Summer Courses End in Two Weeks

Dear A-Team:

In these last 2 weeks, we will accomplish a lot !!!!!!

I finally got around to reading all the evaluations. Thank you for all your comments. I do not ask for evals to get a vote of confidence. I want to constantly improve my courses. I have worked for districts where they use evaluations as weapons. I call for evaluations to improve. The school has nothing to do with them. They sincerely help me.

I would like to comment on some of the evaluation points. I think this will help all students and future students.

When you want to buy a sewing machine and money is an issue. Go to a dealer and buy a used machine in your price range. Buying a machine from a big box store does NOT give you free lessons. Does NOT give you a live person who can help you if the machine acts up. Does NOT offer trade in value. I don’t care what dealer you want to go to….just go to a dealer. There are sewing machine stores all over San Diego. Pick some place close to where you live. Enjoy the services they provide. Perhaps they have a rent to own plan. It does NOT hurt to ask.

If you miss a class, yes you can make up the work. BUT….not in the next class. If you try to make up the class in the next class, you will miss the valuable lesson that is being taught that day. Remember: Concentrate on what is being taught that day. If you miss a class….don’t worry about it. Go forward !!!!!! Missing a class won’t hurt your sewing knowledge, it just means that you will learn this/that ….. further down the road.

Jaci Gibson-Henrie is the instructor that teaches Industrial Alterations. Request this from the program chair.

Yes, I teach machine embroidery. I need to have 26 students per class in order to teach it. The class starts out okay….then the size dwindles and I can’t abide by the 26 student rule. So unless, as students, you can guarantee you would come to every class, I can’t teach machine embroidery as a course. I do incorporate it, into my teachings every chance I get.

In the Clothing Construction Program: There are 4 courses and an elective. There are brochures in the West City Campus lobby or you can view the program on line: The courses are progressive and build upon one another. Advanced techniques are built into the advanced courses.

I bring out the complete sewing portfolio for show and tell in the beginning of the course. I don’t do it often, because the students who look at it, never put the samples back in the book. If you want to see it, just ask. I have it in the classroom. BUT remember, I expect it back in the same condition as I gave it to you. It’s only fair.

I can not specify the size of scissors or the exact name of interfacing to buy. I can only generalize. It depends what you find. Embroidery scissors come in 2 inch or 3 inch sizes. Interfacing comes 3 ways: woven, knit, and felted. I specify woven or knit. The names of the interfacing change according to the manufacturers.

I try to keep the class as organized as possible. It takes time to do the demos. Repeating the demos 2 or 3 times to just a group in the class, means that I have to speed up. I want to give time for the class to sew along with me. Yes, it gets noisy in there. Just let me know.

In a sewing course, there is no time to write instructions on the board. The class learns by doing and seeing. I put out on the table, the needs of the day. There are many ways to do each technique. I only present one. As time goes on, you will be taught by various other instructors that will build upon your sewing knowledge. They will show you other ways to do things. It is your prerogative to choose which way works best to you. That’s the beauty of sewing. It is based on outcomes that can be accomplished many many different ways. If you discover a technique that works particularly well…..teach the teacher and the rest of the class !!!!!

I teach only one class, because of time, on TLC for the school’s machines where I go over threading and cleaning of machines. The course would need to be expanded to have more time to do this. If you bought a machine from a big box store, missing this class can really hurt you. If you bought a machine from a dealer, they will give you lessons on your machine. Moral: Always buy from a reputable dealer !!!!! I teach technique, I can’t teach you how to use your machine that you bought from QVC. I just don’t have the class time.

Projects come after you learn the techniques of sewing. You first need to understand what the words are telling you to do. How to cut a pattern. How to read sewing directions. How many of you have read the instructions that go with the Portfolio patterns?????

Many Sewing Videos are on YouTube. You just need to search for them. There are also CDs or DVDs that you can buy. Turn on your computer and just search. You can also buy techniques from Threads Magazine.

Someone wrote that we need more time. I agree with this. 9 week courses pushed into 8 weeks is fast. Vote for the tax increase in November so that the schools get more money to have more courses and increase the summer semester length.

