A lot of people bemoan the loss of home-ec from the class listings of many high schools around the nation. Cries from the creative community ask "how will our children learn these age old arts without these classes" and yet in my very unscientific poll about why people fear sewing Home-ec teachers were often mentioned as total creativity killers and the ones who made so many girls ( and some guys I assume) shun sewing like a bag full of steaming puppy-poo on a cold winter morning.
To be sure there were some good Home-Ec teachers out there but even in my own schooling with the exception of one the others obviously lived with a seam gauge shoved where " the sun don't shine" because they were not fun or creative or inspirational, and they were a we bitty pissy that I knew more about sewing than some of them. I had one who insisted that a hand picked zipper was the ONLY way ( wrong, nice but wrong) - one who I think got her jollies off of making students rip out seams so many times that the fabric would shred and then she would count points off for shabby fabric- crazy making for sure!
This cadre of uptight mirthless women who cared more about a perfect 5/8th inch seam than the creative joy filled process of sewing were perhaps the downfall of Home-Ec as we know it. In their wake leaving the whole generation after those who had been traumatized with no place to learn and no one to learn from. Sure maybe there was a grandmother or two out there willing to teach but for the most part this was the great die off of sewing for our culture... The Sewing Dark Ages.
But like all low points in history we are now in a sewing and creativity renaissance . A time that invites those who were burned by bad Home-Ec juju to come back and try again. And for those who think they might want to sew to try it without fear of being shamed or mocked. A time full of creative people expressing themselves with thread, fabric and fiber and passing their love on through classes, article and online tutorials. It is a good time to sew people.. join the party.