next week !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Make Money with your Skills !©

Sincerely,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

Leave Time for Personal Growth

Dear A-Team:

I know that this is a very busy time of year. There is lots of shopping and baking to do. Take time for yourself. Come to class !!!!! These weeks between Thanksgiving and Winter Break are filled with instruction and learning. I updated the blog’s right hand column with the flyers for Spring 2013. Check it out !!!! Hope to see you in my Spring courses !!!! Also, there is a flyer from the Campus Police Department concerning Personal Safety at the West City Campus. I made the flyer printable. Print, Read and Be Aware.

This coming Thursday, the college police will have an open “Coffee with Cops” event. It will be at West City Center. The main Lobby. Thursday December 6, 2012. 12PM – 1:30 PM. Go and talk with them. They are here to protect us. The meeting will have an informal format, designed to be informative regarding public safety and quality of life issues that impact our campus. All Students, Staff, and Faculty are welcome.

The Classes:

Flat Patternmaking: Last week we finished up our Torso slopers, graded them, and started the Raglan Sleeve with Convertible Collar pattern. We will finish this up on Monday. Next Wednesday, December 5th, your patternmaking portfolios are due. We will spend the whole class getting your shoe boxes ready for grading. Of course, I will take pictures of all of you with your portfolio. I am SO excited to do this !!!! The following week, the week before Winter Break, we will be learning and doing completed garment knockoffs. This is great to know how to do. You never know when you will want to knockoff a favorite pair of pants or blouse.

Your First Commercial Pattern: Last Tuesday, we learned some new words: encased and enclosed seams. These seams will not ravel because they are enclosed. They do not need to be finished. Just sew them up. We also learned how to fuse our fusible interfacing to our fashion fabric. Remember, to fuse to the wrong side of your facings and under collar. We also serged with a 4-thread serger or by using decorative stitches on your straight stitch sewing machine all the seams that are open and will ravel. Last Thursday, we marked our fabric with all the necessary pattern markings. You also had a chance to embroider your pockets. I was surprised at how much you loved doing the computerized machine embroideries. I would like to teach you more about computerized machine embroideries next summer, 2013. If you are interested in this, sign up for the class. If I get enough student signups, I will be able to teach it. Also……….YOU have got to remember to clean up your area before you leave. It isn’t fair for 1 or 2 people to clean the whole room. I have cleaner for the tables and I have 2 brooms with dust pans.

Next week, we have course evaluations and it’s time to start following your pattern guide. I will always be near to answer questions and help with technique.

Due to the fact that you LOVED embroidering so much…

Every Link following will lead you to free embroideries… (There is also a job posting)

Remember, if you are given a choice, choose the .PES format. This is the most universal format for home embroidery machines.

http://www.advanced-embroidery-designs.com/freedesign.html bobbin lace square that can be turned into a Christmas Ornament.

Appliqué Alphabet called Lombardi. Now Available “X, Y, Z.” http://www.skeldalehouse.com This ends the Lombardi alphabet. If you missed some, you can buy the missing letters for $5 apiece.

https://www.starbirdstockdesigns.com/asp_pages/catalog.asp?PRD=19573&PCA=0 Christmas bell.

http://apexembdesigns.com/master-circle-embroidery-font Apex 3-Letter Master Monogram font. Add this to your cart. You get 3 different sizes for the monograms.

Hi Joan,

Hope all is well with you. I miss getting your midnight emails 🙂

I just wanted to let you know I had a call from a fellow that was looking for someone for a full time position working as a stitcher on industrial machines to create banners and other marketing items. Here is his contact info: Arthur 858 678 8909. The company is called ” Above All Advertising” and it is located in Mira Mesa. – Just thought I would throw that out there in the event you had a student looking for such a job opportunity.

Take care,

Gwen

Gwen Couture
5745 La Jolla Boulevard
(858)454-8599

See you all next week !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Make Money with your Skills !©

Sincerely,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

The 2012 Holiday Season is FAST Approaching !!!!

Hello A-Team:

I hope you are more ready for the holiday season than I am. It seams that it is just creeping up so early. AND I am NOT ready…………………… Also remember: There is NO classes scheduled for the week of Thanksgiving. Remember there is no classes from Monday through Friday, November 19 through the 23rd. Classes resume on Monday, November 26.

So much is happening !!!

This past weekend, we had a fandango field trip to Discount Fabrics on Morena Blvd. It was a great trip !!!! Everyone got their supplies and fabric for their projects. Remember to Preshrink your fabric and interfacing before class on Tuesday night !!!!!! You can’t cut until you do this. Six of us, went over to Bull’s Smokin’ BBQ for lunch after we finished up at Discount Fabrics. This place is just a kick !!!! I love the fact that they allow dogs on their patio. And the dogs are supplied with bones and water. It is very nice to see. Check them out at http://www.bullssmokinbbq.com/

First Commercial Pattern: Last week, was the first week of class. We learned how to read our pattern envelopes and choose the right size pattern. Last Thursday, we tried on our patterns and did just a bit of pattern fitting. Everyone who put their name on the board, was helped. A special Shout Out to the fit models who came down to be fitted!!!!!! This coming week, AFTER PRESHRINKING your FABRICS, we will lay out our patterns, all in a napped layout. Then you will be able to take your layout home to cut. I know this will take time to do. So on Thursday, we will practice TLC for the school’s machines. I will be teaching care, maintenance, threading of home straight stitch sewing machines and sergers. This will give you more time to cut your pattern pieces out at home. Our classroom just is NOT big enough for this to happen in. If you want to bring in your own sewing machines for the TLC class….this would be fine !!!!

