"All in all we loved the course. I actually did like the aspect of doing it video streaming because we can do it on our time. I was less likely to physically bring them to a location to have lessons and it is probably more affordable since I have 3 involved. Thank you for everything. I would certainly recommend the course to others."
My name is Shannon Cernich. I have three daughters ages 10, 10 and 7. We live in Louisiana and have a small farm. I also am self-employed and travel often sometimes every week away a few days at a time each week. Sometimes they accompany me. I homeschooled one child this year and will have two at home this coming year. My older daughters have sewn a pillow case this past year along with their church group. I have a sewing machine here at home but have barely got past sewing a few scrap pieces together to practice. The machine has trouble with the tension ( I think) and jams easily.
My 7 year old has had no experience on or really around the sewing machine. She was my main reason for joining. I had sewing in high school Home Ec and have not had the opportunity since. That was over 25 years ago. We acquired a machine through my niece who never got past opening her machine as a pre teen. I was told the machine didn't work. I knew enough to get it threaded and a friend showed me which of my bobbins to use and how to add thread to them. I would not say I love to sew. However I love the idea of being more self reliant and have a desire to learn. I really want to learn more so I can pass this skill to my girls.
When beginning the course I felt like we needed to use materials I had on hand in case we didn’t do so well. The hand stitching was great and they learned how to thread a needle and sew their headbands. They did all practice hand sewing buttons in 4h this year but it was a large button on felt. So this was a much more practical situation. We talked of a few other things they can hand stitch. We began really slow and I wished I had spent more time in the beginning on the course on lessons. As the lessons progressed and became more difficult and lengthy I had trouble finding the time to sit with the girls one on one to finish their projects. I realized I needed to go through them first with one child rather than all three. I was slow to assist them and it was very difficult to keep them all focused. So I dropped down to doing one on one. We loved the ironing. I was a nervous wreck letting them iron but all in all we did well. We learned many lessons together on ironing.
My 7 year old really thrived and wanted to know more. The older two want to as well but are busy reading or working on a few summer school projects so they have less time. Anyhow, Lyla was super excited and I made it a point to finish all the projects with her. My other 2 just have their skirts left. We had cut their material but I decided they are going to be too short for them so I am waiting to find them some more material so we can lengthen those.
My favorite part overall is spending time with the girls and watching them (& myself) learn and gain self confidence. Lyla says her favorite project and item is her skirt. Completing her skirt has actually re energized the older 2. So we will finish those soon. All in all we loved the course. I actually did like the aspect of doing it video streaming because we can do it on our time. I was less likely to physically bring them to a location to have lessons and it is probably more affordable since I have 3 involved. Thank you for everything. I would certainly recommend the course to others.