TECHNOLOGY SPARKS INTEREST IN TEXTILES CLASS
KILLDEER PUBLIC SCHOOL
200 WEST HIGH STREET
KILLDEER, ND 58640 701-
EVERYONE LOVES PERSONALIZED ITEMS
THE COMPUTERIZED SEWING MACHINE HAS REKINDLED INTEREST IN
MY TEXTILES CLASS.
THROUGH CARL PERKINS FUNDING, WE HAVE A BERNINA 180E PLUS
ARTISTA CUSTOMIZER/DESIGNER SOFTWARE. I HAVE ACCESS TO A
PENTIUM COMPUTER. WE HAVE GAD ZILLIONS OF THREADS,
STABILIZER, SPRAY ADHESIVE, ETC.
I USE THE 180E & SOFTWARE IN EVERY CLASS. IT HAS SPARKED AN
INTEREST IN A DYING ART. STUDENTS ARE ALLOWED TO USE ANY OF
THE DESIGNS I HAVE DOWNLOADED, DIGITIZED THEIR OWN OR JUST
FRESH. SEW BOXERS, PI'S, SKIRTS, SWEATS OR BAGS.
CHILD DEV. PERSONALIZE LITTLE BAGS FOR THE
INDEPENDENT LIVING MAKES LAUNDRY BAGS OR APRONS AND A
QUILT. I HAVE EACH ONE DO SOMETHING WITH THE 180E ON
ATTACHED YOU WILL FIND A RESOURCE LIST, CLASS TIPS AND
HANDOUTS. IF I HAVE COPIED FROM ANYONE, THINK OF IT AS A
COMPLIMENT. I ONLY STOLE YOUR IDEA BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT
COMPUTERIZED TEXTILE ART 1
SEMESTER-SOPH, JR. SR.
• We start the class by discussing possible projects. Almost anything
involving thread and a needle is eligible. I encourage use of the
computerized sewing technology, but it is not required.
• Students are given a deadline to have supplies. During this time we
discuss textile construction and properties.
• Starting with a simple project is a must!!! They may progress from there.
If they have sewn before, of course they can move up a notch. This is NOT a
construction class, but MAY be a construction class depending on desires of
• They don't work as a group on the same thing but individually on
whatever they choose.
• I give each student a calendar to document their work for each day. This way
they are accountable for their time. I gather these randomly and assign 5 points
to each day. I try to remember too if they were really productive the day they
said they were designing a picture, etc.
• DO NOT GRADE HARSHLY on the completed project, rather on the effort.
I don't have them rip unless absolutely necessary. Remember the days when
your old Home Ec. Teacher made your best friend rip everything out?
GRRRRRRRR, Joan hasn't sewn a stitch since then. After all, we want this to
be a POSITIVE EXPERIENCE.
• I have subscribed to lists that ask and answer questions about embroidery
sewing. Most of my knowledge was gained in this manner.
• Find yourself a knowledgeable dealer. Jim at Sewing Machines Plus! in
Mandan ND has proved invaluable. (701-663-9025) I can call him anytime
the class has a problem. So sorry I had to buy the machine from the lowest
bidder because that dealer has not been able to teach or help much.
• I strongly encourage you to buy more than one dongle (security device) for
the computer software. ($315.00) This will allow more than one student to
digitize at a time. You must order through your dealer on school letterhead.
Talk with Jim if you have a problem with your dealer.
• Digitizing is time consuming. Allow students freedom to come any class hour
to work on their projects.
• Show them the basics, and they can take off from there. They're so
computer literate!!! Use PEER TUTORING, it makes your life easier.
• Students not working on their own project work on a denim quilt we give
to the needy.
INDEPENDENT LIVING QUILT
Prewash All Materials!!!
2 flat sheets-the size you want----or fabric that will be made into the size of a sheet
1 bag batting, any thickness, the same size as your sheets---or an old blanket that will fill the
8 skeins of embroidery floss---color of your choice.
Must be here by ______________________
1. Bottom sheet, right side down. Tape at corners and sides.
Tape tightly all around
2. Place quilt batting centered over bottom sheet. Do NOT tape the batting, it will rip.
3. Place 2nd flat sheet on top--right side up this time.
TAPE AGAIN. Make sure all your taping is tight.
4. Mark quilt with lines and pin with curved quilting safety pins.
5. It is now safe to untape your quilt and take it off the floor.
6. Tie with embroidery floss according to package directions on batting. Generally ever 4
7. Cut top sheet & batting 2 inches smaller that bottom sheet.
8. Iron to wrong side 1/2 inch of bottom sheet. Then bring around to top sheet. Pin and stitch
down. Some sheets require hand basting rust
Student Quilt Evaluation
Needs Improvement OK Great
1. Sheets preshrunk 1 2 3
2. Ties placed even distance apart (no
1 2 3
more than 9)
3. Does not pucker where tied 1 2 3
4. Ties trimmed to even length 1 2 3
5. Turned over edges lie flat 1 2 3
6. Hems even width. 1 2 3
7. Mitered comers neatly finished. 1 2 3
8. Machine sewing is even, secure, and
1 2 3
9. Used class time to complete quilt 1 2 3
10. General overall appearance - neat, 1 2 3
Name __________________________ _
SINGLE LAYER JEANS QUILT
THIS QUILT IS MADE FROM A SINGLE LAYER OF DENIM, IT'S NOT
SQUARES OF RECYCLED DENIM (9 INCH WORKED GREAT) ARE
STITCHED TOGETHER AND ALLOWED TO FRAY.
STITCH WRONG SIDES TOGETHER FOR YOUR QUILT. 1/2 INCH SEAM
ALLOWANCE WITH A VERY NARROW ZIGZAG STITCH. STITCH LENGTH
STITCH INTO ROWS AND THEN STITCH THE ROWS TOGETHER.
AFTER SEWING, WASH 2 OR 3 TIMES TO FRAY.
THIS IS THE QUILT WE GIVE THE NEEDY. IT IS ALSO GREAT FOR LAYING
ON THE GRASS AT A TRACK MEET OR PICNIC, ETC. BECAUSE STUFF
DOESN'T CLING TO IT.