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« on: July 14, 2008 08:32:00 AM »

Hello all,

I am pretty excited, because my boyfriend wants to learn to sew! He's never wanted to do anything crafty before, so this is cool. His ultimate goal is to be able to make a button up shirt, but I told him 'baby steps first'. I'm moderately experienced in sewing, but I've never taught anyone to sew. How should I go about it? He's dyslexic and impatient at times, so no learning from a book.

There are some sewing classes offered in my city (San Francisco), so should I just sign him up for one of those, or try to give him lessons myself? I'm leaning towards the lessons, but I think he wants to learning to sew as 'quality time' also. I suppose I could take the beginner sewing class too, but I'm afraid it would be too boring and a big waste of $$ for me.

Sorry I'm rambling, but I'm pretty stoked Cheesy So, any suggestions? Anyone else try to teach their boyfriend to sew before?
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2008 09:53:48 PM »

you should def see what you can teach him yourself before any classes. If he really gets into it, and he wants classes then do that! My hubby would laugh at me if i asked him if he wants to learn how to sew. Nice that you gotta man who wants to craft with you! hahaha
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2008 12:52:32 PM »

I disagree completely because he's your boyfriend. Send him off to learn the basics from a disinterested third party.

How many people have you heard say "my mom can sew anything but she never taught me/ wouldn't/ couldn't teach me because she got frustrated". Being in a close personal relationship with your student can seriously complicate things. Your emotional involvement in their success or failure can doom a lesson fast.
My mom taught me in tiny bits over years, never did we sit down with a "you are going to learn to do X today" frame of mind. When I was ready to get my license, my mom couldn't do it- I spent some time with dad, but mostly a trusted family friend & the school offered lessons. I didn't learn to swim with my mom either.
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2008 09:50:10 AM »

As someone who is dyslexic a book can be the best tool ever, but it must have pictures and descriptions. I agree though with penlowe that learning from a class would be better. My mom frustrates me to death becasue she still assumes I know nothing about sewing even though she taught me years ago and I now live on my own and can sew just fine. I learned not to take a pattern to her for help just call her up and describe my problem. If that doesn't work I come to craftster! lol
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Perhaps he would find a nice tutorial on the board that he'd like to use as his first project. There are plenty of simple ones, not only in the purses, bags and wallets, but the clothing section. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2008 11:23:49 AM »

I say give it a go... but with some caution, and a game plan. 

You can teach him the basics of using a machine without too much heartache. 
Then I say let him pick a pattern he likes (or rip apart a piece of clothing he likes) and get him to try first with cheap material then with something good once it works.  Most boys like to learn things for themselves without help... so your best bet is to get him started and then walk to the next room where you can help if asked but otherwise let him try for himself... (just for the record this may not work and is definitely not fool proof... just merely a suggestion). 
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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2008 12:40:48 PM »

37 years later I'm still saying the best gift my parents ever gave me was sewing lessons at age 10.  Grandma taught my mom and she hates it because Grandma was hyper-critical and mom still can't get over it.  She didn't want to risk the same thing happening to me.  Today, sewing is a sanctuary for me.

Hubby knows he is better off getting someone else to work with him because we definitely do not speak the same language when teaching.  I'd rather eat poison worms and live than go through that again.

I agree with showing BF how to fly the machine and them setting him free with the pattern of his choice.  Help him with the cutting out, too, or be prepared for a return trip to the fabric store (or to your stash).
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