I had a lovely treat this week. Jenny Rolfe had a practically new Janome sewing machine which was surplus to requirements, and she gave it to me 'as I did a lot of charity sewing and might be able to use it'! How fabulous is that? No sooner was it in my possession that it was threaded up and sorted out, given a nice carrying bag, and earmarked for use today at one of our schools sewing sessions. Chris was able to use it and was particularly glad of its facility to regulate the stitching speed, as his Bernina doesn't have that. It makes all the difference to young sewers if they can sew slowly at first. So many thanks, Jenny. This session of sewing in school will be the sewing machine's first outing of many!
Here is Di keeping an eagle eye on a novice seamstress.
Gwyneth's two boys were as keen as mustard!
One of Maria's pupils was heard to say, 'This is way better than PE!' What an accolade!
Here is Chris enjoying using the new Janome.
Beverley's two pupils were super speedy and were the first to finish. That meant she could help out others who weren't as fast. So kind.
Paula 'the flattening lady' as she had been called last time, was a star at keeping us all supplied with pressed fabrics and borders.
Here is a finished bag with its proud owner.
And here is a variation on the pattern which was made by one of Chris's students accidentally, and then liked so much that it was adopted as the design!
I'd like to say a big thank you to all the people who gave up their time to help with this project, and if there is anyone else who would like to join in, there will be more opportunities in the autumn.