The current edition of Notions, the ASG Newsletter, reported that Margaret Islander passed away recently. Although I never met her, Margaret Islander helped me rediscover my love of sewing through her wonderful video series. She developed a method she called Industrial Shortcuts for home sewers, based on her experience training garment factory workers. On the videos, she invites you to pull up your sewing machine and sew along with her. I’ve done just that, and it has transformed the way I sew.
The Islander Sewing methods are now taught by Janet Pray and teachers certified through her training program. Nancy and I had the pleasure of attending one class taught by Mickey Hudson-Sandoval and Gail Caggiano introduced Sew Chicago to the Islander method in 2009. It was so much fun to watch the jaws drop and the eyes widen as Gail guided Sew Chicagoans through the method.
I, for one, am grateful for the legacy Margaret Islander left, and for her foresight in preserving her gentle, grandmotherly instruction style for those of us who were not fortunate enough to study under her in person.