On the first night of class (held once a week) my machine would not turn on (see July 3rd blog). I finally picked up my machine the day after the last class. The shop honored the warranty -- which was right at the 2-year expiration date -- so I was thankful for that.
I learned during the class that if you have been sewing for a long time, it is not easy to take a class with a teacher who has been sewing even longer. I tried to help Tracy and her friend when they needed advice -- but no matter what I suggested, the teacher had another way to do it. That was fine. There are many ways to do something (and one way is not the only way, or the right way) but it became a laughing matter whenever one of the girls asked for my help and I hesitated -- I didn't want to get them in trouble!
In the end, the girls liked some of my techniques better. They even want to come over for a sewing night.
So, what did I learn during the summer class? That even though I don't know it all, I know enough to teach someone how to sew. And, good teachers may disagree on technique. I didn't want to be an old dog that couldn't learn a new trick . . . but I came to the conclusion that my old tricks worked fine!