We’ve already covered that sewing isn’t exactly my forte. So you’d think I would learn my lesson. But that’d be far too easy and you learn more when you get things wrong. And to be fair, sewing machines are different than just a needle and thread. I mean, jumping right into sewing machines was pretty ambitious.
I was hanging out in New York again recently and was perusing the listings at the Brooklyn Brainery. What’s the Brooklyn Brainery, you say? It’s a genius place for people like me! (And probably you!). They host a whole range of classes covering things like latkes, zombie makeup, bee keeping - you know, the usual. As if that weren’t awesome enough, the classes are not $1million but a bit more reasonable – like $12 or $20. But wait! There’s more! The other cool thing is that they encourage regular type people to teach. They capitalize on the idea that you don’t have to be an “expert” to teach someone else something new. True story! You must know a bunch of things well enough to teach other people.
So this class was technically marketed towards dudes, but well, I often venture into dude territory, so whatevs. I signed up anyway. Besides my sewing skills needed some help. Though I remember doing some of this stuff in home ec in school I figured a refresher would be nice. And on top of that, I’d never done snaps.
We started with just sewing on buttons like you would on a shirt. Nothing too crazy or fancy. And THEN we moved on to coats. Sarah Kate Beaumont from verysweetlife studio, our fabulous instructor for the hour, showed us examples of coats and techniques that we’d use to replace coat buttons, like the shank below. Fancy, right?! I know!!
And THEN we tackled snaps. So exciting! Snaps are ever so slightly trickier because you have 2 pieces to sew and you have to make sure you sew them going the right way. Which I am proud to say I did.
So in the span of an hour, we learned to sew a button on a shirt, sew a button on a coat (including making a shank) and learn to sew snaps on. All for $12. Dear Brooklyn Brainery, I love you. Kisses, Jill.