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PHOTOS: Community Thread Studio teaches sewing basics

In a new Community Thread Studio class, current students learned the basic operations of a sewing machine, threading, cutting and getting comfortable with the machine this week, and will return October 11 to finish creating their pillow cases.

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Instructor Bonnie Kluver teaches Halima Hohamed the proper steps to ready a sewing machine during a Community Thread Studio pillow case class at the Willmar Community Center on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022.
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WILLMAR — For former Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg School District family and consumer sciences teacher Bonnie Kluver, sewing is so important. Simply put, she is a firm believer in equipping oneself with the necessary skills to explore creativity, and particularly when it comes to sewing.

"It's such a creative skill," Kluver said. "I think we all found out during the pandemic that we need creativity in our lives."

On Tuesday at the Willmar Community Center, Kluver led a Community Thread Studio class, where she taught attendees the basics of sewing and working with a sewing machine.

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Angie DePoe, of St. Joesph, Missouri, eyes her thread while practicing setting up her sewing machine during the Community Thread Studio gathering at the Willmar Community Center on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022.
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For years, Kluver taught students the essentials of how to sew on a button if it fell off, along with taking the skill a step forward to create a variety of clothing and other necessities.

"(With sewing), I can use my creativity to make my own gifts and things for my family," she said. "Every person needs that creative outlet."

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Sewing supplies sit on a table during the Community Thread Studio pillow case class at the Willmar Community Center on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022.
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Kluver was brought into the Willmar Community Center by manager Britta Diem for a new series of class offerings titled "Community Thread Studio." Kluver formerly taught Diem in family and consumer science classes, and the pair had been working to bring a sewing class to the community center for some time.

Current students learned the basic operations of a sewing machine, threading, cutting and getting comfortable with the machine this week, and will return Oct. 11 to finish creating their pillow cases.

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Hallie Lanning, 9, of Sacred Heart, cuts her fabric around a pattern while creating a pillow case at a Community Thread Studio course at the Willmar Community Center on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022.
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They hope to make the Community Thread Studio classes a monthly offering moving forward, and will gauge interest to see how they proceed. Talks of hosting a pajama pants sewing course has been tossed around for November, but nothing had been set in stone as of press time.

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Community Thread Studio instructor Bonnie Kluver helps Hallie Lanning, 9, with prepping for cutting out a pattern for a pillow case at the Willmar Community Center on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022.
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Macy Moore is an award-winning photojournalist at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota.
She can be reached via email: mmoore@wctrib.com or phone: 320.214.4338.
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