Participants of Sew Right learn the skills necessary to earn a living wage in the dynamic Albuquerque design community. Such craftsmanship is in high demand in the area and promises a stable career for those interested in taking that path. Founder Pam Gibbons points out that students from all over the world enroll in the Sew Right program, and many end up having great success stories. Women come with varied sewing and entrepreneurial experience, and the sewing lessons build upon their existing foundation. "Our goal is to provide scholarships to women in transition so that they may learn the skills necessary to earn a living wage in the dynamic Albuquerque design community," Gibbons adds.
Sew Right focuses on teaching workroom fabrication?the process of creating items for home decoration, including custom bedding, slipcovers, window treatments, throw pillows, cushions, southwestern banco cushions, simple upholstery, headboards and other crafts. Classes include Sew Right Skills 101, an introductory course on workroom fabrication, which includes all classroom supplies; Sew Right Business 201, which teaches women how to start their own sewing or design business; and Sew Right Beginning Upholstery 301, which instructs students how to reupholster vintage furniture.
The process of applying is quite simple, which makes the program very accessible to a wide variety of candidates. Those interested will find a two-page application on the organization's website along with submission directions. Gibbons then follows up with potential students and schedules interviews. In order to qualify for a full scholarship, students need a referring agency or sponsor, dependable transportation and childcare or must have recently earned their GED.
Those applicants, who are ambitious and hard working, have good organizational and people skills and excellent customer service do well within the program. Sew Right is especially beneficial for women who are trying to improve their English language skills and for those aspiring to a career in interior design. Once a student has completed her entry-level class, a program is tailored for her based on individual goals, which can include starting a business, finding a good job, and improving language skills.
One-on-one mentoring is provided, resulting in increased confidence for the student and a fulfilling teaching experience for the mentor. Sew Right has been instilling the values of hard work and craftsmanship in its students for years, and aspires to continue for many years to come.