Prior to physical distancing restrictions, the students were taught one to one with a volunteer. New students begin learning sewing machine fundamentals, sew simple items and progress to choosing a pattern for a garment.
Students now learn in smaller classes supervised by volunteers. The teaching methods include the use of technology as well as hands on instructions.
Embroidery skills are also being taught through a variety of projects.
The students have adapted to learn independently and are eager to discover online resources to help with their projects.
Students are encouraged to do patchwork, as this shows the women the importance of sewing straight seams and the need for accuracy when constructing products like cushion covers, table runners, table mats and quilts. This also applies to the sewing of garments.
Various community charities have benefited from the quilts made by the students and volunteers.