What a Wild First Week of Classes !!!!!

Dear A-Team:

Usually, I send out an A-Team email on Sunday night….(more like early Monday morning.) BUT, this week, I got everyone’s email into the system and I am doing it early !!!!!! I DON’T WANT ANYONE TO FORGET THAT THERE IS A FANDANGO FIELD TRIP TOMORROW MORNING AT 9:30 AM at the Clairmont Yardage Town. The syllabus has the exact address. Bring your syllabus and/or your portfolio instructions to the fandango, so that you know what you need to buy. I will be there to help and make sure you buy the right things…before they cut the fabric…….. After going to Yardage Town – we can go for lunch over at the VIP Oriental Buffet. I want to give a lecture on Stabilizers and Interfacings……. Both…are necessary for sewing today’s fabrics and doing up to the minute techniques.

The week in review and beyond:

Portfolio Class: On Tuesday, Sept 6th……… The first day of class, there is always so much to cover. AND we need to get to know each other. The class decided that the Sew Along With Joanie / Demos will begin at 6 PM. This gives you an hour to get to class from work. Don’t push. Yes, there are things I will be doing from 5 to 6 PM. I will be helping the students who can come early to do their portfolio samples. Those who come in later….will have more to do for homework. You will be able to get help from www.sewing.org (Guidelines of Sewing), the text, and usually, I am around on the weekends….. Leave me messages on the phone’s answering machine. I call back…if I don’t hear it ring. I am good till around Midnight….then I don’t know if I will be giving you the best service. My wondrous hubby, Warren, goes to bed then, and I don’t want him to wake up with a ringing phone.

On Thursday…..9/8/11, we had a power outage that paralyzed Southern California. I waited till 5:10 PM to tell students that there will be no class tonight. Then I tried to get home. It took around 2 hours and a lot of patience. Highway 8 was not the problem. It was a two mile stretch with no traffic lights that was frustrating. So I am going to split Thursday’s lesson up between 2 other classes. Trust me, we will have a Serger maintenance class integrated with the Straight Stitch sewing machine maintenance class.

Next Tuesday, 9/13, you will be able to see how I laid out my fabrics and then you will be laying your pre-shrunk fabrics out in the hallway. I suggest that you cut at home. You will be working in pairs. I may have to postpone showing you how you mark dots, darts, etc on your cut fabric patterns. We will see how it goes. I don’t want to do too much in one day.

Embroidery: During Day one….you learned about the semester’s exciting project. Make sure you buy your USB and the embroidery designs this weekend. PRINT your syllabus from the blog. www.sewalongwithjoanie.wordpress.com. Eventually I will figure out how to get the pictures to come in. For right now……just mouse on over, click, and the PDF will pop up for you to download and/or print. I hope to see you all on the fandango to buy your supplies. If we need to, we can drive on over to Sew Pro’s for things that Yardage Town does not carry. I will have a stabilizer lesson to give during lunch. On Monday, I will show you how to start editing your first zodiac. I will go ALLOT slower than I did last Wednesday. Remember to bring your USB to EVERY class !!!!!

Niche Marketing: Buy your books !!! Here is something to think about this weekend. Think of a current ad campaign that you see on TV, these days, that makes you emote. Here is one that I just can’t stand. I just don’t understand it. They are trying to see me KIA cars. They are using gerbils to do it. The gerbils are cute and very street wise. I have seen 3 or 4 commercials that contain these gerbils doing different things. All I can tell you….I am NOT their customer. I will never buy a KIA car. These commercials do not appeal to me. Decide what DOES appeal to you.

We will talk about this on Monday. We will also decide what internet media you would like to start using: Facebook, LinkedIn, A Blog? How do you want to start getting your name and your product out there……????? Remember to bring your USB to EVERY class !!!!!

The following are a few links for your enjoyment and learning………………..

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/18941/this-is-your-grandmothers-sewing-machine?utm_source=email&utm_medium=eletter&utm_content=20110517-new-improved-seam-roll&utm_campaign=threads Expose Thyself to Historical and Technical Sewn Product Inspiration. Commandment #18.

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/17080/a-new-improved-seam-roll?utm_source=email&utm_medium=eletter&utm_content=20110517-new-improved-seam-roll&utm_campaign=threads Anything by Kenneth King is a MUST read !!!!

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/18875/creating-perfect-bias-fabric-loops/page/all Bias Belt Loops by Susan

Khalje. She is another author that is a MUST read !!!!!

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/19346/more-sewing-misadventures?utm_source=email&utm_medium=eletter&utm_content=20110712-garment-hanging&utm_campaign=threads Fun misadventures to read about.

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/18894/hanging-a-garment-properly?utm_source=email&utm_medium=eletter&utm_content=20110712-garment-hanging&utm_campaign=threads How to hang a garment properly is very important.

See you all at the Fandango and in the classes next week !!!!

Make Money with your Skills ! ©


Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

Office: 619-588-2244

Fax: 619-579-2278