SMS Sewing Tip #1 — Auditory Learners

on February 3 | in Sewing + Quilting Tips | by | with 3 Comments

Well, here it is–the first installment of SMS Sewing Tips! 

There have been a lot of tips on my mind lately, but this first one is fresh because I used it just yesterday.  I am a former educator, so I still find myself thinking a lot about how people learn and process information.  If you have a hard time with sewing patterns, it might be a matter of your learning style and not just lack or skill or experience.  Most patterns are really written for people who learn best by reading the written word.  That’s not all of us–some learn best by doing, some by seeing pictures or other visual images, and some of us need to hear something said. (Of course we’re all a little of everything, but many people have a way they learn best.)

I am an auditory learner (just tell me how!)  When I get stuck on a particular procedure on a sewing pattern, I read the step out loud.  Sometimes just hearing myself allows things to click. If I still don’t get it, I call my mom and read it to her and have her tell me what it means.  Really, I do.  This usually works (and not just because my mom knows so much more about sewing–although she does.)

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3 Responses to SMS Sewing Tip #1 — Auditory Learners

  1. meg says:

    I use this method all of the time myself! I have to have the audio/visual combo, and Mom is the last resort. I can tell it’s time to call her when my own re-reading of the instructions has reached the shouting level. 😉

  2. Brenda says:

    Excellent point! I am mostly an auditory learner, and my mom taught me to knit by saying out loud what she was doing. Just watching was magic sticks making knitted fabric. Mom is a retired high school teacher who is also very big into knowing how people learn.

  3. Michelle says:

    Hi Kristin,
    Sorry to hear about your blog loss. I did read about it on here, but didn’t know the details until you left them as a comment. It’s nice to see you blogging more. I’d love to make one of those aprons, but I’m horribly slow at getting tasks done. I’m sure you’d need a timely response. For some reason I always thought you were in Australia! I did see a mention on a blog, maybe Shim + Sons, which made me know you weren’t down under. So, it’s nice to see your address up there at the top of your new blog. I think I looked before and couldn’t find one. Anyway, shipping seems like it wouldn’t be monumental now that I know you are here. 🙂

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