The first seam is sewn, with more to come

By Conner Tighe

The Ross Community Center hosted its first sewing class of the new year with a handful of residents. The first class consisted of learning how to sew a pillowcase with a French seam. Bridget Shangle, a sewer of 10 years, led today’s class as she will the rest of the coming classes.

French seaming is a delicate process of sewing involving the task of hiding the raw edge of material into the seam. This method is commonly used for lightweight fabrics, and the result is a smooth and neat seam. 

“There’s something therapeutic about ironing,” said Shangle as she ironed out wrinkles from the pillowcase. “You can use your whole body to get into it, and it’s one of the reasons I love to sew.”

It’s not a matter of what Shangle has sewn but a matter of what she “has not” sewn. From wall hangings, quilts, “jelly roll” rugs, and stoles, all creative ideas come from Pinterest and her idol, American artist Kaffe Fassett, who is known for his sewing creations full of bright colors. 

Snacks and coffee were provided for members, along with individual sewing kits brought by Shangle. The classes use four Singer brand sewing machines rather than by hand. She said she hopes to continue the classes through February and possibly onward as they begin to pick up attention and traction. 

“If someone wants to learn how to sew, I’ll teach them,” said Shangle.

Sources: Seamwork, Kaffe Fassett

Featured Image: Taken by Conner Tighe

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