So, today I started using the sewing machine! I was ready to sew, and ready to go! I felt very nervous as I have never used a sewing machine before. The other thing I didn’t realise was that reading a sewing pattern is like reading a different language; there were lots of things I didn’t understand, and I had to ask a lot of questions!
Lots of people needed help this week. There are 10 people on the course, and only one teacher! There were lots of times when I was sitting around waiting for help – I was stuck. It’s not a nice feeling being stuck, and when we’re REALLY stuck, it’s hard to know what to do to help yourself. I was very lucky as I was sitting next to a very helpful lady who has some experience of sewing. We were both stuck, so we decided to put our heads together and help each other. Collaborative learning is so important, especially when we are feeling a bit stuck. With the help of my friend, I was able to move my learning on without the teacher. This is something I want you all to think about this week. Next time you are REALLY stuck, ask your friends for help. This doesn’t mean they do it for you, it just means that they will give you a helpful nudge in the right direction.
I now have the 2 back panels of my top sewn together. I don’t have it with me at the moment, but as soon as I do, I will take a photo for you all.
Thanks for reading, and happy learning!
Giving people thinking time
I am really enjoying my lessons, but something has been quite difficult. It is supposed to be a course for complete beginners, however I am the only complete beginner! The others have all made clothes before. This makes me feel like I am at the ‘bottom’ of the class, and sometimes, when the teacher asks a question, people answer it very quickly and often they ‘shout out’. I find this really frustrating as it means I don’t get to think for myself. I think it’s really important that we think about that at Fairlawn. Make sure you give other children time to think, even if you know the answer, as it can be really frustrating when you want to think something through.
So far, so good!
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