VCE Pulaski Office (AmeriCorps VISTA)
Virginia Cooperative Extension teamed up with local retired Family and Consumer Science (FACS) teacher and established seamstress, Marianne Baillos, to offer their first ever sewing skills class. This four-week series class was a hit with the participants, learning many new skills and tips for refining their sewing technique. There was a variety of skills taught over the course of the class with the instructor being very flexible in providing different levels of instruction to different participants.
The first class consisted of some the sewing basics; threading a needle, tying knots and sewing on buttons. There were several secret tips and tricks given that made these basic skills pop to life. Following the first class, Baillos worked with the class as a whole and each individual participant in area’s they wanted more instruction on. During the last lesson instruction on hemming real tuxedo pants was given. Hand and machine sewing techniques were discussed and shown in regard to these hems along with many other sewing skills.
The participants received cute travel sewing cases and several handouts throughout the class. These handouts consisted of detailed pictures and descriptions on different types of stitches, hems and more.
The Pulaski Extension office plans on working with Baillos again in March 2014 to make this class available once again to the public. “Sew and Sew” round two will be held Monday nights from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Pulaski County Administration office on March 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2014. If you are interested please contact the Extension Office at 980-7761 or email email@example.com. We can’t wait to sew with you next year!