Michael came over for his second sewing lesson today. First lesson was basic machine orientation and choosing a project. He decided on a covered throw pillow. Piping AND a zipper right out of the gate, ambitious AND challenging. But I firmly believe that the best way to teach anything is to have the student plunge right in to a project they want to do.
Fortunately he didn't want to make a tuxedo.
The phrase "duck to water" springs to mind. He claims never to have used a sewing machine before. He figured out how to use features of the sewing machine to solve problems on the fly. Then told me how he did it.
He bought a pillow form, a zipper and some fabric at Walmart and recycled the piping from an older pillow.
Pretty impressive for a first time project, eh? He got the whole thing finished up in one afternoon, too.
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