Patternmaking Class: We worked on Blouse Style number 903 starting on page 233 of our text. We will finish this up next Wednesday, plus learn other ways to do the flounces. This Monday, the school was closed because of Veteran’s day. I do hope you all used the time to reflect on how much we owe the military for our safety. This coming Wednesday, we will also make a Torso block. So bring in the rest of your manila paper. The Torso block will be graded.

Some of my students from my other class, want to come and learn how to knockoff a finished garment. The dates this will occur on, are December 10 and December 12. You will need to bring a simple blouse or pants to knockoff. No jackets. Also bring your pencils, curves and rulers. You will also need a needle point tracing wheel. You can purchase this item at Central Sewing. Note, you will have to sign into the class to learn to do this, so bring your CSIDs (attendance) card.

Martha Rockford is selling three sewing machines and a sewing machine cabinet. The machines are not new. BUT they were all top of the line in their day. They are all Berninas.

From: Martha Rockwood [mailto:mrockwood5647@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 11:19 AM

I am selling my Bernina 1630 – straight stitch/embroidery machine. I also have a Bernina Deco 500 and a Bernina Serger 2500. All are in great running condition. The 1630 has many attachments and I have some deco some cards. All this is part of the package. All three machines are in the whole bundle for $1,200.
I also have some Deco cards to go with the Deco. Some Cards I have never used. All machines are running and have been maintained by Brian at the Sew Hut.
The 3 machines go as a group. I will have them prepared for their new home by wed. next week. I also have a corner sewing desk for 300.00 more with the inserts for the 1630. and another spot for the serger. So someone for $1500 dollars has a whole sewing group. My phone number is 858-922-4306. You can also email me at mrockwood5647.
my price is firm. The machines are in good shape. The table is in good shape.

Martha

****************The following is a sewing job in San Diego:

Job Summary

Location

2325 Marconi Court

San Diego, CA 92154-7241

Industry manufacturer of industrial and recreational fabrics for agricultural screening products, fence construction screening, truck tarps, overhead dispensers, pet protection screening, sports products, a full line of nursery fabrics and windscreens.

Job Type

Full Time (40 Hr plus some Saturdays) Employee

Required Years of Experience

Minimum 1 Year

Education Level

High School or equivalent

Career Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)

Salary

$8.​00 – $10.​00 /​hour

Position

Industrial Seamstress/Sewing Machine Operator

About the Job

**Seeking either an Experienced Industrial Sewing Machine Operator or an Experienced Home Sewing Machine Operator willing to learn to operate an Industrial Sewing Machine (not an automated sewing machine)***

Job Purpose / Summary:

Sews products together using synthetic bindings, heavy duty screening and tarp weight fabrics, and other durable materials using non-automated industrial sewing machines.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Selects thread, according to specifications or color of project.

2. Aligns parts, fasteners, or trimmings, following seams, edges, or markings.

3. Able to work with long lengths of fabric 150 feet to 300 + feet at a time.

4. Familiar with basic threading and tension balancing of industrial straight needle machines.

5. Self-motivated quality production ethics.

6. Spanish/English bi-lingual a plus

7. Experience with Singer 300w, Juki LUH521, Juki LU563, Consew 339RBL-25 and Consew 339RBL-1 a hiring point.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Required Experience, Education, and Abilities:

High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies :

· Stand, stoop, bend, kneel, walk, reach, lift and carry up to 40 lbs. on a regular and repetitive basis.

· Manipulate and sew fabric with manual and automatic devices.

· Read, interpret, understand, carry out, and communicate instructions both orally and in writing.

· Count, add, subtract, multiply, and divide in units of measure, common fractions, and decimals.

· Analyze and resolve problems in standardized situations.

· Look for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness.

· Follow policies and procedures; support organization’s goals and values.

· Meet productivity standards; complete work in timely manner; strive to increase productivity.

· Observe safety and security procedures; determine appropriate action beyond guidelines; report potentially unsafe conditions; use equipment and materials properly.

Work Environment:

Production environment with exposure to moving mechanical parts and moderate noise. Shop is located very near the international boarder in a heavy industrial area and personal transportation is a must.

Resumes should be sent to Leo Persello at lpersello with the subject titled Seamstress Position.

I ran across this cookie recipe from NPR’s blog called The Salt. It sounds particularly wonderful.

Aunt Ida’s Poppy Seed Cookies

Our Aunt Ida baked this cookie for more than 60 years, to the delight of four generations of our family, transporting them to parties in covered tins. We baked these cookies and served them at Aunt Ida’s memorial gathering after her funeral since this recipe is part of her legacy. She always stored her poppy seeds in the freezer to keep them fresh.

Poppy seed cookies bring back memories of watching Dallas with Aunt Ida, the Brass Sisters say.

3 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 cup poppy seeds

1 cup peanut oil

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

Set the oven rack in the middle position. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cover a 14 X 16-inch baking sheet with foil, shiny side up. Coat the foil with vegetable spray or use a silicone liner.

Sift together flour and baking powder; add poppy seeds.

Separately, whisk peanut oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add sifted dry ingredients and mix to combine. Chill the dough in the refrigerator one hour, or until firm enough to handle.

With floured hands or wearing disposable gloves, break off teaspoon-size pieces of dough and roll into small balls. Place dough balls on baking sheet about 2 inches apart, or 12 cookies per sheet. Pat into circles with your fingers (rather than rolling or stamping). Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned around edges. Let cookies cool 1 minute on baking sheet on rack and then transfer cookies to a rack. Cookies will become crisp as they cool.

Store between sheets of wax paper in a covered tin or freeze in a tightly sealed plastic bag or container.

Yield: 60 cookies

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

Make Money with your Skills !©

Sincerely,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244