Do Something like Franciscan Sewing 101

Paul Keggington

July 16, 2010

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This summer, Sisters in Initial Formation (Novices and Temporary Professed) were offered a course in sewing.  Nothing that is overly ambitious of course, just learning basic sewing skills that will certainly come in handy when we are out on mission.  Novices chose to make aprons and  Temporary Professed are creating skirts.  We in formation are quite well versed when it comes to modern day technology, such as working with computers and such. The sewing machine, however, is quite the foreign object to most of us.  Allow me to elaborate:

Franciscan Sister learns to sew

Franciscan Novice Sister Pamela Catherine Peasel, OSF, takes a summer sewing class from Sister Bernadone Fagen, OSF.

This past May I was helping in the Craft Room within our Motherhouse.  Sister thought it would be a good idea if I was introduced to the sewing machine, learning how to straight stitch, thread the machine, nothing too complicated right?  Well…While I was sewing a pillow case together, the thread began to bunch up and the material was not moving, so I called Sister over for some help.  As she approached she told me to pick up my foot, so, naturally, I raised my right foot up just slightly above the sewing machine pedal.  There was a long pause as I waited for the next instruction but then she repeated herself, “You first need to pick up your foot.”  While I lifted my right foot completely off the ground I stated, “Sister, I don’t understand what my foot has to do with anything.”  “No,” she said in between much laughter, “the foot of the sewing machine.”  To say the least, that is a term I will not forget, and there is still much to learn.

Check out the progress we have made thus far on our projects!!  And yes, we are all remembering to pick up our feet!!!

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