Saturday, February 28, 2009

Difficult Students

Like most people these days, I have more than one job. I have my passion which is my pattern company, Larkspur Lane Designs, but to pay my bills until I hit the "big time", I teach for a local sewing machine dealer. I love my job, but some days it can be really hard. Each month, I have to come up with 3 new projects to teach. Each class is supposed to run about 2 hours. This means the projects must be small, but how many pillows and embroidered towels does one person need! I do get to teach more involved projects that can be more than one class. I get to choose these, so I get to learn a new project or technique as well as my students.

Most of the time my students are really open and try very hard to keep up and follow my directions. But recently, I had a student that I wanted to ask why she signed up for a class when she obviously didn't want to do this particular project. From the moment she walked in, she wanted to change the design. I have done this class at least 6 times and made at least 5 samples, so I know this design inside and out. This lady refused to listen to instructions and ruined about a 1/2 yard of fabric before she would let me show her how to cut it. She then asked me how we were going to finish the project in two sessions when she and her friend weren't even finished cutting their fabric. I reminded her that I had said earlier, she didn't need to cut all of her fabric at once. At this point, she looked at her friend and said, "Let's finish cutting our fabric."

I gave up at that point. She's coming back for the second class next week, so I think I will have more to tell you then!

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