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Skill Builders are Back! (January 8, 2021)


Skill Builders are back! We are sew excited to be able to present our classes via the ZOOM platform! If you are knowledgeable about our Skill Builder Series, then head over to our website, to read the details on each class and to sign up! If you are wondering, what is a Skill Builder, settle back while I explain.

Many years ago, we learned that project-based classes rarely taught people how to be more skillful. People would tell us that they were disappointed in how their projects turned out and that lots of swear words were uttered while creating their projects! Instead of continuing to do more of the same, we set out to develop a series of classes that focused on the skills that were needed to complete a project with pride! We called them Skill Builders and started offering them about 7 years ago!

The focus of each Skill Builder class was to provide you with the information that you needed to know before you tackled a project. Cutting, pressing, stitching accurately, knowing your machine, pinning....there are loads of classes! We even set-up a chart to show which classes we suggest you take first! click here  As you gain skills and become more confident, we add in project based classes to put your new skills into practice. We titled the entire group of classes Smile Spinners Academy! There are classes for people interested in Quilting, Garment Sewing and Home Dec.


When Covid-19 struck, our very busy classroom was shuttered. With no signs of Covid-19 subsiding, we started working on alternative ways to present classes. In September 2020 we began offering some of our classes via ZOOM. The first classes were awful! That did not deter us! We ran ethernet cables, bought camera accessories and gained knowledge! We listened to customer feedback and with loads of encouragement from a few of you, we are now prepared to offer more! Thank you for your support!

Our new format will be slightly different from our previous face-to-face classes. Classes will be divided into more sessions with a skills lab pulling everything together at the end. For details on each class, please click any of the classes listed on the class calendar.

Please head to our class calendar to view the class schedule! I will be adding more new classes during the next few weeks!

The best part of our new format is that no masks are required! See you in class! Stay safe out there!


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