The Final Week of Summer 2012

Dear A-Team:

It is hard for me to believe, that my summer program is almost over. It went SO fast !!!! This week, I will be bringing in the grade sheets to tell you where you stand time wise. Remember, you need 57 hours + the final project to get a C or better. Remember: Everything – All Final Projects – are due the last day of class.

Double Faced Fabrics: This is the week to finish everything up. Last week, I demo’ d how to multiline embroidery for your jackets and how to sew in your pockets. On Monday, I will demo how to sew in the buttons – double sided.

Portfolio: Last week, we had 2 sew alongs. One for pockets and one for hem stitches. This last week, we will be practicing zippers on Tuesday and buttonholes on Thursday.

Remember: The A-Team emails and blog, go dark when there is NO classes. I will start up again, just before the fall semester begins. And before you even ask….Yes, I will send out an email announcing when to look at the blog for the fall flyers, syllabi, and other necessary items for my fall semester courses.

Great Links: This is from Stitches Magazine. This can be very very motivating !!!!!! Great embellishment idea !!!!!!!

Here is a great idea for an easy needle safe to use in your own sewing room: Keep your old needle cases. Use a piece of a file folder Avery label to mark what you are storing in there. Half used needles, broken needles to be thrown out, etc. When you finally do throw out the old needle case, the needles will hurt no one !!!! I was asked how often you should change your needle. If it is broken, has burs, or is bent…..these are all easy decisions to change your needle. Here are some more clues:

If you have skipped stitches, or puckering fabric. If you have sewn with the needle for 40 hours. That is once a week if you sewed 8 hours a day. Or just change the needle with each new project. I find that each project requires a different size needle. So this is an easy way for me to remember to change my needles often.

The following goes along with SAFTEY FIRST !!!!! Get Plugged in to Electrical Safety:

With the flip of a switch or a push of a button, electricity is what brings your home to life. While you are aware of electricity’s benefits, you also need to be aware of its dangers. The following are some of the things you can do to prevent electrical accidents:

1. Unplug such small appliances as toasters, coffee pots and curling irons when not in use. They are potential fire hazards if left plugged in when not in use, particularly during an electrical storm.

2. Overheating can occur from electrical outlets that do not hold plugs snugly. If you have loose outlets, have an electrician repair or replace them if needed.

3. Check lamp and light fixtures to see if the proper wattage bulbs are in place.

4 Using any wattage or type of light bulb other than what is recommended by the manufacturer can result in a fire.

5. Do not run electrical cords underneath furniture, rugs or carpets. Wiring can fray or break if repeatedly walked on, which also could result in a fire.

6. All electrical cords should be kept out of reach of children and pets.

7. Clean your dryer lint screen after every load dried.

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Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244