Fall 2014 Week 2 is now Past !!!!

Hello A-Team !!!!

I KNOW you are all glad that week 2 is now in the past. I know it was tough in both courses.

Sew Fundamentals: This course has so many students that I am trying to close the course to new students. New students just won’t be able to catch up after all the work we did last week. Last week we learned about grainlines, truing your fabric, layouts on fabric and interfacing, cutting so you won’t get hurt, fusing, and serging for the first time. This coming week, we will be continuing to learn about marking fabrics with pattern markings, TLC for the school’s and your own sewing machines, and troubleshooting your machine if something goes wrong, THEN we will begin with our grading sheet assignments on page 13 of our syllabus. We will be mastering fabric and stitching control, and understanding 3 very very very important stitches: Default stitching, Basting stitching, and the brilliant 2 by 2 zig-zag stitch for knit fabrics. REJOICE !!!! The hardest part of the course is over !!!! Remember to bring your press cloths, 18 x 2 inch c-thru rulers, marking supplies and your instruction manuals, if you are bringing your own sewing machines to class this week. SEW FUN !!!!!

Sew Like a Pro: Last week, we chose our presentation topics and went into room 207 to do initial research. Last Wednesday, we burned fabrics outside. You could really smell the difference between the synthetics. You could see the ash from all the natural fabrics. Then we worked on our presentations. I gave a lecture on fabric construction and showed some YouTube videos. When you put on the closed captioning, it wasn’t right, so that was removed. You got to see the looms. They all looked old and maintained. It was exciting to see exactly how fabrics are constructed. The coming week, will be a very very fun week. We will have all the textile presentations. If you have PDF handouts, send them to me in an email attachment. I will make sure to put them up in room 207, in student handouts. On Monday, I will be wearing a vest that I changed the texture on. (If it is too hot, I am going to bring it in on a hanger……)

Terrific Links and Things…………..

Next Saturday, September 20th, is the PROJECT RUNWAY, SEASON 12 FINALIST BRADON McDONALD seminar at Mesa. I already sent in my money. My daughter is going also. Come along !!!! It is exciting to note how Project Runway REALLY works !!!!! The event registration was sent in last week’s A-Team email !!!!!!

Emergency Alert System (SDCCD Alert) On September 19, 2014, all District employees and students on the SDCCD Alert list will receive a text and e-mail message as part of our annual testof the Emergency Alert System. If you are NOT on this system, you can sign up. It is free and it is a great thing. Sign up with e2CE to receive important and urgent notifications from San Diego Continuing Education. E2CE can send notifications directly to e-mail addresses and mobile phones. The information you provide will be protected as confidential and will not be shared with any organization for any purpose. https://sdce.edu/e2ce/signup

Thank you Maureen!!!!! Called Sew Pro to sign up for the October 11 – LA trip – they are almost at capacity. Not many seats left. If you are interested in going. Call now. The phone number is in the upcoming events section of the syllabus.

Last night’s Project Runway is worth watching – they created a rainway (vs a runway) with water raining down the entire length of the runway. Designs are supposed to survive in the rain. There are two outfits that are really worth seeing. Next week is the American Girl Doll event.

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/37730/how-to-finish-seams-on-chantilly-lace/page/all Great Article concerning seams on lace.

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/37444/underlining-with-fusible-interfacing/page/all Great Article on underlining with fusibles. And note !!!! if you pleat the fabric, you can make it permanent with fusibles. Note: That a press cloth is used. VERY VERY IMPORTANT !!!!!

Hello All,

It’s been a busy summer – and a crazy busy last few weeks. As some of you may know – We’ve MOVED! We are now located in North Park directly off the 805 freeway-

( super easy freeway access). Our new studio is bright and spacious – and we’d love to share it with you. We will continue to work by appointment – but as a special welcome to the studio we are running a fabric sale for the next two Sundays and Mondays, 9/14 and 9/15 as well as 9/21and 9/22. The Monday hours will be 10- 6 and the Sunday hours will be 11- 5. All fabrics will be 25% off and there will be many great deals on end cut pieces and a purging of a number of collected remnants. We hope a time works into your schedule to stop by. In October we will be expanding our class schedule to include an additional weekday morning class as well as a casual relaxed sewing lounge where stitchers of intermediate ability can enjoy the creative exchange.

We hope to see you soon,


Gwen Couture

4003 Wabash Ave.

San Diego, CA 92104


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The following is from Belinda. Thank you for the link. I need to go to see this. www.vistafiberartsfiesta.com There will be a festival here, on October 11 and 12. I am going to LA with Sew Pro’s on October 11, so I will miss the festival. BUT…..there is also a museum there !!!! This I gotta see. Thanks to Belinda, I have the following information for you.

Non-Event Day Museum Hours:

7-days a Week for Self Guided Tours

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closed December 25th & January 1st

Closed on rainy/muddy days

Non-Event Day Museum Office & Gift Shop Hours:

Sunday – Saturday ~ 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(Museum Office may be closed during lunch due to staffing)

Closed All Major Holidays

Special Exhibits

Weavers Building:

Currently Open Thursday & Saturdays

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Model RR Building:

Currently Open Saturdays

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Non-Event Day Admission

Adults: $5.00

Seniors 65+: $4.00

Children 6-12: $3.00

Under 6 Free

* Photographers *

We welcome photographers and photography groups to the Museum with advance arrangements. Please contact the Museum Office 3-5 days prior to desired date at 760.941.1791 or by email. Thank you!


From: Vern Torres [mailto:vern.torres]
Sent: Monday, August 04, 2014 10:45 AM
To: Eileen Adler
Subject: Looking for someone skilled in the area of sewing

My name is Vernon Torres, I am with a local golf simulator company in the Poway area, Full Swing Golf.


We are looking to hire someone with sewing experience to fabricate our screens.

This would be a full time position after a 90 day probationary period.

Do you have any candidates who might be looking.

Please call me at 858-675-1100 ext 321, 0or contact me vias e-amil.


Vern Torres

Supply Chain Manager.

From: Cassie Purdy <cpurdy>

Subject: ATTN: Shipyard is hiring!

Date: July 25, 2014 at 3:31:40 PM PDT

Brothers and Sisters,

The NASSCO Shipyard has announced it will need to hire about 1,000 new employees during the next 18 months across all trades. Union families are encouraged to apply at nassco.com or at the Shipyard Workers union hall at 616 National City Blvd. National City, CA 91950.

The entry level trainees start at $11.00-$13.00 per hour with full benefits and the journeyman pay rate is $24.17 an hour.
Please forward this information to those you think would be interested.

For questions, call (619) 477-7373.


Cassie Purdy
Executive Assistant |Affiliate Coordinator
San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO
3737 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 403 | San Diego, CA 92108
Cell: (619) 569-4284 |Office (619) 228 -8101

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