Sewing Workshop

You are Invited to Join A Sewing Workshop March 31 through April 5, 2024
Sewing Class


● Make Modest, Appropriate Garments
● Be Independent of Fads and Fashions
● Personal Fulfillment and Develop Talents
● Economical, Durable Garments
● Improvise from Available Materials
● Be Creative, Resourceful, and Adaptable
● Serve and Engage in Missionary Outreach
● Beautiful, Tasteful Clothing
● Help Others in Emergencies
● Obtain A Good Fit and Be Comfortable
● Healthful, Protective, Loose, and Warm Clothing
● Increase Productivity in this Country
● Make Exactly What I Need
● Make Someone Else Happy

“Let girls be taught that the art of dressing well includes the ability to make their own clothing. This is an ambition that every girl should cherish. It will be a means of usefulness and independence that she cannot afford to miss.” Education, p. 248.6

Workshop Location

Medgy Dettwiler, Hostess
36108 Miller Rd.
Lewiston, ID 83501
(208) 746-1408

Workshop Costs

Workshop Earnest Money: $20/adult and $5/child. Download brochure for more information and food costs.

Workshop Registration

[email protected]
(208) 842-2800
Christopher or Sylvia Fischer

Please register by email or call before Feb. 1, 2024 to enable us prepare supplies, handouts, and food, etc.


● How to Measure the Body
● Your Body is the Standard for Your Clothing
● Hands-On Experience in Measuring
● How to Apply Body Measurements

● Ease and a Comfortable Fit
● Tips on Using Your Sewing Machine
● Emergency Clothing Construction
● Clothing for Health and Survival


● Your presence and participation for the entire Workshop will be appreciated; Instruction from the first day will build to the end. Half-heartedness is your enemy. The teams’ efforts depend on diligent efforts to the end. To maximize your benefit, you ought to plan and devote yourself to full-time attendance, even at a sacrifice.
● Our hostess is in need of window washing; Who will help us? It is good to balance our the mental and nervous strain with physical exercise! Working together, we can give her a lift.
● Help prepare food to bring before the Workshop; Warm and set on food; Clean up.
● Record measurements accurately for someone who is being measured; Measure someone.
● You are invited to join in daily morning and evening worships; Take a daily walk.
● Dettwilers are providing simple accommodations. If you live nearby, you may commute.
● Interest your children in sewing; Social, spiritual, and information networking.
● We solicit your prayers of faith for this event. This is a faith venture.

What to Bring

● Clothing to Wear for being Measured: Bra, snug sleeveless camisole, snug leggings, hair clip to put long hair up
● Notebook, Bible
● Pattern paper, pencil, and eraser
● Rulers and Curves
● Sewing Machine & Accessories
● Thread – to Match your Fabrics
● Seam Ripper, snips
● Measuring Tape
● Pins and Cushion or Caddy; (Pattern weights, optional)
● Woven Fabric for Skirt or Jumper, Pre-washed and pressed: 3-5 yards (small to larger size) for a skirt or jumper. A little interfacing.
● Elastic for a Waistband if your skirt will have an elastic waist: Length should reach around your waist without stretching.
● For a firm Waistband Skirt: Matching 6-8 inch Zipper and 1 Button, or a Hook and Eye
● For a Skirt Top or Jumper: 1 yard white cotton sheeting;
18-22 inch Zipper, and 2 buttons, esp. for little girls
● Walking Shoes and Warm Clothing
● Bedding or Sleeping Bag & Pad
● Personal Effects; Toiletries and
● Food arranged with Medgy

What NOT to Bring

● Pets: Call Medgy, our hostess, about pets. Pets must stay outdoors.

Believe in God and His Word

“There is nothing too precious for us to give to Jesus. If we return to Him the talents of means He has entrusted to our keeping, He will give more into our hands. Every effort we make for Christ will be rewarded by Him; and every duty we perform in His name will minister to our own happiness.” FLB 246.

“The very last deception of Satan will be to make of none effect the testimony of the Spirit of God. “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18. Satan will work ingeniously, in different ways and through different agencies, to unsettle the confidence of God’s remnant people in the true testimony.” FLB 296.

“Some think children of seven and eight years old are too young to have their tasks assigned to them in sewing, in washing dishes, in mending neatly their own garments, in making beds, and sweeping and dusting. But to let the children grow up unused to these important habits of useful labor… is a sad mistake. These duties neglected in childhood will be found in youth and womanhood an irksome task, and the child that with proper training might mature into a pleasant, useful woman will, by occupation, be turned into a
drudge.” 7MR 3.

“In dress, as in all things else, it is our privilege to honor our Creator. He desires our clothing to be not only neat and healthful, but appropriate and becoming. We should seek to make the best of our appearance.” CG 413.

“Chaste simplicity in dress, when united with modesty of demeanor, will go far toward surrounding a young woman with that atmosphere of sacred reserve which will be to her a shield from a thousand perils.

“Let girls be taught that the art of dressing well includes the ability to make their own clothing. This is an ambition that every girl should cherish. It will be a means of usefulness and independence that she cannot afford to miss.” Ed 248.

“An education derived chiefly from books leads to superficial thinking. Practical work encourages close observation and independent thought. Rightly performed, it tends to develop that practical wisdom which we call common sense. It develops ability to plan and execute, strengthens courage and perseverance, and calls for the exercise of tact and skill.” .Ed 220

“Conformity to the will of God makes any work honorable that must be done.” AH 24.

“Manual training is deserving of far more attention than it has received. Instruction should be given in agriculture, manufactures,–covering as many as possible of the most useful trades,–also in household economy, healthful cookery, sewing, hygienic dressmaking, the treatment of the sick, and kindred lines. Gardens, workshops, and treatment rooms should be provided, and the work in every line should be under the direction of skilled instructors. While every person needs some knowledge of different handicrafts, it is indispensable that he become proficient in at least one. The objection most often urged against industrial training in the schools is the large outlay involved. But the object to be gained is worthy of its cost. No other work committed to us is so important as the training of the youth, and every outlay demanded for its right accomplishment is means well spent. Even from the viewpoint of financial results, the outlay required for
manual training would prove the truest economy.” Ed 217, 218.

“Perfect health requires a perfect circulation; but this cannot be had while three or four times as much clothing is worn upon the body, where the vital organs are situated, as upon the feet and limbs. It is impossible to have health when the extremities are habitually cold; for if there is too little blood in them there will be too much in other portions of the body. “ {CH 92.3}
“When the extremities are not properly clad, the blood is chilled back from its natural course, and thrown upon the internal organs, breaking up the circulation and producing disease. The stomach has too much blood, causing indigestion.” HL 168.

“Half their [women’s] sufferings may be attributed to their manner of dress, and the insane desire to conform to the fashions of the world…. Every Christian woman should dress neatly, simply, and healthfully, whether the world approve or disapprove.
“Dresses of most women are worn too tight for the proper action of the vital organs. Every article of clothing upon the person should be worn so loose that, in raising the arms, the clothing will be correspondingly lifted by the action.
“The under clothing is usually sustained by the hips alone. This heavy weight, pressing upon the bowels, drags them downward, and causes weakness of the stomach and a sense of lassitude which leads the sufferer to incline forward; this tends to farther cramp the lungs and prevent their proper action. The blood becomes impure, [and] the pores of the skin fail in their office.” Health Reformer, February 1, 1877.

“God clothed them [Adam and Eve] with coats of skins to protect them from the sense of chilliness and then of heat to which they were exposed.” The Story of Redemption, p.46.