Today's question is “How many sewing machines do I need for teaching classes?”
So, I personally like to have FOUR to SIX sewing machines in my studio, but it depends on how many students you have and what age they are.
If you have younger students, say ages 5 to 8, then maybe you want to just do a one-on-one class with them. In that case you only need one sewing machine.
Or if you decide to have two students in that class, they still need one-on-one, a dedicated time with you. So those two students could share his own machine.
In the past I've had two sewing machines with the younger girls on them, but you have to be like looking back and forth and watching both of them.
They're so young that it's really best to just have one machine and then have the other girl watching.
So in that case, one or two sewing machines.
Now if you want to have a group of students and there are a little bit older, say ages 8 to 12, then three to four students at a time is good. You probably want to have three to four sewing machines for them.
And if you want to do a group class with adults, then having a sewing machine for all of them is good. So maybe you're doing like a workshop and you have 8 adults. You don't necessarily have to have eight sewing machines.
You can have them bring their own, because sometimes adults get picky and they want to use their own sewing machines. So that's fine. It just means that you have to invest less in sewing machines, which is always a good thing.
If you are in a pinch and financially and you really can't afford to get all those sewing machines, then you can also do the same thing for your younger students.
You can have maybe one or two sewing machines and have those be a backups machines, but then have them bring their own sewing machines.
Only problem is a lot of times the younger girls don't have sewing machines, but maybe you can wrap it up into the price of your course where there's a sewing machine included and then they bring it in each time. So there's different ways of doing that.
So, in wrap up I recommend anywhere from 4 to 6 sewing machines, unless you're just getting started. In that case you can start with just one.
Anyways, I hope that answered your question and I will see you in another Q&A video. All right, see you later.
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