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Need help with that sewing machine? SCRAP teaches a how-to class

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Julia Falcon, For the Denton Record-Chronicle

Ana Mux walked into SCRAP Denton with her brand-new Singer sewing machine, and not an idea how to use it. 

She said she was intimidated by the machine, and although it was a birthday gift, she's stuck to stitching things by hand for her 6-month-old daughter. 

Every weekend, there is something new to learn at the classes taught at SCRAP — the nonprofit's name is short for School and Community Reuse Action Project. On Sunday, Johnnie Aven, who has volunteered at SCRAP since last summer, taught a "Get to Know Your Sewing Machine" class. 

"I want people to not be afraid of their sewing machines," Aven said. "It can open new doors to what they can achieve."

Aven showed Mux the ins and outs of her sewing machine, saying that they all have their own personalities, which is why she named hers after her mother — they share the same traits. 

Karen Bravo first established the sewing classes at SCRAP, then passed them on to Aven, who said she feels strongly about people who want to learn the nearly dying skill.  

When Aven taught a sewing class to college-level students, she noticed they were all intimidated by the machines. 

"They need to know they can walk away with something they made and not be intimidated," she said. 

Mux, who came to the class with her husband and baby daughter, said she she was glad she was able to learn more about her birthday present.

With Aven's hands-on assistance, Mux left with a better idea of how to use her sewing machine. 

"Now, I have the confidence to sew with this machine and go home and practice with it," Mux said. 

The next "Get to Know Your Sewing Machine" class will take place next month at SCRAP Denton, 420 S. Bell Ave. The class costs $10, and participants should bring their own sewing machine. For more information, visit