Someone asked me to do a sewing DVD. I need a producer and I need the startup money. Any ideas? Let me know!!!!!!

In the very beginning of every course I teach, I asked what time you wanted the lectures/demos/sewalongs to start. The consensus usually is 6 PM. So from 5 to 6 pm, I give time for free sewing, private help questions, etc. Focusing on teaching, can’t be done because some students come straight from work. AND I don’t want them to feel they are missing anything. I don’t want them to push to come to class. SAFETY FIRST !!!!! This is commandment # 11.

Things to remember about the certificated courses at SDCE. They are timed courses. This means that you MUST be in the course, working for a certain number of hours. This summer it is 57 hours. You also need to finish the project(s). So keep up with your homework and I will see you all in class !!!!!!

The Summer Course Updates:

Double Faced Fabrics: I showed how to do the edge binding last week. Next week, I will show you how I did my collar, and how I am doing my internal seams. You can choose to do this, or you can be smart and follow the directions….they ARE easier…………………………

Portfolio: Last week we finished up learning all about pleats. We had an in depth look at darts, and necklines. We even saw a power point on how to read a pattern envelope. On Thursday we practiced how to sew buttons, snaps, hooks, eyes, beads, seed beads, dangly beads, and patches. This week: we will learn all about easy pockets, and we will master the stitches to hand sew a hem……………………………..


Interesting Fabric and Notions to buy site: .

If you need Alberto to send you anything from Central because you can’t make it to the store in El Cajon: Email him at: indsewing.

Urban Threads has a new Freebie Design. CUTE !!!!!

I absolutely love the Hungry Girl Blog I receive every day. I love catching her show on FoodTV. This particular day, she talked about weight management. One of my favorite subjects. If you click on the Hungry Girl Logo, you too, can sign up for her daily blog!!!!!!

There are SO many diet myths floating around. Here are a few misconceptions that we feel need to be OUTED as being way off base… and some diet facts too!
“To lose weight, pick a daily calorie limit and stick with it ’til the weight comes off.” NOPE. Here’s the thing — there’s not one special number that works for everyone. You and a friend could eat exactly the same foods, in exactly the same amounts, and only one of you might lose weight. The number of calories needed for weight loss varies due to many factors: current weight, height, activity level, etc. Plus, that number can change as you drop pounds. If you want some instant info, consult a calorie calculator that takes the aforementioned factors into consideration. You may also want to talk to a doctor or nutritionist for professional advice.
“Getting lots of sleep can help with weight management.” TRUE! Think about it this way: When you’re sleep deprived, you don’t feel energized. And neither does the rest of your body… which means less energy for efficiently burning calories. A recent study found that sleeping for more than 9 hours a night could suppress genetic influences on weight and favorably affect BMI (body mass index). On the flip side, getting less than 7 hours of shut-eye had the opposite effect. Another study found that merely viewing junk food while sleep deprived activated reward centers in a person’s brain — more so than those who got a sufficient amount of sleep — which could make said food harder to resist. Rest is important, people!
“Eating after (fill in the blank time) is a bad idea.” NOT NECESSARILY. There’s not a magic time at which, if you continue to eat, you will turn into a pumpkin. However, if you give yourself a cut-off time, you may take in fewer calories as a result of consuming less food, like evening snacks. Of course, if you cram in a huge snack before your cut-off point, the concept could work against you. Our advice? Pay attention to total caloric intake and the times of day you eat. If you find yourself consuming excess calories late at night, consider setting a nightly limit, but continue to monitor your overall calorie intake.
“Skipping breakfast is a smart way to cut calories.” BOOO… Chances are, you’ll eventually get super-hungry from the extended fast (there’s a reason they call it BREAK-FAST) and be prone to making bad food decisions. You could end up consuming more calories overall than if you’d eaten a smart morning meal. In fact, a new study found that people who ate breakfast every day were less likely to become obese or develop type 2 diabetes than those who didn’t. It was also noted that people who ate breakfast regularly were likely to have other healthy habits. So what do you do if you’re not hungry first thing in the a.m.? Be prepared. Have an on-the-go breakfast ready for later in the morning. Who’s a savvy eater? You are!
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