what class should I take?

That's an excellent question! Our class descriptions include suggested levels of experience to help you evaluate your rediness for a course. We want you to feel challenged yet comfortable in our classes and workshops. Keep in mind this is just a guide. Often students feel more behind than they really are so feel free to contact us with any questions regarding skill level.

 

 

Level 1: Beginner

You have zero experience!

ADULTS: Taking our Sewing Machine Basics workshop is a good place to start to get to know the sewing machine. The Adult Beginner Bootcamp is a six week course that will take you from beginner to advanced beginner in 6 weeks!

KIDS & JUNIORS: Any of our 100 Level classes in the appropriate age group are suitable for beginner or advanced beginner students. No experience necessary. Advanced beginner students wil be given more challenging work.

Level 2: Advanced beginner

You have used a sewing machine before but need a refresher on threading the machine.  You may have some finished projects but you're not sure about that tension dial thingy and you may need more practice keeping an even seam allowance.

ADULTS: Some of our bootcamps and many of our workshops are suitable for Advanced Beginners. Check out Sewing With Knits and Home Decor Bootcamp

KIDS & JUNIORS: Any of our 100 Level classes in the appropriate age group are suitable for beginner or advanced beginner students. No experience necessary. Advanced beginner students wil be given more challenging work.

Level 2: Intermediate

You can sew straight and curved seems while keeping an even seam allowance. You can thread your own machine, wind a bobbin, and trouble shoot tension issues (with guidance). You have a basic understanding of different fabric types. You have several projects under your belt and you have some experience using basic patterns.

ADULTS: Intermediate classes will focus on honing techniques in specific areas like quilting, dressmaking, and bag making. We are always developing new programming. Project specific classes that walk you step by step through a particular garment or other project are excelent for gaining a better understanding of techniques.

KIDS & JUNIORS: Our structured 200 Level classes are great for intermediate students age 10+ who are transitioning into the Fashion Club program.

Level 4: Advanced

You have been sewing for a while and are comfortable sewing from patterns.  You have a general understanding of fabric types and composition (including interfacings and how they are used). You can find the grainline.  You have experience using different presser feet, installing zippers, making button holes, sizing patterns, transferring patterns, cutting fabric, and matching pattern pieces...although you could learn more techniques for any or all of the above. You may have worked with knits, used a serger or a cover hem machine and if not you are ready to learn! You can walk into one of our dress workshops and not feel lost but you want your projects to look more consistently professional.

ADULTS: Advanced classes and workshops will focus on areas like draping, bodice making, and tailoring. We are always developing new programming.

KIDS & JUNIORS: Fashion Club is our flexible program for Intermediate/Advanced seamsters who can work independently using studio equipment with guidance. This program does not max out! Students can be in Fashion Club for as long as they are interested. If a student is interested in portfolio work for colleges we will add on a master class.

 

Please note…

While we DO expect some younger children and tweens to be at the intermediate or advanced levels, we want to make sure the projects and patterns used at the intermediate level are age (and size) appropriate before they begin. Feel free to contact us regarding age and skill level.