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    If you were to take a workshop titled "Exploring machine applique" ...

    What all would you expect?

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    I would expect to learn various ways to machine applique.

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    My first thought is - Exploring - possibly just a 'talk' class, machine applique - various ways to use sewing machine to applique.

    Then what I am hoping is that it is a hands on class that helps me to understand different ways to machine applique.

    Is this a 'class' that you are interested in? Or is this something you are setting up? Or did you take it and became disappointed? Help us understand you question, please.
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    I am at the very beginning stages of putting together a workshop. I think I'll do three edge treatments for raw edge applique and at least two for turned edge applique. I'll be teaching it the end of January or the first of February so it's going to be Valentine themed. Hearts are the perfect shape to teach applique techniques with since they have an inside point, an outside point and curves.

    Just your first thoughts and first questions on the title of the workshop are very helpful!

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    I would expect an outline of what methods you will be offering. I would want a supply list if you are not supplying the stuff to work with. Is a package of the samples we are working with available to purchase? Will I need my machine and other sewing stuff? How much will it cost and is it refundable if the I can't make it or the class is cancelled? Is it all day and will lunch be ordered in or do we pack a lunch (fridge/microwave)? Washrooms available and easy accesiblility for possible handicapped? Where is the location, (map) parking and the time of the workshop. Okay,that all I can come up with that I would want to know before doing a workshop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I would expect an outline of what methods you will be offering. I would want a supply list if you are not supplying the stuff to work with. Is a package of the samples we are working with available to purchase? Will I need my machine and other sewing stuff? How much will it cost and is it refundable if the I can't make it or the class is cancelled? Is it all day and will lunch be ordered in or do we pack a lunch (fridge/microwave)? Washrooms available and easy accesiblility for possible handicapped? Where is the location, (map) parking and the time of the workshop. Okay,that all I can come up with that I would want to know before doing a workshop.
    Great questions!! I'm going to copy all the questions and print it out and make sure they're answered in the workshop handout for anybody that signs up for the class!

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    A class I'm unlikely to ever take
    That said - I would expect to bring my machine, have a good solid demonstration with handouts.
    A teacher who'd pay attention to every enrollee, insuring that everyone left the day knowing how to machine applique - at least, basic shapes.

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    Wish I could come but I'm no where near Kansas LOL.

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    Using the term "exploring" makes me think this class may be more of a discussion about machine applique than a actual class.
    "Exploring and learning the art of machine applique" as a title, I would think I would learn about the different techniques and be taught how to do them

    I see many struggle with satin stitching, and using a blanket type of stitch around tight curves and points. Spending time here letting the students practice would be very helpful.

    Maybe show examples of:
    The difference in using a stabilizer or not.
    The difference in fusible products.


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    I would probably have to read more of the description to know what to expect. If you're exploring, I hope that you would go over some of the different ways to machine applique, from turned edge that looks like hand quilting, to raw edge.

    Janet

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    With a title like that, I would expect the class to cover as many different types of machine applique as possible. That being said, I would then read the full description of the class for particulars. Sounds like an awesome class though. A comprehensive list of what to bring is so helpful. I also like to know the schedule when I take a class, when breaks will happen etc. I like to know how much will be lecture and how much will be hands-on. A class with that name I would expect to be largely hands-on. Good luck putting it together and let us know how it goes.
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    Sounda like a class I would like to take! I would read the class description to find out more.

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    In your description be sure and.................

    describe in detail the attachments needed for the machine.
    Describe what the machine needs to be able to do. (no straight stitch machine)
    Describe the special stitches that will be used and alternates if possible.

    I would also develop a project that will result in a finished product. Since you mention hearts, this might be a 6 block quilt that can be put together into a finished quilt, borders etc.

    I'm not a really big fan of a sample books.

    And be sure and require they know how to use their machine and the stitches. You are not there to teach how to use the machine. Too many will say they have all those fancy stitches but have never used them.

    And emphasise they bring the instruction book.

    And remember that all machines don't like all thread so be prepared to deal with this.

    Ask for supplies that are readily available. If you add invisible thread, then specify the kind and the required needles.

    Just a few thoughts.

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    Will this be a one day class or the first of maybe two where you do a lot of talking the 1st time, some hadwork that day and then on the 2nd class move up to the machine work with a small project to make in one day.

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    anothr thought.

    depending on the time available - don't try to do too much. It is better to do two techniques then try to do 8 and not have suffiient time.

    I would probably have them do the stitch on a straight piece of fabric as a trial before doing the selected design.

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    I love the fact that you are doing a research from other "students" before you teach the class. I had a supervisor once that did that before she accepted her new position as supervisor. I love to take classes from people that actually care about the students as much as she does the class she's teaching. Good luck to you, I know you'll be successful.


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    Great questions!! I'm going to copy all the questions and print it out and make sure they're answered in the workshop handout for anybody that signs up for the class!
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    Where are you going to be teaching the class? Sounds like something I might be interested in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksdot417 View Post
    Where are you going to be teaching the class? Sounds like something I might be interested in.
    It'll be at the Baker Arts Center in Liberal. The opening for the quilt show is the 7th of January. Let me know if you want an invite for the opening!

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